HRPA Certification

HRPA News - June 2022:  

HRPA has made the decision to lift the 10-year validity period for courses. This means that going forward, individuals will be able to pursue the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and/or the Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation regardless of when they completed their courses.

Please be advised that the policy change is specific to the validity period only – all other coursework requirements still apply:

  • Courses must be approved by HRPA
  • A minimum grade of 65% must have been achieved in each of the nine subject areas
  • An average of 70% must have been achieved across the nine subject areas

    IMPORTANT:  The following information was copied from the HRPA website.  Students are responsible for checking the HRPA site for the most up-to-date information.

    To learn about the benefits of becoming a Student Member of the HRPA, please visit here: HRPA Student Memberships

    The Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation
    The courses taken in the Industrial Relations and Human Resources programs are also applicable to the program of studies leading to the designation of Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) awarded by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). 

    Completion of HRPA’s certification process confers the right to use the title Certified Human Resources Professional and the right to use the initials C.H.R.P. or CHRP after one's name. Certification is a “warrant of competence” or “warrant of expertise”. The overarching objective of HRPA’s certification process is to ensure that those HR professionals who are certified by HRPA possess the knowledge and skills in sufficient degree to competently perform important occupational activities and to protect the public interest.

    Certification establishes common professional standards for human resources management across Canada. Employers value such standards which seek, among other things, to address multijurisdictional considerations and facilitate the efficient practice of human resources. The CHRP designation positions the practitioner at the leading edge of the profession in Canada - informed, experienced, connected and committed to career long learning.

    Certification Requirements
    The following has been copied from HRPA's website. For up-to-date information and assistance contact HRPA directly. 

    HRPA’s certification process has several components.  For detailed information please visit

    If you have any questions about the CHRP designation, please contact the HRPA Office of the Registrar​.

    *HRPA’s Coursework Requirement 

    (NOTE: The following requirements relate to HRPA's coursework requirements only. These requirements are not related in any way to the Program Requirements students must meet in our IRHR undergraduate major and specialist programs.)

    The coursework requirement is established to ensure that certified human resources professionals have a solid foundation in the Human Resources discipline. There are two routes to meeting the coursework requirement: (1) by completing the requisite coursework or (2) by demonstrating equivalent preparation in Human Resources. This second route is called the alternate route.

    The coursework requirement consists of the successful completion of nine courses. Successful completion means obtaining a grade of 70% or better over all nine courses with no single course below 65%. 

    The nine courses are:

    • Human Resources Management (HRM)
    • Organizational Behaviour
    • Finance and Accounting
    • Human Resources Planning
    • Occupational Health and Safety
    • Training and Development
    • Labour Relations
    • Recruitment and Selection
    • Compensation

    Please direct any HRPA-related inquiry to HRPA
    Note: You can search for HRPA Approved Courses offered by Ontario Colleges and Universities on the HRPA website.

    IRE242H1 Introduction to Human Resource Management
    Subject: Human Resources Management
    Approved: April 2018

    IRE244H1 Labour Relations
    Subject: Labour Relations
    Approved: June 03/Reapproved Sept 2014

    IRE260H1 Organizational Behaviour
    Subject: Organizational Behaviour
    Approved: Oct 99/Reapproved Sept. '14

    IRE342H1 Finance and Accounting for Industrial Relations and Human Resource Professionals
    Subject: Finance and Accounting
    Approved: April 2018

    IRE346H1 HR Planning and Strategy
    Subject: Human Resources Planning
    Approved: June 03/Reapproved Sept 2014

    IRE347H1 Training & Development
    Subject: Training and Development
    Approved: June 03/Reapproved Oct 2014

    IRE348H1 Recruitment and Selection
    Subject: Recruitment and Selection
    Approved: Jan '07/Reapproved Sept 2014

    IRE367H1 Compensation
    Subject: Compensation
    Approved: June 03/Reapproved Sept 2014

    IRE 378H1 Employment Health
    Subject: Occupational Health & Safety
    Approved: Sept '04/Reapproved Sept 2014


    COVID-19 Policy Statement Temporary adjustment to HRPA’s Coursework requirement - for the Winter 2020 term only: the following applies to students enrolled in ASMAJ or ASSPE IRHR and ER undergraduate degree programs (CHRM students cannot CNC courses so this info does not apply).  

    PDF iconTemporary Adjustment to HRPAs Coursework Requirement_April 8 2020.pdf