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What is CPHR

The Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) Designation

The Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) is the only human resources designation recognized across nine professional human resources associations in Canada. Granted provincially, CPHR Saskatchewan is the sole certifying body in Saskatchewan for the nationally recognized Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation.

The CPHR designation 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 CPHR Competency Framework. Through a national examination and assessment process, each CPHR designate must demonstrate the core competencies relevant to the HR profession.

If you choose to move to another province, territory or state and practice HR, you can transfer your designation. For more information about transferring and maintaining your CPHR designation, click here.


Why should you get an HR Designation? Is the CPHR Designation right for you? 

  • Professional designations enhance career opportunities – the CPHR designation proves your ability to master all aspects of human resources and demonstrates to employers across Canada that you’re an HR expert.
  • Be a trusted advisor to your peers and employers - by achieving the CPHR Designation and adhering to CPHR Saskatchewan’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct you demonstrate that you are committed to the highest standards of professional practice in HR.
  • Expand your network and career opportunities across the country – the CPHR designation is recognized across nine provinces in Canada and 27,000 members strong. CPHR Canada is aligned with the United States’ Society for Human Resource Management, the largest HR organization in the world.
Advantages of the CPHR Designation

  1. Proven Expertise: HR professionals who pursue the CPHR must meet all requirements set out by their provincial HR association, which aim to measure their competence and experience as HR professionals. By pursuing the CPHR designation, you will prove your ability to tackle all aspects of HR and demonstrate to employers and colleagues alike that you are a true HR expert.

  2. Continual Learning: To maintain your designation, you will continually update your knowledge and skills in HR. As a CPHR, you will gain expertise and leading edge knowledge to help you manage complex and dynamic HR issues and, ultimately, become a strategic advisor.

  3. Demonstrated Commitment: CPHRs must undergo rigorous studies, a comprehensive national exam and ongoing learning. By pursuing your CPHR, you demonstrate your commitment to constantly updating your HR skills and highlighting your long-term passion for the profession. You join the class of HR professionals that employers seek out.

  4. Knowledge Community: As a CPHR, you are part of an exclusive, nation-wide community of HR experts. Through special events, conferences, publications and websites, you can connect with other HR professionals from across Canada. This powerful network proves invaluable as HR professionals look for solutions, ideas and the ability to connect with others in the field.

  5. Ethical Behaviour: CPHRs commit themselves to high standards of ethical behaviour. They are held to the CPHR Saskatchewan Professional Code of Conduct that covers a range of important professional issues including confidentiality, conflict of interest, professional growth and more. You gain confidence from your employer, colleagues and peers with the knowledge that you are committed to a Code of Conduct that demands the highest standards for the profession.

The average annual salary for a CPHR in Canada in 2016 is $93,000 compared to the annual salary of a non-CPHR human resource professional at $72,000.


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

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