ONLINE ACADEMIC PROGRAM GUIDE

ONLINE ACADEMIC
PROGRAM GUIDE
HRPA | OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR
HRPA Online Academic Program Guide
November 2014
Table of Contents
Overview of HRPA’s Online Academic Program Guide .............................................................................2
Overview of HRPA’s Online Academic Program .......................................................................................2
OAP and the Coursework Requirement ....................................................................................................3
OAP and the Degree Requirement ............................................................................................................4
OAP Policies and Procedures ....................................................................................................................5
Student Responsibilities ..................................................................................................................5
Primary Staff Contact ......................................................................................................................5
Technical Support.............................................................................................................................5
Registration Matters ........................................................................................................................5
Textbooks ..............................................................................................................................6
Class Cancellations ................................................................................................................6
Course Transfer .....................................................................................................................6
Withdrawals ..........................................................................................................................6
Class Participation ...........................................................................................................................6
Examinations .............................................................................................................................................7
Final Exams ......................................................................................................................................7
Access to Exams by Exam Writers ...................................................................................................7
Examination Date Conflicts .............................................................................................................7
Failure to Write an Examination .....................................................................................................8
Exam Rescheduling ..........................................................................................................................8
Medical or Personal Emergency Policy ...........................................................................................8
Special Accommodation Request for Examinations .................................................................................9
Accommodations for Disabilities .....................................................................................................9
Accommodations for Religious observances ..................................................................................9
Final Grades ...............................................................................................................................................9
Grading Standards .........................................................................................................................10
Grade re-assessments ...................................................................................................................10
Harassment and Discrimination ..............................................................................................................10
Student and Instructor Behaviour ...........................................................................................................10
Language Requirement ...........................................................................................................................11
Special Needs Accommodation for Program Participation .....................................................................11
Student Code of Conduct ........................................................................................................................11
Academic Dishonesty ....................................................................................................................11
Suspected Cheating .......................................................................................................................12
Student Privacy .......................................................................................................................................12
Tuition and Education Receipts ..............................................................................................................12
Changes to Evening Academic Programs Policies and Procedures .........................................................12
Appendix A – HRPA Online Academic Program Instructor Biographies .................................................13
Appendix B – HRPA Course Descriptions for CHRP Required Courses ....................................................15
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Overview of HRPA’s Online Academic Program Guide
This guide is designed to provide you with an overview of the features of the OAP, how the program
works in concert with your planned pathway to achieving the Certified Human Resources (CHRP)
professional designation, or the Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation and the policies
and procedures that are the underpinnings of the program.
It is imperative that individuals taking courses for the purposes of achieving certification familiarize
themselves will all certification requirements, processes, policies and procedures. HRPA has developed
Handbooks and Guides. A copy of the Handbooks and Guides can be viewed and downloaded on the
Regulation and HR Designations section of the HRPA website.
Please note: updates related to the HRPA’s new certification framework means that the requirements
for the CHRL designation will be added to over the next 3-5 years. Depending on when you complete
the coursework requirement, write the exam or submit your Validation of Experience, additional
requirements may apply. Please consult our comprehensive chart for the timing and implementation
of the upgraded CHRL requirements.
We recommend you visit the Regulation and HR Designations section of our website on a regular basis
to stay informed with respect to HRPA’s certification requirements. This is even more important if you
are not a member of the association, as you do not have access to monthly information broadcasts,
newsletters and other association communications.
As of October 29, 2014, members who successfully complete the CKE are granted the CHRP
designation. As of Spring 2016, the CHRP designation will also require successful completion of a Job
Ready program, and as of Summer 2016, an HR law exam must also be successfully
completed. Members with the CHRP designation must maintain their membership in HRPA and must
meet the ongoing continuing professional development (CPD) requirement in order to maintain the
designation.
Overview of HRPA’s Online Academic Program
HRPA’s Online Academic Program (OAP) offers the academic courses required to meet the coursework
requirement for the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation and the Certified
Human Resource Leader (CHRL) designation in a convenient, online format.
HRPA's online courses are available to anyone, anywhere, for convenient learning on your computer or
tablet. These classes are complete online versions of HRPA's popular Evening Academic Program courses
and contain extensive multimedia lectures available 24/7 with downloadable PowerPoint slides and
progress quizzes. Each course includes discussion boards where you will post contributions to
discussion topics for participation credit, ask questions of your instructor, and interact with other
learners in your course. All postings are visible to the entire class, which makes for an enriched and
highly interactive learning environment.
