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 CHRP Designation

Overview of HRPA's CHRP Certification Process

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 your name.

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

There are a number of interests to balance in setting the certification standard. It's important to exclude individuals who are deemed to be not qualified to do the work, however the standards must not be so strict as to unduly restrain the right of qualified individuals to offer their services to employers or clients.

If you have any questions about certification, please contact the Office of the Registrar at

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Certification Requirements

All of the requirements for certification are set under the authority of the Registered Human Resources Professionals Act, 2013. HRPA's certification process has five requirements:

These requirements may be achieved in any sequence with the exception that the required coursework must be completed before attempting the exam, and you must be a member of HRPA to write the exam and to have your experience recognized. This means there are different paths to certification and the sequence in which requirements are met may differ from one individual to the next.

When all requirements have been successfully completed, individuals are notified that they have earned the CHRP designation by meeting all of the requirements established by HRPA's Board of Directors, and that the online register of members has been updated with this information.

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Internationally Educated Professionals

HRPA is committed to providing registration practices that are transparent, objective, impartial and fair. The certification process is designed so that individuals who immigrate to Ontario from other countries do not encounter unnecessary barriers to certification. More information for internationally educated HR professionals.

Requirements for Maintaining the Designation
In order to maintain the CHRP designation, CHRP Members must:

Mutual Recognition of the CHRP in Canada

HRPA will recognize any individual who has been granted the CHRP designation in any other province as qualified for certification by HRPA without additional material training, experience, examinations or assessments. We have developed a policy and process for managing mutual recognition of the CHRP designation in Canada. 

The Value of the CHRP


Research conducted by about the market value of the CHRP shows that human resources leaders with a CHRP designation receive more promotions, increased job opportunities and have higher salaries than their counterparts who don't hold the CHRP designation. Certification as an HR professional has become an integral step to building a successful HR career.

If you have any questions about certification, please contact the Office of the Registrar at​​​


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"Professionals wtih CHRPs are promoted more frequently and move into higher positions more often than those without CHRPs."

- 2013 PayScale Research Report

"From 2012 to 2013, job postings requiring a CHRP have increased to 70%."

- 2013 PayScale Research Report