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 CHRE Designation (Formerly the SHRP Designation)

Overview of HRPA's CHRE Designation Process

Beginning in 1990, HRPA offered the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation as a warrant of competence for Ontario’s HR professionals. In 2013, an in-depth professional practice analysis was conducted by HR associations across Canada which led to an update to HRPA’s competency framework. This, in turn, made it apparent that a significant update was required to our certification framework such that we now offer three core designations to meet the needs of HR professionals at each level of their career:


Entry Level Professional Level Executive Level
Certified Human
Resources Professional (CHRP)
Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) (Formerly the CHRP Designation) Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) (Formerly the SHRP Designation)


With the updated framework, the name of the executive level designation has been changed to Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE). Completion of the CHRE requirements confers the right to use the title Certified Human Resources Executive and the right to use the initials CHRE after your name.

> More information about the updated Certification Framework including FAQs​​

Please Note: Staff are in the process of updating forms, applications and guides to reflect CHRE as the new name for the senior designation. Until that process is complete, any form or document that applies to the old SHRP designation continues to apply to the new CHRE designation.


Who is a Certified Human Resources Executive?

A Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) is a person who, through personal attributes and achievements, has reached the upper echelons of the profession. Although most senior HR professionals will be found in the corporate world, senior professionals are also found in other settings such as consulting.​​​

​The CHRE is a designation reserved for the HR​ profession's proven, high-impact leaders.


CHRE Application: A Two-Step Process

The application process for the Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) designation consists of two steps, ​Phase I: An online self-assessment, and Phase II: A written application.


Phase I: Online Self-assessment 

The first step is a self-assessment based on markers of seniority. These include experience, title, education, compensation, and both the scale and scope of your role in your organization. Additional consideration is given to CHRL designation holders. When answering, please refer to your most senior position, even if you are no longer in that role.

For consultants who may not work in a large organization today, it is very important that you describe the scope of the role you play for the organizations you typically work with.

The online self-assessment gives an initial indication of your eligibility for the CHRE designation. A score of ≥115 is required to move on to Phase II. The self-assessment tool requires Adobe Flash to be installed on your computer. If you do not have Flash installed, click to install it.

> Access the Phase I Online Self-Assessment here

The two-step process was designed because the application and assessment phase requires an investment of time. The self-assessment gives an idea of whether it would be worthwhile to complete an application. It also helps potential candidates determine whether the CHRE is the right designation for them.

Passing Phase I is not a guarantee though that your Phase II application will be successful. 

The fact that a candidate may not meet the requirement at a given time does not mean that the same candidate may not meet the requirement at some later time.

Phase II – Written Application 

Applicants who successfully completed Phase I will be invited to continue the application process. In Phase II, you will be asked in your written application to provide one example for each of the fifteen CHRE competencies as outlined in the CHRE Phase II Application. The application is provided to everyone who qualifies through Phase I. Your examples should follow the STAR-framework: Situation – Task – Action – Result.

The assessment of your written application will be conducted by a CHRE Review Panel, with the assistance of a Registered Organizational Psychologist. The psychologist is responsible for a preliminary assessment of your experience examples against the CHRE competencies, which is then forwarded to the panel to assist with their decision.  The panel is made up of three CHRE designates who have been trained in the designation assessment process.​​​ ​

The panel will consider the following fifteen competencies:

Individual Skills
1. Critical thinking and analysis
2. Technological savvy
3. Research skills
4. Quantitative skills
5. Critical legal thinking
Team Skills
6. Emotional intelligence
7. Project management
8. Decision-making skills
9. Business acumen
10. Independence
Organizational Skills
11. Ethical behaviour and professionalism
12. Relationship management
13. Negotiation and influencing
14. Strategic and organizational leadership
15. Integration


In each case, the panel determines whether the candidate has demonstrated these competencies to the level expected of a senior HR professional. The CHRE Evaluation Grid provides information about the assessment criteria.

For more information, please have a look at the Guide to the Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) Designation.



Successful applications are levied a one-time administrative fee of $350 plus tax that must be paid before the designation can officially be granted.  There are no other fees associated with the CHRE designation except the annual membership dues.


Continuing Professional Development

As of October 29, 2014, CHRE members are expected to meet a continuing professional development (CPD) requirement in order to maintain the designation. The CPD requirement is 66.67 hours of CPD in every three-year reporting period. Normally, a reporting period runs from June 1 in one year May 31 three years later. However, the first reporting period for CHRE (former SHRP) members will run from October 29, 2014 to May 31, 2018. 

If you have any questions about the process, please contact James Howell, Regulatory Process Specialist, Office of the Registrar at​​​​​​​​​​