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The OAP courses are identical to HRPA’s long-running Evening Academic Program (EAP) and include
required CHRP and CHRL academic courses in:
• Human Resources Management
• Organizational Behaviour
• Training & Development
• HR Planning
• Health & Safety
• Accounting & Financial Management
• Compensation
• Labour Relations
• Recruitment & Selection
The OAP course schedule is a three-semester schedule, with semesters beginning in the fall (September
to December), winter (January to April) and spring (May to August). All nine courses are offered. The
convenience and flexibility of the online format means that within the semester-based course, there is
still a considerable opportunity to advance and learn at your own pace. Each semester provides a twoweek window for starting your study and writing your final exam to accommodate your personal
schedule.
As of Spring 2014, HRPA offers both member and non-member pricing:
Member price per course:
$350.00 + HST
Non-member price per course: $395.00 + HST
** textbooks are not included in the price**
HRPA does not recommend that individuals take more than two or three courses per semester if they
are employed full-time. The work load of multiple courses while meeting employment expectations can
be challenging.
OAP participants are not afforded any separate or unique consideration in the certification process. All
individuals seeking certification must meet the certification requirements in their province of residence.
The OAP is managed by HRPA in partnership with Captus Press. Should you have any questions about
the program, please contact HRPA at [email protected], or call us at 416-923-2324 or 1-800-387-1311.
OAP and the Coursework Requirement
OAP courses have been designed to meet HRPA’s coursework requirement, one of the five
requirements to attain the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation as well as
the Certified Human Resource Leader (CHRL) designation. OAP courses are not part of a certificate
and/or a diploma program. HRPA is not a post-secondary institution, so we cannot issue a
certificate and/or a diploma upon completion of the nine courses within the OAP.
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HRPA’s Academic Standards Committee has reviewed each course in the program to ensure they meet
the same criteria that are applied to all educational institution courses approved by HRPA as being
applicable towards the coursework requirement.
The coursework requirement can be met in several ways. An individual may choose to take all of their
courses through the OAP, or combine one or more OAP courses with one or more of the following:
1. Taking HRPA approved courses at an educational institution
3. Completing HRPA challenge exams in place of full academic courses
4. Applying via HRPA’s Alternate Route to the coursework requirement. Note that the Alternate
Route requires an application and assessment.
It is important to note that HRPA’s coursework grade and expiration standards are applied to all
academic courses being submitted for consideration towards meeting the coursework
requirement, including those taken in the online academic program.
In order for a course to be accepted by HRPA towards meeting the coursework requirement, it cannot
be more than ten years old from the date of application to write the Comprehensive Knowledge
Exam (CKE). In addition, individuals must achieve an overall average of 70% in all courses, with no
individual course grade of less than 65%.
It is strongly recommended that every individual planning to pursue certification by HRPA develop
a certification plan which outlines how each requirement will be met and in which sequence.
For complete information regarding HRPA’s certification program and the remaining requirements not
mentioned here, please review HRPA’s Applications Forms and Guides section of the website.
OAP and the Degree Requirement
The degree requirement is no longer a requirement to earn the CHRP designation as of October 29,
2014. A degree is required to earn the CHRL designation, and applicants must have a degree from a
recognized educational institution, but the degree does need not be in Human Resources. The degree
requirement came into effect as of January 01, 2011. It was established as an eligibility requirement to
ensure that human resources (HR) professionals possess the generic competencies necessary to perform
in human resources roles at the required level. The degree requirement was not established to ensure
that candidates possess discipline-specific knowledge and skills.
The degree requirement is separate from the coursework requirement. For those who take a degree in
human resources, both coursework and degree requirement may be fulfilled concurrently; for others,
the coursework and the degree requirements will be met independently. Although the degree
requirement and the coursework requirement are separate requirements, they are designed to work
together. The degree requirement can be non-specific because of the existence of a coursework
requirement. In the end, to be certified by HRPA, an individual must have both the requisite disciplinespecific knowledge of human resources management and the generic skills required to perform at a
professional level in human resources. It is just that HRPA’s certification model recognizes that
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discipline-specific knowledge and generic skills are not necessarily acquired at the same time and
place.
