There are special rules that apply to human resources certification in California, that most other states do not require. There is a supplemental certification requirement in addition to the standard PHR (Professional in Human Resources) and SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) certification.
In order to qualify for the general PHR human resources certification in California, you will need to have at least one year of HR experience with a masters degree, at least two years of experience with a bachelor’s degree, or four year of HR experience with anything less than a bachelor’s degree. This is why many HR professionals choose to pursue higher level degrees while they continue to work in their current human resources role. The company you work for may also have a program that will pay for all or a portion of your higher education expenses. The higher the degree level accomplished, the quicker you can achieve your HR certification in California.
At the senior level of certification, you may qualify for a SPHR with four years of experience and a masters degree, five years with a bachelor’s degree, or seven years with an associates or anything less than a bachelor’s level degree. Remember, that the state of California will require that you take the supplemental test, which covers employment laws and regulations that are specific to California.