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 CHRP Designation

Overview of HRPA's CHRP Designation Process

Beginning in 1990, HRPA offered the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation as a warrant of competence for Ontario’s HR professionals. In 2013, an in-depth professional practice analysis was conducted by HR associations across Canada which led to an update to HRPA’s competency framework. This, in turn, made it apparent that a significant update was required to our certification framework such that we now offer three core designations to meet the needs of HR professionals at each level of their career:

Entry Level Professional Level Executive Level
Certified Human
Resources Professional (CHRP)
Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) (Formerly the CHRP Designation) Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) (Formerly the SHRP Designation)



With the updated framework, the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) is now the name of the new entry level designation.  Human Resources professionals at entry level act in roles that are mostly administrative in nature, such as a contributing role in a larger HR function, or a sole HR practitioner in a small HR function. Individuals in this level would have responsibilities such as supporting HR initiatives, executing tasks passed down from management, and operating at the tactical and transactional levels. They often have titles such as Human Resources Assistant, Staffing Coordinator, Human Resources Clerk, or Human Resources Coordinator.

Completion of the CHRP requirements confers the right to use the title Certified Human Resources Professional and the right to use the initials CHRP after your name.

> More information about the updated Certification Framework including FAQs​​

CHRP Designation Requirements

Requirements for the CHRP designation are:

Requirements for Maintaining the CHRP designation are: