American Society for Training and Development
Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP): A credential that provides a way for workplace learning and performance professionals to prove their value to employers and be confident about their knowledge of the field. Broad-based and addresses nine areas of expertise as defined by the ASTD Competency Model.
Association of Professional Recruiters of Canada
Registered Professional Recruiter (RPR): This accreditation program consists of three modules that show recruiters and hiring managers how to reduce recruitment costs, lower the risk of erroneous hiring decisions and avoid needless litigation. Successful completion of all three modules of this program makes you eligible for membership in the Association of Professional Recruiters of Canada, with the RPR designation.
Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals
Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP): Focuses on safety management positions. A CRSP applies broad-based safety knowledge to develop systems that will achieve optimum control over hazards and exposures detrimental to people, equipment, materials and the environment. A CRSP is committed to the principles of loss control, accident prevention and environmental protection as demonstrated by their daily activities.
Canadian Association of Assessment Specialists
Registered Assessment Specialist (RAS): This accreditation program consists of 10 lessons where participants acquire the skills to assess employees through ability-, personality- and competency-based testing. For HR professionals, recruiters and others who wish to use assessment tools for quality selection, training and personnel development. Successful completion of this program makes you eligible for membership in the Canadian Association of Assessment Specialists with the RAS designation.
Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA)
Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP): A nationally recognized level of achievement within the field of human resources. The designation represents continuing recognition of the bearer’s outstanding professionalism. To attain the CHRP designation, HR professionals must meet the requirements of their provincial CHRP designation-granting HR association, possess a university degree, pass the National Knowledge Exam (which tests a professional’s understanding of HR’s body of knowledge in Canada) and the National Professional Practice Assessment, and sign the profession’s National Code of Ethics. To maintain the designation, HR professionals must recertify every three years and adhere to the Code of Ethics. For information, contact your provincial HR association. (See page 6 for listings.)
Note: The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) in Ontario has replaced the National Professional Practice Assessment with a requirement for three years of professional-level experience, to be assessed by the association.
Canadian Institute of Management
Chartered Manager (C.Mgr.): The Canadian Institute of Management’s senior qualification and chartered professional designation. It provides validation to outstanding adherence to the theory and practice of ethical management and the ongoing development of new methods in management that focus on sustainability and leadership. The designation combines the fields of accounting, financial management, organizational behaviour, strategy, marketing and human resources. The association also offers two other designations, the Professional Manager (P.Mgr.) and the Certified in Management (C.I.M.).
Canadian Management Professionals Association
Canadian Management Professional (CMP): An association for professional managers. Candidates complete 12 modules of the CMPA accreditation program to develop the skills to manage the workload, communicate more effectively and use resources wisely. Once successfully completed, participants can become full members of the association and attain the CMP designation.
Canadian Payroll Association
Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP): The foundation of a career in payroll. It provides the compliance knowledge required to process an organization’s annual payroll cycle, effectively communicate payroll information to all stakeholders, and understand the accounting function as it relates to payroll.
Certified Payroll Manager (CPM): Builds on the PCP compliance knowledge by developing payroll management skills. It provides the knowledge to make decisions, supervise and manage, and contribute a payroll perspective to organizational policy and strategy discussions. PCP certification is a prerequisite.
Canadian Professional Trainers Association
Registered Professional Trainer (RPT): Positions in training and development. This accreditation program consists of three modules that teach participants how to assess the need for training, develop the material, deliver the content and evaluate the results. Those who complete the program are eligible for membership in the Canadian Professional Trainers Association (CPTA) with the RPT designation.
Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC): A certification for Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental professionals. The designation recognizes and promotes excellence in professional consulting with business, industry and government agencies at all levels. Designation holders have completed specialized training and passed mandatory examinations on ethics, legal obligations and liabilities, measurement and evaluation in OHS-managed systems, and leadership on health, safety and environmental issues.
