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Internationally Educated Professionals

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The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) is committed to providing fair, transparent and accessible registration and certification processes for internationally educated human resources professionals (HR IEPs). 

For this reason, we have undertaken a study to reveal the barriers to labour market entry for HR IEPs, and enhance the capacity of HRPA to integrate HR IEPs into the Ontario labour market.

For the results of the study, please watch the Webinar (New Window),
and read our Publication (PDF).

Complimentary Webinar:

Bias-Free Hiring and Assessment: Removing the “Canadian Experience” Barrier

Complimentary webinar discussing the  new Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) policy on removing “Canadian experience”  requirement for job candidates. Maytree president Ratna Omidvar interviews OHRC Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall on the new policy and how it relates to the Ontario Human Rights Code. Barbara also touches upon the effect the policy will have on employers and regulatory bodies and discusses the consequences if they do not comply.

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Completion of HRPA’s certification process confers the right to use the title Certified Human Resources Professional and the right to use the initials C.H.R.P. or CHRP after one’s name.

The overarching objective of HRPA’s certification process is to ensure that those HR professionals who are certified by HRPA possess the knowledge and skills in sufficient degree to competently perform important occupational activities and to protect the public interest. 

Certification is a "warrant of competence" or "warrant of expertise"

In compliance with the Fair Access to Regulated Professions Act (2006), HRPA has developed and the ‘Alternative Routes’ program allowing HR IEPs to expedite the verification process of their international experience and education. The Alternative Routes program is intended to provide flexibility for experienced HR professionals using a points-based system that recognizes professional level experience, formal training, coursework and other HR designations. The program requires the candidate to obtain fifty points to qualify to write the first examination towards the CHRP designation. Gaining the CHRP designation can help prepare internationally educated HR professionals for the realities of the Ontario labour market.

Please visit the Registration and Certification pages of our website  for more information.

Qualities of successful IEPs

  • Self-confidence
  • Focus
  • Determination
  • Effective Communication
  • Knowledge
  • Adaptability
  • Resilience
  • Capacity for Work
  • Acceptance
  • Sociability
  • Patience
  • Future-orientation

Human Resources Connections

Human Resources Connections is a seven-week employment-outcome pilot project designed to move internationally trained human resources professionals into their field of expertise. The ACCES Employment model includes: strong employer interaction, an academic curriculum delivered by Sheridan College focusing on Canadian context, mentoring opportunities, job placement, and post-hire supports.

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Important Links for IEPs

Bridging Programs
Career Bridge
Internships for skilled immigrants to gain Canadian experience Roadmap
This employer resource is a step-by-step guide with comprehensive strategies and tools to enhance your company’s human resources planning and practice — from recruiting to retaining and integrating skilled immigrants. This guide helps employers more effectively assess and select candidates, and integrate skilled newcomers into your organization.


Bridge Training Programs Directory
Immigration Ontario


Employment Resources


Collaborative Programs for Immigrant Employment

Working in Canada Canadian Government Web Site
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Global Experience Ontario
An Access and Resource Centre for the Internationally Trained


Educational and Experiential Assessment


World Education Services
Accurate research and intelligence about foreign academic credentials

Skills International
Connecting with Global Skills


Language Assessments and Training


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Canadian Language Benchmarks
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Community and Settlement Information
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211 Ontario
Easy access to community, social, healthand related government services in Ontario


Social Networking


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Message Board

Canadian Immigrant Blog