In October 2014, the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), in collaboration with dozens of HR faculty and C-level executive contributors, introduced the first new human resources competency framework in 20 years in order to meet the increasing demands of modern business and workplaces. It defines professional capabilities for designated HR practitioners entering the profession and performing mainly administrative roles (repositioning the existing CHRP as an entry-level designation); at fully professional levels comparable to a Chartered Professional Accountant (a new Certified Human Resources Leader designation, CHRL); and in the capacity of a high-impact executive (a new Certified Human Resources Executive designation, CHRE).
To provide the validation required to ensure these designations command the respect expected of a primary profession, HRPA is gradually introducing a more rigourous qualification process:
Comprehensive Knowledge Exam 1 (CKE 1)
A conventional knowledge exam designed to assess the knowledge required to perform at the CHRP level. The starting point is the CHRP column in the HR Professional Competency Framework. A 3.5 hour exam, it consists of 150 multiple-choice questions.
Comprehensive Knowledge Exam 2 (CKE 2)
A conventional knowledge exam designed to assess the knowledge required to perform at the CHRL level. The starting point is the CHRL column in the HR Professional Competency Framework. A 5-hour exam with a break, it consists of 250 multiple-choice questions and is scored in a non-compensatory manner (applicants must pass every section of the exam).
Job Ready Program
A 4-module introduction to the workplace, including discussion of professionalism and ethics, with a Pass on completion.
CHRP Employment Law Exam
A multiple-choice exam (approx. 100 questions) which assesses basic knowledge of employment and workplace law in Ontario.
CHRL Employment Law Exam
An exam which assesses the ability to apply employment and workplace law in Ontario. It will have both multiple-choice and constructed response sections.
CHRL Performance Exam
This will be a case-based constructed response assessment