National Knowledge Exam® Overview

National Knowledge Exam® (NKE)

The National Knowledge Exam® (NKE) assesses one’s understanding of the CPHR Competency Framework as they relate to academic knowledge. Academic knowledge refers to basic facts, policies, practices, methods, legislation, etc. It is information that can be written into procedures and transferred fairly accurately during the learning process. Examples of academic knowledge include: the rights and responsibilities of management and labour during union organizing and negotiation processes; the various methods of training and developing staff; and human rights, employment equity and pay equity legislation.

You are not required to complete your full required length of experience (3 or 8 years) prior to writing the exam. We encourage you to register and write the NKE as soon as possible following graduation. 

More details about NKE content and structure can be found on the CPHR Canada website


Helpful Links    

NKE Study Resources

NKE content and structure

Competency Framework


Exam Dates and Registration Deadlines

National Knowledge Exam® Dates

Registration Deadlines

November 3, 2018
September 4, 2018 
June 1, 2019
April 2, 2019 

Exam Dates and Locations

Exam sessions are held in Winnipeg and Brandon. If you reside in a remote location or are travelling out of province or territory, there may be an option for a proctor to be arranged in your location. Please contact 
Lori Brûlé, CPHR Designation Manager for further details.

Registration and Fees

Fee (Pre-payment required):
$400.00 + GST = $420.00

Click here to visit the CPHR Manitoba Calendar of Events to register for the NKE (must be signed in as a member to register)

Cancellation and Deferral Policy

 The exam fee is non-refundable if you cancel your registration less than 60 days prior to the exam date.  You may defer to the next sitting up to seven (7) calendar days prior to the exam, but will be charged a deferral fee of $100 plus GST. Within seven (7) calendar days to the exam, no deferrals will be allowed.  In certain extenuating circumstances (such as death in the family) the $100 deferral fee may be waived at the discretion of CPHR Manitoba.  A maximum of two deferrals are allowed per exam fee.

NKE Exam Registration Cancellation and Deferral Policy click here
To defer your exam registration click here

Limits on number of NKE attempts

Candidates who are unsuccessful passing the NKE three times will be required to wait one full year prior to attempting the NKE for a fourth and final time. A fifth attempt may be permitted following a review process by the appropriate provincial HR association. During the break period between the third and fourth attempts, candidates are encouraged to take a NKE preparation course and/or review the material which their NKE results indicate require more study.

Administration Fee

After successfully passing the NKE, you will be required to pay a $50 administration fee prior to receiving your CPHR Candidate status.  In order to maintain your Candidate status, you must remain a member in good standing with CPHR Manitoba.

Exam Results

Exam results are emailed approximately eight weeks after each exam session.  

Click here to find out more about exam scoring

Request for Rescore

Writers who do not successfully pass the NKE have the right to request a manual re-score of their answer sheet(s). Writers must submit their request to CPHR Manitoba within 20 business days after the results have been sent out. The cost for the manual re-score is $65 and payment must be received at the time the request is made.   

Click here to request a re-score

Recognition as a CPHR Candidate

Members who have passed the National Knowledge Exam and have not yet completed the Validation of Professional Experience (VPE) will be granted the ability to use “CPHR Candidate” as a professional title.

The CPHR is valued by the employment community and the ability to be officially recognized as a CPHR Candidate will provide you with additional recognition. You may use this title in resumes, business cards, emails, Linked-In or any other public profiles. 

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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