​​​Coursework Requirement

To earn the right to use the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation or the Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation, applicants must have a sufficient foundation of HR discipline-specific knowledge. Because coursework is the main way to meet​ this requirement, it is known as the ‘coursework’ requirement.

The coursework requirement must be met before an individual may be deemed eligible to write the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam 1​ (the exam requirement for the CHRP) or the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam 2 (the exam requirement for the CHRL).

New: Exam eligibility must be confirmed by HRPA before you will be permitted to regis​ter for the CKE 1 and​ CKE 2 examinations.

Currently, for both the CHRP and CHRL designations, the coursework requirement is the same and there are two ways of meeting the requirement: the course-by-course approach and the  Alternate Route.

New requirements are being gradually phased in
HRPA is currently updating the academic requirement for the CHRL. The updated academic requirement for the CHRL is scheduled to come into effect in 2020.

​The Course-by-Course Approach

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%. 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.

If the educational institution at which you completed your courses uses letter grades, HRPA will refer to the numerical equilvalency of your letter grade specified by the educational institution. The numerical equilvalency for letter grades must be at leat 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)

  • Organizational Behaviour

  • Finance and Accounting

  • Human Resources Planning

  • Occupational Health and Safety

  • Training and Development

  • Labour Relations

  • Recruitment and Selection

  • Compensation

There are various 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

The Alternate Route is an alternative way of meeting the coursework requirement in order to qualify to write the CKE. The Alternate Route is points-based and gives credit for experience and other relevant achievements. The Alternate Route is deemed an equivalent foundation for HR professionals.

​Experienced HR profevssionals, including internationally educated professionals, may find that the Alternate Route is their quickest path to the CHRP or CHRL designation. Experience does not need to be Canadian experience as long as it meets the criteria of (1) being HR experience, and (2) being at a professional level. The experience must have occurred within the last ten years to count towards the experience requirement and the individual must have at least three months of professional level HR experience within the last two years.

Individuals with questions regarding the coursework requirement are encouraged to contact the Office of the Registrar.​​

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