CPHR Accreditation

CPHR Accreditation Acceleration

What is the CPHR designation?

The Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation is a nationally recognized level of achievement in the field of Human Resources.  The CPHR 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 level.

The Sobey School Advantage

Sobey School of Business graduates majoring in Human Resources and Industrial Relations graduate one step closer to achieving the CPHR designation, thanks to an accreditation agreement the School has signed with the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Canada (Nova Scotia).We are the first university in Nova Scotia to offer this opportunity!

HR majors meeting specific academic requirements may apply for a waiver of the National Knowledge Exam (NKE), one of the key steps in achieving the Chartered Professional in Human Resources designation. See below for how to apply!


How to apply for NKE waiver

Sobey students and alumni interested in the CPHR designation will need to:

  • Become a member of CPHR Nova Scotia: Join here and pay your fees
  • Demonstrate you qualify:
    • Contact CPHR-NS to advise that you are a Sobey BComm grad with an HR Major
    • Request a transcript from SMU and submit it to CPHR to demonstrate you have a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA
  • Pay CPHR-NS a processing fee

CPHR-NS will review your information and waive the exam, meaning you are now a CPHR candidate on the path toward the designation.

To contact CPHR NS


t: (902) 446-3660   Toll Free (outside HRM):  1(888) 678-3805 F: (902) 446-3677 E: hello@cphrns.ca


Note for Alumni

The agreement also permits graduates from the program from as far back as May 2017 to apply for the waiver, but they must do so by June 15, 2020. Applicants follow the process above.

Students and alumni are encouraged to contact the Sobey Bachelor of Commerce Advising Centre, located off the Sobey building lobby (sobey.bcomm@smu.ca, with any questions.


Please note: the opportunity to waive the NKE is available to HR majors who have graduated from the Bachelor of Commerce Program only.

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