It's the Canadian way (Guest commentary)

Why the CHRP designation isn’t standard across the country
By Claude Balthazard
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/10/2008

Some people who contact the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario (HRPAO) are surprised to discover there are different requirements for the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation in different provinces. Let’s take a look at these differences and what they imply.

First, the regulation of professions is a provincial matter. To the extent the designation is the subject of legislation, that legislation will be provincial. In Ontario, this legislation is the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario Act, passed in 1990. It gives the HRPAO the exclusive right to grant the CHRP designation in Ontario. The same act also makes it an offence to “suggest or hold out that one is a CHRP unless one is a member of the association and has satisfied the criteria set out in the bylaws of the association.” Some other provinces have similar legislation as well.

The Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA) does not grant the CHRP, provincial associations do — which is why they are sometimes referred to as “provincial designation-granting associations.”