Certificates and diplomas do not meet the degree requirement. Applied degrees which are awarded
by colleges are degrees. Degrees from non-Canadian educational institutions are acceptable as long as
they are deemed equivalent to a Canadian degree. This equivalency must be established by an
approved accreditation service. Degrees include advanced degrees.
There is no time limit on the validity of academic credentials in the context of the degree requirement.
Individuals completing course in HRPA’s Online Academic Program are NOT EXEMPT from the degree
requirement because they have chosen to take their courses with HRPA.
Courses taken within the HRPA’s Online Academic Program may meet the coursework requirement;
they do not meet the degree requirement.
OAP Policies and Procedures
The following is important information regarding the policies and procedures pertaining to the Online
Academic Program. A copy of this guide is given to each student at the beginning of their course each
semester, and a copy of the guide is available on the Regulation and HR Designations section of the
HRPA website, under the Online Academic Program area.
Student Responsibilities
It is the responsibility of each student to review this guide in detail and adhere to the policies and
procedures associated with the Online Academic Program.
Any questions about the policies or procedures in this guide, or about the features of the program,
should be referred to the staff of the HRPA Office of the Registrar at [email protected] or call 416923-2324 or 1-800-387-1311.
Primary Staff Contact
Your primary staff contact and coordinator of the program is Kelly Morris, CHRP, Academic Requirement
and Exam Specialist. You can reach Kelly at [email protected] or 416-923-2324 or 1-800-387-1311 ext
342.
Technical Support Contact
HRPA offers the OAP in partnership with Captus Press. For technical support and issues related to
problems with registration, accessing the course, or usernames and passwords, please contact Captus
Press Inc. at 416-736-5537 or 1-866-348-7888 or by email at [email protected]
Registration Matters
Registration for HRPA’s online course can be down online only through the registration link on the
Online Academic Program page of the HRPA website. Payment for online courses must be made online
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using Visa or Master Card, American Express is not accepted. A confirmation of payment and
registration email will be sent by Captus that will include your user name and password and instructions
for accessing the course.
Fees
Member price per course:
$350.00 + HST
Non-member price per course:
$395.00 + HST
** Textbooks are not included in the price**
Textbooks
Textbooks must be purchased separately and are not included in the course fees. Textbooks can be
purchased from the publishers directly or from college or university bookstores. Instructions on how to
purchase the textbooks and applicable web links are provided as part of the course outline/description
and are available within the course catalogue section of the Online Academic Program registration
portal. You will need to have purchased the required textbooks and/or referenced material prior to the
start of class.
Course Cancellation
If minimum enrollment is not achieved for a course, HRPA reserves the right to cancel or reschedule
the course at no cost to HRPA. As individuals often wait until the last possible moment register, HRPA
and Captus Press will wait until as close to the start date as possible for the required number of
registrants to run a course. Unfortunately, however, if we do not meet the required number of
registrants, it may result in notification very close to a course start date that a course has been cancelled.
Course Transfer
Students can transfer their course registration to the next scheduled term for a fee of $25.00 + HST. A
written request must be submitted to Kelly Morris, in the Office of the Registrar at [email protected] . If
the student has participated at least once in either the discussion board posting or the midterm, a fee of
$90.00 + HST, plus the $25.00 + HST administrative charge, will apply to transfer the course to the
following term.
Withdrawals
Students must send a withdrawal request and a request for refund to Kelly Morris, in the Office of
the Registrar at [email protected]
A full refund (minus a $25 administrative charge) is available where notification is received by the
HRPA’s Office of the Registrar, in writing, up until the end of the first class.
A 50% refund (minus a $25 + HST administrative charge) is available where notification is received
by the HRPA’s Office of the Registrar, in writing, after the first class and by the end of the third
class.
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Requests for withdrawal from the course after the third class will be accepted without any
academic penalty, but there is no refund of any fees paid.
Class Participation
Students are required to participate online by posting once in each of the participation discussion
boards. We understand that students may have work commitments that could affect their online
participation, however it is mandatory that students participate with fellow students in the discussion
boards; not doing so could lower final course marks, particularly in cases where assignments are
required.
It is always the student’s responsibility to obtain lecture notes, material and/or information posted
by the instructor on the discussion boards. Students should check the discussion boards regularly to
ensure they have not missed any important information.
