HRPA’s exams are currently delivered by Prometric via computer-based testing and this partnership was expanded in August 2020 to include online delivery through a secure remote proctoring system – ProProctor.

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As the situation with COVID-19 remains fluid, HRPA will continue with the dual-modality delivery model until the end of 2021. If you are planning to write either the CHRP Employment Law Exam (CHRP-ELE) or the CHRL Employment Law Exam (CHRL-ELE), you have the choice of writing the exam remotely via an online delivery module, or – if you prefer and test centres in your area are open – in person.

New: HRPA will be introducing structural changes to the CHRP and CHRL Employment Law Exams for 2021. What this means is that the Employment Law Exams will be divided into 2 content sections.  The structural changes are as follows:

CHRP Employment Law Exam (CHRP -ELE)CHRL Employment Law Exam (CHRL -ELE)
Exam Content Section 1:  1 hour and 45 minsExam Content Section 1:  1 hour and 45 mins
1 optional 15 min break1 optional 15 min break
Exam Content Section 2: 1 hour and 45 minsExam Content Section 2:  1 hour and 45 mins
Total: 3.5 hours to complete 110 questionsTotal: 3.5 hours to complete 110 questions

Breaks: You will be permitted one 15 - minute optional break which we encourage you to take after you have completed and submitted Exam Section 1 and before you start Exam Section 2. Breaks are not permitted during Exam Section 1 or Exam Section 2.

Please note: There are no changes to content, format, method of delivery, level of difficulty or the eligibility requirements.

Registration for the CHRP or CHRL Employment Law Exam involves a simple three-step process:

  1. Establish your eligibility with HRPA; eligibility means being an active registrant who is approved for the Public Register and who has passed either the CHRP Knowledge Exam or the CHRL Knowledge Exam (*If you have not met the eligibility requirement you will not be permitted to register for the exam)
  2. Register and make payment for the exam with HRPA.
  3. Schedule your date, time and location directly on Prometric’s website. You will be given the option of either scheduling your exam at a test centre or through remote proctoring.

NOTE: Register early to ensure you obtain a seat in your preferred city/location or your preferred time if you are testing remotely.

2021 Employment Law Exam Schedule

ExamRegistrationRegistration DeadlineWithdrawal DeadlineExam Testing Window
CHRP Employment Law ExamCLOSED​January 4, 2021​29–two calendar days from exam appointment date​​​January 4–18, 2021​
​CHRL Employment Law ExamCLOSED​January 11, 2021​29–two calendar days from exam appointment date​​​January 11–25, 2021​
​CHRP Employment Law Exam​Register here​May 17, 2021​29–two calendar days from exam appointment date​​​​May 17–June 4, 2021
CHRL Employment Law ExamRegister hereMay 25, 2021​​29–two calendar days from exam appointment date​​​May 25–June 8, 2021​
​CHRP Employment Law ExamRegistration opens as of July 1, 2021​September 14, 2021​29–two calendar days from exam appointment date​​​September 14–28, 2021
CHRL Employment Law ExamRegistration opens as of July 15, 2021September 21, 2021​​29–two calendar days from exam appointment date​​​September 21–October 5, 2021

Exam Content and Delivery

The CHRP/CHRL Employment Law Exam will consist of 110 questions, 8-12 of which are test questions that will not count toward your final score. These test questions are scattered randomly throughout the exam. The format of the exam will be multiple-choice based on scenarios, with only one correct answer. The time allotment for the exam is 3 hours and 30 minutes. The exam is available in French upon request.

