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The CCHRA's National Code of Ethics

The CCHRA's National Code of Ethics identifies and outlines the standards of behaviour relating to fairness, justice, truthfulness, and social responsibility. At the June 2004 Board meeting of the CCHRA, the following code was ratified for Certified Human Resources Professionals (CHRPs), CHRP candidates, and exam registrants.

  1. Preamble

    As HR practitioners in the following categories:

    • Certified Human Resources Professionals,

    • CHRP Candidates, or

    • CHRP Exam Registrants,

    we commit to abide by all requirements of the Code of Ethics of the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA), as listed in this document. (Where provincial codes are legislated, those will prevail.)

  2. Competence

    Maintain competence in carrying out professional responsibilities and provide services in an honest and diligent manner.

    Ensure that activities engaged in are within the limits of one’s knowledge, experience and skill.

    When providing services outside one’s level of competence, or the profession, the necessary assistance must be sought so as not to compromise professional responsibility.

  3. Legal Requirements

    Adhere to any statutory acts, regulation or by-laws which relate to the field of human resources management, as well as all civil and criminal laws, regulations and statutes that apply in one’s jurisdiction.

    Not knowingly or otherwise engage in or condone any activity or attempt to circumvent the clear intention of the law.

  4. Dignity in the Workplace

    Support, promote and apply the principles of human rights, equity, dignity and respect in the workplace, within the profession and in society as a whole.

  5. Balancing Interests

    Strive to balance organizational and employee needs and interests in the practice of the profession.

  6. Confidentiality

    Hold in strict confidence all confidential information acquired in the course of the performance of one’s duties, and not divulge confidential information unless required by law and/or where serious harm is imminent.

  7. Conflict of Interest

    Either avoid or disclose a potential conflict of interest that might influence or might be perceived to influence personal actions or judgments.

  8. Professional Growth and Support of Other Professionals

    Maintain personal and professional growth in human resources management by engaging in activities that enhance the credibility and value of the profession.

  9. Enforcement

    The Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations works collaboratively with its member associations to develop and enforce high standards of ethical practice among all its members.


The CCHRA's National Code of Ethics ensures all those involved in CHRP certification—from applicants to designation holders—carry out the functions of HR with the utmost professionalism, exerting good judgment and ethical behaviour at all times.

Existence of a National Code of Ethics within the HR profession also enhances the prestige of the profession and CHRP designation in the eyes of key stakeholders. Employers who hire CHRP holders, candidates, and exam registrants know they are acquiring employees who adhere to the highest standards of ethical conduct.

In order to ensure the code’s credibility to Canadian employers, employees and the general public, it is important that it is enforced. Enforcement is accomplished through the following two committees, which are organized in or by each provincial CHRP designation granting HR association:

  1. Complaints, Investigation and Discipline Committee

    This committee is responsible for hearing complaints from the general public or members of their associations, conducting investigations and enforcing disciplinary action against those who violate the code.

  2. Appeals Committee

    This committee investigates the appeals made by the complainant or registrant, which arise out of the decisions rendered by the Complaints, Investigation and Discipline Committee.

If you have any questions about this enforcement process, or need to report a violation to the CCHRA’s National Code of Ethics, please contact your provincial CHRP designation granting HR association.

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