Earning your Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) certification

The BS in Business—Human Resource Management program incorporates the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification exam as part of the degree—at no additional cost. (You will also need to acquire or already possess two years of HR experience to earn certification.) PHR certification will set you apart. It indicates to management that you have mastered the knowledge that an HR professional needs. It opens new doors to your career and demonstrates to your peers that you are a competent HR professional. (Most certification holders proudly display the initials PHR after their name on their business cards.)

The PHR exam is administered by the Human Resource Certification Institute and is supported by the Society for Human Resource Management. It covers all the essential functional areas of human resource management: Management Practices, General Employment Practices, Staffing, HR Development, Compensation and Benefits, Employment and Labor Relations, and Health, Safety and Security.

As a WGU student you will develop mastery of these human resource areas as preparation for the PHR exam. The exam is used as WGU’s primary assessment for the Human Resources subject area; thus passing it also means you pass that portion of your degree program. (Ask an Enrollment Counselor for more details.)

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