CKE1 / CKE2 Comprehensive Knowledge Exam

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 Comprehensive ​Knowledge Ex​ams Dates​

​ExamRegistration​​​​Registration Deadline​Withdrawal Deadline​​​​​ Exam Testing Window​

​CKE 1

Register

August 31, 2020 
​29-2 calendar days from exam appointment date​​​

August 31 – September 15, 2020

​CKE 2
Register
R
egistration open as of June 15, 2020
September 16, 2020​29-2 calendar days from exam appointment date​​​
September 16 - 30, 2020​

The cost to register for the CKE 1 is $290 + HST. The cost to register for the CKE 2 is $345 + HST.

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 Comprehensive ​Knowledge Ex​ams Dates​

​ExamRegistration​​​​Registration Deadline​Withdrawal Deadline​​​​​ Exam Testing Window​

​CKE 1

Register

August 31, 2020 
​29-2 calendar days from exam appointment date​​​

August 31 – September 15, 2020

​CKE 2
Register
R
egistration open as of June 15, 2020
September 16, 2020​29-2 calendar days from exam appointment date​​​
September 16 - 30, 2020​

The cost to register for the CKE 1 is $290 + HST. The cost to register for the CKE 2 is $345 + HST.

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CKE 1 and CKE 2

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


Exam Content and Delivery

The CKE 1 / CKE 2 is based on the HRPA C​ompetency Fram​ework 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 %
CKE 1
# of Questions
​CKE 2 %​
CKE 2
# of Questions
​Strategy​4%6-8​11%​22-32
​Professional Practice11%16-22​11%​22-32
Organizational Effectiveness​​13%20-26​14%​30-40
​Workforce Planning and Talent Management13%20-26​14%​​30-40
​Labour and Employee Relations11%16-22​9%​18-27
​Total Rewards13%20-2610%​​20-30
​Learning & Development​13%​20-26​11%​23-32
​Health, Wellness, and Safe Workplace11%​​16-22​8%​15-25
​Reporting and Financial Management​​11%​16-22​12%​25-35
​​​Test items (not scored)​20-30​20-30
​TOTAL​100%​175​100%​​250

Accommodation Request

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.



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 are subject to a $55.00 administration.
  • Withdrawals from the exam are not subject to a fee if done so greater than 29 calendar days from 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 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 / CKE 2 Exam Results​

CKE 1 and CKE 2 results will be released approximately 4-6 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.




Comprehensive Knowledge Exam 1 (CKE 1)CandidatesExam Out Of​​Cut Score​Cut Score %
Pass
Rate
Mode of
administration
​Technical Reports
June 2016511
.65Paper-and-pencil
November 2016400
.59Paper-and-pencil
Feb/March 201791​150​96​64%.51Computer-based testing
June 2017180​150​95​63%.68Computer-based testing
​October 2017​233​150​99​66%​.59​Computer-based testing
​February 2018​165​150​98​65%​.64​Computer-based testingTechnical Report - Feb 2018
​June 2018​203​150​97​65%​.59​Computer-based testing​​Technical Report - June 2018
​Sept/Oct 2018​230
​155​98​63%​.67​Computer-based testingTechnical Report - Oct 2018
​February 2019
​194
​155
​103
​66%
​.62
​Computer-based testing​Technical Report - February 2019
​June 2019
​182
​150
​94
63%​​.57
​Computer-based testing
Technical Report - June 2019
​October 2019
231​​153
​98
64%​.66​Computer-based testing​
​Technical Report - October 2019
​February 2020
​199
​153
​99

64.7%​

​.65
Computer-based testing

Technical Report - 
February 2020

​Total​2389
​.61


Comprehensive Knowledge 
Exam 2 (CKE 2)
Candidates
​Exam
Out Of
​Cut Score​Cut Score %
Pass
Rate
Mode of
administration
​Technical Reports
November 2015615.67Paper-and-pencil
June 2016564.73Paper-and-pencil
November 2016393.65Paper-and-pencil
March 2017106​225​135​60%.59​Computer-based testing
​June/July 2017​249​225​132​59%​.69​​Computer-based testing
​October 2017​287225​133​​59%​.69​Computer-based testing
​March 2018​181​225​135​60%​.63​​​Computer-based testingTechnical Report - March 2018
​June/July 2018​276​229​133​58%​.72​Computer-based testing
​Oct/Nov 2018​305229​​133​58%​.73​Computer-based testingTechnical Report - Oct/Nov 2018
​March 2019
​231
​230
​138
​60%
.66​​​Computer-based testing
Technical Report - March 2019
​June/July 2019
​258
230​​138
​60%
​.64
​​Computer-based testing
CKE2 Technical Report – June-July 2019

​November 2019

​274

​225

​141

​63%

​.61

​Computer-based testing
CKE2 Technical Report - November 2019
Total​3739​.67




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