Category WeightTopic WeightTopicSub-​Topic Weight
46%A. ​Employment Contracts & Terminations
A1.1Termination with or without cause8%​
A1.2Termination pay, termination notice, and pay in lieu of notice6%​
A1.3​​Continuation of benefits to employee after termination​5%
A1.4​​Severance pay entitlements5%​
A1.5​​What type of income is considered part of terminated employee's salary​2%
A1.6​​Whether or not it is legal to lay off an employee1%​
A1.7​When and how to lay off an employee​1%​
11%A2.Contracts ​
A2.1​​Contracts and employment agreements9%​
A2.2​​Collective bargaining contracts2%​
​7%A3.Employee Benefits and Perquisites​
A3.1​​Vacation time, vacation pay and bonuses5%​
A3.2​​Misunderstanding overtime exemptions​2%
33%B.​Employer Obligations ​
​16%​B1.​Duty to Accommodate ​
B1.1​​Mental health or physical disabilities9%​
​B1.2​Discriminatory grounds (such as family status, age, marital status, etc.)5%​
B1.3​The duty to accommodate until undue hardship (the threshold)​2%
​9%​B2.​Miscondu​ct in the Workplace ​
​B2.1​Dealing with harassment and violence in the workplace5%​
B2.2​​HR professional approach to dealing with discipline2%​
B2.3​​Workplace investigations2%​
6%​​B3.​Common Law ​
B3.1​​Including consideration of Common Law principles5%​
​B3.2​​Employers' obligations under Common Law1%​
2%​​B4.​Sale of Business ​
​B4.1​The effects of the sale of the business​2%
21%C.​Regulations and Legislation ​
​10%​C1.​Employment Standards Act ​
​C1.1​How to properly interpret the Employment Standards Act, 20005%​
​C1.2Probation period under Employment Standards Act, 20002%​
C1.3​Different leaves permitted under the Employment Standards Act, 20002%​
C1.4​​Employers' obligations under Employment Standards Act, 20001%​
4%C2.​​Occupational Health and Safety Act ​
C2.1​​Making policies that are compliant with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 19902%​
​​C2.2​Ministry of Labour's rights under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 19902%​
4%C3.​Jurisdiction ​
C3.1​The difference between federal and provincial legislations​2%
​C3.2​Determining governing legislation when the organization is interprovincial2%​
2%​C4.​Pay Equity Act ​
​C4.1​Application of Pay Equity Act, 19902%​
1%C5.​Canada Labour Code ​
​C5.1​Employers' obligations under Canada Labour Code1%

Examination Accommodations Policy

If you require accommodations to write the CHRP or CHRL Employment Law Exam, HRPA has developed an Examination Accommodations​​ Policy to provide reasonable testing accommodations for individuals with documented disabilities. Reasonable accommodation refers to any adjustment to the examination materials or testing environment that permits a qualified applicant with a disability to perform without undue hardship to the institution providing accommodation. Documented disabilities are those for which there is a diagnosis by a qualified professional.​

The purpose of accommodations is to provide equity, not advantage. Any requested modification that would substantially alter essential elements of the examination will not be granted.

To request accommodations for your examination, please complete the ‘Examination Accommodations Request Form‘ and submit it to for review.

For information regarding HRPA’s Privacy Policy on Examination Accommodations, please click here.

Cancellation, Withdrawal and Reschedule Policy

All requests for withdrawals must be sent to HRPA using the Exam Withdrawal Form​ (PDF).

If you no longer wish to write a scheduled exam, you have the option to cancel your exam registration and withdraw from the sitting. Withdrawals from the exam are permitted up to 2 calendar days prior to the examination appointment date. All exam withdrawals are subject to a $55.00 administration, unless the withdrawal request is made 29 calendar days or more before the scheduled exam date, in which case there is no withdrawal fee.

In certain extenuating circumstances (such as illness or bereavement) the withdrawal fee may be waived at HRPA’s discretion. Supporting documentation must be submitted along with the Exam Withdrawal Form.

Individuals who do not show up for the exam will be considered “no-shows” and will forfeit the full exam fee.

Alternatively, you can reschedule your exam date, appointment time or location within the same exam window, as long as you do so more than two full calendar days before your scheduled appointment time. However, a $50.00 fee will be charged to you if you reschedule your exam date, time or location less than 29 calendar days of the scheduled exam date and time. Rescheduling is not possible within two calendar days of your scheduled exam date and time. 

To change your exam date, time or location please use the reschedule/cancel option on the Prometric website or contact Prometric’s automated voice response system at: 1- 800-369-6268 (in North America) or Prometric’s Regional Registration Centre (outside of North America); available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Exam Results

The CHRP Employment Law Exam and the CHRL Employment Law Exam results will be released via email approximately 3 – 4 weeks from the end of the testing window. The exact date and time will be communicated to all exam writers via email together with instructions on how to access the results online in their HRPA profile. Members and students must ensure that the email address HRPA has on file is up to date and that their email provider recognizes HRPA as a safe source for emails. Results cannot be released over the phone.

If you experienced an incident during your exam session, it must be indicated on the post-exam survey you are asked to complete at the end of the exam, and you should also email the Office of the Registrar with your concerns within 7 days of your exam date.  No action will be taken by HRPA with respect to any potential incident once exam results have been released.

