Pathway 4: Senior Pathway - CPHR NL

Pathway 4: Senior Pathway


  • Minimum of 10 years of advisory experience in Human Resources (Canadian experience is not required)
  • Demonstrate proven experience and depth of knowledge in a minimum of 8 specific examples (highlighting the respective competency) where you provided HR advice and solutions at the advisory level.
  • For a cumulative duration of 10 years 
  • Acquired over the entire career. 
  • Hold or have held a senior role
  • A minimum of a university degree from a recognized body post-secondary institution* 

*Where a candidate does not satisfy the stipulated academic requirement referred to above, CPHR Newfoundland & Labrador may waive the requirement upon successful completion by the candidate of the National Knowledge Exam (NKE).

Degree Requirements

You are required to submit proof that you hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited Canadian college or university or the equivalent from a non-Canadian institution. If you received your degree within Canada, you would need to contact the university’s registry and have your transcript sent directly to:

CPHR Newfoundland & Labrador
P.O. Box 21454
St. John’s, NL
A1A 5G6

Unsure if you qualify for the senior pathway? Complete the Senior Path Pre-Screen Questionnaire

Senior Path Handbook 
Senior Path VOE application form
CPHR Competency Framework – click here

The Validation of Experience (VOE) – Process

To gain your CPHR designation through the VOE you will be required to submit a completed application. This application will need to be validated by your current employer. In order to be eligible to submit you must be a regular member in good standing.

To view the requirements of each route, click here. 

Applications are accepted throughout the year but are reviewed twice a year. The due dates for the submissions are:

  • February 28
  • September 30


Review Fee: $175 (+HST) find the registration form in our Calendar of Events here 
Certification Fee: $375 (+HST)

  • These fees are non-refundable.
  • The review fee is required every time an application is made.

Notification of Results:

Successful applicants will be notified by letter on the dates in the table above. Certificates will be issued following this date.

If you are unsuccessful, you will also receive an explanation as to why and what would be required to pass. Once you have filled the gap in your experience, you will be eligible to re-apply. There is no limit to the number of times an individual may apply.


Appeals must be sent to the CPHR Director of Certification within 30 days of receiving the decision of the committee. Appeals should not be construed as a second opinion. Appeals will be considered on the grounds of denial of natural justice or deficiencies in the decision. The fact that the Assessment Committee’s decision was not the one hoped for is not grounds for appeal. Registrar-approved appeals will be reviewed by the CPHR Newfoundland & Labrador Board of Directors.