Examinations
Upon gaining access to a course, students must review and make note of all assignment and
examination dates, and plan to participate on those dates accordingly. All applicable dates will be
posted by the instructor on the discussion boards. Final exams must be scheduled and written online
within the two-week final examination period.
Final Exams
All OAP final exams are written online and must be proctored. Exams may be written at a location you
select where a computer and a connection to the Internet is available for your use. Each exam must be
continuously monitored by an invigilator. You may select a person who meets the invigilator
requirements which are provided on the website for each online course. An invigilator agreement is
provided to students at the beginning of the term and must be signed and sent to Captus Press to
validate your invigilator selection. In certain cases remote screen monitoring may also take place during
examinations.
Access to Exams by Exam Writers
HRPA and Captus Press do not return any examinations to students. This includes both mid-term
assignments and final exams. Comments on your midterm assignments and or exams are made by your
instructor on the discussion forum.
Examination Date Conflicts
If a student is unavailable to write an examination they must inform the course instructor and the
primary staff contact person for the program a minimum of one week in advance of the scheduled
exam.
Individuals requesting an alternate sitting will be required to provide supporting documentation as to
why they cannot write on the originally scheduled date, i.e., a letter from the employer verifying the
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student is unable to attend the scheduled exam due to a business commitment at that specific date and
time.
Inability to take an exam due to workload or an inability to properly prepare for the exam are
not considered valid reasons to arrange an alternate exam date.
Final exams can be set up and written within the two-week examination period. This means that
scheduling of the exam is done by the student and the invigilator at a mutually agreed time and date,
so conflicting schedules should not pose a problem.
Failure to Write an Examination
A student who misses a scheduled examination must meet the conditions of the Medical or Personal
Emergency Policy to be considered eligible for rescheduling. The request for rescheduling must include
supporting documentation i.e. medical documentation.
Exam Rescheduling
When rescheduling of an exam has been approved by HRPA, the alternate exam must be written at
the mutually agreed upon date by HRPA, Captus Press and the course instructor.
If the student fails to write a rescheduled exam, they receive an automatic mark of zero on the exam.
Students writing on alternate dates will be required to pay an administrative fee of $25.00 + HST.
Medical or Personal Emergency Policy
HRPA considers an emergency to be an unplanned medical or personal event that arises within 48
hours of the scheduled exam and prevents candidate from taking the exam. If you encounter a
medical or personal emergency and choose to write the exam anyway, even if you do not complete
the exam, you will be deemed to have written the exam. In other words, if you are present during the
examination when the exam begins, you will be deemed to have written the exam.
A medical or personal emergency may apply to candidates themselves or to a member of the
candidate’s immediate family (spouse, child or parent).
Candidates are expected to request to reschedule their exam if they are aware of a medical or
personal event that it can be anticipated will occur on or near the exam date. Medical and personal
events that can be anticipated are not considered an emergency.
Inability to take the exam due to workload or work conflicts, or inability to properly prepare for
the exam, is not considered an emergency.
Medical or personal emergency requests must be made in writing and mailed, faxed or e-mailed to the
HRPA Office of the Registrar within five business days of the missed exam and must include a
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description of the situation as well as documentation of the emergency or extenuating circumstance.
Requests to reschedule because of a medical or personal emergency are reviewed on a case-by-case
basis. Candidates will be notified by e-mail of the outcome of their request.
Special Accommodation Requests for Examinations
Accommodations for disabilities
It is HRPA’s policy to provide reasonable testing accommodations for candidates with documented
disabilities. Reasonable accommodation refers to any adjustment to the examination materials or
testing environment that permits a qualified applicant with a disability to perform, without undue
hardship to the institution providing accommodation. Documented disabilities are those for which
there is a diagnosis by a qualified professional.
The purpose of accommodations is to provide equity, not advantage. Any requested modification that
would substantially alter essential elements of the examination will not be granted. As a general
principle, it is desirable to retain as much of the original examination materials and testing
environment as possible, and make the accommodations specific to the disability or disabilities in
question.
HRPA’s Accommodation Policy is available on HRPA website, in the Regulation and HR Designations
section.
Accommodations for religious observances
Requests for religious accommodation must be made at the time of registration. Those who cannot
write the exam on the scheduled date must contact their instructor and the Office of the Registrar
primary contact to reschedule the exam accordingly.
