Clock ticking on degree requirement for CHRP

With deadline just months away, most are onboard with change
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/07/2010

With the degree requirement for the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation in most provinces less than one year away, HR professionals, associations and colleges and universities are on track in ensuring the change is both understood and embraced.

The decision was made more than five years ago so people have had plenty of notice, said Simon Evans, CEO of the British Columbia Human Resources Management Association. Though there are still a few questions around the new guidelines, particularly among younger people, most understand and appreciate the change — degrees have become much more common if not standard for most professionals, he said.

Businesses are realizing the human capital aspect is just as vital as financial or technology capital, said Evans. Five years ago, very few first-year students were interested in HR.