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CPHR Pathways

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In Saskatchewan there are five approved paths to becoming a CPHR:

 Path 1 (Present - 2021)

  1. Bachelor degree in any field or discipline
    You are required to submit proof that you hold a minimum of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited Canadian post-secondary Institution or the equivalent from a non-Canadian institution. You will need to contact the university's registry and have your transcript sent directly to:


    Holly Guran, Professional Standards Manager
    CPHR Saskatchewan
    #210 - 3501 8th Street E
    Saskatoon, SK  S7H 0W5

  2. Pass the National Knowledge Exam (NKE)
    Upon successful completion of the NKE you will become a CPHR Candidate and can represent yourself as such. 

  3. Validation of Experience - Three (3) years professional-level experience within the past ten (10) years
    > Canadian experience is not required

    Once becoming a CPHR Candidate you:

    a) have ten (10) years to successfully complete the Validation of experience assessment
    b) the work experience must be at the professional level in HR and can be achieved either before or after you write the NKE, however, you have a total of 10 years from the time you submit.

    (ex. if you passed the NKE in June 2019, you have until June 2029 (your 10 year window) to successfully complete the VOE. Having said that, if you choose to submit the VOE in December 2023, your professional level experience gained from 2013 to December 2023 will be considered as your 10 year window.)

Path 2

  1. Diploma, Degree or Masters with HR major (accredited by CPHR Saskatchewan/CPHR Canada)

  2. Apply for the National Knowledge Exam (NKE) waiver
    A graduate of a CPHR Accredited Post-Secondary HR program may apply for an NKE Waiver. Upon approval, you will become a CPHR Candidate and can represent yourself as such. 
     
  3. Validation of Experience
    a) Degree/Masters - Three (3) years professional-level experience within the past ten (10) years
    > Canadian experience is not required

    Once becoming a CPHR Candidate you:

    1) have ten (10) years to successfully complete the Validation of experience assessment
    2) the work experience must be at the professional level in HR and can be achieved either before or after you write the NKE, however, you have a total of 10 years from the time you submit.

    (ex. if you passed the NKE in June 2019, you have until June 2029 (your 10 year window) to successfully complete the VOE. Having said that, if you choose to submit the VOE in December 2023, your professional level experience gained from 2013 to December 2023 will be considered as your 10 year window.)

    b) HR Diploma - Eight (8) years professional-level experience within the past ten (10) years
    > Canadian experience is not required

    Once becoming a CPHR Candidate you:

    1) have ten (10) years to successfully complete the Validation of experience assessment
    2) the work experience must be at the professional level in HR and can be achieved either before or after you write the NKE, however, you have a total of 10 years from the time you submit.

    (ex. if you passed the NKE in June 2019, you have until June 2029 (your 10 year window) to successfully complete the VOE. Having said that, if you choose to submit the VOE in December 2023, your professional level experience gained from 2013 to December 2023 will be considered as your 10 year window.)

*At present, there are no accredited programs in Saskatchewan. In the coming months, CPHR Saskatchewan will commence this work with academic institutions that offer HR programs in the province of Saskatchewan to determine their interest in pursuing accreditation. If academic institutions confirm interest, work will commence and the details (e.g., timeframe) will be established, as both parties work together.


Path 3

  1. Diploma, Degree or Masters with HR Major (not accredited)
    You are required to submit proof of your HR Diploma, Bachelor's degree in HR or Master’s Degree in HR from an accredited Canadian post-secondary institution or the equivalent from a non-Canadian institution. You will need to contact the post-secondary institution registry and have your transcript sent directly to:

    Holly Guran, Professional Standards Manager 
    CPHR Saskatchewan
    #210-3501 8th Street E
    Saskatoon, SK S7H 0W5

  2. Pass the National Knowledge Exam (NKE)
    Upon successful completion of the NKE you will become a CPHR Candidate and can represent yourself as such. 

