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Chartered Professionals in Human Resources accreditation

The Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations (BHRLR) program is accredited with Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Alberta (CPHR-Alberta). Accreditation means that BHRLR graduates who maintain an average GPA of 2.7 or higher and complete a specific set of courses are exempted from writing the National Knowledge Exam.

To be eligible for the National Knowledge Exam exemption, a graduate of the BHRLR or BHRLR(PD) must:

The CPHR-Alberta accreditation is recognized by all provincial CPHR associations, except Ontario. This means graduates outside Alberta are also eligible for the exemption.

The CPHR exemption does not apply to students residing in Ontario. The Ontario Human Resources Professionals Association (OHRPA) has a separate certification, called the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP). All applicable BHRLR courses at AU are certified by the OHRPA.

Chartered Professionals in Human Resources stream

To be eligible for the National Knowledge Exam exemption, the student must complete the following 18 courses as part of their program of study. Of these courses, 8 are existing core requirements and the remaining 10 can be completed as electives for the program.

Core courses:

  • EDUC 317: Training and Development in Organizations
  • HRMT 386: Introduction to Human Resources
  • IDRL 215: Introduction to Labour Relations
  • IDRL 308: Occupational Health and Safety
  • IDRL 309: Human Rights, The Charter and Labour Relations OR LBST/ECON 330: Workers and the Economy
  • IDRL 316: The Practice of Labour Relations
  • IDRL 320: The Law of Work
  • SOCI 321: The Sociology of Work and Industry

Required elective courses:

If you are unsure about how to proceed with the CPHR stream, please contact the Student Advising Office for assistance.


Updated June 20, 2024 by Digital & Web Operations (