CPHR Pathways: How to Become a Chartered Professional in Human Resources
By: Alex Nikotina
April 17, 2017
To become a recognized professional in any industry, you need three things: education, field experience, and proper tools and resources. Human Resources field is no exception.
For any respected Human Resources professional, the culmination of those three things is becoming a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR).
Being CPHR-certified communicates to others that you have met the educational and experience criteria and are currently in good standing with the relevant provincial HR association that provides you with various programs, events and educational resources relevant to your profession. It is also the only Human Resources certification that is widely recognized across Canada.
Benefits of CPHR Certification
As mentioned above, CPHR is an important step in the career of any Human Resources professional. Having a CPHR certification offers the following benefits:
- Career opportunities: CPHR designation shows potential employers that you are a highly qualified professional in your field and you have the necessary qualifications to become an asset to the organization. Having CPHR generally means having more job and career opportunities and a higher salary.
- Respect: CPHR certification is widely respected in the Human Resources field. It shows potential employers that you are committed to high industry standard and continuing professional development.
- Ethics: CPHR professionals are adhering to a Code of Ethics and are viewed as trusted advisers in the organization.
- Community: Being part of the CPHR community offers multiple opportunities to stay connected with other HR professionals through different events arranged by the provincial HR association. It can be a good opportunity for networking, knowledge-building and sharing.
Requirements for the CPHR Certification
According to cphr.ca, there is a total of 5 requirements that need to be met for the CPHR certification. Those requirements are consistent across Canada, although the specifics (such as timing) can be different across the provinces or territories, depending on each individual HR association.
- Membership: You need to be a member in a good standing with the respective HR association.
- Knowledge: You need to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the CPHR competencies. This is usually done through completing the National Knowledge Exam (NKE), an examination designed to test your knowledge and skills in the Human Resources field.
- Education: A certain level of education needs to be met. Usually, it means at least a Bachelor degree, but certain adjustments may apply to individuals with a certain experience level.
- Professional Experience: A certain level of professional work experience is expected for the CPHR certification, usually at least 3 years.
- Professional Conduct: You need to follow a Code of Ethics and Rules of Professional Conduct.
Using the DHRM to qualify for the CPHR Designation
- Bachelor’s Degree (any major from a reputable University in Canada or internationally) AND the Ashton College DHRM (minimum 70% average) AND Three years applied HR experience within the last 10 years; OR
- Ashton College DHRM (minimum 70% average) AND Eight years applied HR experience within the last ten years.