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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 an initial review; and Phase II: Written application or oral presentation.


Phase I: Online Self-assessment and Initial Review

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 ≥80 is required to move on to the initial review. 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 initial review is intended to confirm that an applicant meets the minimum criteria for the CHRE designation and is eligible to proceed to Phase II. Applicants who have successfully passed the online self-assessment will be contacted by the Office of the Registrar and asked to submit an Initial Review Application Form, a chronological resume as well as an organizational chart for their most senior HR position and a short description of the organization and the nature of the business.

Your submission will be reviewed by a CHRE Review Panel. If the Panel determines that you meet the basic criteria for the CHRE designation, you will be invited to proceed with Phase II of the application process by either completing a written application or opting for an oral presentation.

The two-step process was designed because the application and assessment phase requires an investment of time. The self-assessment and initial review give 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. Phase I simply gives you a useful indication of the likely outcome of the panel assessment.

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 or Oral Presentation

Applicants who successfully completed Phase I will be invited to continue the application process. In Phase II, you have the choice of either submitting a written application or opting for an oral presentation. For both options you will be asked to provide one example for each of the fifteen CHRE competencies as outlined in the CHRE Phase II Application. The only difference is that those who opt for an oral presentation will present their examples orally. 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 or the oral presentation will be conducted by a CHRE Review Panel. 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.



Generally, successful applications are levied a one-time administrative fee of $350 plus tax that must be paid before the designation can officially be granted. The fee will be waived if the application is submitted within 60 days of the applicant passing the initial review. There are no other fees associated with the CHRE designation except the annual membership dues.


The Invitation Route

The invitation process is for exceptional candidates who more than meet the CHRE standard in all respects. Only a very limited number of individuals will qualify for the invitation process. Those individuals must meet all of the criteria outlined in the Guide to the Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) Designation.

The list of potential candidates is presented to a CHRE Review Panel. Candidates who obtain the approval of the Panel are contacted about their potential eligibility to receive a CHRE designation, provided information about the invitation process and asked to attest that they have senior level experience in the fifteen CHRE competencies.


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​​​​​​​​​​