The Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation is a nationally recognized level of achievement within the field of human resources.The designation represents continuing recognition of the bearer’s professionalism. Following an approach taken by national HR associations in the UK, USA, Australia and South America, the CHRP designation, awarded to qualifying HR practitioners, has been in existence in Canada since the early 1990′s.
Although the purpose, characteristics & qualifications of this designation were relatively common, each province, under the direction of a provincial HR association, was responsible for setting certification standards and granting CHRP designations. HR professionals have quickly recognized the need for a more national profile and portability of the CHRP designation. In March 2003, a national CHRP certification program, managed by the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA) and administered by the provincial HR associations, became a reality.
The Human Resources Institute of Alberta (HRIA) is the CHRP exclusive granting body for the province of Alberta. The HRIA encourages the maintenance of professional standards in the field of human resources management and works to define the standards and processes for certification as a CHRP. The CHRP designation is the gold standard for HR professionals in Canada and there are currently more than 2,800 CHRP designated members of HRIA.
There are seven functional dimensions that demonstrate the expertise of a CHRP:
- Professional Practice in Human Resources – strategic contribution to organizational success, planning and implementing HR strategies, measuring strategic organizational results, business acumen, HR information management, manages outside HR contractors and other specialists, project management, legal/legislative framework-general employment relationship, human rights, managing client relationships, professionalism, governance.
- Organizational Effectiveness – organizational design and development, employee involvement strategies, performance management.
- Staffing – human resource planning, recruitment and selection, deployment, terminating and outplacing staff.
- Employee & Labor Relations – employee relations practices, conflict resolution, labor relations and collective bargaining.
- Total Compensation – total compensation strategy, compensation programs, benefits, pensions, and payroll administration.
- Organizational Learning, Training & Development – organizational performance, development programs, career management, training
- Occupational Health, Safety & Wellness – employee wellness and assistance, workplace safety, worker’s compensation.
Certified Human Resources Professionals are bound by rules of professional conduct, which let government bodies and employers know they adhere to the highest standards of HR excellence. The CHRP designation is the gold standard in Canada for HR competence and commitment to life-long learning.
Certified Human Resources Professionals, CHRP Candidates and CHRP Exam registrants commit to abide by all requirements of the Code of Ethics of Human Resources Institute of Alberta (HRIA) and the Canadian Council of Human Resources Association (CCHRA) as listed in this document.
- Maintain competence in carrying out professional responsibilities and provide services in an honest and diligent manner.
- Ensure that activities engaged in are within the limits of one’s knowledge, experience and skill.
- When providing services outside one’s level of competence, or the profession, the necessary assistance must be sought so as not to compromise professional responsibility.
- Legal Requirements:
- Adhere to any statutory acts, regulation or by-laws which relate to the field of human resources management, as well as all civil and criminal laws, regulations and statutes that apply in one’s jurisdiction.
- Not knowingly or otherwise engage in or condone any activity or attempt to circumvent the clear intention of the law.
- Dignity in the Workplace: Support, promote and apply the principles of human rights, equity, dignity and respect in the workplace, within the profession and in society as a whole.
- Balancing Interests: Strive to balance organizational and employee needs and interests in the practice of the profession.
- Confidentiality: Hold in strict confidence all confidential information acquired in the course of the performance of one’s duties, and not divulge confidential information unless required by law and/or where serious harm is imminent.
- Conflict of Interest: Either avoid or disclose a potential conflict of interest that might influence or might be perceived to influence personal actions or judgments.
- Professional Growth and Support of Other Professionals: Maintain personal and professional growth in human resources management by engaging in activities that enhance the credibility and value of the profession.
- Enforcement: The Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations works collaboratively with its member associations to develop and enforce high standards of ethical practice among all its members.