CHRP/CHRL Employment Law Exam

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HRPA exams are back with the option of remote proctoring. HRPA’s exams are currently delivered by Prometric via computer-based testing and this partnership has been expanded to include online delivery through a secure remote proctoring system – ProProctor. The exam administration and remote proctoring follow industry best practices in compliance with standards defined by international accrediting bodies, such as ISO/ANSI 17024.

As of June 1, 2020  HRPA has officially kicked off our launch of a dual modality delivery of exams. This means that our exam sittings are no longer dependent on the re-opening of exam centers. Instead, if you are planning to write either the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam 1 (CKE 1), the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam 2 (CKE) or the CHRP or CHRL Employment Law Exam, you will have the choice of writing the exam remotely via an online delivery module, or – if you prefer and test centers have re-opened – in person at a test center in your area. As public health measures regarding social distancing remain in place indefinitely, HRPA is unable to confirm when the test centres will re-open, however, HRPA and Prometric remain committed to ensuring your safety. Information on what Prometric is doing to protect its staff and public can be found here: https://www.prometric.com/corona-virus-update.

If you had planned to write any of our exams in 2020, our commitment is to make this possible. The fall 2020 schedule has been updated and registration is now open as of June 1, 2020 and provides candidates approximately two months’ worth of notice to register for their exam.


The process involves a simple three-step registration:

  1. Establish your eligibility with HRPA; eligibility means being an active registrant who is approved for the Public Register and who has met the  Coursework Requirement (*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. 


The eligibility criteria remain the same, the format remains the same and the level of difficulty of the exam remains the same. The only difference is the mode of delivery.

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


2020 & 2021 Employment Law Exam Schedule

​Exam​RegistrationRegistration DeadlineWithdrawal Deadline​​Exam Testing Window
​CHRP Employment Law ExamCLOSED
August 10, 2020
29-2 calendar days from exam appointment date​​​
August 10 – 16, 2020
​CHRL Employment Law Exam
CLOSED
August 17, 202029-2 calendar days from exam appointment date​​​
August 17 – 23, 2020
CHRP Employment Law Exam
RegisterOctober 13, 2020
29-2 calendar days from exam appointment date
October 13 – 27, 2020
CHRL Employment Law Exam
Register
November 9, 202029-2 calendar days from exam appointment dateNovember 9 – 23, 2020
CHRP Employment Law Exam
Registration opens as of November 1, 2020​January 4, 2021
29-2 calendar days from exam appointment dateJanuary 4 - 18, 2021​
CHRL Employment Law Exam
Registration opens as of November 15, 2020​January 11, 2021
29-2 calendar days from exam appointment dateJanuary 11 - 25, 2021​
CHRP Employment Law Exam
Registration opens as of March 1, 2020
​May 17, 2021
29-2 calendar days from exam appointment date
​May 17 - June 8, 2021
CHRL Employment Law Exam
Registration opens as of March 15, 2020May 25, 2021​29-2 calendar days from exam appointment date
May 25 - June 8, 2021​
CHRP Employment Law Exam
Registration opens as of July 1, 2020​September 14, 2021
29-2 calendar days from exam appointment date
​September 14 - 28, 2021
CHRL Employment Law Exam
Registration opens as of July 15, 2020Septemeber 21, 2021​29-2 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 pre-test questions that will not count toward your final score. These pre-test questions are scattered randomly throughout the exam. The format of the exam will be multiple-choice scenario item format with only one correct answer. The exam is available in both French and English.

