The Human Resource Certification is the symbol of professional achievement. Beyond experience and education, the PHR or SPHR designation signifies that you have mastered the HR body of knowledge. The Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI®) maintains the nationally recognized standards set by individuals working in the profession. Currently, there are over 40,000 certified individuals.

The Human Resource Certification Institute exam is typically offered the first Saturday in May and December depending on your city. In addition, the exam is also offered at the National SHRM Conference each year in June.

As facilitators for the University of Cincinnati’s HRCI exam review, we are frequently asked for information and tips on taking the PHR and SPHR examinations. To help you prepare, here are details about available resources.

To obtain an application on line, go to . For more information on the exam visit

Suggested Resources for Reviewing for the HRCI Exams

Weinberg, Raymond. Certification Study Guide Published by Human Resources Certification Institute.
(Provides an overview of the exam content, preparation tips, and a 100 question practice test). Approximate cost $30

SHRM Certification Preparation Course
(Provides a three intense days overviewing the content of the HRCI Exams using the SHRM Learning System). Approximate cost $800.

SHRM Learning System
(Provides a self-study tutorial overviewing the content of the HRCI Exams with many sample questions). Contact 1-800-283-SHRM to obtain a copy. Approximate cost $700.

Human Resources Self-Study Program
(Provides a self-study program overviewing the content of the HRCI Exams with HR QuikStudy Flash Cards). Approximate cost $350 — FLASH CARDS ONLY — Approximately $25.

Local Resources:

The Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association provides a study group for the exam. Contact GCHRA at 513-554-4747 for more details on the dates, location, and cost.

Practice Questions

Once you are comfortable with the content of the HRCI exam, one of the best ways to continue preparing is through practice questions. Thanks to students in the Master of Arts in Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Cincinnati, we have developed a databank of potential questions broken down into the various categories of the HRCI exam. There is no guarantee that these questions will be on the exam; however, the review will help you prepare.

To access the questions, simply click on the respective category and begin your review. As time permits, we plan to enhance the technical functionality of this resource. Good luck!

“SPHR Obtained with your help! Thank you so much for the information you have on your web site for the SPHR exam. I give you the most credit for helping me obtain my SPHR certification. The questions where great!”

Walter Donne