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Statistics



Total number of certified HR professionals: 124,763

Certification
 
As of August 2012
 
PHR 70,526
SPHR 50,053
GPHR 
 
1,440
PHR-CA
 
431
SPHR-CA 480
HRBP 229
HRMP 344
Multi Designations 1,377


Please note that each number accounts for an individual record, therefore providing us with the total individuals certified when added up. In some cases, an individual may hold more than one or more certifications. Download a breakdown of certified HR professionals by U.S. states.

The following are pass rates for certification candidates during the past several administrations of the exam.   

Exam Testing Period PHR Pass Rate SPHR Pass Rate GPHR Pass Rate California Pass Rate
December 2009-January 2010
 
60%
 
53% 57% 61%
May-June 2010               
 
56%           50% 70% 55%
December 2010-January 2011
 
57% 52%             63% 66%
May-June 2011 59% 48% 48% 67%
December 2011- January 2012 58% 48% 50% 74%
May-June 2012 58.15% 48.14% 60.19% 63.43%