HRPA replaces CHRP exam with experience requirement

CHRP candidates will need three years of professional HR experience
||Last Updated: 11/09/2010

HR professionals in Ontario are now able to have their HR experience directly assessed by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) rather than write a second exam to attain the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation.

The new experience requirement, which is similar to the requirement for professionals who completed the Comprehensive Provincial Exam (CPE) prior to the national CHRP exams being introduced in 2003, will fully replace the National Professional Practice Assessment (NPPA) in one year's time.

CHRP candidates will need to have three years of professional HR experience, which refers to work where an individual exercises direct responsibility and accountability for the strategy, design, implementation or co-ordination of one or more HR functional areas for an extended period of time with limited or minimal supervision.

While this requirement takes effect immediately, CHRP candidates who have successfully completed either the CPE or the National Knowledge Exam (NKE), which replaced the CPE in 2003, have the choice of taking the NPPA in October 2009 or May 2010 or applying to have their experience assessed by HRPA’s certification committee.

“The association will continue to offer the NPPA as an alternative to the assessment of experience for another two test sessions,” said Claude Balthazard, HRPA’s acting registrar. “But our members have told us that there is nothing like experience itself, so after the transition period, we will phase out the use of the NPPA.”

Prior to 2003, Ontario required HR experience at a

professional level in order to qualify for the CHRP. The protocol for assessment of experience, which requires review by HRPA’s certification committee, has been in use by the association since 1989.

The association has been examining the idea of re-introducing the experience requirement for more than one year to better align the HR designation with other regulated professions in Ontario, said Antoinette Blunt, chair of the board of HRPA.

“HRPA’s CHRP members have voiced overwhelming support for the experience requirement as a means to enhance the credibility and value of the CHRP designation, so this is clearly something that business expects and that our members want, making it an easy decision to implement the change now," she said.

A recent survey of HR professionals across Canada conducted by HRPA and Canadian HR Reporter found 87.4 per cent of Ontario CHRPs felt that HR associations should introduce an experience requirement for the CHRP and 87.7 per cent of Ontario CHRPs felt the introduction of an experience requirement would enhance the value of the CHRP designation.

The assessment of experience costs $500 — the same as the NPPA.

For full coverage of this story, check out the June 1 issue of Canadian HR Reporter.

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