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CHRPCertification
How to obtain CHRP Designation

Congratulations on your interest in pursuing a national Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. You are well on your way to establishing yourself as one of the highest ranking and skilled professionals in Canadian business in demand by today's top employers.

In order to obtain the CHRP designation, candidates must successfully complete a series of steps, which are listed below.

Step One: Application for Association Membership
Step Two: Pass the National Knowledge Exam TM
Step Three: Pass the National Professional Practice Assessment TM

If you are a member of the Quebec association, please click here to find out more about the designation in Quebec (in addition to reading the information below.)

Please note the new degree requirement: Effective January 1, 2011, the CHRP designation will only be awarded to applicants who have passed both exams and have attained a Bachelor's degree from a university or an applied degree from a community college. At that time, a degree will also be required for CHRP candidates registering to write the National Professional Practice Assessment TM.

Steps to Obtaining a CHRP Designation

Step One: Application for Association Membership

If you are not currently a member of a provincial CHRP designation granting HR association, you must apply for membership in the province or territory in which you reside. If there is no association where you reside, you may choose to join an association closest to your residence. In the case that you currently live outside Canada, you can attain membership in the provincial HR association of your choice. Your provincial HR association will provide details regarding various membership categories and fees.

Once your membership application is approved, an information package, which includes material on CHRP certification, CHRP candidacy, and CCHRA's National Code of Ethics will be forwarded to you.

If you are currently a member of a provincial HR association, you can contact your association for more information and material on the CHRP certification process in addition to that provided below.

Step Two: Pass the National Knowledge Exam TM

The National Knowledge Exam TM (NKE) is a nationally regulated academic exam that tests your academic knowledge of the Required Professional Capabilities, HR's body of knowledge. Consisting of 150 multiple-choice questions, candidates chose the best of four possible answers. A minimum grade of 70 per cent is required to pass. Upon successful completion of the exam, you will be recognized as a CHRP candidate.

Please note: Prior to writing the NKE, you must first meet the prerequisites set by your provincial HR association. Exam prerequisites and special requirements for registration will be outlined on the associations' Web site and on examination registration forms.

How to Prepare for the NKE

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the exam, including: independent study; post-secondary and online courses; seminars; etc. To get started, you can visit the Exam Study Resources section of our Web site, where you will find sample study questions, information on online preparation courses and provincial workshops, links to universities and colleges, and more.

You are encouraged to visit the RPCs section of our Web site to view the content on which the exam is based.

Provincial HR associations, through their education and professional development portfolios, can also provide various development activities to help you prepare for the NKE. They can help you assess your current knowledge and abilities and determine development activities to help you pass the exam.

How to Register for the NKE

When you are prepared to write the NKE, obtain an application form /_admin/assets/chrp exam registration form hst 2009.docfrom your provincial HR association. Sign CCHRA's National Code of Ethics and submit the completed application form with the required fee ($250.00* + GST) to your provincial HR association at least 60 days prior to the scheduled date of the exam.

Thirty days prior to the scheduled exam date, you will receive:

  • written confirmation of your registration to write the NKE;
  • the date on which you will write the exam. (Please visit the National Exams section of our Web site for a list of upcoming exam dates); and
  • the test location, time and any necessary procedures.

You must bring the confirmation letter and photo identification to gain entry to the test centre. Click here for more information on exam guidelines and procedures.

* Fees are subject to change without notice at the discretion of CCHRA.

Passing the NKE

You will be informed of your test results approximately six weeks after the date on which the exam was written. Upon notification that you have successfully completed the NKE, you will be able to use the CHRP Candidate title as mentioned above.

The next step in the process of obtaining the CHRP designation is to write the National Professional Practice Assessment TM (NPPA.) CHRP candidates have five years to complete the NPPA from the time they pass the NKE.

Please note: Those who not pass the NPPA within five years of passing the NKE can no longer use the CHRP candidate title and will have to begin the certification process from Step 1.

Failing to Pass the NKE

If you do not pass the NKE, you can continue to take the exam and pay the required fee ($250* + GST) until a passing grade is attained.

Step Three: Pass the National Professional Practice Assessment TM

The National Professional Practice Assessment TM (NPPA) is a nationally regulated exam that tests your experiential knowledge of the RPCs, HR's body of knowledge. CHRP candidates are tested on their ability to apply theory and knowledge to situations typically encountered by HR professionals. Consisting of 40 incidents, candidates are presented with descriptions of real life situations encountered by HR professionals, and must select the most appropriate of four possible solutions.

Candidates should have at least three to five years of practical experience in human resources management prior to writing the exam. They must attain a minimum of 70 per cent on the exam to pass. In order to obtain certification, the NPPA must be written within five years of passing the NKE.

How to Prepare for the NPPA

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the exam, including: independent study; post-secondary and online courses; seminars; etc. To get started, you can visit the Exam Study Resources section of our Web site, where you will find sample study questions, information on online preparation courses and provincial workshops, links to universities and colleges, and more.

You are encouraged to visit the RPCs section of our Web site to view the content on which the exam is based.

Provincial HR associations, through their education and professional development portfolios, can also provide various development activities to help you prepare for the NPPA. They can help you assess your current knowledge and abilities and determine development activities to help you pass the exam.

How to Register for the NPPA

When you are prepared to write the NPPA, obtain an application form from your provincial HR association. Submit the completed application form with the required fee ($500.00* + GST) to your provincial HR association at least 60 days prior to the scheduled date of the exam.

Thirty days prior to the scheduled exam date, you will receive:

  • written confirmation of your registration to write the NPPA;
  • the date on which you will write the exam. (Please visit the National Exams section of our Web site for a list of upcoming exam dates); and
  • the test location, time and any necessary procedures.

You must bring the confirmation letter and photo identification to gain entry to the test centre. Click here for more information on exam guidelines and procedures.

* Fees are subject to change without notice at the discretion of CCHRA.

Passing the NPPA and Receiving Your CHRP Designation

If you successfully complete the NPPA within the five year period of passing the NKE and sign CCHRA's National Code of Ethics, CCHRA will issue you your CHRP designation in certificate form. In addition, unless you notify your provincial HR association otherwise, your name will be listed in the National CHRP Registry.

At this time, your provincial HR association will advise you of the requirements necessary to retain your designation, maintain currency in the profession, and recertify in three years. You will also be notified of your ongoing obligation to adhere to CCHRA's National Code of Ethics.

Failing to Pass the NPPA

If you do not pass the NPPA, you can continue to take the exam and pay the required fee ($500.00* + GST) until a passing grade is attained. There is no limit to the number of times you can take the NPPA within the five year period after passing the NKE.

Please note: Those who not pass the NPPA within five years of passing the NKE can no longer use the CHRP Candidate title and will have to begin the certification process from Step 1.