Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)

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). 

The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) is Canada’s HR thought leader and the largest HR association in the country. In Ontario, HRPA regulates the HR profession and issues the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation, the national standard for excellence in human resources management. HRPA has more than 19,000 members in 28 chapters and hosts the largest annual HR conference in Canada.

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. You may also attend an information session sponsored by ERSA in the early part of the Fall Session. 

HRPA’s certification process has five components:

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 the Industrial Relations and Human Resources 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 and will be discussed below.

The coursework requirement consists of 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

Approved HRPA courses offered in the IRHR Program (copied from the HRPA website September 2018)

Questions about acceptable courses must be directed to HRPA. 
Note: You can search for HRPA Approved Courses offered by Ontario Colleges and Universities on the HRPA website

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Books

  • Careers in Human Resources -WetFeet, Inc.
  • Careers in Specialized Consulting: Health Care, Human Resources, & Information Technology - WetFeet, Inc.
  • HR Guide - HR Canadian Reporter