Professional in Human Resources

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The credential demonstrates mastery of generally accepted technical and operational HR principles independent of a geographic region.

Is this Certification Right for Me?

Earn international HR acclaim with the Professional in Human Resources – International™ (PHRi™) from HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®). The PHRi (formerly the Human Resources Business Professional™ or HRBP™), for internationally based practitioners, validates professional-level competency, knowledge and skills to help to propel your HR career forward. With the PHRi, you demonstrate mastery of generally accepted technical and operational HR principles in a single international setting.

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for the PHRi you must meet one of the following conditions for education and experience:

  • Have at least one year of experience in a professional-level HR position a master’s degree or global equivalent,
  • Have at least two years of experience in a professional-level HR position a bachelor’s degree or global equivalent, OR
  • Have at least four years of experience in a professional-level HR position a high school diploma or global equivalent.

What Is the Exam Format & Length?

  • Exam time: 3 hours and 15 minutes.
  • Exam length: 145 scored questions (mostly multiple-choice) + 25 pretest questions
  • Language: English (also available in Spanish – Castilian)
  • Computer-based exam at a Pearson VUE testing center

How Much Does It Cost?

Exam Fee*: $395 + Application Fee: $100

 When Can I Take the Exam?

Testing for the PHRi is available year-round, subject to test center availability.

How Do I Remain Certified?

Your PHRi certification is valid for three years after testing. To maintain your PHRi credential, you must earn 60 recertification credits over the three-year time span or retake the exam.

Course Outline

Module 1: HR Administration  22%

Section 1.1: Strategic HR Management and Business Trends.

Section 1.2: Gathering, measuring and Reporting HR Data.

Section 1.3: Workforce Planning and Employment Strategies.

Section 1.4: Change Management and Business Process Improvement for HR Professionals.

Section 1.5: Organizational Policies, Procedures and Regulations.

Module 2: Recruitment And Selection  22%

Section 2.1: HR Planning and Policy

Section 2.2: Recruitment Process

Section 2.3: Selection process

Section 2.4: Interview Techniques

Module 3: Employee Relations And Communication  20%

Section 3.1: Communication in the Workplace.

Section 3.2: Laws Affecting Employee and Labour Relations.

Section 3.3: Creating a positive Work Environment.

Section 3.4: Managing Employee Behaviour Issues.

Module 4: Compensation And Benefits 14%

Section 4.1: Total Rewards.

Section 4.2: Compensation.

Section 4.3: Benefits.

Module 5: Training And Development 15%

Section 5.1: Training.

Section 5.2: Performance Management.

Section 5.3: Career Development.

Module 6: Health Safety And Security 7%

Section 6.1: Health, Safety and Security.

Section 6.2: Employee Health.

Section 6.3: Employee Safety.

Section 6.4: Workplace Security


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