Professionals In Human Resources Association


A vast array of continuing education opportunities through PIHRA and its sixteen locations helps human resources professionals keep up with the rapidly changing business and workplace environment. Attending programs and meetings provides members with tools and resources to improve your effectiveness at work.

  • Network with your peers
  • Enhance your professional skills
  • Gain insight into the latest HR issues and trends
  • Discover the newest developments in HR products & services
  • Search out new sources and suppliers
  • Share strategies for better managing HR challenge
  • Obtain HRCI recertification credits

PIHRA's educational opportunities offer relevant insights into the challenges of today's workplace and the ability to hone your human resources skills. In addition, PIHRA's Districts offer a variety of monthly programs that typically offer HRCI credit.

For additional information, please visit our event calendar.

HRCI Certification Programs

Certification Categories

Professional in Human Resources (PHR®)
Senior Professionals in Human Resources (SPHR®)
Global Professionals in Human Resources (GPHR®)
California Certification (PHR-CA® and SPHR-CA®)

Thinking about becoming certified?

There are a number of advantages to obtaining your PHR, SPHR and California certification. In addition to being a public recognition of professional achievement, certification shows mastery of our field and a commitment to staying informed of new developments. HR professionals must know how to deal effectively with all aspects of the field, including strategic planning, international business issues, compensation and benefits, HR development, employee rights, and emerging HR issues. Certification affirms your ability to understand our profession on a broader scale.

Time to Recertify?

To retain the PHR, SPHR or California designations, the HR Certification Institute requires all certificants to recertify every three years either by accumulating 60 educational hours through continuing education, instruction, on-the-job experience, research and publishing, leadership activities, or membership in a national or international professional organization such as the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), or by retaking the examination (“recertification by examination”). For more information about how to recertify by retaking the exam, please refer to the most recent version of the GPHR or PHR and SPHR Certification Handbook. The cost to recertify by documenting 60 credit hours of continuing education is $10.

Prep Courses

The SHRM Learning System Certification Preparation Courses presents an in-depth review of the students’ professional knowledge and skills and broadens his/her perspective and understanding of the field. The twelve week program consists of six instructional modules encompassing key areas in HR Management as outlined by SHRM. Students review test taking tips and take weekly timed examinations.

Certification Prep Course Options

California PHR/SPHR Exam Preparation Programs
PHR/SPHR Exam Preparation Courses
GPHR Exam Preparation Courses

Technical Requirements for online courses:
To access the online course, you have 2 options:

  • You can join the meeting via a telephone by dialing a toll-based number that we will provide (you will be charged your standard long-distance rate for calling this toll-based number, just as if you made a regular long-distance call). You will be able to hear and speak via the phone.
  • You can join the meeting via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). There are no toll charges when using VoIP. Participants who join the meeting via VoIP will need speakers or headphones to hear the session and a microphone to speak. If you do not use a microphone, you can only ask questions via text chat.

Requirements for VoIP usage:

  • Fast Internet connection (at least 384 kbps)
  • Microphone and speakers (USB headset recommended for clear quality)

Computer System Requirements:

For PC-based Attendees:

Required: Windows® 2000, XP, 2003 Server or Vista
Required: Internet Explorer® 6.0 or newer, or Mozilla® Firefox® 2.0 or newer (JavaScript™ and Java™ enabled)
Internet Connection Required: Cable modem, DSL, or better recommended
Recommended: Minimum of Pentium® class 1GHz CPU with 512 MB of RAM (2 GB of RAM for Windows Vista)

For Mac-based Attendees:
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4 (Tiger®) or newer
Required: Safari™ 3.0 or newer, Firefox 2.0 or newer; (JavaScript and Java enabled)
Internet Connection Required: Cable modem, DSL, or better recommended
Required: PowerPC G4/G5 or Intel processor, 512 MB of RAM or better recommended


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