To be certified by HRPA and earn the right to use the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation, applicants must have accumulated at least three years of demonstrated experience in HR at a professional level, in addition to meeting all other certification requirements.
Section 2(a) of the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario Act, 1990 gives HRPA the statutory authority to “establish uniform province-wide standards of knowledge, experience and ethics for all persons engaged in the field of human resources management.” Section 4(1) (b) of the Act gives HRPA the statutory authority to “prescribe the experience criteria to be met by candidates for registration.”
The three-year experience requirement has been in use at HRPA since the very beginning of the CHRP designation. Three years has been deemed sufficient to ensure that an individual is capable of operating at a professional level in HR. The vast majority of regulated professions in Ontario incorporate some form of experience requirement.
To earn the CHRP designation, individuals must have had at least three years of demonstrated experience in HR at a professional level.
This experience must:
- Be in the scope of practice for human resources, which includes any of the following areas:
- The development and implementation of human resources policies and procedures;
- Consultation in the area of human resources management;
- Providing advice to clients, managers, and employees in matters pertaining to management of human resources;
- The representation of clients and organizations in proceedings related to human resources management;
- Program development and evaluation in the area of human resources management;
- The supervision of other Human Resources professionals whether registered or non-registered;
- Coaching of employees, managers, and other individuals in matters relating to work and employment;
- The conduct of research in the area of human resources management;
- Teaching in the area of human resources management.
- Be at an appropriate professional level, in which all four dimensions below must apply:
- Independence of actions — relates to the amount of planning, self-direction, decision-making and autonomy involved in the work experience;
- A depth of work requirements — relates to the extent to which work experience requires data analysis and interpretation of the relevant data;
- Level of interaction — relates to the degree to which the individual interacts with a broad spectrum of contacts, including decision-makers; and
- Responsibility for work outcome — relates to accuracy and extent to which the individual is held accountable for his/her work and decisions.
- Add up to a minimum duration of three years (please note that extensive leaves (e.g. parental leaves) are not credited towards time for the experience requirement
- Be acquired within the previous 10 years with at least three months experience in the previous two years
Detailed information related to these criteria, as well as how to complete and submit the Validation of Experience application can be found in the Guide to the Validation of Experience (PDF).
It does not matter where an applicant earns their experience; if it meets the established criteria, experience earned outside Ontario or outside Canada will count towards the experience requirement.
Timing and Sequence of the Validation of Experience
An individual must be a member of HRPA in order to submit an application for Validation of Experience (VOE). A member may submit an application for the Validation of Experience any time before successfully completing the exam requirement, or within 10 years after successfully completing the exam requirement. The exam result is valid for 10 years and the Validation of Experience must be completed while the exam result is valid; if necessary, this 10-year validity period can be reset by re-writing and passing the National Knowledge Exam (NKE). As before, experience must be acquired within 10 years of the date that the Validation of Experience application is submitted for review, with at least three months of experience within the past two years at the time of submission. If successful, the Validation of Experience application result is valid for two years.
For many, the VOE application will be the last requirement to be met. Many new entrants to the HR field will meet the CHRP coursework requirement while completing a degree program, and will then write the NKE followed by earning the required experience before submitting a Validation of Experience application. For experienced members who have HR experience before pursuing certification, the Validation of Experience application could be the first requirement to be met (after membership).
In 2012, changes were made to the timeframes regarding the experience requirement for the CHRP designation. To view and learn more about these changes, please read: Important Changes to the Experience Requirement for the CHRP Designation.
Applying for the Validation of Experience
VOE applications are decided on the merits of the written application and supporting documentation. Accordingly, an applicant must submit all requested information, explanations and materials supporting the contention that experience requirements have been met.
The cost for the Validation of Experience application consists of an initial fee of $100 (+HST). A $400 (+HST) remittance fee is due upon success of the application.
Review of VOE applications is conducted by panels of HRPA's Certification Committee. The Certification Committee meets regularly throughout the year. The deadlines for submission of VOE applications are the last business day of each month. Applications received by these deadlines will be processed within six to eight weeks of the submission deadline date. Results are sent via email to the email address on file with HRPA.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Guide to the Validation of Experience (PDF) in its entirety. Individuals with questions regarding the experience requirement are strongly encouraged to contact the Office of the Registrar at email@example.com. Please note that HRPA staff cannot comment on whether an application will be successful and cannot comment on when a person should apply for the Validation of Experience.
In addition to the Guide to the Validation of Experience, the following documents will help applicants prepare their Validation of Experience application:
To apply, download and complete the Validation of Experience Application Form and send it, along with payment and all supporting documentation, by mail, fax or email to:
HRPA - Office of the Registrar
150 Bloor Street West, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M5S 2X9
Completed applications will be sent to a panel of the Certification Committee for review. Results can be expected within six to eight weeks of the submission deadline dates which occur on the last business day of each month. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How long are VOE results valid?
A successful Validation of Experience result is valid for two years from the date of the assessment. After two years, members will be asked to meet the recency requirement again (providing proof of a minimum of three months' HR experience at a professional level in the previous two years).
Early Assessment Opinion
A common question CHRP Candidates have is, "Will my experience count?" This question can only be answered by the Certification Committee. HRPA offers a service whereby candidates with as little as 12 months of experience may receive an opinion from the Certification Committee as to whether their experience will count toward the three-year experience requirement.
This service is subject to a processing fee of $100 (+HST). Should the experience be deemed at the professional level, candidates will need to apply to have their experience validated once the full three years have been achieved. To apply, download and complete the VOE Application – Early Assessment Opinion and send it, along with payment and all supporting documentation, by mail, fax or email to:
HRPA - Office of the Registrar
150 Bloor Street West, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M5S 2X9
If your initial Validation of Experience application didn’t provide enough information to be successful, you may re-submit your application to provide more information.
If any part of your original application was successful, it will be submitted with the new application with a note to the Certification Committee as to what experience was previously approved. However, if you do not wish to have your previous application as part of your re-submission, it does not have to be included.
The fee for a re-submission $100 (+HST). If your application is successful upon re-submission, you would then be required to pay the remaining $400 (+HST) balance.
Research conducted by PayScale.com about the market value of the CHRP shows that human resources leaders with a CHRP designation receive more promotions, increased job opportunities and have higher salaries than their counterparts who don't hold the CHRP designation. Certification as an HR professional has become an integral step to building a successful HR career.