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 Continuing Professional Development (Recertification)

Continuing professional development (CPD)Continuing professional development (CPD) is an essential component of HRPA's certification framework. The objective of the CPD requirement is to ensure that members, who are in good standing and are certified by HRPA participate in ongoing professional development activities.

Purpose of CPD

The purpose of HRPA's CPD requirement is to ensure that CHRP members participate in ongoing professional development activities that:

  • Enhance their abilities as an HR practitioner and strategic business partner
  • Contribute to the acquisition of new knowledge
  • Build familiarity with contemporary HR issues
  • Reinforce essential skills related to HR practice
  • Contribute to the development of new skills that enhance performance as a HR professional

CPD represents a commitment to continuous learning in a profession affected by economic, social, business and legislative changes. Certified members must meet the CPD requirement by accumulating the required number of CPD hours.

CPD Requirement

CHRP Members are required to obtain 66.67 hours of professional development activities for every three-year CPD cycle. There is no requirement to obtain a certain number of hours each year but certified members are strongly encouraged to design a personal professional development plan that outlines an annual schedule.

CPD hours can be earned through continuing education, leadership activities, instructional activities, completion of significant work projects and/or initiatives, and research or publication.
By accumulating 66.67 hours through a combination of these various activities certified members reinforce their existing skills and build new skills, are exposed to up-to-date information relevant to the HR profession.

Certified members are expected to choose professional development activities that will best meet their own professional development needs.

Advanced planning is very strongly encouraged and will ensure that meeting the CPD requirement is manageable and a professionally enriching experience.

Rationale for the three-year cycle

The choice of a three-year CPD period reflects HRPA's commitment to helping certified members remain up-to-date and knowledgeable about the economic, social, business and legislative changes that impact the HR profession. Requiring CHRP members to report their activities every three years ensures that they keep pace as new information is introduced. Just because the requirement is to document continuing professional development activities every third year does not mean that members should participate in professional development activities every third year; it is expected that professional development will be ongoing.

CPD Log

The CPD log describes the various categories and types of activities that meet the CPD requirement. Each activity is allotted CPD hours. Certified members do not need to accrue hours in every category.

A broad range of activities qualify, including certain types of work projects. Certified members are encouraged to consider all activity categories when developing their personal CPD plan. The following is an overview of the main categories; please consult the log for more detailed information:

  • Category A - Continuing Education - maximum 66.67 hours: Professional development activities may include seminars, workshops, and conferences.
  • Category B - Leadership - maximum 46.67 hours: Professional development activities may include, mentoring, and volunteering.
  • Category C - Instruction - maximum 46.67 hours: Professional development activities may include developing or teaching a new HR courses for credit at a university, college, institute, or workplace. Credit is only awarded for the first time a course is developed or taught. This category will be of particular interest to academics, consultants, and corporate trainers.
  • Category D - Significant Work Projects/Initiatives - maximum 50 hours: Professional development activities include significant first-time human resources management program or project or, secondements and special assignments.
  • Category E - Research or Publication - maximum 33.33 hours: Professional development activities include conducting research, authoring and publishing of texts or articles.

Logs are due by May 31 in the year the CHRP member is due to submit their activities. Each year, three percent of all log submissions are randomly chosen and audited for accuracy and appropriate professional development activities.

Making Professional Development Choices

Members are encouraged to consider the following question when selecting their continuing professional development activities: "Does this activity further my abilities as an HR practitioner and strategic business partner?" If the answer is 'Yes', then log the activity.

Social activities do not meet the CPD requirement.

When will I be required to recertify?

CHRP members of HRPA must meet the CPD requirement and submit their log every three years. The deadline for logs is always of May 31 of the year it is due. 

When a member first earns their CHRP designation, their first CPD period starts June 1 following the date their CHRP was granted.  As a result, their first CPD period will be longer than three years, e.g., if a member is granted the CHRP in 2009, they will have until May 31, 2013 to meet the CPD requirement. All activities within that time frame will be considered towards meeting the requirement.  In this example, the next CPD runs from June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2016.

HRPA's Continuing Professional Development Log provides detailed information about the types of activities that are appropriate for meeting the continuing professional development (CPD) requirement to maintain the CHRP designation.

Pre-approved CPD activities

CPD activities may be pre-approved by HRPA.  Approved programs (e.g., seminars, workshops or conferences) display the HRPA CPD seal.  This way, members know that the program will be accepted for CPD credit. 

Pre-approved programs and activities are provided with an HRPA ID number. Upon completion of the activity, participants are provided with this number.  HRPA members may use the number to identify the activity in their CPD log. Providers do not submit participant lists to HRPA, it is each member's responsibility to track their own professional development activities.

Activities that have not been pre-approved may still qualify for recertification. Members are encouraged to consider the following question when selecting their CPD activities: "Does this activity further my abilities as an HR practitioner and strategic business partner?" If the answer is yes, they should log the activity.

More information about offering pre-approved CPD programs.

Individuals with questions regarding the CPD requirement are encouraged to contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@hrpa.ca.