CHRP needs experience requirement: Survey

Requirement would improve credibility but should look beyond HR experience
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/03/2009

More than three-quarters of HR professionals thought adding an experience requirement to Canada’s HR professional designation would enhance its value, according to a survey.

The latest Pulse Survey, which surveyed 3,165 Canadian HR Reporter readers and members of the Human Resources Professionals Association, found three-quarters (77.7 per cent) thought HR associations should introduce an experience requirement as part of the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. And 79.5 per cent of respondents thought it would enhance the CHRP’s value.

“My experience of a professional designation is that it’s a demonstration of competence, not just a course you took,” said Margie Leclair, a 15-year HR veteran in Halifax. “So if you’ve not worked, you haven’t really demonstrated competence.”