The Course-by-Course Approach
New and Important Note: You will not be permitted to register for the CKE 1 or the CKE 2 exam until such time as HRPA has received your transcript and confirmed your eligibility to write the exam. The coursework requirement consists of successful completion of courses in nine subject areas. Successful completion means obtaining a grade of 70% or better overall in nine subject areas with no single course mark below 65%. Cou rses must be completed within ten years of the date you are registered to write the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam (CKE 1) or Comprehensive Knowledge Exam (CKE 2) to be considered for eligibility.
The coursework requirement consists of successful completion of courses in nine subject areas. Successful completion means obtaining a grade of 70% or better over all nine subject areas with no single subject area below 65%. Courses must be completed within ten years of the date you are registered to write the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam (CKE 1) or Comprehensive Knowledge Exam (CKE 2) to be considered for eligibility.
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. The numerical equivalency for letter grades must be at least 65%. Individuals who earn an exemption on a course will be required to provide HRPA with an original transcript indicating an exemption has been granted and an original transcript for the course on which the exemption is based. 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 CKE 1 or CKE 2.
The nine required subject areas are:
Human Resources Management (HRM)
Finance and Accounting
Human Resources Planning
Occupational Health and Safety
Training and Development
Recruitment and Selection
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:
- Complete and submit a Transcript Assessment Form, in one of 3 ways:
- Emailing the completed (PDF) to Thomas Callitsis at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Printing and mailing the completed (PDF) to:
HRPA - Attention: Office of the Registrar - Transcripts
c. Completing and submitting the online
form. Please note that if you are submitting online, you are still required to mail your official transcript to the HRPA.
2. Pay the transcript processing fee of $80.00 plus HST. This is a one-time fee paid only with the submission your first transcript and will cover the processing of all subsequent transcripts.
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.
Applicants must be a member or student registrant in good standing of HRPA and must meet the coursework requirement before they are eligible to write the CKE 1 or the CKE 2.
Proof of a completed degree is not required to write the CKE 1 or the CKE 2, as one must meet the coursework. The degree will be required in order to earn the CHRL designation. More information about the degree requirement.
There are additional ways of getting credit for these nine subject areas:
For more information regarding required grades and multiple courses to achieve a single total credit for a subject area, advanced standing and recognition of courses that were not pre-approved (Courses Approval Process), please consult the Guide to the CHRP (PDF) or the Guide to the CHRL (PDF).
The Alternate Route
You can meet the course requirement to write the CKE through an Alternate Route. This is a point-based option that gives credit for experience and other relevant achievements.
Experienced HR professionals, including internationally educated professionals, may find that this Alternate Route is their quickest path to the CHRP or CHRL designation. Canadian or international experience can be used as long as it HR experience achieved at a professional level. The experience must have been acquired within the last ten years to count towards the experience requirement and you must have at least three months of professional level HR experience within the last two years.
If you have questions regarding the coursework requirement, please contact the Office of the Registrar.