Final Grades
Students are responsible for ensuring that their contact information is current with HRPA and Captus
Press.
Grades are released by HRPA and are distributed by email approximately 2-3 weeks after the final
date of the examination period. Final grades are available for HRPA members in the password
protected area of their online member profile (in the educational records section).
Official grade letters are mailed within 2-3 weeks after the date of the final examination period.
Captus Press is not authorized to release grades directly to students; should you have question
about your final grade, please contact Kelly Morris, Office of the Registrar at HRPA at
[email protected] .
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HRPA does not maintain academic files for non-members. Non- member students are advised to
keep copies of their grade letters for future certification purposes. In the event a grade letter is lost
or needs to be replaced, a $25.00 replacement charge will apply.
Grading Standards
A minimum grade of 65% is required to pass HRPA’s online academic courses. In addition, individuals
taking online courses must achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course.
NOTE: There is a requirement to pass the final exam to pass the course.
Grade Reassessment
If a student receives a failing grade and believes it is not deserved, the student may request a
reassessment of their final course grade. The request must be made within 60 days of receipt of
the grade letter, and a non-refundable administration fee of $50 + HST per subject is required
for the review.
There are no special forms to fill out to request a reassessment, all that is required is to send a letter or
email to Kelly Morris at [email protected] in the Office of the Registrar requesting a reassessment and
including arrangements for payment of the administration fee. The payment for a reassessment is
made directly to Captus Press.
Captus Press will send the request for reassessment to an independent instructor who is responsible
for reviewing the circumstances and facts of the request. When all relevant information and
documentation has been considered, the independent instructor will issue a final and binding
decision in writing. This decision will be directed to the Office of the Registrar staff who, in turn,
notifies the student in writing.
Harassment and Discrimination
HRPA is committed to ensuring our learning environment is free from harassment and discrimination.
The Online Academic Program policy is reflective of all elements of the Ontario Human Rights Code
which prohibits discrimination or harassment based on sex, age, ancestry, colour, place of origin, ethnic
origin, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, creed, citizenship, or record of offences.
Student and Instructor Behaviour
Students and instructors are expected to treat each other with respect at all times. There can be
differences of opinion in the classroom at times, but these should never lead to inappropriate or
unprofessional behavior.
Students or instructors with concerns regarding the behavior of follow students and/or instructors are
encouraged to notify a staff member of the Office of the Registrar immediately.
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HRPA reserves the right to remove a participant or instructor from the program if it is determined
that they have behaved in an unprofessional, inappropriate or unethical manner.
Students must review the HRPA Rules of Professional Conduct as they apply to participants of the
program. Please visit the HRPA website to view the HRPA Rules of Professional Conduct.
Language Requirement
Students enrolled in the Online Academic Program are advised that verbal and written proficiency in
the English language, consistent with post-secondary educational requirements and expectations, is
required to successfully complete these courses.
Special Needs Accommodation for Program Participation
HRPA is committed to accommodating the needs of students with special needs as much as possible. It
is the responsibility of a student with special needs to contact Office of the Registrar staff prior to
registration to ensure accommodation needs can be met.
Documentation will be required. Please see HRPA’s Accommodation Policy for Exams in the
Regulation and HR Designation section of the HRPA website.
Student Code of Conduct
Academic Dishonesty
In order to protect the integrity of the teaching, learning, exams and evaluation processes of HRPA, it
shall be considered an offence for any student to:
• Use or possess any unauthorized aid, to obtain or receive unauthorized assistance, or to
impersonate any other person at any term test or examination
• Knowingly represent any idea or expression of an idea or, work of another, as that of the
student’s in any work submitted during the course
• Submit any work containing a purported statement of fact or reference which has been
invented without foundation, falsified or concocted
• Forge or in any way alter or falsify any record, or to utter or make use of any such forged,
altered or falsified record
• Behave in any manner that is disruptive to the class and detrimental to the learning
experience of the other students
In cases of plagiarism, invention without foundation or falsification such as those issues outlined above,
the student will be notified of the accusation by the instructor or Registrar as applicable in the
circumstances.
