We do that in three distinct ways:
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Protecting the Public

By hiring an HRPA member, you ensure you are hiring someone credible, who is bound by responsibilities to adhere to HRPA’s Rules of Professional Code of Conduct and standards of practice. Our members are also accountable to HRPA’s Complaints, Discipline & Capacity processes. Our governing and regulatory role ensures a competent & ethical HR practice. Learn how our regulatory framework and processes benefits employers and protects the public interest here.

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Our Designations

Our HR designations are available exclusively from the HRPA. Our designation framework defines competency across three levels of capability – professional, leader, and executive. Learn more about our designations and their requirements here.

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Professional Development

We provide our 24,000 members and students with the innovative tools and resources they need to lead Ontario’s workplaces into the future. Learn more about our professional development programs and the many resources available to registrants.

Benefits of Registering

At the Human Resources Professionals Association, we believe that better HR makes business better. Our goal is to ensure human resources professionals are recognized as an essential part of business success, and that our profession is as valued by organizations as those of other major professional associations.

We do that by equipping our members and students with the knowledge and tools that allow them to be specialized strategic thinkers relied upon to safeguard and futureproof Ontario businesses.

As an HRPA registrant, you’ll gain access to:
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Official designations that signal professional status.

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Our executive community, career-planning resources and job boards.

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A wealth of resources for professional development that keep you up-to-date on HR trends, workplace & employment law, research and evolving best practices.

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Discounted entrance to our Annual Conference.

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Training and resources on the most current technologies.

Interested in becoming an HRPA member or joining as a student?
Learn more about member and student benefits and how to register.

Designations

HRPA designations were created to signal to clients and employers that an individual has the knowledge and expertise they need to excel in the HR profession. The framework below was developed to ensure that HR designations are as valued by organizations as those of other major regulated professions.

These designations test both knowledge and the ability to apply it at three distinct levels:
CHRP (Certified Human Resources Professional)

The CHRP is a designation intended for HR professionals in roles that are mostly administrative in nature, such as a contributing role in a larger HR function, or a sole HR practitioner in a small HR function. Individuals in this level would have responsibilities such as supporting HR initiatives, executing tasks passed down from management, and operating at tactical and transactional levels.​

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CHRL (Certified Human Resources Leader)

Expectations for HR professionals have changed, requiring that they operate at a more strategic level. In today’s organizations, they need to be more solution providers and less process administrators. HR ​professionals at the CHRL level can be found in either specialist or generalist positions with responsibilities such as managing projects, programs, and initiatives; implementing plans passed down by senior management; and delegating tasks to entry-level staff. In professional matters, individuals at this level can act independently.​

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CHRE (Certified Human Resources Executive)

Human Resources professionals at the ​CHRE level can be found in either specialist or generalist positions but with a high level of experience and responsibility such as leading the HR function in large organizations, developing and executing significant HR projects, working with Boards or HR Committees, dealing with executive compensation, and having responsibility for HR strategies in support of long term organizational goals.

​​​​To earn the CHRE designation, candidates must have acquired executive level competencies in areas such as governance, business strategy, and executive compensation. ​​

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CHRP (Certified Human Resources Professional)

The CHRP is a designation intended for HR professionals in roles that are mostly administrative in nature, such as a contributing role in a larger HR function, or a sole HR practitioner in a small HR function. Individuals in this level would have responsibilities such as supporting HR initiatives, executing tasks passed down from management, and operating at tactical and transactional levels.​

CHRL (Certified Human Resources Leader)

Expectations for HR professionals have changed, requiring that they operate at a more strategic level. In today’s organizations, they need to be more solution providers and less process administrators. HR ​professionals at the CHRL level can be found in either specialist or generalist positions with responsibilities such as managing projects, programs, and initiatives; implementing plans passed down by senior management; and delegating tasks to entry-level staff. In professional matters, individuals at this level can act independently.​

CHRE (Certified Human Resources Executive)

Human Resources professionals at the ​CHRE level can be found in either specialist or generalist positions but with a high level of experience and responsibility such as leading the HR function in large organizations, developing and executing significant HR projects, working with Boards or HR Committees, dealing with executive compensation, and having responsibility for HR strategies in support of long term organizational goals.

​​​​To earn the CHRE designation, candidates must have acquired executive level competencies in areas such as governance, business strategy, and executive compensation. ​​