Registration for the Winter 2021 term will open on October 20, 2021.

HRPA’s Online Academic Program provides the academic courses required fo​r the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation in a convenient, online format. Currently, these courses also meet the coursework requirement f​or the Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation.​

HRPA’s online courses 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, progr​ess quizzes, and a discussion board where you will post answers to assignments, ask questions of your instructor and interact with other learners.

Starting in the Spring 2020 Semester, the final exam of the OAP courses must use the online proctoring service provided by Captus from a computer with Internet access to the course site during the final exam period.

Please note that immediate response technical support is available between 9am and 5pm Eastern time on weekdays.

Any costs associated with proctoring are the responsibility of the student. 

Please be sure to make your invigilation arrangement well in advance of the final exam period.

​Please note

With the introduction of the certification framework the requirements for the CHRL designation will be ​phased in gradually. Depending on when you complete the coursework requirement, write the exam or submit your Validation of Experience, additional requirements may apply. Please consult our comprehensive chart for the timing and implementation of the upgraded CHRL r​equirements.

OAP Courses

The Online Academic Program includes courses in:

  • Human Resources Management
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Training & Development
  • HR Planning
  • Health & Safety
  • Accounting & Financial Management
  • Compensation
  • Labour Relations
  • Recruitment & Selection

The Online Academic Program course schedule is a three-semester schedule, with semesters beginning in the fall (September to December), winter (January to April) and spring (May to August). All nine courses are offered.


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.

Education Records

HRPA maintains an online education record for members only. Upon joining HRPA, original grade letters for course credits previously earned must be submitted to HRPA for inclusion in the online records.

Program Entry Requirements

There is no English proficiency requirement needed to register for courses in the Online Academic Program, however, to ensure success in the courses, it is strongly recommended that course registrants have both verbal and written proficiency at the post-secondary level.

HRPA does not require prerequisite courses to be completed before registering in any of the Online Academic Program courses. Courses can be completed in any order and do not have to be completed solely at HRPA. HRPA is not a degree-granting institution and, as a result, there is no application process for entering the program. Individuals may simply register for courses as they wish and entry is subject to course availability only.

It is recommended that individuals registering for finance and managerial accounting have a basic understanding of accounting concepts to ensure success in the course.

Course withdrawal and refund policy

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%​

Technical Support

Important Info

Winter 2021 term dates: January 5 to April 9, 2021
Start window: January 5 to January 15, 2021
End window: March 26 to April 9, 2021
Registration deadline: January 15, 2021

OAP Han​dbook (PDF)​
Designation Requirements & Timetable
Captus Press Technical Support

Pricing per course:

Members: $370.00 + HST *
Non-members: $415.00 + HST *
* textbooks are not included

For information about the program and the courses, please contact:

Office of the Registrar
OAP homepage