Today, MacEwan University became the second post-secondary institution in Alberta to be accredited by the Human Resources Institute of Alberta (CPHR Alberta), thus providing a strong competitive advantage to students who want to pursue an HR career.
The accreditation agreement, signed by both CPHR Alberta and MacEwan, means anyone who has graduated from MacEwan since January 2012 with either a Bachelor of Commerce with an HR Management Major or an HR Management Diploma and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 can now waive the National Knowledge Exam (NKE). Graduates who meet these requirements no longer need to write the NKE and can immediately begin building the professional work experience required to receive their Chartered Professional in Human Resources designation.
MacEwan was approved for accreditation after providing detailed evidence to CPHR Alberta that both HR programs teach at least 80% of the CPHR Competency Framework and therefore qualify as a replacement for writing the NKE. The MacEwan programs are only two of three currently accredited programs in Alberta. Mount Royal University also has an accredited program.
The accreditation program is a significant step forward for the HR profession. It ensures that accredited post-secondary institutions are teaching the knowledge needed for students to become future CPHRs. This program also gives CPHR Alberta the opportunity to officially recognize the knowledge that students gain from participating in post-secondary programs focused directly on the HR field.
All CPHR Canada member provinces use this accreditation program and therefore any post-secondary institution that is accredited by any member association is recognized by other member associations. Graduates from these programs can waive the NKE in any member province. This helps to create further cohesion of the CPHR designation across Canada.
To learn more about the Accreditation Progam, click here.