Pathways to becoming a CPHR - CPHR NL

To become a CPHR, one must follow one of the following pathways.

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Upon successful completion of all requirements for one of the paths above, a CPHR Certificate will be issued and the incumbents name will be placed on the National Registry.

Path 1: NKE and Degree

Steps to obtaining the CPHR designation via Path #1:

  1. Be a CPHR NL member in good standing
  2. Pass the National Knowledge Exam (NKE)
  3. Attain a bachelor degree in any field or discipline
  4. Attain three (3) years of professional-level experience in HR within the past ten (10) years. Canadian experience is not required.

Click here for details on the NKE

Path 2: NKE and No Degree

Steps to obtaining the CPHR designation via Path #2:

  1. Be a CPHR NL member in good standing
  2. Pass the National Knowledge Exam (NKE)
  3. Attain eight (8) years professional-level experience in HR within the past fifteen (15) years. Canadian experience is not required.

Click here for details on the NKE

 Path 3: Accredited with Degree

Steps to obtaining the CPHR designation via Path #3:

  1. Be a CPHR NL member in good standing
  2. Pass an accredited program in HR
  3. Attain a bachelor degree in any field or discipline
  4. Attain three (3) years of professional-level experience in HR within the past ten (10) years. Canadian experience is not required.

Click here for a list of accredited programs.

Path 4: Accredited with No Degree

Steps to obtaining the CPHR designation via Path #4:

  1. Be a CPHR NL member in good standing
  2. Pass an accredited program in HR
  3. Attain eight (8) years professional-level experience in HR within the past fifteen (15) years. Canadian experience is not required.

Click here for a list of accredited programs.

Path 5: Provincial Transfer

Steps to obtaining the CPHR designation via Path #5:

  1. Be a CPHR NL member in good standing
  2. Transfer an equivalent designation from another organization.

Approved designations include:

  • The CHRL from HRPA
  • CHRE from HRPA

 Path 6: International Recognition

Steps to obtaining the CPHR designation via Path #6:

  1. Be a CPHR NL member in good standing
  2. Transfer an equivalent designation from an international organization from whom CPHR NL or CPHR Canada has a Mutual Resignation Agreement or they have deemed it to be substantially equivalent to or greater than the CPHR.

Approved designations include:

  • The AHRI from Australia
  • CIPD from the United Kingdom
  • HKIHARM from Hong Kong
  • SHRM from the United Stated

Once becoming a CPHR Candidate, you have ten (10) years to complete the process to obtain the CPHR.