Learn how to make your workplace effective and efficient

Employees are the heart of every organization, and human resources professionals are key to building and supporting an effective workforce. This program provides all nine core courses required to complete the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario's (HRPA) coursework requirement, the first step in obtaining the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. 
Boost your existing qualifications as you explore recruitment, training, organizational management, compensation, labour relations, and more. Gain real-world experience with a seven-week placement in your final semester. 

Program highlights

  • Complete in just 1 year
  • Includes the nine approved courses needed to access the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam 1 and CHRP Employment Law Exam 
  • 7-week work placement in semester 3 

Program of study for the 2024-25 Academic Year

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
HRP 7110 Human Resources Management 3
HRP 7112 Staffing 3
HRP 7116 Organizational Behaviour 3
HRP 7121 Occupational Health And Safety 3
BUS 1185 Accounting for Non-Finance 3
HRP 7225 HR Spreadsheet Management 2
IND 1181 Indigenous Business Workshop 1
Semester 2
HRP 7201 Human Resource Planning 3
HRP 7113 Compensation Management 3
HRP 7114 Labour Relations 3
HRP 7111 Alternative Dispute Resolution 3
HRP 7117 Training and Development 3
HRP 7131 HR Seminar Series 2
HRP 1010 HR Information System 1
Semester 3
HRP 7302
Field Placement
or Capstone Project
 Total Credits42

Admission requirements

Applicants must be graduates of a diploma, advanced diploma, or degree program from an Ontario College or equivalent.


Applicant must possess five years of work experience in a related field (or combination of education and work experience) as judged by the College to be equivalent. Applicants must submit a resume detailing their related experience and a cover letter outlining their competencies and preparedness for the program (any and all postsecondary transcripts must still be submitted).

Additional admission requirements


  • Computer competency in relevant software
  • Some familiarity with basic accounting principles

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Spring 2025

Winter term start

SEMESTER 1:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 2:  Spring 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025

Spring term start

SEMESTER 1:  Spring 2025
SEMESTER 2:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Winter 2026

Registration to practice / additional testing

CHRP Designation

The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) regulates the human resources profession in Ontario and issues the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. Completion of HRPA's certification process confers the right to use the title Certified Human Resources Professional and the right to use the initials C.H.R.P. or CHRP after one's name (excerpt from HRPA's website). It is the responsibility of the graduate to pursue certification. Information on the Human Resources Professionals Association and the CHRP designation is available by visiting www.hrpa.ca.

Specific program pathways

College or university degree opportunities  

If you are a graduate of this program, you may continue your studies at a college or university and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian's college and university agreement details for further information. 

Employment opportunities

Specialists in human resources may work in medium- to large- sized organizations that have formal human resources departments. Some specific positions include:

  • Recruiter
  • Staff trainer
  • Human resource coordinator
  • Compensation analyst
  • Employee relations officer
  • Payroll administrator
  • Health and safety coordinator
  • Job analyst

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.