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Suspected Cheating
In the case of suspected cheating during an exam, or if it is the Proctor’s belief that cheating has
occurred, the following steps will be taken:
• The Instructor will notify the primary staff liaison for the program, in writing
• The Registrar will be advised, will consider the matter and recommend any action
Student Privacy – Collection of Personal Information
HRPA is committed to protecting the privacy of your personal information. Information collected from
Online Academic Program registration will be used for course-related processing purposes and to notify
you about HRPA programs and services. Students are advised that their preferred contact information
will be supplied to their specific course instructor for the purposes of effective course administration
and for emergency notifications, e.g., classes cancelled.
For further information about HRPA’s privacy policy, please visit our website at www.hrpa.ca and go to
the “privacy” link.
Tuition and Education Receipts (T2202A)
Students enrolled in HRPA courses will receive a receipt for income tax purposes in February of the year
immediately following the year in which the course was taken. The receipt will be mailed to the address
on file for the student. It is the student’s responsibility to advise HRPA of any address changes so that
the student receives the receipt in a timely manner for tax purposes.
Replacement receipts will be issued for a fee of $25.00 plus HST.
Changes to Online Academic Program Policies and Procedures
HRPA reserves the right to modify, add or delete policies and procedures of the Online Academic
Program at any time. If any changes have an immediate effect on registered students and instructors,
they will be notified immediately. The Online Academic Guide is updates three times each year, in
advance of the start of each academic semester.
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Appendix A: HRPA Online Academic Program Instructor Biographies
Shayda Kassam, MBA, CHRP, CMA – Instructor for Accounting & Financial Management
Ms. Kassam is the Principal at PeopleLink Consulting Inc, and has over 20 years of human resources
consulting experience. She has a B.Sc. and MBA from the University of British Columbia. She is also a
Certified Management Consultant, Certified Human Resources Professional and Chartered Accountant.
Shayda began her consulting career at a Compensation Consulting practice of a national consulting firm.
Over the years, she provided compensation and human resources consulting services to clients, while
based in Vancouver and Toronto, for two national consulting firms. During that time, she received her
CMC designation. Shayda provides broadly based human resources consulting services, including human
resources planning and strategy, compensation reviews and organizational reviews. Shayda reviews
clients' human resources functions and advises on new strategic directions to enable them to meet their
goals and provide excellent services to their customers.
Mark Podolosky Ph.D. – Instructor for Recruitment and Selection
Mark Podolsky is an Assistant Professor (sessional) in the School of Human Resource Management at
York University, and holds a PhD in Human Resources and Organizational Behaviour from the DeGroote
School of Business at McMaster University. Mark has developed and taught courses for graduate
students, undergraduates, and professionals in a variety of fields within HR/OB, with a particular focus
on how management policies and practices can be developed and implemented within the context of
the firm's strategy and resources.
Mark's research has been published in academic and practitioner oriented journals, and presented at
scholarly conferences throughout North America. The underlying theme to his research is the set of
links from firm strategy to policy implementation to employee motivation, performance, and work/life
balance.
With work experience in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, Mark’s research and teaching brings an
understanding of many of the issues facing practitioners today. Mark was also a tenured professional
classical musician in one of Canada's leading symphony orchestras.
Jan Boase, CHRP, SHRP - Instructor for Training and Development and Occupational Health and Safety
Jan Boase is an HR executive who has worked in the oil, software, television broadcast and insurance
industries. As Senior Vice President for Human Resources for a multinational insurance company, she
manages the Canadian HR operation as part of a global team and works with business and HR leaders
around the world to align HR practices and programs with the strategic direction of the organization. Jan
started as an HR Generalist and has dedicated her entire career to HR. Her forte is Training and
Development and has facilitated management training programs in Canada, the United States, Europe
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and Asia. Jan has Bachelor’s degrees in Administration and Psychology, and holds the following
accreditations:
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CHRP (Certified Human Resources Professional)
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SHRP (Senior Human Resources Professional)
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ACPC (Adler Certified Coach)
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ECCM-ADR (Executive Certification in Conflict Management/Alternative Dispute Resolution)
Jan is a member of the ICF (International Coaching Federation) and HRPA; and she volunteers on the
SHRP adjudication committee that reviews SHRP applications.