Click on the + to expand/contract the exam weight distribution table:

Category
Weight
Topic
Weight

​Topic 
Sub-​Topic
Weight
46%
A.  ​Employment Contracts & Terminations
28%​ A1.​ Termination


A1.1 ​Termination with or without cause 8%​


A1.2 Termination pay, termination notice, and pay in lieu of notice 6%​
A1.3​ ​Continuation of benefits to employee after termination ​5%
A1.4​ ​Severance pay entitlements 5%​
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 employee 1%​
A1.7​ When and how to lay off an employee​ 1%​

11% A2. Contracts
A2.1​ ​Contracts and employment agreements 9%​
A2.2​ ​Collective bargaining contracts 2%​
7% A3.​ Employee Benefits and Perquisites
A3.1​ ​Vacation time, vacation pay and bonuses 5%​
A3.2​ ​Misunderstanding overtime exemptions ​2%
​33% B.​ ​Employer Obligations
16% ​B1. ​Duty to Accommodate
B1.1​ ​Mental health or physical disabilities 9%​
​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 workplace 5%​
B2.2​ ​HR professional approach to dealing with discipline 2%​
B2.3​ ​Workplace investigations 2%​
6%​ ​B3. ​Common Law
B3.1​ ​Including consideration of Common Law principles 5%​
B3.2​ ​Employers' obligations under Common Law 1%​
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, 2000 5%​
​C1.2 Probation period under Employment Standards Act, 2000 2%​
C1.3​ ​Different leaves permitted under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 2%​
C1.4​ ​Employers' obligations under Employment Standards Act, 2000 1%​
4%​ C2.​ Occupational Health and Safety Act
C2.1​ ​Making policies that are compliant with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1990 2%​
​C2.2 ​Ministry of Labour's rights under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1990 2%​
4%​ C3.​ ​Jurisdiction
C3.1​ ​The difference between federal and provincial legislations ​2%
​C3.2 ​Determining governing legislation when the organization is interprovincial  2%​
​2% ​C4. ​Pay Equity Act
​C4.1 ​Application of Pay Equity Act, 1990 2%​
1%​ C5.​ Canada Labour Code
​C5.1 ​Employers' obligations under Canada Labour Code 1%​





Click Here for an Important Update on the Online Examination Delivery

HRPA exams are back with the option of remote proctoring. HRPA’s exams are currently delivered by Prometric via computer-based testing and this partnership has been expanded to include online delivery through a secure remote proctoring system – ProProctor. The exam administration and remote proctoring follow industry best practices in compliance with standards defined by international accrediting bodies, such as ISO/ANSI 17024.

As of June 1, 2020  HRPA has officially kicked off our launch of a dual modality delivery of exams. This means that our exam sittings are no longer dependent on the re-opening of exam centers. Instead, if you are planning to write either the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam 1 (CKE 1), the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam 2 (CKE) or the CHRP or CHRL Employment Law Exam, you will have the choice of writing the exam remotely via an online delivery module, or – if you prefer and test centers have re-opened – in person at a test center in your area. As public health measures regarding social distancing remain in place indefinitely, HRPA is unable to confirm when the test centres will re-open, however, HRPA and Prometric remain committed to ensuring your safety. Information on what Prometric is doing to protect its staff and public can be found here: https://www.prometric.com/corona-virus-update.

If you had planned to write any of our exams in 2020, our commitment is to make this possible. The fall 2020 schedule has been updated and registration is now open as of June 1, 2020 and provides candidates approximately two months’ worth of notice to register for their exam.


The process involves a simple three-step registration:

  1. Establish your eligibility with HRPA; eligibility means being an active registrant who is approved for the Public Register and who has met the  Coursework Requirement (*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. 


The eligibility criteria remain the same, the format remains the same and the level of difficulty of the exam remains the same. The only difference is the mode of delivery.

