Changes Reflect the Future of Work CPHR Canada’s Competency Framework is Evolving

CPHR Designation


Release Date: December 9, 2021

In 2019 CPHR Canada commenced a review of the CPHR Competency framework, the last being in 2013.

The result of the review includes HR Competencies that are more specific to the work of today’s HR professional as well as broadening the scope of non-HR competencies, now termed General Competencies. The separation of competencies into HR-Specific Competencies and General Competencies helps the field move beyond the silos of “functional” HR areas, which results in the structure of the revised framework being more strategic and integrative. These enhancements showcase the greater breadth of the practice of HR and reflect how the evolution of the professional is playing out in workplaces across Canada.

Anthony Ariganello, CGMA, CPHR, FCCA, FCGA, FCPA, ICD.D
President & CEO
CPHR BC & Yukon and CPHR Canada

“Our competency framework will always be evolving to reflect the reality of HR. Best practice suggests we review and update every five or so years, which is what we have done and is how we plan to proceed in the future.”

Enhancements to the framework have the most direct impact on the people who are preparing for the designation, writing the National knowledge Exam (NKE) and gaining HR experience at the applied level through the Validation of Experience (VOE) requirement. The changes also impact accredited Post Secondary Institutions (PSIs). Each provincial association will work with their primary stakeholder groups and PSIs to educate on the changes and what it means for each of them. The following is the timeline of implementation:

  • Revised competency framework tested on the NKE in fall 2022 onwards
  • Revised competency framework used on the VOE assessment application 2023 onwards

Post Secondary Institutions align curriculum to the revised competency framework from 2022, and no later than 2025.

"The updated Framework for CPHRs clearly articulates what an HR professional can and should be doing. The profession of Human Resources is still not as well understood as other titled occupations, but these standardized professional competencies clarify our expertise. Thank you to the national team of staff and volunteers that collaborated for this huge accomplishment."

Wendy MacIntyre, CPHR
Board Chair

To support the supply of emerging HR professionals across the country, minimal impact is anticipated for accredited PSIs and students. Each member association will work with their PSIs over the coming years to meet the 2025 deadline. The overall 80% of curriculum aligned to the competency framework requirement remains unchanged, although there is a requirement for curriculum to now also align to a portion of the General Competencies reflecting the greater breadth of skills needed by future HR professionals.

CPHR Canada Member Associations see this as being a positive step forward for the CPHR designation and their stakeholders to ensure preparation and alignment of members to a quality professional designation standard.

To see the full Competency Framework click here. If you have specific questions about the revised Competency Framework, please contact Wendy MacIntyre at


Anthony Ariganello CGMA, CPHR, FCCA, FCGA, FCPA, ICD.DCEO & President
CPHR BC & Yukon and CPHR Canada
Wendy MacIntyre, CPHR
Board Chair