Vita Lobo M.H.R. – Instructor for Industrial Relations and Strategic Compensation
With over 20 years of human resource management experience, Vita Lobo brings a wealth of knowledge
to the classroom. Vita has dealt with a variety of HR issues ranging from recruitment to training to
personnel management and holds a Master's Degree in Human Resources Management from York
University. Vita has taught courses including Industrial Relations, Compensation, Organizational
Behavior, Management and Introductory Business. She has served as instructor for the School of Human
Resource Management, and the School of Administrative Studies at York University, as well as for the
Human Resource Professional Association. In addition to classroom teaching, Vita has had extensive
experience with internet based courses and brings the same level of passion for teaching to the virtual
classroom.
Stephanie Milliken M.I.R., CHRP – Instructor for Human Resources Management and Strategic Human
Resources Planning
Stephanie Milliken has a master’s degree in Human Resources from the University of Toronto and over
30 year’s combined experience as an HR Professional and Executive. She is a former in-class and on-line
instructor with the University of Phoenix, the author of the in-class CHRP exam preparation program
delivered by the HR Associations of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia,
New Brunswick and Newfoundland, and the moderator for a CHRP exam preparation program delivered
online. For the past 10 years she has been the principal of the HR consulting firm, Milliken HR
Consulting, providing services to organizations in a variety of industries stretching from Nova Scotia to
British Columbia. More information about Stephanie can be found on her website:
www.millikenhr.com.
Diane Jurkowski MA– Instructor for Introduction to Organizational Behaviour
Diane Jurkowski, BA (McMaster University), MA (York University) has taught Organizational Behaviour at
the School of Administrative Studies at York University, where she held a full time sessional position for
several years. She has also taught for Continuing Education at McMaster University. In addition, Diane
has taught organizational behavior to public service administrators while travelling throughout the
Northwest Territories as an instructor appointed to the innovative Fresh Start for Self Government
Program. Diane Enjoys working with students on case studies as a way of bringing them to a working
understanding of theory and to enhance their ability to apply learned skills in their HR careers.
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Appendix B:
HRPA Course Descriptions for CHRP Required Courses
The standard course templates describe the topics that such courses are required to cover. For
approval, it is not required that courses cover all of the standard topics; it is required that courses have
substantial coverage (80%) of the standard topics. This approach still gives educational institutions and
individual instructors a fair degree of flexibility in shaping the content of such courses.
Human Resources Management
This course may also be called Introduction to Human Resources. This course is intended to provide an
overview of the field of Human Resources management. Such courses are expected to cover all the
important areas of Human Resources management. Such courses will often introduce students to topics
such as the history of Human Resources, the legal context for Human Resources, how the profession is
organized, and ethical issues. Such courses will also introduce topics of current interest such as
workforce diversity, leadership development, talent management, and HR and business strategy.
Courses in Human Resources Management may also include a section on the value of Human Resources
management, HR metrics, program evaluation, and ROI of Human Resources.
Standard topics include:
• The history of Human Resources as a field of endeavour and a profession
• Organizational Behaviour
• Human Resources Planning
• Recruitment and Selection
• Training and Development
• Compensation and benefits
• Labour Relations
• Occupational Health and Safety
Organizational Behaviour
Organizational behaviour is one of the foundational courses. Organizational behaviour is an applied
behavioural science that is built upon a number of behavioural disciplines; mainly, psychology, social
psychology, sociology, and anthropology. The principles of organizational behaviour underlie many of
the practices in other areas of Human resources management. Organizational behaviour supports an
evidence-based approach to Human Resources management.
Standard topics include:
• Theories of motivation
• Job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and employee engagement
• Groups and teamwork
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Organizational communication
Conflict and negotiation
Power and influence
Job design
Performance management
Organizational climate and culture
Leadership
Decision making in organizations
Organizational structure and design
Organizational change
Finance and Management Accounting for HR professionals
Human Resources professionals need to understand basic finance and accounting concepts. Many
of the decisions faced by HR professionals have an accounting or finance aspect. This may require
a detailed knowledge of the procedure; alternatively it may require a familiarity, without
necessarily requiring the ability to carry out the calculations, as such.
