Why earn a designation —
or hire someone who has one?

In October 2014, HRPA introduced a new competency framework to test both knowledge and the ability to apply that knowledge at three distinct but related levels:

  • CHRP: Certified Human Resource Professional
  • CHRP: Certified Human Resource Leader
  • CHRP: Certified Human Resource Excecutive

The competency framework has three clear goals:

  1. Ensure that HR professionals have the knowledge and expertise expected of them
  2. Align the HR competency framework to meet the changing demands of business
  3. Establish HR designations that have the same value and credibility as those of other top professions
HR Competency Framework

Why earn a designation —
or become a member of HRPA?

We don’t need to tell you that the job market is competitive. 86% of all job postings on Hire Authority, Canada’s #1 job HR board, require a CHRP, CHRL or CHRE. Businesses now demand that their HR teams have a deep understanding of how companies operate and be able to provide strategic advice to support corporate objectives.

HPRA created the designations specifically to help members advance their careers.

The CHRP, CHRL and CHRE differentiate the various stages of our members’ careers and highlight to employers the distinctions between general, advanced, and accomplished practitioners. Which designation is right for you depends on where you are in your career, and what professional goals you want to achieve.

The designations can be used across Canada and any HR practitioner can participate. This is a national advantage for members – and only available from HRPA.


Driving results while protecting the public interest

In a national survey of 250 C-level executives completed in October 2016, 71% reported having a positive view of HRPA’s impact on the HR profession, and 78% felt that HRPA, through its Public Act, regulatory oversight, and its members’ adherence to Rules of Professional Conduct, Code of Ethics, is doing an effective job as a professional regulator. Read more here

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CHRPs from other provinces will be able to transfer to HRPA and retain his or her CHRP, and become eligible to qualify for a CHRL or CHRE, as long as the transfer is done by May 31, 2017.

After May 31, 2017, any HR professional seeking to use the CHRP in Ontario will have to meet the same requirements of an Ontario resident: successful completion of an approved HR academic program; HR knowledge exam; HR Law exam; and Job Ready program (which covers professionalism and ethics).

CHRP: Certified Human Resources Professional

What’s in it for Me?

The benefits of joining HRPA and earning a designation are significant. A key pillar of HRPA's mission is to advance our members' careers, and HRPA membership provides you with the designations, education, resources, and tools to help you bring real value to the HR role in your organization.

Joining HRPA is one of the best decisions you will make for your career. The member benefits alone are unparalleled: professional networking, mentoring, paid internships, skills assessment tools, more than 350 annual professional development programs (many are free to members), member-exclusive privileges for Hire Authority, Canada’s #1 HR job board, discounts on more than 1,400 products and services, a competency framework that is the newest in the world and designed to adapt to the changing business landscape, and last but not least, the prestige of belonging to Canada’s largest HR professional association and being a publicly regulated HR professional.


Employers know that an HRPA designation validates your commitment to competence and ethics. Each designation:

  • Reflects the requirements of today’s workplace
  • Includes up-to-date knowledge of HR, business, and workplace and employment law
  • Involves rigorous validation of that knowledge and the ability to apply it

That’s why the CHRP, CHRL and CHRE designations are valued by HR professionals and employers alike. HR professionals with these designations are promoted faster, earn more, and have a greater range of career options. Download Handbook


A Deeper Look at the Designations

Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP)

The Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) is the entry level designation. It gives you a leg up to get the job you need in order to gain experience to earn the next level of designation. It is also the best-known HR designation in Canada as it is recognized nationally, and available exclusively from HRPA.

The CHRP is intended for HR professionals in roles that are mostly administrative in nature or a sole HR practitioner in a small HR function and as a stepping stone to the CHRL. Individuals in this level have responsibilities such as supporting HR initiatives, executing tasks passed down from management, and operating at the tactical and transactional levels.

Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL)

The Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) is the professional level of HRPA designations. HR professionals at the CHRL level can be found in either specialist or generalist positions with responsibilities such as managing projects, programs, and initiatives, implementing plans passed down by senior management, and delegating tasks to entry-level staff. In professional matters, individuals at this level can act independently.

Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE)

The Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) is the third and highest designation with HRPA. HR professionals at the CHRE level can be found in either specialist or generalist positions but with a high level of experience and responsibility such as leading the HR function in large organizations, developing and executing significant HR projects, working with Boards or HR Committees, dealing with executive compensation, and having responsibility for HR strategies in support of long term organizational goals.

To earn a CHRE, candidates must have acquired executive level competencies in areas such as governance, business strategy, and executive compensation.


View Designation Requirements.
Go to the Skills Gap Analysis.