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 CHRL Designation (formerly the CHRP Designation)

Overview of HRPA's CHRL 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-dep​th 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 name of the professional level designation has been changed to Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL). Completion of the CHRL requirements confers the right to use the title Certified Human Resources Leader and the right to use the initials CHRL after your name.

More information about the updated Certification Framework including FAQs​​

Please Note: Updates related to the new certification framework means that the requirements for the CHRL designation will be added to over the next 3-5 years.

Depending on when you complete the coursework requirement, write the exam or submit your Validation of Experience, additional requirements may apply. Please consult our implementation timetable for the timing and implementation of the upgraded CHRL requirements.


 CHRL Designation Requirements

 Requirements for the CHRL designation are:

Requirements for Maintaining the CHRL designation are:

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