Canadian Society for Training and Development
Certified Training Professional (CTP): A specialized credential for trainers and facilitators who deliver or facilitate training and learning as part or all of their work. Based on facilitating training with an awareness of designing and evaluating training. Minimum two years’ part-time experience required.
Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP): A broad-based credential for professionals who plan, design, develop, deliver, evaluate or administer training or development. It is based on the five core competency areas: assessing performance needs, designing training, facilitating training, supporting transfer of learning and evaluating training. Minimum four years’ professional experience required.
Career Professionals of Canada
Certified Career Strategist (CCS): For excellence in career coaching and counselling. Master Certified Career Strategist (MCCS) designation is available after achieving CCS status and passing an independent evaluation.
Certified Interview Strategist (CIS): For excellence in interview coaching and counselling. Master Certified Interview Strategist (MCIS) designation is available after achieving CIS status and passing an independent evaluation.
Certified Resumé Strategist (CRS): For excellence in resumé writing. Master Certified Resumé Strategist (MCRS) designation is available after achieving CRS status and passing an independent evaluation.
Certified Management Accountants of Canada
Certified Management Accountant (CMA): The accreditation process fosters the specialized capabilities needed to excel as a strategic management accounting professional by integrating a mix of leadership and management skills with core financial and business expertise. Designation holders can apply best management practices in strategic planning, finance, operations, sales and marketing, information technology, and human resources to identify new market opportunities.
Certified Management Consultants (CMC)-Canada
Certified Management Consultant (CMC): The skills that a consultant develops in the process of attaining a CMC designation are applicable in every area of the management consulting profession. A CMC designation earned in Canada is recognized as a global credential in more than 40 countries.
International Association for Human Resource Information Management
Human Resource Information Professional (HRIP): To qualify, a member must pass a certification test that assesses knowledge and competency in the HR technology field. Must demonstrate comprehensive understanding and proficiency of the defined body of knowledge in HR information management. Formerly called the Professional of Human Resources Information (PHRI) designation.
International Association of Outsourcing Professionals
Certified Outsourcing Professional (COS): A family of certifications that focuses on the delivery of outsourcing services. Certifications are aligned with specific job areas of responsibility. Enables individuals, the companies they work for and the customers they serve to consistently validate a worker’s specific knowledge, skills and experience. Specializations include: finance and accounting; HR; foundation principles; and transaction processing.
Certified Outsourcing Professional (COP): Focuses on the management process of outsourcing itself and is equally valuable to individuals working as customers, providers or advisors. Distinguishes individuals as leaders in the field of outsourcing. Demonstrates they possess the experience and knowledge required to design, implement and manage outsourcing initiatives. The Associate Certified Outsourcing Profession (aCOP) designation is available to individuals who meet the requirements of the COP but don’t have the required work experience.
Certified Outsourcing Executive (COE): Focused on individuals in the outsourcing industry who demonstrate superior leadership and typically hold C-level positions in public or private institutions.
International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS): The CEBS program offers designations in three distinct areas of specialization: group benefits, retirement and compensation. The Group Benefits Associate (GBA), Retirement Plans Associate (RPA) and Compensation Management Specialist (CMS) designations form the core of the CEBS curriculum. Earn a designation in each of the specialty tracks and receive credit that will qualify toward earning the CEBS designation.
International Personnel Management Association – Canada
IPMA-Certified Professional (IPMA-CP): One of two international designations available from the IPMA. The IPMA-CP designation recognizes individuals for their broad knowledge, experience and expertise at the mastery or journey level in the various technical HR skill areas.
IPMA-Certified Specialist (IPMA-CS): Recognizes mastery level knowledge, experience and expertise for a total of five years in one of the various technical human resource skill areas.
International Society for Performance Improvement
Certified Performance Technologist (CPT): For experienced practitioners in the field of organizational performance improvement whose work meets both performance-based standards of performance technology and application requirements developed by the International Society for Performance Improvement.
National Institute of Disability Management and Research
Certified Return to Work Co-ordinator (CRTWC): May work internally within their own organizations or externally as providers. Responsibilities include expediting, co-ordinating and facilitating the return to work of persons with injuries, illnesses and disabilities in a range of settings.
Certified Disability Management Professionals (CDMP): May work internally within their own organization or externally as providers. Although they may provide direct services to workers with disabilities, they often perform executive functions that may include administration of disability management services, development of policies and procedures, promotion of return-to-work concepts through education and training, consulting to joint labour-management committees and program evaluation.
Ontario Municipal Management Institute
Certified Municipal Manager (CMM) - HR Specialist or Professional: Offered in partnership with the Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association and developed for members of the association responsible for HR functions in local government. The designation program recognizes and develops management capabilities of Ontario’s local government administrators. It provides a framework to assess management experience and education relevant to local government and HR.
Project Management Institute
Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM): An entry-level certification for project practitioners. Designed for those with less project experience, the designation demonstrates understanding of the fundamental knowledge, terminology and processes of effective project management.
Project Management Professional (PMP): Globally recognized, the designation demonstrates the experience, education and competency to successfully lead and direct projects.
Program Management Professional (PgMP): Recognizes the advanced experience and skill of program managers. Globally recognized, the designation demonstrates proven competency to oversee multiple, related projects and their resources to achieve strategic business goals.
Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP): Fills the need for a specialist role in project risk management. It recognizes designation holders’ unique expertise and competency in assessing and identifying project risks, mitigating threats and capitalizing on opportunities, while still possessing basic skills in all areas of project management.
Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP): Fills the need for a specialist role in project scheduling. It recognizes designation holders’ unique expertise and competence to develop and maintain project schedules, while still possessing basic skills in all areas of project management.
Senior Human Resources Professional (SHRP): The HR associations in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Ontario and Saskatchewan introduced a new designation for senior HR professionals in 2009. The designation is reserved for senior HR leaders who have made a significant impact on their organizations and the profession. The initial phase of the application process is a self-assessment using an online tool that asks potential applicants about their HR function: experience, job scope, size and complexity of organization, education, etc. The senior HR designation will be awarded for exceptional achievement of high-impact HR leadership.
Purchasing Management Association of Canada
Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP): The Supply Chain Management Professional designation sets a national standard for excellence in supply chain management in Canada. The new designation integrates procurement, operations and logistics. The SCMP designation replaces the Certified Professional Purchaser (CPP) designation.
Society for Human Resource Management
Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR): For HR professionals with international and cross-border responsibilities. Covers strategic HR management, global talent acquisition and mobility, global compensation and benefits, organizational effectiveness and talent development, and workforce relations and risk management. Prep courses now available in Ontario and Alberta.
Professional in Human Resources (PHR): Focus on HR generalist positions. Sometimes sought by Canadian practitioners in U.S.-based companies operating in Canada.
Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR): Specific emphasis on U.S. HR positions in a senior capacity. Sometimes sought by Canadian practitioners in U.S.-based companies in Canada.
Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) – Canada: Known throughout the global rewards Community as a mark of expertise and excellence in all areas of compensation. The new CCP program requires a passing score on nine exams. Elective courses still available but their exams have been phased out.
Certified Sales Compensation Professional (CSCP): A new designation that enables individuals responsible for sales compensation to establish their credentials. The CSCP is a specialty designation that is achieved by passing one comprehensive exam based on the sales compensation body of knowledge.
Global Remuneration Professional (GRP): International designation earned by passing eight examinations, the same in all countries in which courses are undertaken. The global remuneration courses are only offered on-site through organizational and corporate sponsorship. International candidates may choose to purchase course materials to prepare for the examination.
Work-Life Certified Professional (WLCP): Designed to meet the growing need to develop strategies and implement effective work-life programs to improve organizations’ bottom lines and the lives of employees. The designation includes four exams and is based on a body of knowledge that supports a comprehensive understanding of work-life effectiveness.