Early Career HR? Demonstrate Your HR Knowledge with aPHR Certification

by Mary Gormandy White, M.A., SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Are you an early career HR professional who is frustrated with having to wait until you have several years of experience to be able to sit for a recognized HR certification? If so, you’re sure to be excited to learn about the new Associate Professional in Human Resources (aPHR) certification credential! I’m so thrilled about this certification option that I have added an online aPHR exam prep course to my teaching schedule (See https://training.mtibusiness.com/aphr_prep_course for details).

Early-Career HR Certification Solution

The aPHR certification is granted through the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), which is also the certifying body for PHR and SPHR. Rather than being intended for experienced HR professionals who already have several years of experience, the aPHR is especially designed for individuals who are in the early stages of their HR career.

With the aPHR program, early-career HR practitioners can earn a recognized HRCI certification appropriate for their current career level. With so many employers demanding certification for even entry-level HR positions, the aPHR is a great solution for those who want a credential that backs up their level of HR knowledge but don’t yet have enough experience to sit for the SHRM-CP or PHR exam.

Knowledge-Based Credential

The aPHR is a knowledge-based program, which differentiates it from other certifications intended solely for experienced HR practitioners. As a result, it doesn’t have a specific years-of experience requirement; even recent graduates who have not yet worked in the field can sit for the aPHR exam and become certified.

The aPHR exam focuses on mastery of knowledge related to:

  • HR Operations
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Human Resource Development and Retention
  • Employee Relations
  • Health, Safety, and Security

Who Can Benefit From aPHR Certification?

The aPHR certification is ideal for professionals who are relatively new in or are transitioning to an HR role, recent graduates, and others who hold positions that involve HR-related duties (such as managers, executive directors, administrators, business owners, etc.). It is also a good option for people who want to earn a knowledge-based HR certification before pursuing a more advanced credential.

MTI’s Online aPHR Exam Prep Course

I will be teaching a fully-online instructor-led exam prep course for the aPHR starting on May 2, 2019 through my company, MTI Business Solutions. The class begins May 2 and will meet 6 consecutive Thursday evenings from 6:30 - 9:30 pm EST/5:30 - 8:30 pm CST. For complete details or to register, see https://training.mtibusiness.com/aphr_prep_course. See MTIBusiness.com for a complete list of all of our upcoming online HR certification courses and other workshops/classes.

MTI Business Solutions is an HRCI-approved Certification Prep Provider (CPP). I have been teaching PHR/SPHR exam prep courses since 2008 and have taught SHRM-CP/SCP classes for the Mobile SHRM chapter since these credentials were introduced in 2015. Please let me know if I can answer any questions or provide additional information.


Note: The HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) does not endorse any particular preparation program or offering. We encourage prospective certification holders to use a variety of resources that reflect their learning styles and needs. Purchasing a certification product is NOT required and HRCI does not guarantee that an individual will pass based on the purchase of a certification preparation product. The red-and-purple HR design, HR CERTIFICATION INSTITUTE, PHR, SPHR, and aPHR are trademarks of registered trademarks of Human Resource Certification Institute, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Used Under License.

About The Author: 
Mary Gormandy White, M.A., SPHR is co-owner of MTI Business Solutions, where she provides HR, management and leadership training and consulting services for clients throughout the U.S., including the Everything DiSC suite of assessments. She is an Everything DiSC Certified Trainer.