CHRP versus the world

How does Canada’s HR designation stack up against processes in the U.S., U.K.?
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/15/2010

How does Canada’s HR certification stack up to that of the United States and the United Kingdom? It depends on who you talk to — some say Canada is well-established and leading the way, while others opine there is still some work to do.

Canada’s penetration rate for HR certification is high (at the end of 2009, there were 21,644 holders of the Certified Human Resources Professional designation), though it’s hard to get a sense of how many people there are in HR who should get the designation, says Claude Balthazard, director of HR excellence at the Human Resources Professionals Association in Toronto.

“If you put in the best guesstimates we have, indeed, certification is much more popular in Canada,” he says.