National Knowledge Exam

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

Exam Dates and Locations

Exam Date Registration Deadline
Saturday, November 1, 2014 September 2, 2014
Saturday, June 6, 2015 April 6, 2015

Exam sessions are held in up to seven communities based on demand: Burnaby, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Prince George, Victoria, Whitehorse. If you are in a remote location or traveling out of province or country, there is an option to arrange a proctor. Please contact the CHRP Registrar.

Registration and Fees

If you are registering for the NKE for the first time, click here. Registration includes:

  • $60 CHRP Application Fee
  • $275 NKE Registration Fee

If you have already paid the CHRP application fee, click here to register for the exam only.

If you are unable to register online, the manual registration forms are below:

Exam Centre & FAQs

If you are looking for resources to support you to prepare for the NKE, visit the Exam Centre. If you have further questions, start with the CHRP FAQ.


Registrants may defer writing the exam to the next sitting. Please note the deferral policy before you submit a CHRP Exam Deferral Form.

Exam Scoring

Exam results are emailed 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.

All members of the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA) use the Angoff method in the scoring process for the NKE. Overall scores are reported as scaled scores to ensure consistent reporting of scores between different versions of the NKE. It is achieved through mathematically converting raw scores into scaled scores with the passing scaled score always equal to 500. Find out more about exam scoring and scaled scores.


Upon successful completion of the NKE, you have five years to complete the remaining steps on The CHRP Path and earn the CHRP designation: