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By: Ronda PaynePublished On: July 19, 2018
In almost every career, including Human Resources, some standards and designations serve as “proof” of education, skills and abilities for the job. For Human Resources (HR) professionals, having a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) certification is that proof. Not only does it demonstrate a commitment to the field, but it also shows a willingness to learn on an ongoing basis. With a CPHR designation in any Canadian province, including Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, you prove to employers that you are a true HR expert with knowledge in all aspects of HR.
As a member in good standing, a certified CPHR professional is entitled to the following benefits:
The designation proves to prospective employers that you have the background, interest and education in the field they are looking for. You also have the right HR qualifications to make a difference in an organization. This provides you with greater job opportunities and the potential for a higher salary than someone with the same experience but without a CPHR designation.
As one of the most widely-known HR designations in the country, CPHR proves high standards, ongoing development and a desire to advance in the field. Since almost everyone in the HR field knows what CPHR Canada means, your certification speaks for itself.
Part of the CPHR certification is based on members’ adhering to a code of ethics. It makes you a trusted advisor in an organization where employees, management and board members can trust you to keep their information private and act on issues that require action.
This is the networking aspect of being a CPHR member. There are numerous ways to stay connected with other certified professionals within the large community. Provincial arms of the national body often host get-togethers, professional development and other activities to ensure the community grows and supports each other.
For those in BC and the Yukon region, membership is with the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon (CPHR BC & YK). For HR professionals in other Canadian provinces who wish to be a CPHR in Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, or Newfoundland and Labrador, you can approach the relevant regional and provincial bodies. However, the fundamental requirements for a CPHR certification are standard across Canada. These include:
To maintain the CPHR certification, you must maintain your membership (and do the things your membership requires) to stay in good standing.
To achieve the designation, one has to take the National Knowledge Exam (NKE) to prove the understanding of CPHR competencies applicable in the field. By having your HR knowledge tested and verified, you not only confirm eligibility for CPHR designation but also prove you have the knowledge employers are looking for in an HR professional.
While the education requirements are somewhat flexible based on your work experience in the HR field, the basic requirement for education is a Bachelor's degree.
d. Professional experience
To become a CPHR, you need at least a minimum of three (3) years of professional-level HR experience within the past ten (10) years.
e. Professional conduct
The Code of Ethics and the Rules of Professional Conduct sets out the ethical standards human resource professionals are expected to meet. These standards require ethical conduct, competent service and good character.
Based on the national CPHR requirements, CPHR BC & YK have established several ways to achieve the CPHR designation.
We offer the Diploma in Human Resources Management (DHRM) program to prepare you for your future career advancement in the Human Resources field. Accredited with the CPHR BC & YK, Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, or Newfoundland and Labrador, Ashton’s DHRM program can help you qualify for the CPHR faster. You can enroll in our online human resources course from anywhere in Canada. When you're registering for the program via our online form or talking to our admissions officer over the phone, mention that you're, for instance, interested in pursuing the human resources certifications in Alberta, or from any province of your choice.