​Challenge Examinations

For the purposes of meeting HRPA’s coursework requirement for the CHRP and CHRL designations, an alternative to completing specific course requirements is the Challenge Exams. Challenge Exams are designed to assess an applicant’s academic currency in an individual subject area and are similar to a final exam in the subject. They enable an applicant to achieve credit in a required subject area without retaking a course, giving them credit for previous academic or experiential knowledge in a subject.

You must be an HRPA member/registered student in good 
standing prior to registering for the Challenge Exams.

Challenge Exams are held three times per year in January, May and now September. A maximum of three subjects can be written per sitting. The passing grade for a Challenge Exam is 65%. The cost for each challenge exam is $175.00 plus HST.

For individuals residing outside of the Great​er Toronto Area who wish to write their challenge exam at an alternate testing site, arrangeme​nts can be made by contacting a local college or university and booking the exam through the testing facility.  


The following Challenge Examinations will be written on the following dates:

Monday, January 13: HR Management, Compensation, Occupational Health & Safety

Tuesday, January 14: Organizational Behaviour, Training & Development, HR Planning

Wednesday, January 15: Finance & Accounting, Labour Relations, Recruitment & Selection

Note: Individuals can register for more than one Challenge Examination scheduled on the same date.  If you have registered for more than one Challenge Examination scheduled on the same date, you will be sent an email closer to the beginning of the examination window containing information on which dates you will be writing each Challenge Examination, as you can only write one Challenge Examination per date if you are writing at HRPA’s offices.

For the purposes of meeting HRPA’s coursework requirement for the CHRP and CHRL designations, an alternative to completing specific course requirements is the Challenge Exams. Challenge Exams are designed to assess an applicant’s academic currency in an individual subject area and are similar to a final exam in the subject. They enable an applicant to achieve credit in a required subject area without retaking a course, giving them credit for previous academic or experiential knowledge in a subject.

You must be an HRPA member/registered student in good 
standing prior to registering for the Challenge Exams.

Challenge Exams are held three times per year in January, May and now September. A maximum of three subjects can be written per sitting. The passing grade for a Challenge Exam is 65%. The cost for each challenge exam is $175.00 plus HST.

For individuals residing outside of the Great​er Toronto Area who wish to write their challenge exam at an alternate testing site, arrangeme​nts can be made by contacting a local college or university and booking the exam through the testing facility.  


The following Challenge Examinations will be written on the following dates:

Monday, January 13: HR Management, Compensation, Occupational Health & Safety

Tuesday, January 14: Organizational Behaviour, Training & Development, HR Planning

Wednesday, January 15: Finance & Accounting, Labour Relations, Recruitment & Selection

Note: Individuals can register for more than one Challenge Examination scheduled on the same date.  If you have registered for more than one Challenge Examination scheduled on the same date, you will be sent an email closer to the beginning of the examination window containing information on which dates you will be writing each Challenge Examination, as you can only write one Challenge Examination per date if you are writing at HRPA’s offices.

Challenge Examinations are recommended if...
  • ​A course grade does not meet HRPA's minimum grade requirement
  • A course was taken more than 10 years ago
  • An individual has extensive job-related or academic experience in a subject area

Challenge Exam Schedule

​Individuals may register for the exams up to two weeks prior to the exam date. Those who wish to register for Challenge Exams after the deadline should contact staff in the Office of the Registrar directly and make their request in writing.

2019 Challenge Examinations

Registration
​​​Registration Deadline​Withdrawal Deadline​​  ​​​ Exam Testing Window ​
Registration Closed
​1/11/2019
​1/14/2019
​Jan 21-23, 2019

Registration Closed

​4/26/2019

​4/29/2019
​May 6-8, 2019
Registration Closed
​8/30/2019
9/3/2019​
​Sept 9-11, 2019

2020 Challenge Examinations

Registration
​​​Registration Deadline​Withdrawal Deadline​​  ​​​ Exam Testing Window ​
Register
​1/3/2020
​1/6/2020
​Jan 13-15, 2020

TBD

​4/24/2020

​4/27/2020
​May 4-6, 2020

TBD

​9/4/2020
9/8/2020
​Sept 14-16, 2020

Examination Policy​

  • On the exam day, registrants must present valid photo identification to be admitted to the testing room.
  • On-site Challenge Exam registrations are not permitted at the testing location. Registrations and payment must be completed prior to writing the examination.
  • No papers, texts or materials may be brought to the examinations. Individuals writing the Financial and Managerial Accounting Challenge Exam are permitted a calculator only.
  • Individuals arriving to the examination more than 30 minutes past the start time will not be permitted to write the exam and will forfeit the exam fees.
  • Individuals who fail to appear for the examinations without prior notification will forfeit their exam fees.

 

WithdrawalWithdrawal Policy​

Examination fees, (minus a $25.00 administrative fee) are refunded upon permanent withdrawal up to one week prior to the exam date. Withdrawal requests must be made in writing to Thomas Callitsis up to one week prior to the exam date. No withdrawals will be permitted less than one week prior to the exam date unless it is due medical reasons or bereavement. Supporting documentation must be provided to HRPA.


AccommodationAccommodation 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.



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