Certified Human Resource Management Professionals

Established under Sec. 16 of the Human Resource Management Professionals Act, No. 52 of 2012, the Human Resource Management Professionals Examinations Board (HRMPEB) is mandated to prepare syllabuses for Human Resource Management Professionals Examinations; make rules with respect to the examinations; issue certificates to candidates who have satisfied examination requirements; and promote recognition of its examinations locally and internationally.

In execution of its mandate, HRMPEB is offering examinations for the Certified Human Resource Management Professionals (CHRP) qualification to enhance the competency of HR professionals. The examinations are aimed at assessing the HR body of knowledge, practical skills and required attitudes for effective delivery of human resource management services to stakeholders. Hence, provide the qualified HR professionals with practical application of best human resource management practices within professional standards of conduct and ethics.

The CHRP examination is divided into three parts:

This is the entry level into the HR profession which comprises Level 1 and 2. It is intended to prepare one for an HR Assistant role. It targets those interested in joining the HR profession but have no HR background or are direct school leavers. Those already working in the HR profession but with no relevant qualifications shall also start at this level. The Kenya Institute of Management HRM Students are exempted from this level.

This part consists of Levels 3 and 4 which provides a transition from CHRP I course to an intermediate body of knowledge and skills required in the HR profession. The course is structured to accommodate candidates who are already in the HR profession with relevant HR qualifications, but need to enhance their HR knowledge and skills.
This part comprises Levels 5 and 6 which provide a progression from CHRP II course to advanced body of HR knowledge and skills. necessary for managing human resources at middle and top levels of HR management. It shall target holders of CHRP II or Higher Diplomas in HRM (KNEC) or Masters Degree holders in Human Resource Management.

The minimum requirements for candidates to register for CHRP examinations are:-


  • Have passed Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) with an aggregate of C+ and a minimum grade of C in English and Mathematics.
  • Have equivalent qualifications subject to approval by the Examinations Board.
  • Have other relevant qualifications recognized by the Examinations Board.


  • Hold Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) I
  • Hold a Diploma in Human Resource Management from a recognized institution
  • Hold a Bachelors’ Degree in Human Resource Management from a recognized university
  • Hold equivalent qualifications recognized by the Examinations Board


  • Hold Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) II
  • Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management from KNEC or its equivalent.
  • Hold a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from a recognized university.
  • Hold an equivalent qualification recognized by the Examinations Board.


i. HRMPEB may give exemptions to holders of Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates from recognized universities, examination bodies and other recognized institutions.
ii. HRMPEB shall grant exemptions on paper by paper basis to applicants who meet the set criteria.
iii. Applicants seeking for exemptions should complete the relevant application forms and pay the prescribed exemption fees.
iv. All applications for exemptions must be accompanied by relevant supporting documents


i. Persons wishing to take CHRP examinations are required to apply for registration as HRMPEB students on payment of student registration fees.

ii. To sit for CHRP examinations, HRMPEB students will be registered as candidates of the training institutions where they are studying CHRP courses. No student will be registered as a private candidate.
iii. HRMPEB shall offer external examinations while training institutions will conduct internal examinations.

iv. The HRMPEB examinations shall be offered twice in a year in June/July and November/December.

v. HRMPEB shall prescribe registration dates and other examination requirements.

vi. HRMPEB may accept late examination registration subject to payment of late entry fees of 50% of the normal examination fee as determined from time to time.

Candidates will be required to undertake workplace attachment to provide them with an opportunity to for firsthand experience on the activities undertaken in a HRM Department. The Workplace attachment will be undertaken at the end of the CHRP I course.

Candidates will be required to undertake an HR research project that will form part of the partial fulfillment for the award of the CHRP Certification for CHRP III. Training institutions will ensure that each candidate’s project is different from that of others. Each project should be supervised to ensure that the candidates receive adequate guidance. Projects shall be submitted to the HRMPEB at least two weeks before the beginning of the final examinations


Persons wishing to apply for registration as HRMPEB students are required to complete the Application for Student Registration Form or APPLY ONLINE HERE and submit it to HRMPEB Offices with a non-refundable registration fee of Ksh 5,000/=.