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HRCI introduces credential for new HR practitioners

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The HR Certification Institute (HRCI) has launched a new credential for practitioners who are just beginning their HR careers: the Associate Professional in Human Resources (aPHR) certification.

The aPHR is designed for professionals who are embarking on an HR career or transitioning into the HR field.The aPHR exam focuses on the fundamentals of HR principles and practices including recruitment, HR development and retention, compensation and benefits, employee relations and safety.

Individuals planning a career in HR, those serving in HR support roles or who have HR responsibilities but do not currently hold an HR position, as well as military personnel seeking HR professional development or transitioning to civilian HR roles will be particularly interested in this certification, explained HRCI CEO Amy Schabacker Dufrane.

HRCI’s Professional in Human Resources credential is the next step up from the aPHR.

Registration for the aPHR pilot exam opens Feb. 16 for test dates in early May and registration for the first aPHR testing period opens April 1 for test dates in November 2016 through January 2017. Individuals passing the aPHR exam during either testing window will receive the aPHR designation.

Learn more at www.hrci.org/aphr

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Amie Crowder March 30, 2016 at 2:24 am

Hi Linda! I couldn’t agree with you more! I have my MBA degree and limited HR experience. I am looking forward to registering for the aPHR next month so that I can transition into the HR industry!


Linda Haft January 14, 2016 at 10:40 am

Very proud to be part of an organization that truly helps to advance the HR profession. This new exam will be extremely helpful for those individuals looking to gain an entry level HR position and demonstrate their commitment to grow into more responsible roles.


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