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Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)

Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP)
Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL)

About the Human Resources Professional Association
  • The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) serves as the professional regulatory body and the professional association for Human Resources Professionals in Ontario. It oversees more than 20,000 members in 28 chapters across the province. The HRPA is Canada’s human resources (HR) thought leader and the largest HR association in the country.
  • HRPA has a mandate to promote and protect the public interest by governing and regulating the practice of members of the Association and firms.
  • HRPA designations:
    Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP): Entry Level
    Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL): Professional Level
Association’s Requirements for Certifications
CHRP Designation Requirements

As of January 2016, the requirements for the CHRP designation are:

Coursework – 9 required courses:

(At present, completion of the same nine courses will qualify a candidate for both the CHRP and the CHRL designation. Starting in 2020, it is planned that separate coursework requirements will be established. The notice period will allow students to complete their coursework requirement under the rules in place when they started the program.)

Recognized School of Continuing Studies Courses

* courses available online and in-class

Human Resources Management SCS 0987 Human Resources Management*
Organizational Behaviour SCS 0988 Organizational Behaviour*
Finance and Accounting SCS 2011 Financial and Management Accounting
Human Resources Planning SCS 2010 Human Resource Planning*
Occupational Health and Safety SCS 2008 Occupational Health & Safety*
Training and Development SCS 2007 Training and Development*
Labour Relations SCS 2009 Industrial/Labour Relations*
Recruitment and Selection SCS 1528 Recruitment and Selection*
Compensation SCS 1529 Compensation*
* = courses available online
Members holding any HRPA designation must maintain their membership in HRPA and must meet the ongoing continuing professional development (CPD) requirement.

OR

Alternate Route

HRPA has developed an Alternate Route to meeting the coursework requirement. The Alternate Route is intended for individuals with advanced HR education or experienced HR professionals.  To provide the greatest flexibility, a points-based system was developed that gives ‘points’ for experience, formal training, coursework, and other relevant designations. Fifty points are needed to pass the Alternate Route and qualify for the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam (CKE1 or CKE2). Applicants are encouraged to also review the Guide to the Alternate Route.

The qualifying exam for the CHRP is the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam 1 (CKE 1) and the qualifying exam for the CHRL is the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam (CKE 2).

For the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding the CHRP and CHRL designations, as well as the continuing professional development (CPD) requirement, please visit HRPA’s website directly.

Association’s Requirements for Certifications
CHRL Designation Requirements
Currently, the CHRL designation has five requirements. These requirements may be achieved in any sequence with the exception that the required coursework must be completed before attempting the exam, and you must be a member of HRPA to write the exam and to have your experience recognized:

As of Summer 2016, an HR law must also be completed and as of Fall 2016, a Final Performance Exam must also be completed. Additional requirements will be phased in over the next few years.

Coursework – 9 required courses:

(At present, completion of the same nine courses will qualify a candidate for both the CHRP and the CHRL designation. Starting in 2020, it is planned that separate coursework requirements will be established. The notice period will allow students to complete their coursework requirement under the rules in place when they started the program.)

Recognized School of Continuing Studies Courses

* courses available online and in-class

Human Resources Management SCS 0987 Human Resources Management*
Organizational Behaviour SCS 0988 Organizational Behaviour*
Finance and Accounting SCS 2011 Financial and Management Accounting
Human Resources Planning SCS 2010 Human Resource Planning*
Occupational Health and Safety SCS 2008 Occupational Health & Safety*
Training and Development SCS 2007 Training and Development*
Labour Relations SCS 2009 Industrial/Labour Relations*
Recruitment and Selection SCS 1528 Recruitment and Selection*
Compensation SCS 1529 Compensation*
* = courses available online
Members holding any HRPA designation must maintain their membership in HRPA and must meet the ongoing continuing professional development (CPD) requirement.

OR

Alternate Route

HRPA has developed an Alternate Route to meeting the coursework requirement. The Alternate Route is intended for individuals with advanced HR education or experienced HR professionals.  To provide the greatest flexibility, a points-based system was developed that gives ‘points’ for experience, formal training, coursework, and other relevant designations. Fifty points are needed to pass the Alternate Route and qualify for the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam (CKE1 or CKE2). Applicants are encouraged to also review the Guide to the Alternate Route.

The qualifying exam for the CHRP is the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam 1 (CKE 1) and the qualifying exam for the CHRL is the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam (CKE 2).

For the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding the CHRP and CHRL designations, as well as the continuing professional development (CPD) requirement, please visit HRPA’s website directly.

Both Designations Continuing Profession Development (CPD)  (Recertification)
CHRP and CHRL Continuing professional development (CPD) is an essential component of HRPA’s designations. CHRP and CHRL designation members are required to obtain 66.67 hours of professional development activities for every three-year CPD cycle. There is no requirement to obtain a certain number of hours each year but certified members are strongly encouraged to design a personal professional development plan that outlines an annual schedule. CPD hours can be earned through continuing education, leadership activities, instructional activities, completion of significant work projects and/or initiatives, and research or publication. By accumulating 66.67 hours through a combination of these various activities certified members reinforce their existing skills and build new skills, are exposed to up-to-date information relevant to the HR profession. Members are expected to choose professional development activities that will best meet their own professional development needs.

For the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding the CHRP and CHRL designations, as well as the continuing professional development (CPD) requirement, please visit HRPA’s website directly.


Updated: January 2016

Disclaimer: The Association may offer certifications in addition to the one(s) identified. The University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies is committed to providing current and accurate information about the requirements to earn the certification(s) identified. Contact the Association to confirm your personal pathway to the certification, based on your education and professional experience.