The Comprehensive Knowledge Exam 1 (CKE 1) is required for the CHRP designation and is only valid for the CHRP. The CKE 1 comprises 175 multiple-choice questions, 20-30 of which are test questions. The test questions are not scored and are scattered at random throughout the exam. The time allotment for the CKE 1 exam is 3 hours and 30 mins which should give exam-writers plenty of time to complete the exam.
The Comprehensive Knowledge Exam 2 (CKE 2) is required for the CHRL designation and it is valid for both the CHRP and the CHRL. The CKE 2 comprises 250 multiple choice questions, 20-30 of which are test questions. The test questions are not scored and are scattered at random throughout the exam. The time allotment for the CKE 2 exam is 5 hours which should give exam-writers plenty of time to complete the exam.
The CKE 1 and CKE 2 exams will continue to be administered in a computer-based format in approximately twenty-five locations across Ontario. If you need to write your exam outside of the province or country, it is possible as Prometric has a variety of global test centres.
Consult the table above for examination dates and testing windows.
Consult the Designation Requirements and Timetable for more information on the requirement to achieving the CHRP and CHRL designations
The CKE 1 / CKE 2 is based on the HRPA Competency Framework which features nine functional dimensions as it relates to academic knowledge. Academic knowledge refers to basic facts, policies, practices, methods, legislation, etc. It is information that can be written into procedures and transferred fairly accurately during the learning process. Examples of academic knowledge include: the rights and responsibilities of management and labour during union organizing and negotiation processes; the various methods of training and developing staff; and human rights, employment equity and pay equity legislation. The chart below provides a guideline regarding the extent to which each functional dimension is emphasized within the CKE 1 and CKE 2.
For a better understanding of how items are developed for the CKE1 and CKE2, please have a read through our Item-Writing Guidelines.
|CKE 1 / 2 Functional Dimensions||CKE 1 %|
# of Questions
|CKE 2 %|
# of Questions
|Workforce Planning and Talent Management||13%||20-26||14%||30-40|
|Labour and Employee Relations||11%||16-22||9%||18-27|
|Learning & Development||13%||20-26||11%||23-32|
|Health, Wellness, and Safe Workplace||11%||16-22||8%||15-25|
|Reporting and Financial Management||11%||16-22||12%||25-35|
|Test items (not scored)||||20-30||||20-30|
HRPA has developed an 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.
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.
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 website 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); 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.
CKE 1 and CKE 2 results 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.