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Asper School of Business added to the PSI Accreditation Program

February 16, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: CPHR Manitoba

CPHR Manitoba has added one more program to its growing list of Accredited Post-Secondary Institutions in the Post-Secondary Institution Accreditation Program.

Graduates of the I.H. Asper School of Business Bachelor of Commerce program will be one step closer to receiving their professional designation upon graduation and will be able to waive writing the National Knowledge Exam (NKE). 

The NKE is a required step for many pursuing the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation, which is the national industry standard of excellence for those working in the field of HR. The CPHR designation requires an individual to achieve and maintain demonstrated competency and experience relevant to the HR profession.

In order to be eligible for the waiver, graduates of the Bachelor of Commerce program must have graduated after June 2012 and completed the following courses:

  • HRIR 4420 – Compensation
  •  LABR 3140 - Pensions & Benefits 
  • LABR 3060 - Workplace Health & Safety
  • HRIR 4410 - Staffing & Management Development 
  • LABR 3010 - Labour Law
  • HRIR 3450 - Labour & Employment Relations

“Consistent with Asper’s ongoing mission to deliver corporate – ready organizational leaders, the addition to CPHR Manitoba's Post-Secondary Institution Accreditation Program will give a leg up to our graduates pursuing a career as human resources professionals,“ Michael Benarroch, Dean and CPA Manitoba Chair in Business Leadership, Asper School of Business.

The University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business Bachelor of Commerce program joins our four previously announced Accredited programs:

  • Assiniboine Community College (ACC) – Business Administration Diploma Human Resource Specialization
  • Red River College (RRC) – Human Resource Management Certificate
  • University of Manitoba Extended Education – Human Resource Management Certificate
  • University of Winnipeg Professional, Applied & Continuing Education (PACE) – Human Resource Management Diploma

Earlier this year CPHR Manitoba (formerly known as HRMAM) and CPHR Canada announced new enhancements to the CPHR designation, which included an option that allows graduates of accredited programs to waive writing the NKE as one of the requirements as well as introducing non-degree paths to attaining the CPHR. Upon approval of the NKE Waiver application, graduates will become CPHR Candidates. In order to attain the CPHR designation, CPHR Candidates will need to demonstrate three or more years of professional level HR experience. 

“Incorporating post-secondary training into the CPHR designation is an important step in advancing the designation and providing greater value for the business community,” said Ron Gauthier, CEO of CPHR Manitoba.

Accredited programs must cover at least 80% of the CPHR Competency Framework. Applicants must be a member in good standing with CPHR Manitoba. Application for an NKE Waiver must be made within one year of graduating from an Accredited HR Program. At this time, previous graduates of an Accredited Program may be eligible to apply for an NKE waiver depending on program eligibility. Eligibility information specific to each institution can be found on our website. 

The Post-Secondary Institute Accreditation Program is a significant step forward for the Human Resources profession. The program will recognize the knowledge gained throughout the duration of the post-secondary education program and provide a significant advantage to graduates looking to pursue the CPHR designation.

For our initial PSI Accreditation Program announcement from November 2016, click here

For more information about the PSI Accreditation Program, click here

For a full list of Accredited Programs, click here



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