Anyone can call themselves a Human Resources Professional. However, the HRPA of Ontario is the regulating body for HR professionals. You can find out if someone is a member of this association by going to www.hrpa.ca. Just check their name under the listings and you will know for sure. The CCHRA issues the exams and the HRPA issues the designations which HR professionals value highly - their C.H.R.P. You can also find out if an individual has this designation on HRPA's web-site. This gives you confidence that the individual you are considering hiring as an employee or as a consultant really meets the Canadian and Provincial standards set out by their regulating body. It doesn't mean that they are perfect or know everything as there are so many specialists within the HR community. But - it should be a qualification that you definitely need to be aware of and look for. It is a long, hard road to achieve this designation - therefore, respect the education and experience that those have earned.
Joy Vas, CHRP