Human Resources Management

Continuing Education
Credential Earned: Graduate Certificate
Campus: Distance
Program Length: Flexible


The streamlining of many routine functions in human resources has created a growing need for highly trained professionals with the skills to plan, hire, train, manage, retain, and develop tomorrow’s workforce. Professionals in human resources management must be involved in the strategic planning process, handle legal and ethical issues, manage finances, serve as in-house consultants on organizational behaviour, and act as change managers.

Our Post-Graduate certificate in Human Resources Management provides a core of courses addressing the functional areas of human resources. Students may enrol in individual courses without applying for the certificate. This program can be completed in its entirety through distance learning.

As a successful graduate of this program you will qualify for approved credit towards the academic component of the Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation granted by the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario (HRPAO) provided you obtain a minimum grade of 65 per cent in each of the nine courses required by the HRPAO.



Cost per Course

Domestic: $455.54
International: $1111.30

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Admission Requirements

  • University degree or College Diploma OR three to five years work-related experience.
  • Applicants must be pre-approved.
  • All course requirements must be completed within 5 years
  • Overall average of 60% or a GPA of 2.0


Principles of Human Resource Management

BU1074 – Principles of Human Resource Management (56 Hours)

Specific focus is on the factors that affect the overall atmosphere in the workplace and that which contributes to an environment conducive to maximum productivity. Students will be introduced to effective strategies for hiring, motivating, managing, training, and retaining staff. Students will study the following topics: the strategic importance of Human Resources and the role of the HR Manager; competitive challenges facing Human Resources; job analysis and design; Human Resources planning; recruitment and selection; orientation and training; employee relations; performance management; compensation; employee benefits and services; labour relations; health and safety; equity and diversity; and international human resources management. Significant emphasis will be placed on the team approach to creative problem-solving techniques and heir application to selected case studies and a project that replicates actual on-the-job activities.

Successful completion of this course, with a minimum final grade of 65%, will qualify as an approved credit towards the academic component of either the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) or the Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designations granted by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).

Introduction to Business and Organizational Behaviour

BU1073 – Introduction to Business and Organizational Behaviour (42 hours)

This subject is an examination of the contemporary Canadian business environment including the organization, leadership and management decision process which influences the behaviour of individuals and groups. Increased global competition, technological change and the rising expectations of both employees and employers have underlined the need for improved and more effective leadership. This subject provides a better understanding of this process.

Managerial Accounting I

AC4034 – Managerial Accounting I (42 Hours)

This course introduces managerial accounting concepts and terminology including the elements of a job costing system, the application of cost-volume-profit analysis, and the application of job order costing, process costing, and activity-based costing.

Human Resources Planning & Development

BU2023 – Human Resources Planning & Development (42 Hours)

The focus is on human resources (HR) planning and includes the design of employee evaluation plans. Students learn how to forecast the human resources needs of an organization and to relate the requirements of the organization within ambient socio-political situations.

Recruitment and Selection

BU1153 – Recruitment and Selection (42 Hours)

A basic study is undertaken of the principles, issues, trends, and legislative requirements affecting recruitment and selection. Human Resources professionals need an understanding of how recruitment and selection fits into the broader organizational structure, processes, and goals of an organization and how this function is related to the other functions of Human Resources management. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to successfully identify human resource requirements and attract and retain an effective workforce for an organization. The changing legal environment and the impact of laws on recruitment and selection are an important component of this course.

Occupational Health & Safety

GN1063 – Occupational Health & Safety (42 Hours)

This course introduces participants to the broad and ever-changing field of occupational health and safety, an inherently technical subject area. The multiple dimensions of the various issues–technical, legislative, political, and personal–are a required part of the training for a professional in this field or for someone who is involved with this kind of operation. Major topic areas include the Occupational Health and Safety Act, WCB, WHMIS, transportation of dangerous goods, accident prevention and investigation, physical and biological agents, and the management of Occupational Health and Safety programs.

Training and Development

BU2054 – Training and Development (56 Hours)

You will learn about the psychology of the learning process in training and development and gain an understanding of the design, implementation, and evaluation of organizational training programs. Key topics include needs analysis procedures, program design and development, program administration, and measurement and evaluation. As well, you will examine adult learning theory, how to establish learning objectives, the role of training and development officers, and training and non-training strategies. Other topics include budgeting cost/benefit analysis procedures, management development, monitoring and controlling the training process, post-training follow-up procedures, strategies for transferring the learning back to the work environment, and methods for evaluation programs.

Industrial Relations

BU1093 – Industrial Relations (42 Hours)

The subject will explore the nature of the industrial relations process. Considerable emphasis will be placed on negotiating and administering the collective agreement through to grievance arbitration.

Compensation Management

BU1083 – Compensation Management (42 Hours)

This course provides the student with the foundation of the reward systems found in all organizations, whether profit or not-for-profit. The course examines both the theoretical and applied aspects of the compensation function, with special consideration of the major factors that influence the actual design of a compensation system.

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