Building from the results of the 2013 Professional Practice Analysis, we have been working collaboratively with the other member associations to introduce further enhancements to the CPHR designation.
To set the bar for academic comprehension, establish a standard for educational requirements and build on credibility of the CPHR designation, CPHR Canada will be adding a new requirement that’s applicable for anyone writing the National Knowledge Exam (NKE).
As of January 2022, anyone wishing to write the NKE will be required to complete the nine foundational HR courses offered by CPHRNB in partnership with Captus Press Inc. These nine foundational courses meet the CPHR Competency Framework.
Individuals who have not graduated from a CPHR Canada member association’s Post-Secondary Institution (PSI) Accreditation Program, or have not covered the below courses in an equivalent program, and wish to write the NKE will be required to enroll in the nine accredited HR courses offered by CPHRNB in partnership with Captus Press Inc. These nine foundational courses meet the CPHR Competency Framework.
CPHR Academic Program and course descriptions
CPHRNB is offering the following list of semester-length courses:
- Accounting & Financial Management
- Human Resources Management
- Industrial Relations
- Organizational Behaviour
- Occupational Health and Safety
- Recruitment and Selection
- Strategic Compensation
- Strategic Human Resources Planning
- Training and Development
In each course, students are required to access multimedia online lectures, study readings in the assigned textbook(s), participate in interactive discussion boards with their fellow students and the instructor, submit midterms or assignments, and write a proctored final examination.
If you have successfully completed any courses that are equivalent to any of the listed courses offered, you may be able to transfer credits.
Further information will be available in the coming months.
Graduates from Accredited Programs
If you are a graduate from one of our listed CPHR Post-Secondary Institution (PSI) Accreditation Programs but do not meet our educational requirements – passing with an average of 70% or more, or grade-point average of 3.0 or higher – you will not be required to enroll in the accredited HR courses offered by CPHRNB for up to 10 years upon graduation.
Writing the NKE before 2022
Until January 2022, you can apply to write the NKE in June or Fall of 2020-2021 without taking any courses.
Writing the NKE after 2022
Starting January 1, 2022, you will need to prove that you meet the educational requirements in order to write the NKE; therefore, if you plan to enroll in the June 2022 NKE, please ensure that you have successfully completed all nine accredited HR courses offered by CPHR NB.
For more information or to discuss your situation, please contact Leonie Griffin at Admin@cphrnb.ca