​​​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.


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, implementation to be determined. 

​The Course-by-Course Approach

New and Important Note: You will not be permitted to register for the CKE 1 or the CKE 2 exam until such time as HRPA has received your transcript and confirmed your eligibility to write the exam. The coursework requirement consists of successful completion of courses in nine subject areas. Successful completion means obtaining a grade of 70% or better overall in nine subject areas with no single course mark 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.

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 equivalency of your letter grade specified by the educational institution. The numerical equivalency for letter grades must be at least 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

Transcript Assessment Form and Fees

Individuals using the course by course method to meet the coursework requirement must submit complete academic transcripts including final grades for all nine required courses. Individuals submitting their first transcript in support of the coursework requirement must complete and submit theTranscript Assessment Form (PDF) and pay the one-time transcript processing fee of $75.00 plus HST. This is a one-time fee paid only with the submission of the member's or student's first transcript and will cover the processing of any and all subsequent transcripts.

The Transcript Assessment Form (online)​ can be completed and​ submitted online. Individuals are still required to submit a transcript including their final grades for all nine required courses by mail to HRPA.

It takes approximately 5-7 business days for transcripts to be assessed. Upon receipt of transcripts for an active member or student registrant, an email confirming receipt of the transcript is sent, and an email is sent once the assessment is complete and the member or student can view the results of the assessment in their online educational record.​ Once the email has been received that you have met the coursework requirement you can register for the CKE 1 or CKE 2 exam.

Transcripts submitted to HRPA must be the original copy. HRPA does not accept photocopies, electronic copies, web portal downloads, faxed or emailed copies.

Original transcripts for active members can be mailed or couriered to:​

HRPA - Attention: Office of the Registrar - Transcripts
150 Bloor Street West
Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 2X9

Applicants must be a member or student registrant in good standing of HRPA and must meet the coursework requirement​ before they are eligible to write the CKE 1 or the CKE 2.

Proof of a completed degree is not required to write the CKE 1 or the CKE 2, as one must meet the coursework. The degree will be required in order to earn the CHRL designation. More information about the degree requirement.​


There are additional 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 professionals, including internationally educated professionals, may find that the Alternate Route is their quickest path to the CHRP or CHRL designation. Experience does not n​eed 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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