Internationally Educated HR Professionals
Internationally Educated Professional (HR IEP) with a background in HR may apply to join HRPA for a reduced price-level if they can provide proof of the following:
Obtained their professional education or professional experience from an accredited academic institution or an analogous corporate body outside the boundaries of Canada,
Has worked in human resources in a professional capacity for two of the past 5 years, and
Has obtained landed immigrant status or open work permit in Canada within the past 24 months.
HRPA is committed to providing a fair, transparent and accessible registration and certification processes for HR IEPs. Download the
HR IEP Application Form (PDF)*.
Gaining the CHRP or CHRL designation can help prepare HR IEPs for the realities of the Ontario labour market.
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Certified Human Resources Professional Designation (CHRP)
There are five requirements that must be met to earn the CHRP:
Members with the CHRP designation must maintain their membership in HRPA in good standing and must meet the ongoing continuing professional development (CPD) requirement in order to maintain the designation. Learn more about the
Certified Human Resources Leader Designation (CHRL)
There are eight requirements that must be met in order to earn the CHRL designation:
Members with the CHRL designation must maintain their membership in HRPA in good standing and must meet the ongoing continuing professional development (CPD) requirement in order to maintain the designation. Learn more about the
The Alternate Route
HRPA has developed an Alternate Route program in which international HR experience at a professional level, alone or in combination with formal training, coursework, and/or other relevant designations, is assessed as an alternative way to meet the coursework requirement. The Alternate Route uses a points-based system that recognizes professional-level HR experience, formal training, coursework and other HR designations.
Candidates must obtain 50 points to pass the application to qualify to be eligible to write the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam.
Other support for HR IEPs
In order to help HR IEPs understand the process for earning the CHRP and CHRL, HRPA has developed the Certification Guide for Internationally Educated Professionals (PDF).
In addition, HR IEPs should know:
The experience requirement for the CHRL can be met entirely with professional level HR experience from outside Canada
The degree requirement can be met with a degree from outside Canada (international degrees must be assessed by an approved provider for equivalence to a Canadian degree)
Internationally educated professionals are eligible to pay a lower membership fee for their first year of membership in HRPA
The Certification Guide for Internationally Educated Professionals (PDF)should be used together with the Guides for the CHRP designation or the CHRL designation which provide more detailed information about the certification process for each designation.
Please visit the
HR Designations section of our website for more information or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.