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


2020 & 2021 Employment Law Exam Schedule

​Exam​RegistrationRegistration DeadlineWithdrawal Deadline​​Exam Testing Window
​CHRP Employment Law ExamCLOSED
August 10, 2020
29-2 calendar days from exam appointment date​​​
August 10 – 16, 2020
​CHRL Employment Law Exam
CLOSED
August 17, 202029-2 calendar days from exam appointment date​​​
August 17 – 23, 2020
CHRP Employment Law Exam
RegisterOctober 13, 2020
29-2 calendar days from exam appointment date
October 13 – 27, 2020
CHRL Employment Law Exam
Register
November 9, 202029-2 calendar days from exam appointment dateNovember 9 – 23, 2020
CHRP Employment Law Exam
Registration opens as of November 1, 2020​January 4, 2021
29-2 calendar days from exam appointment dateJanuary 4 - 18, 2021​
CHRL Employment Law Exam
Registration opens as of November 15, 2020​January 11, 2021
29-2 calendar days from exam appointment dateJanuary 11 - 25, 2021​
CHRP Employment Law Exam
Registration opens as of March 1, 2020
​May 17, 2021
29-2 calendar days from exam appointment date
​May 17 - June 8, 2021
CHRL Employment Law Exam
Registration opens as of March 15, 2020May 25, 2021​29-2 calendar days from exam appointment date
May 25 - June 8, 2021​
CHRP Employment Law Exam
Registration opens as of July 1, 2020​September 14, 2021
29-2 calendar days from exam appointment date
​September 14 - 28, 2021
CHRL Employment Law Exam
Registration opens as of July 15, 2020Septemeber 21, 2021​29-2 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 pre-test questions that will not count toward your final score. These pre-test questions are scattered randomly throughout the exam. The format of the exam will be multiple-choice scenario item format with only one correct answer. The exam is available in both French and English.





Examination Accommodations Policy

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 return it to Thomas Callitsis by email at: tcallitsis@hrpa.ca.

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


Cancellation, Withdrawal and Reschedule Policy

Cancellation/Withdrawal

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

Cancellation and Withdrawal – a cancellation and withdrawal from a scheduled exam is defined as a request to remove your exam registration along with your scheduled appointment date and time from the two week long testing window as you no longer wish to write the exam during that session. You will be required to re-register and make payment to HRPA to take the exam. Consult the HRPA website at Important Dates for Designation Requirements for a complete schedule of examination testing windows in 2017.

  • Withdrawals from the exam are permitted up to 2 calendar days prior to the examination appointment date.
  • All exam withdrawals between 29-2 days from the examination appointment date are subject to a $55.00 administration.
  • Withdrawals are not permitted less than 2 calendar days prior to the appointment time
  • 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 a withdrawal form
  • Individuals who do not show up for the exam will be considered "no-shows" and will forfeit the full exam fee.

Reschedule

You are encouraged to reschedule or cancel/withdraw from the exam as soon as you know you won't be able to make the appointment as early as possible.

You can reschedule your exam date, appointment time or location within the two week testing window at any time, 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 appointment. If you wait until you are within two calendar days of your exam appointment time you will forfeit your exam fee. You will be required to pay HRPA to re-register for the exam.

If you are required to change your exam appointment date, time or location using the reschedule/cancel option on the prometric websitewww.prometric.com/hrpa or by contacting Prometric's automated voice response system at: 1- 800-369-6268 (in North America) or by contacting Prometric's Regional Registration centre (outside of North America); the Web is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is no charge for changing an appointment date, time or location if the change is made within 29 calendar days prior to your exam appointment.

Medical and Personal Emergencies

Please refer to HRPA's Medical and Personal Emerg​ency Policy.​​


CHRP & CHRL Employment Law Exam Results

The results for the CHRP and the CHRL Employment Law Exam will be released approximately 3 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 via their member profile.  HRPA will release exam results via email. Members and student registrants must also ensure that their email address provider recognizes HRPA as a safe source for emails.

If you experienced an incident during your exam session, it must be indicated on the post-exam survey as well as emailing the Office of the Registrar with your concerns within 7 days of your exam date.  No action will be taken by HRPA once exam results have been released. 

Please do not call the Office of the Registrar asking for results over the phone or for early release. HRPA staff are not allowed to release results over the phone and cannot release early results under any circumstances.


