Online Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR)

The Faculty of Business recently changed its undergraduate degree programs. Effective July 1, 2020 the Human Resources Management major is now available under our Bachelor of Commerce degree. The 4 year Bachelor of Management program has been closed to new admissions. The major still meets the CPHR accreditation and we are pleased to note that our accreditation has just been renewed for five years. Whether you are a graduate of the previous Bachelor of Management with a major in Human Resources Management or our new Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Human Resources Management you can be assured that the major will meet the qualifications for CPHR in order to waive the NKE.

Obtain Canada’s only nationally recognized professional certification in HR.

CPHR Accreditation Program

The Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CHPR) designation—Canada’s only professional standard certification—recognizes the commitment to upholding the highest standards of professional practice in HR and is a nationally recognized level of achievement within the field of human resources.

As an AU Bachelor of Management in Human Resources Management (BMgmt HR/BComm HR) graduate, your future CPHR designation represents the continuing recognition of your professionalism, while reflecting the professional practice of human resources management to safeguard the interests of employers, employees, and the business community. 

The Path to CPHR Designation

As a graduate of AU’s BMgmt HR/BComm HR degree program, you will need to fulfill three basic certification steps:

1. Apply for CPHR Alberta Membership

Your first step is to become a member of your CPHR provincial association. If you are a member (either a General or a Student member), you can transfer to an Associate-level membership. If you’re not a member, you need to apply to become one.

2. National Knowledge Exam (NKE)

To prove you have the knowledge required to become a CPHR, you must register for, and pass the National Knowledge Exam ® (NKE). Exam waivers are available to eligible AU grads who, a) are either members of their CHPR provincial association, or apply and become one; b) have graduated (no earlier than) December 2016 onward (part of CPHR’s grandfather-clause provisioning in relation to AU’s new CPHR accreditation-granting capacity); and, c) who possess an overall cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher.

3. Experience Validation Assessment (EVA)

The last step to achieving your CPHR Designation is by meeting the requirements of the Experience Validation Assessment (EVA)— an assessment that ensures CPHRs have sufficient real-world, professional, experience in their chosen human-resources field.


Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Alberta Scholarship
Donor: Chartered Professionals in Human Resources, Alberta

Value: $1500
Number Awarded: 1
Annual Application Deadline: October 15

This scholarship is awarded annually to a student enrolled in one of the Athabasca University (AU) undergraduate programs that focus on human resources: Bachelor of Commerce– Human Resources Management (BMgmt-HR/BComm-HR) or Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations (BHRLR). The applicant must have a current AU GPA of 3.00 or higher and have completed at least 9 AU credits in his or her current program. Preference will be given to those actively pursuing a career in human resources and who are contributing to community and/or student affairs.

Click here to access the award application form: Application Form

Note: Please download the PDF form to your desktop, then open the file from your desktop using Adobe Reader and complete and save the form. Do not use your browser to complete the form as the data may not save correctly. Once you have completed and saved the form, please re-open it and review all of your entries before submitting it to the award submission portal. To download a copy of the latest version of Adobe Reader please visit the Adobe website.

Once you have completed the application form, please visit our award submission portal to submit it.

Questions? Contact the Student Awards Unit.

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