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New agreement to facilitate human resources accreditation for UNB students

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on Dec 19, 2023

Category: UNB Saint John

Photo: Back row, from left to right: Judy Van Tassel, President of CPHR, Dr. Mercy Oyet, Dr. Morrie Mendelson, Dr. Chris Smith. Front row: Tina Thibodeau, CEO, Dr. Michel Rod, Dean

The University of New Brunswick (UNB) and the Chartered Professionals in human Resources New Brunswick (CPHRNB) have signed a new agreement that will make it easier for students on the Saint John campus to become accredited after graduation.

The partnership allows students enrolled in the bachelor of business administration (BBA), majoring in human resources, bachelor of applied management (BAM) and students with a completed certificate in HR to be conditionally eligible to waive the National Knowledge Exam (NKE) of the national organization when they complete their degree.

Dr. Michel Rod, dean of the faculty of business, says UNB students will greatly benefit from this new partnership.

“This gives our students a real advantage entering the workplace after graduation and reflects well on the program and caliber of the students,” said Rod.

Judy Van Tassel, CPHRNB Chair, agreed that the expedited certification process is a positive reflection of the students and the university.

“These agreements give a solid advantage to students by guiding them immediately after graduation toward obtaining their CPHR certification. We know that UNB offers a quality program and that the students who graduate have the strong theoretical knowledge needed in our industry,” she said.

“This is why they will be able to waive the NKE once they graduate, which is the first step. These individuals must then demonstrate experience at the professional level to complete the requirements and thus obtain their designation as a Chartered Professional in Human Resources.”

CPHRNB is pleased to see UNB’s commitment to excellence in the development of human resources specialists. This accreditation renewal builds upon the academic institution’s commitment to this field when paired with other similar programs such as the bachelor of applied management with the appropriate human resources background, as well as the certificate in human resource management.

“Our members are transforming the employment environment throughout New Brunswick and Canada, through their knowledge and creativity. It is essential that the rigor that UNB applies in the training of our future colleagues be the standard in all post-secondary educational institutions,” said Van Tassel.