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The EA and HRCI are committed to supporting HR career development and ongoing education. HRCI’s PHR, SPHR and GPHR are the only accredited general HR certifications and continue to be the gold standard for the HR profession.

Through the partnership with HRCI, EA members receive the following benefits when obtaining or renewing their aPHR, PHR, SPHR, or GPHR:

  • A $50 exam fee discount (USE CODE: EAO50) for the aPHR, PHR, SPHR and GPHR exam is available to use!
Thinking about getting your aPHR, PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, or SHRM-SCP certification? Through The EA’s partnership with Catapult, our sister association in Raleigh, North Carolina, attend study prep courses online!


  • All aPHR/PHR/SPHR certified professionals employed by an EA member, will be eligible to receive up to 12 hours of recertification credit for being employed at a member organization!
    • Credit eligibility is based on the number of years you were employed at an EA member organization during your recertification cycle.
    • Credits can also be prorated monthly for partial years of employment at a member company or based on the company’s number of years as an EA member.
  • In an effort to better help our member employees keep a record of their HR certification credits, the EA can track this information electronically for EA members who attend EA events. We are offering this service free of charge as a membership benefit for our members. Please contact Judi Roe, (, for more information on this service!
  • Need recertification credits? Click here to check out our wide variety of classes, conferences and roundtables!

HRCI has several links available to learn more about certification and recertification:


*For those who do not meet the criteria for a PHR/SHPR certification, HRCI also offers aPHR certification!



For more information about any of the certifications and the process to achieve them, please click on the links provided above or contact the Employers’ Association at 419.893.3000.
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