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For CPHR Alberta members, there are four paths to the CPHR Designation. For all paths to the CPHR designation, you must be an active member of the Association.

Path 1: Standard Path

  1. Obtain a Degree, Masters or two-year Diploma in HR
  2. Write the National Knowledge Exam
  3. Complete the Experience Validation Assessment process:
  • Three years of HR experience required for Degree holders
  • Eight years of HR experience required for Diploma holders

Standard Path FAQs

Path 2: Accredited Path

  1. Complete a CPHR Canada Accredited post-secondary program within the noted timeframe and with minimum GPA
  2. Waive the National Knowledge Exam by applying for an NKE Waiver
  3. Complete the Experience Validation Assessment process:
  • Three years of HR experience required for Degree holders
  • Eight years of HR experience required for Diploma holders

Accreditation Program FAQs

Path 3: Senior Path (implemented January 2020)

  1. Obtain a Degree or Masters in any major
  2. Complete the Senior Path Experience Validation Assessment process:
  • Ten years of HR Experience with at least five years in a Senior Leadership HR role

Senior Path FAQs

Path 4: Coursework Path

  1. Obtain a Degree, Masters or two-year Diploma in a non-HR program
  2. Complete required nine foundational HR courses
  3. Write the National Knowledge Exam
  4. Complete the Experience Validation Assessment process:
  • Three years of HR experience required for Degree holders
  • Eight years of HR experience required for Diploma holders

Coursework Requirement FAQs

Questions about the CPHR Pathways?

Chelsea Robertson
Professional Standards Assistant
1.800.668.6125 ext. 104