Continuing Professional Development - CPHR NL

As a Chartered Professional in Human Resources  (CPHR), you know the human resources profession is constantly evolving to protect and support Canadian businesses, employees and the general public. In order to be most effective in our profession, it is important we keep abreast of these changes and the needs of our stakeholders. The Continuing professional development process ensures CPHRs continue to master the CPHRs Competency Framework, and its Functional Knowledge Areas and Required Professional Capabilities.

To maintain one’s CPHR, Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Newfoundland and Labrador (CPHR NL) holders must be in good standing with their membership dues, abide by the Code of Ethics and Rules of Professional Engagement, and annually report Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours. CPHR NL will hold your CPHR in good standing according to these criteria so that your name can be maintained on the National CPHR Registry and you can continue to use the initials CPHR.

This process is designed to:

  • Encourage a philosophy and commitment to lifelong learning and development;
  • Promote the continuous improvement and/or refinement of skills and competences of CPHR designation holders;
  • Reassure the business community that CPHRs are staying current to provide effective human resource solutions;
  • Attract and maintain public trust and recognition;
  • Reinforce the credence of the CPHR designation and the professional merit of Association members; and,
  • Facilitate the mobility of holders of the CPHR designation.

CPD Standards

CPHRs must attain a minimum of 10 CPD hours each calendar year across a minimum of two categories with a rolling three-year total of 60 hours. CPDs topics should align to the CPHR Competency Framework. Hours must be logged in accordance with CPHR NL’s CDP Summary of Qualifying Activities 2019.

Supporting documentation for your CPD activities should be retained to validate your submission in the case of an audit. CPD activities and hours need to be logged using CPHR NL’s CPD Log and submitted to CPHR NL annually by December 31.

CPD Activities

Professional development activities fall within five categories and each year, you must have activities in at least two:

  1. Professional Practice: Significant Work Projects/Initiatives
    • Examples include: participating in ‘new work’ projects/initiatives that gain greater understanding of the CPHR Competency Framework.
  2. Leadership: Mentoring, Teaching & Facilitation
    • Examples include: developing and/or facilitating a university/college course or professional workshop; mentoring; coaching; being mentored; being coached; or being a keynote speaker.
  3. Volunteer/Community Involvement
    • Examples include: holding a position in an association/organization like a board, committee or task force chair, co-chair, or member.
  4. Learning: Formal and Informal
    • Examples include: attending a seminar or conference; taking a university or college course and undertaking self-directed learning.
  5. Research & Publication: Text, Articles, and Journals
    • Examples include: conducting research on an HR topic; or publishing a journal, periodical article or textbook.

CPD Mandatory Ethics

A mandatory Ethics requirement that all CPHR members must follow as part of their CPD curriculum over a 3 – year period starting in 2021 – 2023. As you know, all CPHRs must meet a mandatory 60 – hour CPD requirement as part of their continued certification.  Within that 60 hours, 3 hours must relate to Ethics specifically. The 3 hour CPD requirement can be obtained through various providers that offer Ethics training. Again, this is only a requirement over a 3 year period, not every year. The Ethic training offered by CPHR Canada has an Ethics Training Q&A to support any questions you may have. 


To access the CPD Log:

  • Login to your CPHR NL member section.
  • Go into the forms.
  • Click on the CPD form.

To see how many approved CPD hours you have logged, log into the member section of the website, then click on Members > Approved CPD Hours.

CPD Review

Once the CPDs have been submitted, the Certification Committee will review them to ensure compliance to the CPD standards.

If you are successful in meeting the requirements, your log will be accepted, CPHR Canada is notified and the National CPHR Registry is updated, and you can continue using the initials CPHR.

If you are unsuccessful in meeting the requirements for CPHR, your log will be rejected and you will be advised of what you must do to rectify the situation (i.e. submit explanatory or supplemental information) and the time period for completion of these activities.

If you do not meet the requirements in the time period set, your CPHR is revoked, you will have to stop using the initials CPHR, and your name will be removed from the National CPHR registry.

If you wish to become a CPHR once again, you must follow to pathway to attaining the CPHR.

CPD Audit

To ensure the integrity and standard of professionalism reflected in the granting of the CPHR designation, CPHR NL is required to audit a minimum of 3% of all CPD submissions. As such, all CPHRs are subject to an audit on an annual basis which is carried out by the Certification Committee once a year in January and/or February for the previous year’s CPD submissions. For this reason, it is important to retain supporting documentation for your CPD activities to validate your submission; however, do not submit your supporting documentation unless requested to do so.

Selection for an audit is random. If selected, the CPHR will be notified in January and will have two weeks to complete the form and submit their supporting documentation.

The audit process will verify the appropriateness, suitability and adequacy of the professional development activities listed in the CPD log.

Exemptions from CPD Requirement

Exemptions may include: exemption, exception, or extension.

Exemptions from the continuing professional development requirements of CPHR NL may be granted to:

  • CPHRs having achieved or been granted retired status;
  • CPHRs suffering from, or exhibiting, extenuating circumstances such as ill health;
  • CPHRs on maternity, paternity, or medical leave; and,
  • Members having other reasons or causes, who in the discretion of CPHR NL qualify for exemption or special exception.

Application for exemption shall typically be made to CPHR NL in writing and include the exemption type requested, the rational for the exemption, and any accompanying documentation (for example: medical note).

Upon the lapsing of any approved exemption, the CPHR shall resume their CPD obligations and their CPD reporting requirements.


CPHR Canada and CPHR NL are committed to protecting the privacy of your personal information. Information collected from this form will be used for CPD purposes only.