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  • Are the National Knowledge Exam preparation workshops mandatory?

    The workshops offered by CPHR Alberta are optional. It is a personal decision to take the course based on your comfort level with the sample exam questions. The goal of the workshop is to assist candidates intending to write the National Knowledge Exam by providing a high-level review of the concepts, as well as skills and strategies for writing and preparing for multiple choice exams.

  • Can I self-study to prepare for the National Knowledge Exams?

    Candidates can visit the CPHR Canada website for exam information and resources. The website lists useful text books, sample exam questions and study skills and assessment preparation strategies. In addition, to support their knowledge base, candidates can attend specialty area courses offered by academic institutions. Improve your exam readiness with the convenience of affordable online learning sponsored by CPHR Canada. Online courses are available for the National Knowledge Exam (NKE) as well. Each course contains features that simulate the actual examination. Multimedia lectures, a diagnostic test and practice exams help candidates prepare for the NKE. The courses also provide sample grading and automatic feedback. Discussion Boards enable participants to interact with other candidates and form study groups. Learn more about the courses and register for access on the CPHR Canada website.

  • Do I need to be a member of CPHR Alberta to write the National Knowledge Exam?

    National Knowledge Exam®(NKE) candidates must be members of their provincial association and register with the association to write the exam. In Alberta, only Associate members are eligible to write the NKE.

  • How often are the exam preparation workshops offered?

    The Workshops are offered in the fall and spring of each year (4-6 weeks in advance of each exam). Please review the NKE Workshop schedule.

  • What is the CPHR National Knowledge Exam® format?

    The exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions, based on knowledge of the nine Functional Dimensions of the CPHR Competency Framework. 

  • How long do I have to complete the registration process?

    Exam candidates have 10 years from the time they pass/waive the NKE to the time they successfully complete the Experience Validation Assessment. Candidates and CPHRs must keep their membership active (in good standing) with their provincial HR association in order to keep their Candidate status or CHPR active.

  • When are the NKE exams held?

    Exams are held on the first Saturday in June and November of each year. Please refer to the NKE schedule for specific dates.

  • What is the cost of the exam?

    The exam fee is $400 + GST.

  • Is there a deadline to register for the exam?

    Exam registrants must register for the NKE at least two months in advance. Please refer to the NKE schedule for specific dates. 

  • Can I defer writing the exam?

    Yes, you may defer writing the exam by submitting an exam schedule change through your member profile. Please refer to the Exam Policies for information regarding deferral fees, deadlines and maximum allowances.

  • What if I do not show up on the day of the exam, will I be refunded my exam fee?

    If you do not attend on the day of the exam, your score will be marked as a fail and you forfeit your exam fee.

  • What is the cut-score (passing score) for the National Knowledge Exams?

    Scaled scoring is used to score the exams. A scaled score of 500 is the passing grade for the NKE.