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 Coursework Requirement

To earn the right to use the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation or the Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation, applicants must have a sufficient foundation of discipline-specific knowledge. Because coursework is the main way in which this requirement is met, it is known as the ‘coursework’ requirement.

The coursework requirement must be met before an individual may be deemed eligible to write the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam (the exam requirement).

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 comprehensive chart for the timing and implementation of the upgraded CHRL requirements.




Currently, for both the CHRP and CHRL designations, the coursework requirement is the same and there are two ways of meeting the requirement: the course-by-course approach and the Alternate Route.

The Course by Course Approach

The coursework requirement consists of successful completion of nine courses. Successful completion means obtaining a grade of 70% or better over all nine courses with no single course below 65%. Courses must be completed within ten years of the date you are registered to write the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam (CKE) to be considered for eligibility. The nine required courses are:

  • Human Resources Management (HRM)
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Human Resources Planning
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Training and Development
  • Labour Relations
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Compensation

There are various ways of getting credit for these nine courses:

For more information regarding required grades and multiple courses to achieve a single total credit for a subject area, advanced standing and recognition of courses that were not pre-approved (Courses Approval Process), please consult the HRPA Designation Handbook.

The Alternate Route

The Alternate Route is an alternative way of meeting the coursework requirement in order to qualify to write the CKE. The Alternate Route is points-based and gives credit for experience and other relevant achievements. The Alternate Route is deemed an equivalent foundation for HR professionals although there may be more gaps in this background.

​Experienced HR professionals, including internationally educated professionals, may find that the Alternate Route is their quickest path to the CHRP or CHRL designation. Experience does not need to be Canadian experience as long as it meets the criteria of (1) being HR experience, and (2) being at a professional level. The experience must have occurred within the last ten years to count towards the experience requirement and the individual must have at least three months of professional level HR experience within the last two years.

More information about the Alternate Route

Individuals with questions regarding the coursework requirement are encouraged to contact the Office of the Registrar at