Dates for National Knowledge Exam changing

Exams to take place in June and November starting in 2013

Starting in 2013, the dates for the National Knowledge Exam (NKE) are moving from May and October each year to June and November each year.

The change is in response to feedback from students that they have trouble providing course transcripts in time for the May sitting of the NKE. By shifting the exam dates a little later in the year, applicants who are completing courses in April will have more time to submit their transcripts before the spring exam registration deadline.

All of the HR associations in Canada unanimously approved this change.

Starting in 2013, the NKE will be offered:

•the first Saturday in June (moved from May)

•the first Saturday in November (moved from October).

For the next two years, the NKE dates will be:

•In 2013: Saturday, June 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2

•In 2014: Saturday, June 7 and Saturday, Nov. 1

The NKE is the first step that an individual must take in order to obtain the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. It consists of 150 multiple choice questions, which must be completed within a three hour time frame. The NKE is used by all member provinces of the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA). 

The date for the October 2012 sitting of the NKE remains unchanged and will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13. The deadline to register for that sitting is Tuesday, Aug. 7.

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