I am writing to update you about changes to the CHRP designation and the HR industry across Canada. As of now, CCHRA (the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations) is changing its name to CPHR (Chartered Professionals in Human Resources) Canada.
Effective immediately, the CHRP designation is being changed to CPHR - Chartered Professional in Human Resources.
This change aligns us all across the Country, to be stronger together. Your designation will be clearly associated to your Provincial Association and represented nationally and internationally by CPHR Canada.
We feel this is our most effective route to increasing our visibility, positioning our profession as strategic business advisors and opening more career options for designates.
CPHR Canada would have proceeded with this alignment under the CHRP banner, but the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) of Ontario opted to create a three-tiered designation for their province and they defined CHRP, which was shared across the country, as their entry-level designation. This meant that the rest of Canada was required to either accept the three-tiered model, or make this change.
The eight provincial associations in CPHR Canada opted to maintain one designation - CPHR - as our standard of quality for a number of reasons: most professional designations are, or are moving toward, a single designation; one designation is consistent with other international partners; and one designation helps us establish and share a strong and cohesive brand, without confusion. We believe that Chartered Professional in Human Resources makes a strong statement and it will be the foundation of a designation in which our members can take pride.
One Designation, One Association
As a single, aligned organization, CPHR Canada can make better use of our limited resources, delivering more to our members, and for our members, by: reducing duplication of efforts across our associations, sharing professional development opportunities, and communicating consistently, among other things.
As of today, we have established consistent minimum requirements for certification and a national Code of Conduct; we are moving together toward self-regulation in each Province, and we are accrediting Post-Secondary Education Institution programs across the country that align with our educational requirements.
CPHR Canada is 27,000 members strong, and has established itself as the voice of HR in Canada. We are Canada's representative on the North American Human Resources Management Association (NAHRMA) and the World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA). We recently signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in the U.S., the world's largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates.
How we will proceed
In the coming months, CPHR Canada will unveil the new brand, in unison with the other provincial associations, and current Certified Members will receive their new designation certificate and lapel pin. This will mark the mid-point of our strategy toward elevating the HR profession and the CPHR designation in Canada.
The most visible change at this point is the name of the designation, which is being followed by a greater communication outreach.
As we move through this transition, we recognize that each Provincial Association will want to keep the attributes that make them unique and we respect that. We anticipate a smooth transition and we have a common purpose and a culture of open communication to support the change.
These are interesting and exciting times for our profession. We are asking for your patience and understanding as we navigate through these changes. Please know that we have the best interests of our members at the forefront of all our decision-making.
We commit to keeping you informed of changes in a clear and timely manner.