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The Senior Human Resources Professional Designation (SHRP)

General Information

Q: What is the SHRP designation?

A: The SHRP is awarded to high-impact HR leaders who demonstrate the qualities of leadership, trusted advisor, strategic orientation, breadth of knowledge (not just in HR, but management generally), the ability to build business-aligning HR strategy, and of course, significant impact and influence on their organization and the profession.

Q: How did the SHRP come to be?

A: Many professions have a senior designation, including the U.S. Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the U.K.’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)—the two largest HR associations outside of Canada. With the growth and maturation of the HR profession in Canada, many HR association executives felt it was time for a senior HR designation. A Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA) cross-country taskforce representing provincial HR associations developed the SHRP criteria.

Q: Does every province offer the SHRP?

A: While a CCHRA inter-provincial taskforce developed the criteria as a group, it will be up to each individual provincial HR association to decide whether or not to make the designation available to its membership. Currently, the SHRP designation in available in Ontario, as well as Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. Other provinces may establish a senior designation at a later time based on their members’ needs.Since this designation is certain to be valued by the recipients as well as organizations and CEOs searching for the most experienced and capable people to lead them through these challenging times, demand for the designation will grow as awareness of it increases.

Q: Will every participating province use the same evaluation criteria?

A: The taskforce agreed that the individuals who will hold this designation will share six attributes in common: leadership, trusted advisor, strategic orientation, breadth of knowledge—not just in HR, but management generally, the ability to build HR strategy that aligns to business, and the ability to have significant impact and influence across their organizations. The initial phase of the SHRP application process is a simple self-assessment using an online survey tool that asks potential applicants about their HR function, including their experience, job scope, size and complexity of organization, education, etc. The self-assessment tool is available at: Beyond that, it will be up to each province to define the process by which applications are made and the criteria evaluated.In Ontario, individuals who qualify for Phase II need to submit a written application, including two examples for each of the six SHRP dimensions as outlined in the SHRP Phase II Application. The application, along with the SHRP Guide, is therefore provided to everyone who qualifies through the online Phase I self-assessment.

Q: What are the benefits of being an SHRP?

A: The benefits of being an SHRP are many and varied, beginning with permission to identify oneself as an SHRP. In Ontario, exclusive access to HR thought leaders through SHRP-only events and an SHRP online community are just some of the opportunities planned for holders of the designation. Each participating province will have its own local benefits as well.

Q: How does it differ from the CHRP?

A: The SHRP should not be confused with the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. The SHRP is not a senior CHRP. The CHRP is the gold standard of HR competence and is increasingly cited as a requirement for many HR positions. It certifies that the HR professional has the academic credentials, the currency and completeness of HR knowledge based on a life-long commitment to professional development, and the demonstrated judgment required for a professional practice based on HR excellence. The SHRP is a professional HR designation reserved for senior HR executives who have demonstrated high-impact leadership within their organizations and the HR profession.

Q: Does a SHRP have to periodically recertify in a fashion similar to a CHRP?

A: Like all HR professionals, SHRPs will be expected to maintain a commitment to ongoing professional development. But there is no provision in the designation to meet a continuing professional development requirement as there is with the CHRP.

The Application Process

Q: Who can apply?

A: Individuals who have a minimum of 10 years of HR experience and who receive a score of ≥80 in the online self-assessment qualify for Phase II. If they have provided their contact information, they will receive an email with their Phase I results as well as instructions on how to proceed to Phase II from the provincial association to which they are making their application.

Q: What is the approval process for Ontario and how long does it take?

A: An SHRP Review Panel will assess all written applications. Panels will be struck as required. Successful applicants will be notified in writing. Start to finish, the process should take no longer than 8 – 10 weeks. Successful applicants will receive a certificate and lapel pin, as well as invitations to SHRP-only events, and, in the future, access to an SHRP-exclusive online community. Their name will also be added to HRPA's online directory of SHRP members.

Q: What does it cost?

A: If the application is approved, the new SHRP will be charged a one-time fee of $350 plus tax to cover administrative costs.

Q: Are there other conditions?

A: Each province will establish its own expectations for SHRP recipients. SHRPs must be, or become and remain, members in good standing of the provincial HR association issuing the SHRP designation. Ontario views SHRPs as leaders and ambassadors of the profession and their provincial HR association. The SHRP should encourage active association membership for themselves and for others. As recognized leaders they should also welcome the opportunity to mentor up-and-coming, high-impact managers. Finally, they should participate in the SHRP assessment panel of their provincial association.

Independent Consultants

Q: Can independent consultants qualify for the SHRP designation?

A: Yes, independent consultants can qualify for the SHRP designation.

Q: How should independent consultants approach the Phase I Online Self-Assessment?

A: For consultants who may not work in large organizations today, it is very important that they describe past organizational roles and the scope of the roles they play for the organizations they typically work with.

Q: Is there anything independent consultants should keep in mind when completing the Phase II application?

A: Like all applicants, independent consultants should make sure to specify in their examples what the situation was, what goal they were trying to accomplish, the actions they took and of course what the results were. In particular, applicants should highlight their contributions and initiatives, especially if the example refers to a group project.

More Questions?

For Ontario, contact Mara Berger, Coordinator, Office of the Registrar at