Over the past two years, several provincial HR associations implemented a Senior Path to the CPHR. CPHR Alberta's Board of Directors and staff carefully considered the benefits, concerns and implications of introducing a Senior Path in Alberta and in June 2019, the Board approved the implementation of a Senior Path to the CPHR. We fully explored the feasibility of this option to attain the CPHR, and to ensure that we were applying a rigorous process for those going through the Senior Path.
Along with a volunteer committee of senior CPHR members, we have been working over the past six months to define what the Senior Path entails, what the requirements will be, and how the assessment process will work. Now that all that work is complete, CPHR Alberta will be ready in late January to accept applications for the CPHR designation following the Senior Path.
Who Can Apply for the Senior Path to the CPHR?
In Alberta, the Senior Path to the CPHR is for professionals who have a post-secondary degree and who have been working in human resources for at least ten years, and likely more. Applicants for the Senior Path must have at least five of their ten years of experience at the senior level.
While there are many factors that help to define if someone is working at the Senior level, people that qualify for this path should have:
at least five years of experience on a leadership or executive team
a very high amount of independence in their day-to-day work
high impact decision-making authority
considerable budgetary responsibility
influence on the organizational strategy and business decisions
authority in their organization for all things HR
Process to Apply for the Senior Path to the CPHR
If you are not yet a member with CPHR Alberta but feel that you would qualify for the Senior Path to obtain your CPHR designation, you must complete the steps outlined below. If you are an existing member of the Association, begin at step 2.
Apply as a General member
Contact Erica Blain, Director, Professional Standards and Registrar at email@example.com to confirm your interest in the Senior Path
Fill out a short pre-screen questionnaire which, if you pass, you will become a Candidate for the CPHR
Receipt of the CPHR designation if your SPEVA application is successful
Chartered Members who obtain the designation through the Senior Path will have the same rights, responsibilities and obligations as CPHR members who went through an alternate path.
Why the Senior Path to the CPHR?
The establishment of a Senior Path provides an opportunity for HR professionals with extensive HR experience at the senior level to be recognized within their profession. Applicants will need to pass a rigorous Experience Validation Assessment in order to be granted the CPHR designation. The introduction of the Senior Path in Alberta further aligns our association with our BC and Saskatchewan counterparts who also offer this route to the CPHR.
The Senior Path also helps us to designate more HR professionals across the province and across Canada. As a result, the public is better protected because Chartered members are bound to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice. We look forward to welcoming new CPHR members using this new path to the designation. Get in touch with Erica Blain, Director, Professional Standards and Registrar if you’re interested in pursuing the Senior Path to the CPHR Designation.