Become a CHRP consultant and leverage your people skills. What is a CHRP? The initials CHRP stand for Certified Human Resources Professional, and CHRP is the professional designation used in Canada for experts in Human Resource management.
CHRPs are experts when it comes to recruitment, personnel management, union and employee regulation, performance appraisals, job descriptions, hiring and employee retention.
In Canada alone, there are over 19,000 certified CHRPs. There is increasing demand for CHRPs as organizations recognize the financial cost of bad hires and transient employees.
Many medium-sized business don’t have a full-time CHRP on staff. Instead, they seek out a CHRP consultant when the organization requires the services of a Certified Human Resources Professional. For example, CHRP consultants may be hired when new employee policies are required or if a search for new staff members is necessary.
In order to raise the standards of the CHRP profession, starting in January of 2011 all CHRP candidates will have to hold college or undegraduate degrees. If you already hold a degree, becoming a CHRP can help you obtain specialized training while continuing to leverage your undergraduate education.
Become a CHRP consultant
In Canada, the CHRP designation is overseen by the Canadian Council of Human Resources Assocation (CCHRA), but the actual CHRP designation is granted by Provincial or Territorial HR associations.
Follow these steps to become a CHRP consultant:
1. Remember that as of January of 2011 all CHRP candidates will be required to hold college or undegraduate degrees.
2. Register with your Province or Territory’s HR Association. Make sure that the Association can grant the CHRP designation. Check with the Association to find out whether they have any special prerequisites.
3. Write and pass the National Knowledge Exam. The test consists of 150 multiple-choice questions and a grade of 70% or higher is required to pass. The cost to write the test is approximately $250.
4. Write and pass the National Professional Practice Assessment exam. The test also consists of 150 multiple-choice questions and a grade of 70% or higher is required to pass. The cost to write the test is approximately $500.
Becoming a CHRP consultant might be the perfect consulting job for you if you love people, have an undegraduate degree, and are looking to become recognized as a specialist with sellable, marketable skills.
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