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HR Certifications


There are two organizations that offer human resources certifications: SHRM and HRCI. SHRM offers the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certifications, and HRCI offers the PHR, SPHR, and GPHR certifications. They are different certifications with different tests requiring different study materials. For a more detailed explanation of each of these certifications you should contact each provider to fully understand the requirements, costs, etc. You can also visit CHRA's blog article from 2014 about the differences in the certifications. We have also provided the eligibility requirements as of 2015, but you should still contact HRCI and/or SHRM to verify these details. 

HRCI PHR and SPHR Eligibility Charts




Less than Bachelor’s Degree

Bachelor’s Degree

Graduate Degree


4 years

2 years

1 year


7 years

5 years

4 years


SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Eligibility Chart


Less than a Bachelor's Degree

Bachelor's Degree

Graduate Degree

HR-Related Degree

Non-HR Degree

HR-Related Degree

Non-HR Degree

HR-Related Degree

Non-HR Degree


3 years in HR role

4 years in HR role

1 year in HR

2 years in HR role

Currently in HR role

1 year in HR role


6 years in HR role

7 years in HR role

4 years in HR role

5 years in HR role

3 years in HR

4 years in HR role


CHRA's Dual Certification Preparation 1-Day Boot Camp 


CHRA's Certification Test Preparation 1-Day Boot Camp

Friday, May 12, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

PSA Insurance & Financial Services 
11311 McCormick Rd., Suite 500
Cockeysville, MD 21031

CHRA is excited to announce that this year we will be offering a 1-day dual certification preparation boot camp! Paul Shibelski has been teaching similar style boot camps for other SHRM chapters. Whether you are planning to sit for the SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR, or SPHR exams, this full day of interactive learning, using proven techniques to improve test scores, will help you pass! This course is meant to subsidize your preparation for exam taking, such as study groups, prior certification preparation courses, or additional readings.


Paul Shibelski, MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, GPHR, and former MD State SHRM Certification Director

WHO Should Attend? Any HR professional who:
- Wants to brush up on current exam content
- Has already studied for the exam but wants additional learning to feel better prepared
- Is planning to take the SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR or SPHR exam
- Has exam anxiety
- Has taken the exam previously, and wants to pass this time! 

WHAT Will You Learn?
- The current SHRM and HRCI Body of Knowledge
- Effective exam preparation strategies
- Proven test taking tips
- How to evaluate and improve your own skill level
- How to overcome text anxiety
- How to SUCCEED on the exam!


WHAT Will You Learn?

For more details and to register online please click here



Additional Resources 



SHRM Certification Suggested Learning Options:


SHRM Certification Education Partners:


SHRM Certification Preparation Courses at UMBC Training Centers:


HRCI Certification Resources:


Dual Certification Prep Course Boot Camp: HRA-NCA (DC SHRM Chapter) - Contact Jennifer Thornton at


Spring 2017 aPHR/PHR/SPHR Certification Prep Course (Towson): Click here



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