CHRPs should be leading, not following (Guest Commentary)

Why benchmark against standards that make it hard to enter profession?
By Laura Negraeff
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/15/2012

While I agree with the sentiment behind raising the esteem of the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation, I am concerned with the growing trend towards making exclusivity the benchmark of validity.

The guest commentary by Brian Kreissl in the June 4 issue of Canadian HR Reporter (“Taking HR certification to next level”) suggests the CHRP should have more coursework, a broader knowledge base and a more structured experience requirement, but neglects to consider the consequences of such changes.

While the author notes the cost of graduate studies is often prohibitive for many people, he fails to recognize his suggested changes to the CHRP would also be costly and just as prohibitive for many Canadians.