Application Process

The HRPA’s registration year runs from June 1st–May 31st, and you can join at any time. Your application dues will depend on two factors: which class you are applying for – Practitioner, Student, or Allied Professional – and when you join. Dues are pro-rated on a monthly basis, so you only ever pay for the number of months remaining until the next May 31st. For an overview of the current application dues, please click here. Once your payment is processed and your application is approved, payments are not refundable.

When you join the HRPA, if you reside within the province of Ontario, you will be asked to select a Chapter, which functions as your community within the HRPA. We recommend that you select a Chapter close to home/work so you can actively participate in your Chapter. If you reside outside of Ontario, please select ‘Out of Province’ instead. Your dues will be adjusted accordingly since, unfortunately, you will not be able to take advantage of the Chapter community.

The first step in the application process is for you to complete the online application, pay your application dues, and submit any supporting documentation, if applicable. Your application will then be reviewed by an HRPA staff member – that process usually takes between 5–10 business days.

If your application is deemed complete – meaning you have met the good character requirement and all applicable supporting documentation has been received – we will send you a confirmation email and add you to the HRPA’s Public Register. Additionally, we would encourage you to contact your Chapter Experience Coordinator to find out more about your Chapter Community.

If you currently hold an HR designation through one of the provincial HR associations outside of Ontario, please contact the HRPA at before proceeding with the application process and ask your provincial HR association to submit a Certificate of Standing for you directly to HRPA.

If you were previously registered with the HRPA as a member or student, you can re-apply at any time by completing a new application online and rejoin as a Practitioner or, if eligible, as an Allied Professional or as a Student.

To rejoin HRPA, please follow the instructions below:

  • Click on “Member and Student Login”
  • Enter the email address associated with your previous record and password
  • Click on “Dashboard” below the Search icon
  • From your Dashboard, click on the “Not Registered? Start a New Registration Application” button and go through the 5 steps until you reach the checkout page
  • Click on “Express Check-Out,” enter payment information, then click on “Submit Order”
  • A receipt will be sent via email once the payment is processed

If you previously held a designation granted by the HRPA, in addition to rejoining, a separate process would apply to re-activate your designation. Unfortunately, re-applying for registration does not automatically re-grant a designation. If you previously resigned your membership or student registration or it was revoked, you would need to meet all current designation requirements in order to re-achieve your designation. For more detailed information, please review our Reinstatement and Re-Achievement Policy.

For more information about joining the HRPA, please review the Member and Student Handbook or our Registration FAQs.

For more information about accessing your registration records from HRPA, please click here.