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Chartered Professionals
in Human Resources

The CPHR Paths

There are seven paths to the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHRTM) designation.

To earn the CPHR designation, you must maintain an active membership with CPHR BC & Yukon for the full course of the CPHR path. Learn more about membership.


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Path 1: Degree

Requirements include:

Path 2: Non-Degree

Requirements include:

Path 3: Accredited

Requirements include:

  • Bachelor degree in any field or discipline PLUS
  • CPHR BC & Yukon accredited degree/diploma program in Human Resources from one of the schools below that satisfies the professional competencies PLUS
  • Three years of professional-level HR experience within the past 10 years.

Please note: An accredited degree in HR meets the requirements of both bullets 1 and 2 above. To apply for certification through Path 3, please send official transcripts demonstrating an average of 70% and complete the exam exemption form and fee payment.

Schools that currently have agreements with CPHR BC & Yukon that are valid for Path 3 include:

  • Acsenda School of Management (BBA-HRM option; graduated May 2014 or later)
  • Ashton College (Diploma in Human Resources Management program; graduated May 2017 or later)
  • BCIT (HRM diploma program; graduated May 2013 or later)
  • Camosun College (BBA (HRML) degree program or Post-Degree Diploma; graduated December 2012 or later)
  • College of New Caledonia (Post Diploma in Human Resources Management program; graduated August 2016 or later)
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University (HRMT degree program; graduated May 2012 or later)
  • Okanagan College (BBA (HRM) degree program; graduated May 2013 or later)
  • University of Northern British Columbia (BComm (HRM) degree program; graduated May 2017 or later)
  • University of the Fraser Valley (BBA (HRM) degree program; graduated May 2017 or later)
  • Vancouver Island University (BBA (HRM) degree program; graduated May 2017 or later)

CPHR Canada and the member associations, including CPHR BC & Yukon, are constantly reviewing and accrediting post-secondary programs in each region. For a full list of accredited post-secondary schools across Canada, please refer to cphr.ca.

Path 4: Masters

Requirements include:

  • Masters Degree in Human Resources recognized through a recognition agreement, Memorandum of Understanding, or otherwise approved by CPHR BC & Yukon PLUS
  • Three years of professional-level experience within the past 10 years.

To apply for certification through Path 4, please send official transcripts demonstrating an average of 70% or C+ in the accredited degree and complete the exam exemption form and fee payment.

Please note: no current agreements under this path as of July 2016. Updates will be posted as they are approved.

Path 5: Senior Level

  • Bachelor degree in any field or discipline PLUS
  • 10 years of senior professional-level experience as a senior HR professional or an accredited professional working in an HR-related discipline.

To apply for certification through Path 5, please contact the CPHR registrar.

Path 6: Transfer

  • Inter-provincial transfer of a CPHR (or alternate designation) holder in good standing of another province deemed to be substantially equivalent or greater than CPHR BC & Yukon certification requirements.

Path 7: International / Non-Resident

  • Recognition of a CPHR equivalent designation holder in good standing of another jurisdiction with whom CPHR BC & Yukon or CPHR Canada enjoys a Mutual Recognition Agreement or is deemed to be substantially equivalent (i.e. AHRI, CIPD, HKIHRM, SHRM, CHRL or CHRE) or greater than CPHR BC & Yukon certification requirements.
    OR
  • International prospects having satisfied a certification path approved by CPHR BC & Yukon and deemed to substantially meet or exceed the conditions of CPHR BC & Yukon certification requirements.

To apply for certification through Path 7, please contact the CPHR registrar.

Questions? Please contact the CPHR registrar.