  3. Validation of Experience
    a) Degree/Masters - Three (3) years professional-level experience within the past ten (10) years
    > Canadian experience is not required

    Once becoming a CPHR Candidate you:

    1) have ten (10) years to successfully complete the Validation of experience assessment
    2) the work experience must be at the professional level in HR and can be achieved either before or after you write the NKE, however, you have a total of 10 years from the time you submit.

    (ex. if you passed the NKE in June 2019, you have until June 2029 (your 10 year window) to successfully complete the VOE. Having said that, if you choose to submit the VOE in December 2023, your professional level experience gained from 2013 to December 2023 will be considered as your 10 year window.)

    b) HR Diploma - Eight (8) years professional-level experience within the past ten (10) years
    > Canadian experience is not required

    Once becoming a CPHR Candidate you:

    1) have ten (10) years to successfully complete the Validation of experience assessment
    2) the work experience must be at the professional level in HR and can be achieved either before or after you write the NKE, however, you have a total of 10 years from the time you submit.

    (ex. if you passed the NKE in June 2019, you have until June 2029 (your 10 year window) to successfully complete the VOE. Having said that, if you choose to submit the VOE in December 2023, your professional level experience gained from 2013 to December 2023 will be considered as your 10 year window.)

Path 4 (Executive Senior Level)

  1. Bachelor Degree in any field or discipline
    You are required to submit proof that you hold a minimum of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited Canadian post-secondary institution or the equivalent from a non-Canadian institution. You will need to contact the university's registry and have your transcript sent directly to:

    Holly Guran, Professional Standards Manager 
    CPHR Saskatchewan
    #210-3501 8th Street E
    Saskatoon, SK S7H 0W5

  2. Hold or have held an Executive HR Role 

  3. Validation of Experience - Ten (10) years professional-level experience within the past ten (10) years
    > Canadian experience is not required

    For more information on the Executive Senior Level Professional Experience requirement, and to determine your eligibility, read more. 

Path 5 (Implementation 2021)

  1. Bachelor Degree or Masters in any field or discipline
    You are required to submit proof that you hold a minimum of a Bachelor's or Masters degree from an accredited Canadian post-secondary or the equivalent from a non-Canadian institution. You will need to contact the university's registry and have your transcript sent directly to:

    Holly Guran, Professional Standards Manager 
    CPHR Saskatchewan
    #210-3501 8th Street E
    Saskatoon, SK S7H 0W5

  2. Pass the 9 Foundational HR Courses
    • Human Resources Management
    • Training and Development
    • Recruitment and Selection
    • Organizational Behaviour
    • Canadian Employment Law
    • Finance and Accounting
    • Occupational Health and Safety
    • Labour Relations
    • Compensation

  3. Pass the National Knowledge Exam (NKE)
    Upon successful completion of the NKE you will become a CPHR Candidate and can represent yourself as such. 

  4. Validation of Experience
    Degree/Masters - Three (3) years professional-level experience within the past ten (10) years
    > Canadian experience is not required

    Once becoming a CPHR Candidate you:

    1) have ten (10) years to successfully complete the Validation of experience assessment
    2) the work experience must be at the professional level in HR and can be achieved either before or after you write the NKE, however, you have a total of 10 years from the time you submit.

    (ex. if you passed the NKE in June 2019, you have until June 2029 (your 10 year window) to successfully complete the VOE. Having said that, if you choose to submit the VOE in December 2023, your professional level experience gained from 2013 to December 2023 will be considered as your 10 year window.)

Currently all the details of the HR Functional Courses are being worked out nationally. We will communicate once finalized.   


International Studies

If your HR Diploma, Degree or Masters is from outside Canada, you must have a basic report completed by either the World Education Services or International Qualifications Assessment Service, then send the report directly to the following address:

Holly Guran, Professional Standards Manager 
CPHR Saskatchewan
#210-3501 8th Street E
Saskatoon, SK S7H 0W5


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. 


Learn what happens after you get your designation here!


Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Saskatchewan (CPHR Saskatchewan)
#210, 3501 8th Street East / Saskatoon, Sask. / S7H 0W5
tel: 306.242.2747  / email: info@cphrsk.ca 

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