Standard topics include:
• Interpreting the income statement, the balance sheet, and the retained earnings statement
• Calculating and interpret financial ratios
• Understand cost behaviour
• Calculating and interpreting contribution margin analysis and break-even analysis
• Understanding risk through sensitivity analysis
• Understanding the allocation of costs; including service department costs
• Understand activity based costing
• Understanding the uses of transfer pricing
• Preparing an operating budget
Human Resources Planning
Human Resources Planning is about managing Human Resources at a macro level. Topics included in
this course are job analysis, techniques to analyse labour supply and demand, competency modeling,
skills inventories, understanding labour pools, outsourcing, and contingent labour. Such courses will
look at the changing demographics of the labour force and their impact on talent acquisition
strategies. This course will also look at talent management and the development of internal labour
pools.
This course will typically introduce students to various quantitative techniques, including
forecasting techniques.
Standard topics include:
• Business strategy
• The planning process
• Job analysis
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Methods of forecasting
Workforce analytics
Skills inventories
Human capital measurement
Ascertaining supply of skilled labour
Succession management
Downsizing and restructuring
Mergers and acquisitions
Outsourcing
Recruitment and Selection
The recruitment and selection of highly motivated employees with applicable knowledge, skills,
abilities, and other attributes, remains critical to the success of any organization. Equally important is
the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of employee performance to ensure the ongoing profitability
and growth of their respective organizations. Organizations can gain a substantial competitive
advantage by ensuring that the correct competencies are duly identified and that employees are
appropriately rewarded for their contributions through the many human resources programs that are
available to employees.
Standard topics include:
• Measurement, reliability, and validity
• Legal requirements for non-discriminatory selection
• Job analysis and competency modeling
• Recruitment
• Screening
• Employment tests
• Interviewing
• Employment offers
• Applicant tracking systems
Labour Relations (a.k.a., Industrial Relations)
Labour relations courses examine the Human Resource management implications of unionization.
The actors in labour relations, the environmental factors affecting the parties, the establishment and
maintenance of bargaining rights, contract negotiation, and the administration of the collective
agreement are considered. The effects of unions on union and non-union organizations are
reviewed.
Standard topics include:
• Constitutional and legal framework for industrial relations
• Labour organization in Canada
• Union organization
• Union certification
• Collective agreements negotiations
• Conciliation
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Strikes and lockouts
Grievance procedures
Arbitration
Discipline
Seniority
Training and Development
Part of the mandate for a human resources department is to develop, administer, and evaluate
policies, practices, programs, and procedures that will provide for the effective training and
development of employees to: (1) ensure the organization achieves its goals and objectives, (2) equip
employees with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to function effectively in their current jobs, and (3)
assist employees in fulfilling their maximum career potential. Courses in training and development
will provide participants with an understanding of the processes used to assess training needs, how to
design and administer training and development programs, and how to evaluate the effectiveness of
such programs.
Standard topics include:
• Learning theories
• Learning and motivation
• Needs analysis
• Task analysis
• Training design
• Off-the-job training methods
• Action learning and blended learning
• On-the-job training methods
• Coaching and mentoring
• Computer-based training
• Management and leadership development
• Training delivery
• Transfer of training
• Training evaluation
• Training ROI
Compensation and Benefits
HR professionals are required to describe the work people perform, to specify the skill required to
perform the work, to measure how well the work is performed, to determine the relative worth of the
work performed, and developing a fair method of paying for the work performed. The overall
objective of compensation management is to pay salaries adequate to attract and retain the kinds of
employees needed to run the business. Pay is based upon responsibilities, competitive levels of
compensation, and performance. Certain problems may arise from: (1) the changing nature of
compensation, (2) the changing nature of the labour force, (3) rising expectations of employees.
When compensation consists of a number of different elements, coordination becomes a problem.
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Standard topics include:
• Elements of compensation strategy
• Compensation process
• Development and administration of compensation systems
• Designing pay structures
• Job grading
• Performance pay plans
• Performance systems and evaluation of employees
• Employee benefits
• Pay equity
• Salary administration
• Total compensation approach
Occupational Health and Safety
The major objective of this course is to introduce Human Resources Professionals to the broad and
ever changing field of Occupational Health and Safety, an inherently technical subject far broader
than legislation only. This area recognizes the leadership role that HR professionals take on the issues
of workplace health, safety, and workers compensation.
Standard topics include:
• Legislative framework
• Worker’s compensation
• Hazards and agents
• Motivating safety behaviour
• Accident investigation
• Workplace safety and violence
• Emergency response and emergency preparedness, workplace wellness
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