CNA gets first-of-its-kind accreditation

Chartered Professionals in Human Resources NL gives nod to business program

12/6/2022 11:55:16 AM

ST. JOHN’S, NL — College of the North Atlantic (CNA) is celebrating another first.

The college recently received news that its three-year Diploma in Business Management (Human Resources Management) program was given accreditation. The unique part about this designation is it’s the first accredited program in the province.

Stephen Warren, CNA’s Dean of Business and Information Technology, says this is definitely a welcome coup for the college overall and more specifically, for the program within his school of study.

“I am so proud of the accreditation,” he said. “It is the first accredited program in the province and this will benefit our students, not only in the province, but Canada-wide.”

The accreditation means the program will also be recognized in other provinces, and it will be listed on the CPHRNL and CPHR Canada directories of accredited programs. CNA graduates will have eased entry towards attaining the Chartered Professional in Human Resources designation.

“At CNA, we are all about building pathways for our students, so they have increased opportunities when they leave our programs,” said Warren. “This accreditation is a prime example of that. It affirms how strong our programming is and our commitment to students to continuously improve what we offer.”

Additionally, the accreditation applies to any qualified graduates of the current program since 2013 and continues until November 2027. Warren says this is great news for alumni.

“This is definitely wonderful news for our alumni in that it provides them with the opportunity to apply to CPHRNL, to waive the National Knowledge Exam, and be exempt from any preparatory courses,” he explained.

Accreditation with CPHR requires analysis of the academic programs to see if they meet specific criteria. In total, there are 97 individual competencies (to receive accreditation an academic program must align with 80 per cent or more of the competencies). The analysis showed that this program aligned with 84.6 per cent of the competencies, which they stated was a “very strong correlation”.

“I consider this to be a big win for the School of Business and Information Technology, our faculty, and most importantly, our students,” said Warren.

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