An individual must maintain membership in HRPA from the point they start their CHRP certification process through the completion of their certification process.
The start of the certification process is defined as the earlier of the following events:
1. Registration for the National Knowledge Exam (NKE);
2. Application for the validation of experience; or
3. Application for other certification related processes such as the Alternate Route or Credit for Non-Approved Courses.
Individuals who lapse their membership while pursuing certification may join HRPA again and continue the certification process where they left off provided they have missed no more than three membership renewals and they re-establish continuity in their membership through the payment of back dues. Individuals who would have qualified for reduced membership rates during the gap in membership may pay their back dues at the reduced rate. After the third missed membership renewal, individuals may be required to begin their certification process anew; this determination is made on a case-by-case basis. In all cases, the original timeframes/time limits associated with each of the requirements for certification must be met. For more information, please refer to the HRPA Membership Continuity and Certification Policy.
Exceptions to the Membership Continuity Policy may be made if the past member provides documentation showing that:
1. They were a member of another provincial HR association during the gap in their
2. They were living outside of Canada during the gap in their certification process; or
3. They were not in the workforce during the gap in their certification process (e.g., prolonged illness). Please note, however, that individuals on pregnancy leave, parental leave, or who are unemployed are expected to maintain membership through access to reduced membership rates.
Unlike other credentials such as degrees, professional designations require that the regulatory body have on-going jurisdiction over its members. Membership in HRPA as a requirement for obtaining and maintaining the CHRP designation follows directly from the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario Act, 1990. Section 7(2) of the Act states: “Any person in Ontario who, not being a registered member of the Association, takes or uses the designation of "Certified Human Resources Professional" or its abbreviation "CHRP" alone or in combination with any other words, name, title or description or implies, suggests or holds out that the person is a certified human resources professional is guilty of an offence.”
When joining HRPA, please be advised that a copy of grades, transcripts or student confirmation information may be required to be granted membership in a particular category. Copies will be accepted for membership purposes only. For certification purposes, original transcripts must be sent to the Office of the Registrar for assessment towards meeting the coursework requirement, for Alternate Route applications containing educational courses, and for Credit for Non-Approved Courses applications.
Individuals with questions regarding the membership requirement and certification are encouraged to contact the Office of the Registrar at email@example.com
Individuals with questions regarding achieving membership, categories, fees and how to register are encouraged to contact the Membership Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
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