HRPA Exam Pass Rates – CHRP & CHRL Employment Law Exam​

CHRP Employment Law Exam (ELE 1)CandidatesE​xam 
Out Of
Cut Score​
Cut Score %​
Pass RateMode of administration​Technical Reports
September 2016246.93Paper-and-pencil
January 2017
147
​97
58​
60%​
.95Computer-based testing

May 201713298​​54
55%​.95Computer-based testing
​September 2017​135​100
​54
​54%
​.96​Computer-based testing
​January 2018​115100​​57
​57%
​.95​Computer-based testingTechnical Report - Jan 2018
​May 2018
122​​100
​55
​55%
​.97​​Computer-based testing ​​Technical Report - May 2018
​September 2018
​121
98​​55
​56%
​.92
​Computer-based testing
Technical Report - Sept 2018
​January 2019
132​101​
​57
56%​.97​​Computer-based testing
Technical Report - Jan 2019
​May 2019
​169
​102
​56
​55%
​.96
​​Computer-based testing
​Technical Report - May 2019

​September 2019

​114

​100

​57
​57%
.86​​Computer-based testing
Technical Report - Sept 2019

​January 2020

​138

102 ​

​57

56%​

.92

Computer-based testing​

Technical Report - Jan 2020
Total1325
.95

CHRL Employment Law Exam (ELE 2)
Candidates
Exam 
Out Of​
Cut Score​
Cut Score %​
Pass Rate
Mode of administration
​Technical Reports
September 2016293.80
Paper-and-pencil
January 2017
143​100
65​​65%
.81Computer-based testing
May 201716298​56​​57%
.90Computer-based testing
​September 2017​161​100
​60
​60%
​.89
​Computer-based testing
​January 2018​174​98
​62
​63%
​.86​Computer-based testing Technical Report - Jan 2018
​May 2018
159​100
63​​63%
​.78​​Computer-based testing Technical Report - May 2018
​September 2018
​195
​99
64​​65%
​.87
​​Computer-based testing
Technical Report - Sept 2018
​January 2019
​203
​98
​61
​62%
​.86
​Computer-based testing
​Technical Report - Jan 2019
​May 2019
​206
​98
​64
​65%
.84​​Computer-based testing
Technical Report - May 2019

​September 2019

200​​102
​65
​63%
.89​
​Computer-based testing
​Technical Report - Sept 2019

​​January 2020

​145

100 ​

66​

66%​

​.87

​​Computer-based testing

Technical Report - Jan 2020
Total1697
.85


CHRP/CHRL Employment Law Exam FAQ

What is the CHRP Employment Law exam?

It is an exam which is now required to obtain the CHRP designation.

What is the CHRL Employment Law exam?

It is an exam which is now required to obtain the CHRL designation.

What does it test?

The CHRP/CHRL Employment Law exam will test the 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 CKE 1, you need to pass the CHRP Employment Law exam; if you are pursuing the CHRL designation and have passed the CKE 2, 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 CKE 2 to write the CHRL Employment law exam. If you have passed the CKE 1 only, you would only be eligible for the CHRP Employment Law exam and not the CHRL Employment Law exam.

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

Same format, same number of questions, same test blueprint but they will have independent standard setting processes, which means that the cut-score might not be the same. The cut-score is determined after the exams are administered so we don't know the cut-score at this time.

When will the exam be administered?

Please consult the chart at the top of the page for testing window dates. ​The time allotment for the exam as of January 2018 is 3.5 hours.

Who is eligible to write the exam?

Individuals who are currently pursuing the CHRP and have passed the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam 1 (CKE 1) or as of June of 2016 will be required to complete the CHRP Employment Law.​ To be eligible to write this exam, you must have passed the CKE 1.

Individuals who are currently pursuing the CHRL and have passed the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam 2 (CKE 2) as of June of 2016 will be required to complete the CHRL Employment Law. To be eligible to write this exam, you must have passed the CKE 2.

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 CKE 2 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 results good for?

The results are valid for 10 years.​

How should I study for the exam?

The exam does 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.


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