National Knowledge Exam
The National Knowledge Exam® (NKE) assesses one’s comprehension of the academic knowledge related to professional competencies across nine functional areas of human resources as outlined in the CPHRTM Competency Framework. Find out more about the NKE content and structure.
As of January 2021, CPHR BC & Yukon will be adding a new educational requirement that must be completed prior to writing the National Knowledge Exam. This requirement is applicable unless the individual is covered by another eligible path (Pathways 3-5).
You will also need to prove that you meet the educational requirements in order to write the NKE; therefore, if you plan to enroll in the June 2021 NKE, please ensure that you have successfully completed all nine accredited HR courses offered by Captus Press.
These courses are:
- Accounting and Financial Management
- Human Resources Management
- Industrial Relations
- Organizational Behaviour
- Occupational Health and Safety
- Recruitment and Selection
- Strategic Compensation
- Strategic Human Resources Planning
- Training and Development
For more information on the courses click here.
If you have successfully completed any courses that are equivalent to any of the listed courses offered, you may be able to transfer credits.
Captus Press has created a PLAR equivalency database that lists courses from post-secondary institutions across BC and Canada that are equivalent to the CPHR Canada required courses. You can access this database to self-assess.
If your coursework is not in the pre-approved database you would need to apply for a Prior Learning Assessment (PLAR) through Captus Press. There are fees associated with this assessment and you can contact Captus Press directly for more details. Once Captus Press performs your assessment then you need to notify CPHR BC & Yukon of the results.
Exam Dates and Locations
|Exam Date||Registration Deadline|
|May 26 or 27, 2021||April 2, 2021
Registration and Fees
To register for the National Knowledge Exam you must be a member of CPHR BC & Yukon. For more info on how to become a member, visit our membership page.
If you are already a member, and have completed the course requirements you can register for the exam ONLINE. Online is the quickest and easiest way to register for the exam.
If you are unable to register online than you can submit the manual forms that can be found below to firstname.lastname@example.org for processing.
- $60 CPHR Application Fee
- $525 NKE Registration Fee
Please note: CPHR BC & Yukon fees such as the NKE registration fee are non-refundable. See below for information on exam deferral.
Exam Centre & FAQs
Candidates who fail the NKE three times are required to wait a full year before attempting the NKE for a fourth, and final, time. A fifth attempt may be permitted following a review process by your provincial HR association.
Exam results are emailed approximately eight weeks after each exam session. It also allows time for the results to be reviewed and the quality of the exam verified.
Overall scores are reported as scaled scores to ensure consistent reporting of scores between different versions of the NKE. It is achieved through mathematically converting raw scores into scaled scores with the passing scaled score always equal to 500. Find out more about exam scoring.
Depending on your educational credentials, you may be eligible for an exemption from writing the exam. Please refer to The CPHR Path for more information.
Upon successful completion of the NKE, you have 10 years to complete the remaining steps if you are following Pathway 1 or 15 years to complete the remaining steps if you are following Pathway 2 of The CPHR Paths in order to earn the CPHR designation: