MRU HR grads get competitive advantage with accreditation

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Valerie Kinear, dean of the Bissett School of Business, and Janice MacPherson, interim CEO of the HRIA, sign the accreditation agreement. ~Photo by Mackenzie Cann

Today, Mount Royal University became the first post-secondary institution in Alberta to be accredited by the Human Resources Institute of Alberta (HRIA), providing students who want to pursue an HR career with a strong competitive advantage.

The agreement, signed by both the HRIA and Mount Royal, means graduates from the Bissett School of Business’s Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in human resources and a minimum of a B-minus average do not have to take the National Knowledge Exam (NKE) as part of the process to receive a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. Instead, graduates can move straight to building up a minimum of three years’ work experience to receive their CHRP designation.

“When we learned of this accreditation, we jumped on the opportunity quickly because we knew our program was comprehensive, academically rigorous and strongly tied to what employers were looking for,” said Melanie Peacock, PhD and associate professor at Mount Royal University. 

"Now the process for our work-force ready graduates to get their professional designation will be even faster.”  

Mount Royal received this accreditation after providing detailed evidence to the HRIA that its BBA program covered at least 80 per cent of the competency requirements needed to be a CHRP. The new accreditation will be grandfathered back five years, benefiting Mount Royal graduates from November, 2011 forward.  

“Our accreditation program is a tangible way to officially recognize universities, like Mount Royal, who have post-secondary programs focused on the human resources field,” said Janice MacPherson, Interim CEO of HRIA. 

“As well, graduates moving to other provinces that are members of the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations can also be exempt from writing the NKE, further strengthening the national presence of the CHRP designation." 

Mount Royal graduates are asked to go to HRIA's accreditation page to learn more about how to become eligible to waive the NKE.

June 29, 2016 — Andrea Ranson