Getting the most from HRPA membership
This spring HRPA released a member handbook that explains how to get the most out of your membership—from career development and regulation to volunteering and member savings.
After HRPA introduced its new certification framework and three updated designations (CHRP, CHRL and CHRE) in late 2014, HRPA membership grew by 7 per cent and retention climbed to 91 per cent—clear evidence of the support members have for the Association’s direction.
We want to ensure all members—both old and new—know about (and take advantage of) all available member benefits. You will get full details from the handbook, but here are the high points:
HRPA membership saves you money. For example, our Member Perks program can easily save you hundreds of dollars on all kinds of products and services you use regularly at home, work and play—clothes, auto, dining, entertainment, business services, travel and more. And that’s on top of our full suite of member savings partners like GoodLife Fitness (50% off), TD Insurance and professional liability insurance.
HRPA is a community of HR professional peers—both provincially and locally in your area chapter. Joining a chapter plugs you into your local HR community for professional camaraderie, networking, mentoring, job and career advice, professional development, and problem-solving assistance.
Volunteering—at your chapter, at the provincial level or at the annual conference–is a great way to learn new skills, build your network and showcase your knowledge and capability to senior HR members in your community. And if you’re a recent grad, volunteering lets you meet (and impress) HR professionals in your area that could pass along job opportunities and act as references. Check out HRPA’s new iVolunteer Management System to create and update your volunteer profile and search for positions.
A new member benefit, HRPA’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) planning tools to help members zero in on their professional development priorities in ways that make it easy to identify training needs and to present an individual development plan that meets the needs of the organization and is therefore more likely to get management buy-in.
And once you get your development plan, HRPA provides deep discounts (between 15% and up to 30% less than non-members) on the professional development members need to stay current, advance in their careers and earn the CPD points they need to maintain their CHRP, CHRL and CHRE designations and HR capability.
Thought Leadership and Information Resources
Staffed by two, full-time professional reference librarians, Resource Centre provides members with free HR information resources (salary data, best practices, document/policy templates, checklists and more); plus access to HR Hotline—fast over-the-phone answers to general HR practice questions from experienced CHRLs.
HR Professional magazine: HRPA’s official publication and delivered to members free in either print or online format, HR Professional’s mandate is to engage, inform and inspire its readers through original, topical content of importance to Canadian HR professionals.
Regulation and Certification
Introduced in 2014, the CHRP, CHRL and CHRE designations have already established themselves as the new certification benchmarks for HR capability and professional credibility.
And under the authority of the Registered Human Resources Professionals Act, 2013 (which establishes HRPA as the regulator of the HR profession in Ontario), all members and registrants enjoy the prestige of being a regulated professional which signifies to employers your commitment to competence and professional practice. HRPA-designated professional have accelerated career paths, higher earning potential and more rewarding careers.
As you can see, you get a lot of value from your HRPA membership. In fact, for every dollar you pay in dues, HRPA provides $2 in member services. (And by comparison with dues from other professions—for membership in both regulatory body and association—it’s a great deal. Lawyers pay a total of $2560 and Chartered Professional Accountants Ontario pay $1084). But it’s up to you take full advantage of everything HRPA has to offer. Just like your HR career, the more you put into membership, the more you get out of it. And amazingly, all of the above benefits is really just the tip of the iceberg—there’s much more to explore. Besides being your professional association, it is an essential part of your professional practice and a key to unlock your career.