Supervised practicum not necessary: Survey

But requirement could test knowledge of young professionals
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/30/2009

Most HR professionals don’t think there should be a supervised practicum as part of the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation, according to the latest Pulse Survey.

The survey of 2,009 Canadian HR Reporter readers and members of the Human Resources Professionals Association found just 33.4 per cent of respondents thought a supervised practice requirement would make the designation better, while 52.5 per cent said it wouldn’t improve the designation. Even more — 56.7 per cent — thought there shouldn’t be such a requirement at all.

As the requirements for the CHRP keep changing — candidates will need a university degree as of 2011 and Ontario has introduced a three-year experience requirement — a supervised practicum would just make it harder for people to enter the profession, said Sarah Gayer, an HR instructor at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College in Oakville, Ont.