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 HRPA Challenge Examinations

For the purposes of meeting HRPA’s coursework requirement, an alternative to completing specific course requirements is the Challenge Exams. Challenge Exams are designed to assess an applicant’s academic currency in an individual subject area and are similar to a final exam in the subject. They enable an applicant to achieve credit in a required subject area without retaking a course, giving them credit for previous academic or experiential knowledge in a subject. 

Challenge Exams may be taken anywhere with sittings held three times per year in February, May and October. A maximum of three subjects can be written per sitting. The passing grade for a Challenge Exam is 65%.

Challenge Examinations are typically recommended when:

  • A course grade does not meet HRPA's minimum grade requirement
  • A course was taken more than 10 years ago
  • An individual has extensive job-related or academic experience in a subject area

Challenge Exam Schedule 2014

Examination Dates ​Registration Deadline Date deadine to withdraw​
Feb 10,11,12 2014 January 31, 2014 February 3, 2014
May 6, 7, 8 2014 April 25, 2014 April 29, 2014
​**Oct 6, 7, 8 2014 ​Sept 26, 2014 ​Sept 29, 2014

**(For those individuals writing challenge exams in the October sitting to qualify to write the CKE in November,marks will be released by October 17, 2014 which is the late transcript deadline for the CKE. Individuals must have ensured that they have registered for the CKE by Sept 2, 2014.)

Individuals may register for the exams up to two weeks prior to the exam date. Those who wish to register for Challenge Exams after the deadline should contact staff in the Office of the Registrar directly and make their request in writing.

Examination Policy

  • On the exam day, registrants must present valid photo identification to be admitted to the testing room.
  • On-site Challenge Exam registrations are not permitted at the testing location. Registrations and payment must be completed prior to writing the examination.
  • No papers, texts or materials may be brought to the examinations. Individuals writing the Financial and Managerial Accounting Challenge Exam are permitted a calculator only.
  • Individuals arriving to the examination more than 30 minutes past the start time will not be permitted to write the exam and will forfeit the exam fees.
  • Individuals who fail to appear for the examinations without prior notification will forfeit their exam fees.

Deferral and Withdrawal Policy

Examination fees, (minus a $25.00 administrative fee) are refunded upon permanent withdrawal up to one week prior to the exam date. Withdrawal requests must be made in writing to Kelly Morris ( up to one week prior to the exam date. No withdrawals will be permitted less than one week prior to the exam date unless it is due medical reasons or bereavement. Supporting documentation must be provided to HRPA.

Challenge Exam registrations can be deferred to the next examination period only once. Deferral requests must be made in writing to Kelly Morris ( up to one week prior to the exam date. No deferrals will be permitted less than one week prior to the exam date.