Registration for June 6, 2015 now open!
Registration for the CKE can only be done online. Individuals who are paying by cheque only must contact the Office of the Registrar, email@example.com to obtain a registration form and register for the exam. The online registration link can be found in the I want to section of this page.
Applicants who wish to use the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation or the Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation must pass the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam (CKE).
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.
There are no exceptions or alternatives to the exam requirement.
Exam Content and Delivery
The CKE assesses candidates' understanding of the required professional competencies (RPCs) (PDF) as they relate to academic knowledge. Academic knowledge refers to basic facts, policies, practices, methods, legislation, etc. It is information that can be written into procedures and transferred fairly accurately during the learning process. Examples of academic knowledge include: the rights and responsibilities of management and labour during union organizing and negotiation processes; the various methods of training and developing staff; and human rights, employment equity and pay equity legislation.
The CKE's questions are based on the content in the following seven HR-related areas, or functional dimensions, under which the RPCs are organized. The following provides a guideline regarding the extent to which each area of knowledge is emphasized within the CKE:
Employee & Labour Relations
Organizational Learning, Training & Development
Occupational Health, Safety & Wellness
The CKE consists of multiple choice questions and is available in both French and English. The time limit for the CKE is three hours and thirty minutes:175 questions, multiple choice format (25 of which are unscored, experimental items sorted randomly throughout). The exam is administered in paper-and-pencil format in approximately thirty locations across Ontario. By special arrangement, the CKE may be administered in other locations as well. There are a number of exam preparation products available in the marketplace.
Information regarding test specifications, item development, item review, item selection and test assembly, scoring the CKE, etc. is available in the HRPA Certification Handbook (PDF) .
Pre-requisites and Eligibility to Write
Applicants must be a member in good standing of HRPA and must meet the CHRP coursework requirement before they are eligible to write the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam (CKE).
Proof of a completed degree is not required to write the CKE but it will be required in order to earn the CHRP designation. More information about the degree requirement.
Registration for the CKE does not constitute eligibility to write. After an applicant has registered and paid the required fee, HRPA staff members confirm whether or not the coursework requirement has been met and is valid. Individuals who are deemed eligible to write the CKE will receive an "Authorization to Write Letter" by email approximately one month prior to the CKE administration date. Individuals who register for the CKE under the conditions of the late transcript policy and who are deemed eligible will receive an "Authorization to Write Letter" by email approximately one week prior to the CKE administration date. Applicants who do not meet the coursework requirement will be refunded the CKE registration fee, less an administrative fee of $50.
Transcript Assessment and Transcript Submission Form and Fee
Individuals using the course by course method to meet the coursework requirement must submit complete academic transcripts including final grades for all nine required courses. Individuals submitting their first transcript in support of the CHRP coursework requirement must complete and submit the Transcript Submission Form (PDF) and pay the one-time transcript processing fee of $75.00 plus HST. This is a one-time fee paid only with the submission of the member's first transcript and will cover the processing of any and all subsequent transcripts. HRPA will not accept applications and transcripts that arrive after the deadline, including those that have been mailed before the deadline.
New - the Transcript Submission Form (online) can now be completed and submitted online. Individuals are still required to submit a transcript including their final grades for all nine required courses by mail to HRPA.
Members are encouraged to submit transcripts to the association as soon as they complete each required course. HRPA tracks a member's progress in meeting the coursework requirement in our membership database. CKE registrants must submit transcripts before or at the time of registration.
Transcripts must be original documents. Photocopies, web printouts, scanned, emailed copies and faxes will not be accepted as official documentation. Transcripts may be forwarded to HRPA directly by an educational institution at the request of a member. However, members are responsible for ensuring that the correct surname appears on the transcript so it can be matched to their member profile.
It takes approximately 2-4 weeks for transcripts to be assessed. Upon receipt of transcripts for an active member, an email confirming receipt of the transcripts is sent, and an email is sent once the assessment is complete and the member can view the results of the assessment in their online educational record.
Individuals applying via the Alternate Route to meet the coursework requirement must apply for the Alternate Route assessment before registering to write the CKE. *Please note that in order to be eligible to write the CKE on June 6, 2015, your Alternate Route application must be submitted on or before March 31, 2015.*
Original transcripts for active members can be mailed or couriered to:
HRPA - Attention: Office of the Registrar - Transcripts
150 Bloor Street West
Testing Dates, Application Deadlines and Fees
HRPA has a Late Transcript Policy that allows individuals to register for the CKE before submitting final grades for the required courses. A transcript with the courses completed to date must be submitted at the time of registration, however final grades for courses still in progress can be submitted by the late transcript deadline. For more information view HRPA's Late Transcript Policy and Form (PDF).
Registration deadlines fall approximately eight weeks prior to the exam date. Applicants are responsible for knowing the registration deadlines. Applicants may register for the CKE online only.
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IMPORTANT: HRPA will not accept any exam registrations beyond the above posted dates, regardless of the circumstances. This includes registrations mailed before the deadline. Registrations must be received at HRPA offices before the end of day (5:30 pm) on the registration deadline date. Registrants who miss the deadline will be required to register for the next CKE administration.
The cost to register for the CKE is $275 + HST. There is a 3-day late registration period after the registration deadline during which members may register for the exam for an additional fee of $75.00 + HST.
As of October 29, 2014, members who successfully complete the CKE are granted the CHRP designation. As of Spring 2016, the CHRP designation will also require successful completion of a Job Ready program, and as of Summer 2016, an HR law exam must also be successfully completed. Members with the CHRP designation must maintain their membership in HRPA and must meet the ongoing continuing professional development (CPD) requirement in order to maintain the designation.
After successful completion of the CKE, members will move into the CHRP Candidate category of membership.
Special Accommodation Request
HRPA has developed an Accommodations Policy to provide reasonable testing accommodations for individuals with documented disabilities. Reasonable accommodation refers to any adjustment to the examination materials or testing environment that permits a qualified applicant with a disability to perform without undue hardship to the institution providing accommodation. Documented disabilities are those for which there is a diagnosis by a qualified professional.
The purpose of accommodations is to provide equity, not advantage. Any requested modification that would substantially alter essential elements of the examination will not be granted.
Accommodation of Religious Observance
Requests for religious accommodation must be made at the time of registration. For those who cannot write the exam on a Saturday, the alternate test day is the Monday following the Saturday test date.
Deferrals, Withdrawals and No-Shows / Medical and Personal Emergencies
Please see the Office of the Registrar Policies for information on Deferrals, Withdrawals and No-shows and Medical and Personal Emergencies.
CKE Exam Results
CKE results are available approximately two months after the exam. The exact date and time will be posted in the "Important Dates and News" area of "the Office of the Registrar" section of the HRPA website. HRPA will also post instructions on how to access result information.
Members must ensure they are members in good standing of the association and that they keep their profile with us up to date with current contact information, including and most importantly email. All exam related correspondence from the Office of the Registrar is emailed. Members must also ensure that their email address provider recognizes HRPA as a safe source for emails.
Please do not call the Office of the Registrar asking for results over the phone or for early release. HRPA staff are not allowed to release results over the phone, and HRPA cannot release early results under any circumstances.
How do I get my results?
HRPA posts your exam result in the educational profile page of your online member profile. Your profile is password protected, and is accessible via the HRPA website. HRPA will also release exam results via email in the form of a letter.
Note that your educational profile page will not be available and will be shut down a few days prior to the grade release date -- this is necessary for technical reasons.