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Human Resource Certification Institute

The maximum transfer credit award possible from this specific internal recommendation is 12 semester hours (SH); individual transfer credit award will vary based on the requirements of a student's selected degree program, any additional documents submitted for transfer credit evaluation (TCE), and the University's TCE policies.

Any credit awarded from this internal recommendation is considered nontraditional transfer credit.


Undergraduate students must be pursuing one of the following programs at the University:

  • Any undergraduate level degree program

Students are most likely to maximize their transfer credit award if they are pursuing one of the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts in General Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Management
  • Bachelor of Business Administration


  • A student has met the terms of the agreement and is eligible for possible TCE review if they are currently certified as a Professional in Human Resource (PHR) or as a Senior Professional in Human Resource (SPHR) through the Human Resource (HR) Certification Institute and they have not yet had an Initial TCE completed.
  • If an Initial TCE has already been prepared and the student became a certified PHR or SPHR through the HR Certification Institute after the official evaluation was completed, they can send in the updated paperwork. A TCE Update Request Form must also be submitted to initiate the review process.
  • If a student changes their degree program, they are eligible for a review of their HR Certification Institute certificate(s) for possible transfer credit.
  • If a student has already had an Initial TCE completed, their documentation has already been reviewed, and no additional paperwork is to be submitted, they are NOT eligible for this internal policy.

Certification Requirements for Transfer Credit:

  • PHR and SPHR certifications are only valid within the Period of Certification indicated on the HR Certification Institute certificate and must be renewed every three years.
  • To qualify for this internal policy, the Period of Certification must encompass the designated date corresponding to the student's TCE type as indicated below:
    • Initial TCE - Admission Date must be within Period of Certification
    • Update TCE - Update Request Date must be within Period of Certification
    • Program Change TCE - Program Change Date must be within Period of Certification
    • Readmission TCE - Readmission Date must be within Period of Certification
    • New Program TCE - New Program Enrollment Date must be within Period of Certification

Students must send in a copy of their PHR or SPHR certificate from the HR Certification Institute along with a TCE Application. Documentation of valid certification may make a student eligible for the following transfer credit recommendations depending on their specific undergraduate degree program requirements:

HR Certification Institute
Certification Title
APUS Transfer Credit
Professional in
Human Resource
(PHR) Certification
HRMT407 - Human Resource Management3 SH

OMNI399 - Omnibus Credit* (only applies to the programs below)

  • BA General Studies (Management & Technology discipline) 
  • BA Management
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
3 SH
Senior Professional in Human Resource (SPHR) CertificationHRMT407 - Human Resource Management3 SH
HRMT416 - Human Resource Development3 SH
HRMT419 - Recruitment and Staffing3 SH

OMNI399 - Omnibus Credit* (only applies to the programs below)

  • BA General Studies (Management & Technology discipline) 
  • BA Management
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
3 SH

Omnibus credit is upper level transfer credit which applies to a student's specific area of study within their Major/Concentration requirements, but for which APUS does not offer an equivalent course. Students for whom this credit does not directly apply may have the same number of semester hours applied as Elective credit depending on their specific program requirements.

Please note:

This internal recommendation policy is valid for the programs listed which may be reviewed each catalog year and credit recommendations may change if the programs or internal recommendation policies are altered and/or re-evaluated.