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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.

Exam Dates and Locations

Exam Date Registration Deadline
Saturday, November 3, 2018 September 4, 2018
Saturday June 1, 2019 April 2, 2019

Exam sessions are held in up to seven communities based on demand: Burnaby, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Prince George, Victoria, Whitehorse. If you are in a remote location or traveling out of province or country, there is an option to arrange a proctor. Please contact the CPHR Registrar.

Registration and Fees

If you are registering for the NKE for the first time, click here. Registration includes:

  • $60 CPHR Application Fee
  • $400 NKE Registration Fee

If you have already paid the CPHR application fee, click here to register for the exam only. You must be a CPHR BC & Yukon member to register for the exam.

If you are unable to register online, the manual registration forms are below:

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

If you are looking for resources to support you to prepare for the NKE, visit the Exam Centre. If you have further questions, start with the CPHR FAQ.

Exam Deferrals

Registrants may defer writing the exam to the next sitting. Please note the deferral policy before you submit a CPHR Exam Deferral Form.

Exam Attempts

Effective as of the November 2014 exam session, 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

Exam results are emailed approximately eight weeks after each exam session. This includes the time needed to receive exams, verify all exam documents have been returned, as well as the time to process and score exams. 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.

Exam Exemption

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 on The CPHR Path and earn the CPHR designation: