To earn the right to use the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation or the Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation, applicants must have a sufficient foundation of HR discipline-specific knowledge. Because coursework is the main way to meet​ this requirement, it is known as the ‘coursework’ requirement.

The coursework requirement must be met before an individual may be deemed eligible to write the CHRP Knowledge Exam​ or the CHRL Knowledge Exam – meaning you will not be able to register for the exams until HRPA has confirmed that you have met the coursework requirement.

Currently, for both the CHRP and CHRL designations, the coursework requirement is the same and there are two ways of meeting the requirement: the course-by-course approach and the Alternate Route​. For information about the Alternate Route, please go here.

The Course-by-Course Approach

The coursework requirement consists of successful completion of courses in nine subject areas:

  • HR Management
  • Compensation
  • Labour Relations/Industrial Relations
  • Finance & Accounting
  • HR Planning
  • Recruitment & Selection
  • Training & Development
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Occupational Health & Safety

HRPA has approved courses at most colleges and universities in Ontario. To determine whether specific courses are approved, please use our School Search Tool. If you completed courses outside of Ontario, please refer to our Course Approval Process for assistance.

Successful completion means obtaining a grade of 70% or better overall in the nine subject areas with no single course mark below 65%. If the educational institution at which you completed your courses uses letter grades, HRPA will refer to the numerical equivalency of your letter grade specified by the educational institution.

Courses must be completed within ten years of the date you are registered to write the CHRP Knowledge Exam or the CHRL Knowledge Exam to be considered for eligibility – this also applies to courses for which you were granted an exemption. The original course grade on which the exemption is based must be at least 65% and the original course must have been completed within ten years of registering to write the exam.

Transcript Assessment Form and Fees

If you are using the course-by-course method to meet the Coursework Requirement, you must submit the official academic transcript(s) from the academic institution(s) where you completed the nine required courses.

If you are submitting your first transcript, you must also complete the Transcript Assessment Form and pay the transcript processing fee of $80 plus HST. This is a one-time fee and covers the assessment of all subsequent transcripts. 

Your original transcript(s) must be mailed to:

HRPA – Attention: Office of the Registrar (Transcripts)
150 Bloor Street West
Suite 200
Toronto, ON M5S 2X9

We will send you an email confirmation when your transcript has been received. The assessment of your transcript will then take approximately 10 to 15 business days to complete.  Once the assessment has been completed, an email with the results of the assessment will be sent to you, with further instructions on how to proceed.

Challenge Exams

Challenge Exams are akin to a 2-hour final exam in each of the nine subject areas. They enable an applicant to achieve credit in a required subject area without taking or retaking a course by assessing their academic or experiential knowledge. The passing grade for a Challenge Exam is 65%. To prepare for a Challenge Exam, please download the Challenge Exam Study Guide. Results are released within 2-3 weeks of the Challenge Exam dates.

The only prerequisite for writing a Challenge Exam is that you are an active HRPA registrant. A maximum of three subjects can be written per sitting. The cost for each challenge exam is $185.00 plus HST. Challenge Exams are currently offered through Examity, which administers the exams online on behalf of HRPA.

Challenge Exam Schedule

2021 Challenge Examinations
RegistrationRegistration DeadlineWithdrawal Deadline Exam Testing Window ​
ClosedJanuary 8, 20212 calendar days from exam appointment timeJanuary 18-20, 2021
RegisterApril 30, 20212 calendar days from exam appointment timeMay 10-12, 2021
TBDSeptember 3, 20212 calendar days from exam appointment timeSeptember 13-15, 2021

Please note: In order to use the Examity online proctoring service, your computer must meet certain requirements, which are outlined here: may also view a video there on how the online proctoring works. Use the following link to perform a system readiness check:

On the exam date, please ensure that you have valid government-issued photo identification. This is a closed book exam so no papers, texts or materials are permitted and there are no breaks. 

You can reschedule your exam to a different date and time within the same exam window up until two business days in advance of your scheduled exam date without incurring a rescheduling charge. If you want to reschedule within less than 24 hours, a USD $5 on-demand fee will apply. Rescheduling must be completed on the Examity website. 

You can also withdraw from a Challenge Exam with a full refund (minus a $30 plus HST administrative fee) up until two calendar days before your scheduled exam date. Withdrawal requests must be submitted by email to and you must also cancel your appointment on Examity’s website. If you do not officially withdraw from a Challenge Exam, your registration dues will be forfeit. 

If you require accommodations to write a Challenge Exam, HRPA has developed an Examination Accommodations Policy to provide reasonable testing accommodations for individuals with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please complete the ‘Examination Accommodations Request Form‘ and send it to for review. 

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

Online Academic Program

HRPA’s Online Academic Program (OAP) offered through Captus Press provides the academic courses required for the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and the Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation in a convenient, online format. 

HRPA’s online courses in all nine subject areas are available to anyone, anywhere, for convenient learning on your computer. These classes are completely online and contain extensive multimedia lectures available 24 x 7 with downloadable PowerPoint slides, progress quizzes, and a discussion board where you will post answers to assignments, ask questions of your instructor and interact with other learners. The final exam is proctored online and Internet access to the course site will be required. Any costs associated with proctoring are the responsibility of the student. 

If you require technical support regarding the OAP, please contact Captus Press at or 416-736-5537 (toll-free: 1-866-348-7888). Immediate technical support from Captus Press is available between 9 am and 5 pm Eastern time Monday-Friday during the final exam period.

There are no prerequisites for registering for OAP courses. The Online Academic Program is based on a three-semester schedule, with semesters beginning in the fall (September to December), winter (January to April) and spring (May to August). There is always a 2-week start window and a 2-week end window during which individuals can start and complete their courses.

Registration for the spring 2021 term is now open.  For more information and to register, please click here.

Next Semester:May 4–August 6, 2021
Start Window:May 4–May 14
End Window:July 23–August 6
Registration Deadline:May 14

For more detailed information, please review the Guide to Online Academic Program.

The pricing per course is as follows:

  • HRPA Members & Student: $370 plus HST
  • Non-Registrants: $415 plus HST

Textbooks must be purchased separately and are not included in the course fees. Textbooks can be purchased from the publishers directly or from college or university bookstores. Instructions on how to purchase textbooks and applicable web links are provided as part of the course outline and are available when you register for the course. You will need to have purchased the required textbooks and/or reference material prior to the start of class.

All requests to withdraw from a course must be sent in writing to the Office of the Registrar.

All refund requests are subject to a $25 administrative fee:

Refund Request Received% Refunded
Up to or immediately following first day of class and before second scheduled class100%
On second day of class or before third scheduled class50%
On or after third scheduled class0%

If you have questions regarding the coursework requirement, please contact the Office of the Registrar.