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CEA is partnered with Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), the premier HR credentialing organization dedicated to setting the standard for HR mastery and excellence worldwide. CEA members will receive the following benefits when obtaining or renewing their HRCI certifications:

  • $50 discount off the aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, or GPHR exam fee
    • Earn up to twelve recertification credits per renewal cycle (not CEA membership cycle)
    • Three credits per full year of association membership (to a maximum of nine credit hours) under the membership category
    • An additional three business credits (one per year for SPHR) under the continuing education category (if your HRCI credential does not require business credit [PHR, GPHR or CA], the credit type will default to HR General credit)
  • An HRCI job board where individuals looking for jobs can upload their resume
  • A voucher program allowing you to purchase HRCI certification exams in bulk with a $90 dollar discount, letting you combine your training directly with our exams (to learn more, contact
  • An HRCI Recertification Concierge to quickly resolve questions and issues: Nella Deaza at or 571-551-6725

For more information, contact Nella Deaza.

Additional Resources

HRCI Credentials 
3 Steps to Certification
Guide for Online Applications 
Recertification Instructions
PHR/SPHR/aPHR Study Courses


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