New accreditation program ‘insult to all who have come before’ (Guest Commentary)

Would bypass vigorous, professional evaluation and allow in 100 per cent
By Ian Turnbull
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/18/2016

In the March 7, 2016, issue of Canadian HR Reporter, I was quoted in a story about the new accreditation program from the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA) bypassing the National Knowledge Exam (NKE) to acquire the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP). I feel some additional comment is required.

 The idea of accrediting schools as a qualifier for professional designations is not new — Ontario has required CHRP candidates to take approved courses for decades. But in Ontario, taking an approved course or program doesn’t lead to any sort of exemption — it simply allows someone to start the process of acquiring the “professional” designation.  

If the goal of accreditation as an exemption is to simply increase association membership, this new program will likely work. Unfortunately, it is an insult to all who have come before and diminishes the quality of designation holders.