We spent a lot of time and effort in 2018 to really get your input on the future requirements for the CPHR designation. Through focus groups, town halls and member correspondence, CPHR Alberta took in all member guidance and input from other stakeholders to come up with a recommendation for the requirements to earn the CPHR. With board approval granted, we can now confirm these requirements going forward.
What will change?
While there is still an option to obtain the CPHR designation without a degree, there is a minimum educational requirement of a post-secondary diploma.
Members who have not completed either a diploma, bachelor’s degree or master’s degree from a post-secondary institute and who have not written the NKE will no longer be able to pursue the CPHR designation in Alberta.
Individuals may be subject to a coursework requirement to fill in possible CPHR Competency Framework knowledge gaps.
An option to take the Senior Pathway will allow members to use years of executive HR experience to go through the Senior Experience Validation Assessment and gain the CPHR.
What will stay the same?
To gain the CPHR designation, everyone, except those who will use the Senior Pathway, will still have to either pass or waive the National Knowledge Exam.
All CPHR designates will still have to pass the Experience Validation Assessment to confirm that, dependent upon the path they follow, they have either three or eight years of professional HR experience. Using the Senior Pathway, applicants will need to confirm 10 years of executive level HR experience.
Who will this change affect?
Members who already have their Candidate or Chartered status will not be affected by requirement changes. Members who allow their status to lapse and then request reinstatement, may be subject to the new requirements to be reinstated.
Our Non-Degree Associate members will need to write the National Knowledge Exam in 2019 to maintain the option to pursue the CPHR designation without a degree or diploma. 2019 is the last year members will be allowed to write the NKE without any post-secondary education.
As of January 2020, new members who have not yet written the NKE will be subject to the minimum educational requirements. Members who have achieved Candidate or Chartered status before January 1, 2020 will not be affected. Non-Degree Associate members who have written the NKE will not be subject to this new requirement.
As of January 2020, members who have a post-secondary degree and at least 10 years of executive level HR experience gained in the last 15 years will be able to pursue the CPHR designation without writing the NKE by going through the Senior Pathway Experience Validation Assessment alone.
As of January 2021, new members who have not yet written the NKE will be subject to the coursework requirement dependent upon their education. Members will not need to do additional coursework if they have completed any of the following:
Bachelor's degree in HR (accredited or not)
Master's degree in HR related specializations
Diploma in HR
Members who have achieved Candidate or Chartered status before January 1, 2021 will not be affected by this new coursework requirement.
What does the coursework entail?
To earn the right to use the Chartered Professional in HR (CPHR) designation, applicants must have a sufficient academic foundation of HR discipline-specific knowledge. The coursework requirement applies to members who have not completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in HR or an HR diploma. Prospective members who do not have that type of education will be assessed to determine if they have sufficient foundational knowledge of the nine functional knowledge areas in the CPHR Competency Framework. Any functional knowledge area that has not been sufficiently covered in the prospective members’ formal education will need to be confirmed through additional coursework. The coursework required for each member will depend upon that members’ education and courses completed in their post-secondary experience.
The coursework requirement must be met before an individual may be deemed eligible to write the National Knowledge Exam. Because the coursework requirement is a pre-requisite to write the NKE, those who pursue the Senior Pathway will not be subject to a coursework requirement.
The coursework requirement consists of successful completion of any courses in the nine functional knowledge areas that have been assessed to be missing. Successful completion means a passing grade in each of the required course(s).
The nine functional knowledge areas outlined in the CPHR Canada Competency Framework are:
Learning and Development
Health, Wellness and Safe Workplace
Workforce Planning and Talent Management
HR Metrics, Reporting and Financial Management
Labour and Employee Relations
There are various ways of getting credit for these nine subject areas:
CPHR Foundational Courses offered online through Captus Press
Approved courses offered by colleges and universities across Alberta – either through your completed post-secondary program or with additional courses
Overview of Requirements:
Senior Pathway Requirements (2020):
Completed Post-Secondary degree (Bachelor’s or Master’s)
10 years of executive level HR experience gained within the past 15 years