Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) / Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designations

The Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) / Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designations, awarded by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), are the national standard for excellence in professional human resources management. See the HRPA website for further details.

Canadian business relies on Certified Human Resources Professionals to:

  • Link organizational initiatives to human resources management
  • Recommend strategic human resources solutions
  • Implement best practices
  • Assess situations
  • Provide change management
  • Manage conflict
  • Deliver excellent performance

The CHRL is the professional level designation of qualification in Canadian human resources management, while the CHRP is the entry level designation. The CHRL/CHRP designation positions human resources professionals at the leading edge of the profession in Canada, enhances their lifetime earning potential and represents their commitment to professional development throughout their career.

HRPA's certification process has four components:

  1. A membership requirement
  2. A coursework requirement*
  3. Exam requirements (Comprehensive Knowledge and Employment Law)
  4. A degree and an experience requirement (CHRL only) or the Job Ready Program (CHRP only)

*Upon successful completion of the nine required courses (see chart below), students are eligible to write the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam. HRPA requires an average of 70% in the nine required courses with no individual course achieving lower than 65%. Each course expires ten years after completion.

CHRL/CHRP course requirements and approved Waterloo equivalents

CHRL/CHRP course requirements Approved Waterloo equivalents
Human Resources Management HRM 200 - Basic Human Resources Management
Human Resources Planning HRM 301 - Strategic Human Resources Planning
Compensation HRM 303 - Compensation
Health and Safety HRM 305 - Health and Safety
Labour Relations HRM 307 - Labour Relations
Organizational Behaviour

PSYCH 238 - Organizational Psychology


MSCI 211 - Organizational Behaviour


AFM 280 - Introduction to Organizational Behaviour


SCBUS- Organizational Behaviour in Scientific and Technical Workplaces

Recruitment and Selection PSYCH 339 - Personnel Psychology
Training and Development PSYCH 340 - Training and Development
Finance and Accounting

AFM 123 / ARBUS 102- Accounting Information for Managers


Both AFM 101 - Introduction to Financial Accounting 
and AFM 102 - Introduction to Managerial Accounting