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Media Release
Release Date: October 6, 2015

HRMA Camosun College

VICTORIA, BC—Camosun College and the Human Resources Management Association signed a memorandum of understanding to help Camosun students cultivate professional competencies and to contribute to excellence in HR management as defined by the Certified Human Resources Professional designation (CHRP).

The partnership agreement gives Camosun HR students access to HRMA membership, mentors, industry networks, and learning resources to build long and successful careers. In recognition of their coursework in Camosun’s HR degree program, students in their final year who maintain a 4-point GPA will receive passing status in the National Knowledge Exam, the first step in attaining the respected CHRP designation.

Camosun’s HR courses and curriculum will be reviewed by HRMA, and a professional member will be appointed to the HR program advisory committee as part of the partnership. An added benefit for recent CHRP designates is the opportunity to mentor students, thereby strengthening their own knowledge and contributing back to the profession.

“We are really excited about this new partnership with Camosun College,” says Anthony Ariganello, President and CEO of HRMA. “We think this is an exciting opportunity for all students to pursue a career in their chosen endeavor and earn a professional designation that will reward them for years to come.”

“Camosun has deep roots in applied learning, and we value the opportunities this collaboration presents for our students,” says Richard Stride, dean of Camosun’s School of Business. “The mentoring, networking, and access to practicum and co-operative education positions this partnership represents will give our students a distinct advantage when they graduate and begin their professional journeys.”

The agreement was signed at Camosun’s School of Business at Interurban campus by President Sherri Bell, and HRMA President and CEO Anthony Ariganello. Camosun President Sherri Bell, Dean of Business, Richard Stride, Department Chair Halinka Szwender, faculty, and HR degree students attended the event to learn about the new opportunities this collaboration presents to students and HR practitioners as they pursue their education and advance their careers in human resources management.

About HRMA

The BC-based Human Resources Management Association (HRMA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the HR profession through advocacy, awareness and professional development opportunities such as conference, workshops, symposia, mentorship and volunteer programs. The association provides leadership to more than 5,500 members that collectively represent CEOs, directors of HR, consultants, educators, students, HR generalists, and small business owners. Established in 1942, HRMA is a founding member of the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA) and the exclusive grantor of the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation in British Columbia and Yukon.

About Camosun College in Victoria, BC

Camosun’s two campuses serve approximately 18,000 learners a year in certificate, diploma, bachelor's degree and continuing education programs. Each year Camosun welcomes over 1,100 Aboriginal students from First Nations, Métis, and Inuit groups, and over 1,500 International students from more than 70 countries. The college welcomed its first students in 1971, and today Camosun offers over 160 programs to help meet the needs of students and communities in Victoria and beyond. Our Bachelor of Business Administration, Human Resource Management & Leadership offers three credentials that allow students to progress from certificate to diploma to applied degree. There are currently 300 students enrolled in the HRML program, including 30 in the Co-operative Education stream.


Carolyne Taylor
Membership Services Manager
Human Resources Management Association
Vancouver Island Region

Halinka Szwender
Chair, Instructor, Management & Human Resource Leadership
Camosun College

Last updated: October 7, 2015 10:15 am

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