Published On: Thursday, 23 November 2017

VIU HR Students Take Major Step in Achieving Professional Designation

VIU HR Students Take Major Step in Achieving Professional Designation
VIU students taking their Bachelor of Business Administration, major in Human Resources, celebrate with their professors after an MOU is signed between VIU and Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of BC & Yukon. (Photo Credit: VIU)

NANAIMO - Students taking Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Bachelor of Business Administration, major in Human Resources (HR), will graduate knowing their education reaches the highest professional standard in their field in Canada.

The program is supported by the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of BC & Yukon (CPHR BC & Yukon), and the coursework meets their standards.

This means VIU students can bypass the CPHR examination and the costs incurred, a key step towards achieving the CPHR designation, which is quickly becoming required by more and more employers across Canada. Once students complete articling work, they will have their accreditation.

“We are very happy to be able to help our students get a large step closer to professional accreditation,” says Bryan Webber, Associate Dean, Faculty of Management, and CPHR member. “It means our course content is approved by the major professional body in the country, and our students will graduate with the knowledge they require to build a rewarding career in the Human Resources field.”

VIU Provost and Vice-President Academic David Witty signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CPHR BC & Yukon President Anthony Ariganello, CPHR and Board of Directors Chair Susan Ryan, CPHR which ensures VIU’s program meets or exceeds the CPHR’s professional requirements. The signing was the culmination of much work and collaboration between Webber, the VIU Human Resources faculty and Ariganello’s team at CPHR BC & Yukon.

Beyond providing an added assurance that students are receiving an education that will prepare them for their careers, students also learn key aspects of professionalism relevant to the HR field, Webber said.

It provides a standard people can use as a guide for their ethical and professional decisions, and ensures they understand how their performance will be evaluated. Perhaps most importantly, prospective employers know VIU Human Resources graduates are fully prepared to work, and adhere to a rigorous ethical mandate.

The connection between VIU and CPHR BC & Yukon opens additional doors for students, allowing them to participate in mentoring programs, attend conferences and participate in roundtables. 

Learn more about VIU’s Faculty of Management programs at the following link.