HR Certification Institute Receives Accreditation for California Credentials


The HR Certification Institute (the Institute) has received
accreditation for its Professional in Human Resources-California
(PHR-CA®) and Senior Professional in Human Resources-California
(SPHR-CA®) from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

The Institute’s PHR-CA/SPHR-CA certifications are designed for HR
professionals who currently hold PHR® and SPHR® credentials and are
experts in regulations and legal mandates specific to the state of
California. The exam focuses on California HR-related laws and
practices, and HR professionals who earn a PHR-CA or SPHR-CA have proven
that they have mastered the unique skills necessary to practice in the
state of California.

“We are very pleased to announce the accreditation of our California
programs,” said Amy Schabacker Dufrane, Ed.D., SPHR, CAE, executive
director of the Institute. “We have long held accreditation for our PHR
and SPHR programs and are gratified for this recognition of the rigor
and diligent preparation we put into creating our California programs.

“We also are thankful for the more than 1,100 HR professionals in
California who are committed to the profession and have already earned
their California credentials from us,” Dufrane continued.

NCCA standards require demonstration of a valid and reliable process for
development, implementation, maintenance and governance of certification
programs. It uses a rigorous peer review process to establish
accreditation standards; evaluate compliance with the standards;
recognize organizations/programs that demonstrate compliance; and serve
as a resource on quality certification. The NCCA was created in 1987 by
the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) to help ensure the
health, welfare and safety of the public through the accreditation of a
variety of certification programs/organizations that assess professional

The Institute offers a comprehensive portfolio of advanced, globally
relevant certifications that includes the:

  • Professional in Human Resources (PHR®)
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®)
  • Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR®)
  • California Certification (PHR-CA® and SPHR-CA®)
  • Human Resource Management Professional (HRMP℠)
  • Human Resource Business Professional (HRBP℠)

About the HR Certification Institute

The HR Certification Institute (HRCI), established in 1976, is the
internationally recognized, independent certifying organization for the
Human Resources Profession. The HR Certification Institute is the global
leader in developing rigorous exams to demonstrate mastery and
real-world application of forward-thinking HR practices, policies and
principles. Today, more than 130,000 HR professionals in 102 countries
proudly maintain the HR Certification Institute’s credentials as a mark
of high professional distinction. The HR Certification Institute offers
a comprehensive portfolio of advanced professional credentials for HR
professionals worldwide. Visit us at

HR Certification Institute
Margaret Brown, 703-898-9443

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