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 Alternate Route

Alternate Routes

Having made a strong case for the coursework requirement and the formal training programs they are linked to, it is also the case that HRPA has provided for alternative ways of meeting the coursework requirement.  These ‘alternate routes’ are intended for experienced HR professionals. To provide the greatest flexibility, a points-based system was developed.  This system gives ‘points’ for experience, formal training, coursework, and other relevant designations.  Fifty points are needed to qualify for the Knowledge exam.  Alternate route applications are reviewed by the Certification Committee.  Applications under the alternate route must be forwarded to the Registrar of HRPA.  *Please note that in order to be eligible to write the NKE on November 2, 2013, your Alternate Route application must be submitted on or before August 30, 2013.*

Overview of the Alternate Route Points System:

Alternate Route

Points

Advanced degree in HR or IR

50

Approved executive program in HR

50

Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)

50

Chartered Member of CIPD

50

Some other designation in HR (see application for details)

10 or 20

Responsibility for overall HR Function in medium to large organization

10/year

Practice in Employment Law

10/year

Experience at a professional level in HR

5/year

Experience as an independant HR consultant

5/year

Experience as an instructor in a recognized post-secondary institution

5/year

Courses in HR from the approved list

5/course

 

The Alternate Route is sub-divided into two streams;

1.  Education and HR Designations Stream: this stream is used by individuals applying with the following only:

             a.  advanced degree in HR or IR

             b.  approved executive program in HR

             c.  senior professional in human resources

             d.  chartered member of CIPD

             e.  some other designation in HR (see application for details)

             f.   courses in HR from the approved list (must be 10 year rule and grade standard)

 This application can be submitted at any time, however it must be submitted before or on the NKE application deadline to be considered for that NKE sitting eligibility.

2.  Education, HR Designations and Experience Stream: this stream is used by individuals who do not qualify for 50 points via the above route, and are applying using any of the following criteria;

            a.  some other designation in HR (see application for details)

            b.  responsibility for overall HR function in medium to large organization

            c.  practice in employment law

            d.  experience at a professional level in HR

            e.  experience as an independent HR consultant

            f.   experience as an instructor in a recognized post secondary institution

           g.  courses in HR from the approved list (must meet 10 year rule and grade standard) 

 Alternate Route - Education, HR Designations and Education Stream applications are reviewed by panels of the HRPA's Certification Committee.  The Certification Committee meets regularly throughout the year.  The deadlines for submission of applications are at the end of each month (i.e. January 31, February 28, March 31, etc.)

Applications received which require adjudication will be processed within 6-8 weeks.

All applications should be mailed to:

HRPA

Office of the Registrar

150 Bloor Street West, Suite 200

Toronto, ON  M5S 2X9