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|National Knowledge Exam|
The National Knowledge Exam® (NKE) is a nationally regulated exam that assesses one's understanding of the CPHR Competency Framework as they relate to academic knowledge. Academic knowledge refers to basic facts, policies, practices, methods, legislation, etc. It is information that can be written into procedures and transferred fairly accurately during the learning process. Examples of academic knowledge include: the rights and responsibilities of management and labour during union organizing and negotiation processes, the various methods of training and developing staff; and human rights, employment equity and pay equity legislation.
You are not required to complete your full required length of experience (three or eight years) prior to writing the exam. We encourage you to register and write the NKE as soon as possible following graduation.
The NKE is comprised of 150 questions including 10 questions which are added to the exam to allow new questions to be pre-tested. Pre-test questions will not affect the score and are used in examinations as an effective and legitimate way to test the validity of future examination questions. They are placed randomly throughout the exam.
NKE Educational Requirements Starting 2021
As of January 2021, CPHR Nova Scotia will be adding a new educational requirement that must be completed prior to writing the National Knowledge Exam (NKE). This requirement is applicable unless the individual is covered by another eligible path.
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Exam Fees and Locations
Exam sessions are held in Halifax and Sydney. If you reside in a remote location or are travelling out of province or territory, there may be an option for a proctor to be arranged in your location. Please contact us at email@example.com or (902) 446-3660 for further details.
All registrations are subject to the deferral policy.
Registrations cancelled prior to the registration deadline will incur a processing fee of $75 plus HST. Cancellations after the registration deadline are not possible as the deferral policy then applies.
For information on our cancellation and deferral policy, click here.
To Register for Exam:
Registration for the Fall 2020 exam sitting opened on May 21, 2020. Please register as soon as you know you plan on writing the exam as late registrations are not permitted, regardless of circumstance.
When you register, you will need to confirm you agree to abide by the Code of Ethics and Rules of Professional Conduct (click here to visit that page to view the PDF).
Click here to visit the exam registration page or visit the page in our calendar of events. You must be logged in as a member to register for the exam.
Not yet a member and planning to register for the Fall 2020 exam? You must apply (and pay) for membership online before August 20th, as you must be an approved member in order to register for the exam.
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Recognition as a CPHR Candidate
Members who have passed the National Knowledge Exam and have not yet completed the Experience Requirement will be granted the ability to use “CPHR Candidate” as a professional title.
The CPHR is valued by the employment community and the ability to be officially recognized as a CPHR Candidate will provide you with additional recognition. You may use this title in resumes, business cards, emails, Linked-In or any other public profiles.
Individuals that pass the NKE start the ten year clock to obtain the CPHR. They have ten years to complete the overall process to obtain the CPHR, provided they remain a member in good standing of our Association.