Become a CPHR

What is a CPHR?

Achieve HR Excellence. Become a CPHR.

As a human resources (HR) professional, you are a leader in your field. Employers, colleagues and clients turn to you for strategic advice, clear guidance, and leadership on all aspects of HR. Make the most of your HR knowledge and experience, and get started on the path towards the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation - the gold standard of HR professionals.

Granted provincially, CPHR Manitoba is the sole certifying body in Manitoba for the nationally recognized Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation.

The CPHR designation, pronounced C-P-H-R (each letter is said individually), represents a commitment to a national standard of excellence and sets a benchmark for the practice of effective Human Resources. It emphasizes the strategic role of HR management in business and plays an important role in securing HR's position as an equal business partner at the executive table.

The CPHR designation signifies that an individual has achieved and continues to actively demonstrate mastery of the HR body of knowledge. Through a national examination and assessment process, each CPHR designate must demonstrate the core competencies relevant to the HR profession. Certification is an essential tool for maintaining high performance standards. The designation assures employers, clients and other HR professionals that a CPHR has committed to abide by a professional code of ethics, a breach of which will result in disciplinary action including the possible removal of the designation. 

CPHRs are required to report a minimum of 100 hours of professional development activity every three years on a cumulative basis and a minimum of 20 hours each year. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) signifies continued mastery of the CPHR Competency Framework, which outlines 44 discipline specific professional competencies. 

The CPHR designation can enhance your career opportunities and compensation potential. An increasing number of organizations require or prefer that successful candidates for HR positions hold, or are working towards obtaining, the CPHR designation. This is particularly true for senior HR positions.

The CPHR designation is recognized throughout Canada and can be transferred between all provinces and territories. 

Benefits of Becoming a CPHR

Why should an HR professional become a CPHR? click here for more information


Upon successful completion of all requirements for one of the routes above, a CPHR Certificate will be issued. 

Please note that you do not need to follow these steps in order. However, one will not be considered as a CPHR Candidate until the NKE exam is passed or an NKE waiver has been approved. 

For more information on each of the paths to obtaining the CPHR click below:

Path 1 - Degree
Path 2 - Non-Degree
Path 3 - Accredited Diploma
Path 4 - Accredited Masters or Degree in HR 
Path 5 - Senior Level

Post-Secondary Institution (PSI) Accreditation Program 

Graduates of Accredited Post-Secondary programs will be one step closer to receiving their CPHR designation and may be eligible to waive writing the NKE. Application for an NKE waiver must be made within one year of graduating from an Accredited HR Program. At this time, previous graduates of an Accredited HR Program may also be eligible to apply for an NKE waiver depending on program eligibility. 

For more information about the PSI Accreditation Program, click here.

List of Accredited Programs across Canada


In order to write the National Knowledge Exam (NKE) one must be a current member of CPHR Manitoba. In order to become a CPHR in Manitoba one must maintain membership with CPHR Manitoba. Failure to renew your membership on a yearly basis will result in revocation of your CPHR designation (or CPHR Candidacy). 

National Knowledge Exam (NKE)

The National Knowledge Exam® (NKE) is an academic exam that assesses one’s understanding of the Competency Framework.

The NKE is offered twice per year, on the first Saturday in June and November.  

You are not required to complete your full required length of experience prior to writing the exam. We encourage you to register for and write the NKE as soon as possible following graduation. After successfully passing the NKE, one is considered to be a CPHR Candidate and is required to complete the VPE within ten (10) years. Being recognized as a CPHR Candidate while you are completing your experience requirement will provide you with additional recognition.

For more information about the NKE click here

Prep Courses

The NKE is an academic exam. It is important to be as prepared as you can be. In order to assist writers in preparing for the exam CPHR Manitoba offers in-person and online prep courses.

For more information on prep courses click here.

Validation of Professional Experience (VPE)

The Validation of Professional Experience (VPE) requires candidates to demonstrate three or more years of professional experience in human resources within the last ten (10) years. (the length of experience required depends on the route taken - see above)

The VPE requires Candidates to demonstrate experience at the professional level, which means that you must be using technical HR knowledge and have a level of autonomy in the application of your HR knowledge. Duties that are purely administrative requiring no HR knowledge are not considered.

Your experience must cover breadth in at least two of the nine functional dimensions of the CPHR Competency Framework or demonstrate complete proficiency in one functional dimension.

For more information about the VPE click here.
To view the full CPHR Competency Framework click here.

Recognition as a CPHR Candidate

Members who have passed the National Knowledge Exam and have not yet completed the Validation of Professional Experience (VPE) will be granted the ability to use “CPHR Candidate” as a professional title.

The CPHR is valued by the employment community and the ability to be officially recognized as a CPHR Candidate will provide you with additional recognition. You may use this title in resumes, business cards, emails, LinkedIn or any other public profiles. 

Code of Ethics and Rules of Professional Conduct

The CPHR Code identifies and outlines the standards of behaviour relating to fairness, justice, truthfulness, and social responsibility. All CPHR Candidates and CPHRs in Canada must abide by the CPHR Code.

To view the CPHR Code click here.

Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Manitoba (CPHR Manitoba)
1810-275 Portage Avenue / Winnipeg, Manitoba / R3B 2B3
tel. 204.943.2836 / fax. 204.943.1109 / email.

For additional information please visit: CPHR.CA

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