‘Good character’ requirement protects human resources profession, public (Guest Commentary)

New HRPA members will be required to attest to character when joining
By Claude Balthazard
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/04/2012

The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) will soon introduce “good character” as a requirement for membership in the association.

The purpose is not to make life more difficult for applicants but to ensure unethical individuals are not granted membership in the association. If they are, it increases the risk of harm to the public and damages the profession’s reputation, which the vast majority of HR professionals work hard to build and maintain.

For HRPA, requiring applicants to be “of good character” is also a matter of compliance with the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario Act, 1990, which requires the association grant memberships only to individuals of good character.