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Careers & HRPA

Careers
The program provides students with a theoretical background and knowledge of current developments in the labour field that will serve as a basis for careers in employment relations and human resources, such as a Human Resources Generalist, Recruitment Specialist, Employment Equity Officer, Training and Development Consultant, Corporate Trainer, and Labour Relations Specialist.  Some careers may require additional education and experience beyond the undergraduate level. 

People with backgrounds in Employment Relations are found working in the following settings: Consulting; Government departments (all levels); Ministry of Economic Development & Trade; Ontario Ministry of Finance; Telecommunication; Toronto District School Boards; University of Toronto; Financial, insurance, Real Estate; Ontario Ministry of Health.

How to get experience & help
Start early by seeking relevant summer, part-time and volunteer opportunities that will help you gain experience and develop the skills that employers want.  Networking at job fairs and doing volunteer work are an invaluable asset.  To access the summer, part-time, temporary and volunteer postings register with the Career Centre.  Among its many services the Career Centre maintains a Career Resource Library, operates the Graduating Students Employment Service and organizes the volunteer Extern Program which offers students a chance to explore a career in the actual workplace. The Centre offers workshops on Discovering Your Skills and Options, Successful Strategies for Finding Work, Interview Techniques and Resume and Cover Letter Writing.  Make sure to visit other job boards as well such as HRPA, Eluta and Talent Egg.

The Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation
The courses taken in the Employment Relations program are also applicable to the program of studies leading to the designation of Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) awarded by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). 

The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) is Canada’s HR thought leader and the largest HR association in the country. In Ontario, HRPA regulates the HR profession and issues the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation, the national standard for excellence in human resources management. HRPA has more than 19,000 members in 28 chapters and hosts the largest annual HR conference in Canada.

Completion of HRPA’s certification process confers the right to use the title Certified Human Resources Professional and the right to use the initials C.H.R.P. or CHRP after one's name. Certification is a “warrant of competence” or “warrant of expertise”. The overarching objective of HRPA’s certification process is to ensure that those HR professionals who are certified by HRPA possess the knowledge and skills in sufficient degree to competently perform important occupational activities and to protect the public interest.

Certification establishes common professional standards for human resources management across Canada. Employers value such standards which seek, among other things, to address multijurisdictional considerations and facilitate the efficient practice of human resources. The CHRP designation positions the practitioner at the leading edge of the profession in Canada - informed, experienced, connected and committed to career long learning.

Certification Requirements
The following has been copied from HRPA's website.  For up-to-date information and assistance contact HRPA directly.  You may also attend an information session sponsored by ERSA in the early part of the Fall Session. 

HRPA’s certification process has five components:
* Membership Requirement
* Coursework Requirement
* Exam Requirement
* Degree Requirement
* Experience Requirement

HRPA’s Coursework Requirement
(NOTE:  The following requirements relate to HRPA's coursework requirements only.  These requirements are not related in any way to the Program Requirements students must meet in the Employment Relations programs.)

The coursework requirement is established to ensure that certified human resources professionals have a solid foundation in the Human Resources discipline. There are two routes to meeting the coursework requirement: (1) by completing the requisite coursework or (2) by demonstrating equivalent preparation in Human Resources. This second route is called the alternate route and will be discussed below.

The coursework requirement consists of successful completion of nine courses. Successful completion means obtaining a grade of 70% or better over all nine courses with no single course below 65%. 

The nine courses are:
* Human Resources Management (HRM)
* Organizational Behaviour
* Finance and Accounting
* Human Resources Planning
* Occupational Health and Safety
* Training and Development
* Labour Relations
* Recruitment and Selection
* Compensation

Approved HRPA courses offered in the Employment Relations program, Woodsworth College
Note:  If you have taken courses elsewhere you can search for HRPA Approved Courses offered by Ontario Colleges and Universities on the HRPA website.

WDW 244H1 Labour Relations
Subject: Labour Relations
Approved: June 03

WDW260H1 Organizational Behaviour
Subject: Organizational Behaviour
Approved: Mar. 93

WDW347H1 Training and Development
Subject: Training and Development
Approved: June 03

WDW346H1 HR Planning
Subject: Human Resources Planning
Approved: June 03

WDW348H Recruitment and Selection
Subject: Recruitment and Selection
Approved: Jan 07

WDW378H Employment Health
Subject: Occupational Health & Safety
Approved: Sept 04

WDW 367H Compensation
Subject: Compensation
Approved: June 03

MGT 120H+ MGT 223H Financial Accounting + Management Accounting
Subject: Finance and Accounting
Approved: Mar. 93

MGT201H + RSM222H
Introduction to Financial Accounting + Management Accounting 1
Subject: Finance and Accounting
Approved: Jan 09

MGT460H/RSM460H Human Resource Management
Subject: Human Resources Management
Approved: Mar. 97

Books:
* Careers in Human Resources -WetFeet, Inc.
* Careers in Specialized Consulting: Health Care, Human Resources, & Information Technology - WetFeet, Inc.
* HR Guide - HR Canadian Reporter

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