CHRP Employment Law Exam (ELE 1)CandidatesExam Out OfCut ScoreCut Score %​Pass RateMode of administration​Technical Reports
​January 20181151005757%.95Computer-based testingTechnical Report – Jan 2018
​May 20181221005555%.97Computer-based testingTechnical Report – May 2018
​September 2018121985556%.97Computer-based testingTechnical Report – Sept 2018
January 20191321015756%.97Computer-based testingTechnical Report - Jan 2019
May 20191691025655%.96Computer-based testing​Technical Report – May 2019
​September 20191141005757%.86Computer-based testing​Technical Report – Sept 2019
​January 20201381025756%.92Computer-based testingTechnical Report – Jan 2020
August 20201261005454%.96Computer-based testingTechnical Report – Aug 2020
October 20201931005959%.96Computer-based testing
& remote proctoring
Technical Report – Oct 2020
CHRL Employment Law Exam (ELE 2)CandidatesExam
Out Of​
Cut Score​Cut Score​ %Pass RateMode of administration​Technical Reports
​January 2018174986263%.86Computer-based testingTechnical Report – Jan 2018
​May 20181591006363%.78Computer-based testingTechnical Report – May 2018
​September 2018195996465%.87Computer-based testingTechnical Report – Sept 2018
​January 2019203986162%.86Computer-based testing​Technical Report – Jan 2019
​May 2019206986465%.84Computer-based testingTechnical Report – May 2019
​September 20192001026563%.89Computer-based testing​Technical Report – Sept 2019
​January 20201451006666%.87Computer-based testingTechnical Report – Jan 2020
​August 20201691016564%.88Computer-based testing
& remote proctoring
Technical Report – Aug 2020
November 20202801016463%.83Computer-based testing
& remote proctoring
Technical Report – Nov 2020

CHRP and CHRL Employment Law Exam Prep Program

HRPA offers an online, self-paced prep program for the CHRP Employment Law Exam and the CHRL Employment Law Exam – consisting of audible, downloadable review narratives, timed exam simulations, and a glossary of HR law terms. Both programs also feature a Q&A facility monitored by HR faculty. The programs have been authored for HRPA and are delivered by Captus Press. Learn More/Register

CHRP/CHRL Employment Law Exam FAQ

What do the employment law exams test?

The CHRP and CHRL Employment Law exams will test your ability to correctly apply the knowledge of employment and workplace law to various situations.

Should I write the CHRP Employment Law Exam or the CHRL Employment Law Exam?

If you are pursuing the CHRP designation and have passed the CHRP Knowledge Exam, you need to pass the CHRP Employment Law exam; if you are pursuing the CHRL designation and have passed the CHRL Knowledge Exam, you need to pass the CHRL Employment Law exam.

Note: The CHRL Employment Law exam is valid for both the CHRP and CHRL designations. However, you must have passed the CHRL Knowledge Exam to be eligible to write the CHRL Employment Law exam. 

How are the CHRP Employment Law exam and the CHRL Employment Law exam different?

While both employment law exams have the same format, same number of questions and same test blueprint, they have independent standard setting processes, which means that the cut-score of each exam may differ from the other. The cut-score is determined after each exam administration, so the cut-score for each exam is never known before the actual exam sitting.

When will the exam be administered and what is the length of the exams?

Please consult the exam schedule above for the upcoming testing window dates. ​The time allotment for the exams is 3.5 hours.

Who is eligible to write the exam?

Active registrants who have passed the CHRP Knowledge Exam are eligible to write the CHRP Employment Law Exam. Active registrants who have passed the CHRL Knowledge Exam are eligible to write the CHRL Employment Law. 

Note: The CHRL Employment Law exam is valid for both the CHRP and CHRL designations. To be eligible to write the CHRL Employment Law exam you are required to have passed the CHRL Knowledge Exam.

How much does it cost to write the exam?

The fee for the CHRP/CHRL Employment Law exam is $240 + HST.

How long are the exam results valid?

The exam results are valid for 10 years.​

How should I study for the exam?

The employment law exams do not cover new ground. Employment and workplace law was always part of the coursework requirement. Some HR programs do have a separate employment law course whereas other HR programs have chosen to distribute different aspects of workplace and employment law in their relevant functional area courses.