HRCI offers a suite of eight global certifications. Exams can be taken at a Pearson VUE test center or, for residents in select locations, conveniently from home through OnVUE online proctoring. Information about HRCI’s suite of credentials can be found at www.hrci.org/certifications. All candidates should carefully review the following resources:
- Certification Handbook (PDF) - The HRCI Certification Policies and Procedures Handbook is a critical resource as you prepare to apply and test. All candidates should carefully review the handbook throughout the application and testing process.
- Exam Content Outlines – Each exam is based on an exam content outline. Be sure to review the outline for the certification you want to earn.
- How the Exams are Structured – Learn more about the types of questions you may find on your exam and how HRCI exams are developed.
- Common Questions – Our most common questions are answered here but our team is always available to help if needed.
You must first complete the HRCI Application Process before you can schedule an exam appointment.
Once your application is approved and you have received your eligibility ID from HRCI, you have 180 days to select your exam date and location. If you plan to test at a testing center, please schedule early for your preferred date and location. Space at testing centers is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
After you schedule your test center exam appointment, Pearson VUE will send you a confirmation e-mail listing your exam date, your exam time, the address and phone number of the test center, and directions to the test center.
Available in Select Locations: If you reside in a country in which online testing is available, you will have the additional option to take your exam at your home or office through OnVUE online proctoring. You will receive information about online proctoring in your confirmation email and will see the online option when you schedule your exam appointment. Please read the online exam policies carefully before you schedule your appointment.
After you schedule your online exam appointment, Pearson VUE will send you a confirmation email with your appointment details and important things to know for your exam.
Be sure to select a date and time you can commit to. There are fees associated with changes to test center or OnVUE exam appointments.
Test takers are required to review the HRCI Certification Policies and Procedures Handbook (PDF) prior to sitting for an examination and must agree to adhere to the policies within it before your application can be approved.
Cancellation and Rescheduling Policy
Pearson VUE test center appointments: If you need to cancel or reschedule your exam appointment within your 180-day eligibility period, you must do so at least 48 hours before your scheduled exam appointment. Otherwise, all fees will be forfeited, and you will be considered a no-show. There is a $150 fee each time you cancel or reschedule an exam appointment.
OnVUE online appointments: If you need to cancel or reschedule your exam appointment within your 180-day eligibility period, you may do so up to the time of your scheduled exam appointment. There is a $150 fee each time you cancel or reschedule an exam appointment.
You will receive an email confirmation once you have successfully rescheduled or cancelled your exam appointment. If you do not receive an email confirmation, your exam appointment has not been rescheduled or cancelled.