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Required Professional Capabilities (RPCs®)

The Human Resources Body of Knowledge is a document collecting the knowledge, concepts, skills, abilities and other attributes required for demonstrating success as an effective human resources professional.

Originally developed in the late 1990s by the CCHRA and partners including Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and researchers from across Canada, the Human Resources Body of Knowledge has undergone analytical reviews to ensure it maintains currency describing the knowledge, skills, abilities and other attributes (KSAOs) required for an individual working in HR to show their professional competence in the workplace.

Expanding the Body of Knowledge, the Required Professional Capabilities (RPCs®), are those sets of knowledge, skills and abilities that a large cross-section of experienced, Canadian HR professionals, academics and employers believe a competent HR professional must possess to be successful in the Canadian HR landscape today.

The RPCs® form the test specifications for the National Knowledge Exam® (NKE), the exam in the process that leads to the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation, the symbol of excellence in Human Resources management.

CCHRA is committed to the continued respect and value of the CHRP designation. Aligning our testing and recertification to current market standards ensures the CHRP designation remains current, credible and continues to bring value to our members and the organizations that hire them. CCHRA’s frequent review of the HR Body of Knowledge and, as a result, the RPCs®, is necessary to ensure current and future members are well prepared to meet changing market needs.

Download a PDF version of the RPCs and Body of Knowledge.

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