The National Knowledge Exam® (NKE) assesses one’s understanding of the Required Professional Capabilities (RPCs) as they relate to academic knowledge. More details about NKE content and structure can be found on www.chrp.ca.
Starting with the June 2013 administration of the exam, the number of questions on the NKE will increase to 160 questions from the current 150 questions. The time allowed to complete the exam has been extended by 15 minutes. The total time allowed to complete the NKE will now be 3 hours and 15 minutes.
$275 + $60 provincial application fee + $37.20 HST = $347.20
Pre-payment is required for the NKE exam.
Please note: if you are writing the exam outside of Canada, HST does not apply.
You must register to write the NKE. Registration deadlines are two months in advance of the exam sessions.
- CHRP Application Form
- CHRP Exam Registration Form
- Registering for first time? Make things easy with the online CHRP application and exam bundle. Already pursuing your designation? Register for the exam only.
Exam sessions are held in five communities across BC: Burnaby, Kamloops, Kelowna, Prince George, Victoria. If you are in a remote location or traveling out of province or country, there is an option to arrange a proctor. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exam results are mailed approximately eight weeks after each exam session. This includes the time needed to receive exams, verify all exam documents have been returned, as well as the time to process and score exams. It also allows time for the results to be reviewed and the quality of the exam verified.
Starting October 2012, NKE overall scores will be reported as scaled scores. This shift allows for more consistent reporting of scores between different versions of the NKE. It is achieved through mathematically converting raw scores into scaled scores with the passing raw score always equal to 500. All members of the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA) have agreed to follow this process for the NKE. Find out more about scaled scores.
CCHRA uses the Angoff method in the scoring process for the NKE and National Professional Practice Assessment® (NPPA). Find out more about Exam Scoring.
Exam Centre & FAQs
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