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The HR Profession - Changes Continue

October 31, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Laura Haines
On October 29, 2014, HRPA (Ontario) launched a tiered certification framework that recognizes three levels of HR practice: Entry, Professional and Executive.

The Highlights
Entry Level - Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) is HRPA's original designation. The CHRP was created as an entry-level designation but its positioning had broadened over the years, said HRPA. Under the new framework, it once again becomes the entry-level designation.

Professional Level - Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) is for HR professionals who are specialists or generalists with responsibilities such as managing projects and programs; implementing plans passed down by senior management; and delegating tasks to entry-level staff.

Executive Level - Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) represents HR professionals with a high level of experience and responsibility such as leading the HR function in large organizations, developing and executing significant HR projects, working with boards or HR committees, and dealing with executive compensation, and having responsibility for HR strategies in support of long-term organizational goals.

While this framework includes substantial grandfathering capacity to support their membership in the transition process, it represents some fundamental changes from the current CHRP model. This carries implications across the country and across the industry internationally.

HRMAM seeks your input
As your HRMAM Board, we would be remiss if we did not carefully examine how a change such as this would impact our organization and our membership. We will continue to monitor the rollout in Ontario and the resulting impacts there, but we would also like to engage you, our membership, in a dialogue about the pros and cons related to this change.

To do so, we encourage all HRMAM members to email with their feedback. The question for discussion is:

What do you see as the benefits and the drawbacks of HRMAM adopting the HRPA certification framework?

Depending on the results, and if there is demand expressed from you, we will consider hosting a live discussion session as well.

In support of this dialogue, more information is available at


Roma Thorlakson
Chair, HRMAM

Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Manitoba (CPHR Manitoba)
1810-275 Portage Avenue / Winnipeg, Manitoba / R3B 2B3
tel. 204.943.2836 / fax. 204.943.1109 / email.

For additional information please visit: CPHR.CA

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