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In a dynamic and ever-changing job market, organizations rely on human resource professionals to help recruit, manage, and develop their employees. This certificate gives you theoretical and practical insight into the field of human resources as well as current, employer-valued perspectives. You will learn essential skills for business management and apply the core competencies of organizational effectiveness: staffing, employee and labour relations, compensation, development and training, health and safety, and HR systems management.

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This certificate will be of value to:

  • Individuals contemplating a career change or new to the human resources field
  • Human resource professionals who want to expand their knowledge and skills
  • Frontline managers, supervisors and administrators who implement human resource policies and programs
  • Anyone preparing for their Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation

It is recommended that students take BMC 165 Human Resource Management before taking any optional Human Resource Management courses.


Courses are delivered in classroom, online, and in blended formats allowing you to complete your program at a pace that fits your needs and schedule. This certificate can be completed entirely online, in the classroom, or through a combination of both.

Whatever the delivery format of your course, you should plan on studying and working approximately six hours per week per course.

Online learning is a learning option that caters to busy schedules by taking the learning experience out of the traditional classroom. It is learning that relies on the Internet for access to learning materials as well as interaction with instructors and fellow learners.

In most online courses, you will work within scheduled start- and end-dates, and assignment timelines. Readings, assignments and contributions will be required on a weekly basis. Graded assignments, participation marks, and sometimes exams contribute to your final letter-grade mark.

It is strongly recommended that you log into the University's online learning software three to four times per week to keep pace with the class. In most cases, the times you choose to work will be entirely up to you. Some online courses may require you to meet online with your class at specific times. Some courses are offered in a blended format that combines classroom and online components.

Before taking your first online course, you are required to take BMC 352 Learning Online. If you have already completed fully online courses in the past, you may apply for a prerequisite waiver for BMC 352 Learning Online. To apply, complete the online application form.


All Continuing Education certificates have been developed with part-time learners in mind. The Human Resource Management Certificate is a 300-hour program. Students are required to complete three core courses comprising 120 hours. The remaining 180 hours will be chosen from a list of Optional Human Resource Management Courses.

In general, most students complete the program in two to three years. Given that most students have other significant time commitments, we recommend taking no more than two courses at one time. Students who are keen to fast-track their programs are encouraged to contact a student advisor to discuss their specific situation and options that may be available to them.


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You can take courses first and enrol in the certificate later; however, as programs are subject to change, we recommend you apply for admission to the certificate program as early as possible. Once you are admitted, you can be confident that you have locked in the requirements leading to your graduation.

You must be a minimum of 18 years of age to be admitted to the program. Successful completion of a Grade 12 diploma and relevant work experience are recommended. If English is not your first language, please review the English language proficiency requirements.

A degree or diploma is not required to enrol in this program.

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Prior Learning Assessment

Prior learning from other post-secondary institutions

Advanced Standing* may be granted for equivalent, graded courses completed at other post-secondary institutions. Credit may be granted for up to a maximum of 100 hours towards this certificate.

To apply for advanced standing:

  1. Submit an Application for Advanced Standing, specifying the course for which you are requesting exemption, and the equivalent course credits you have obtained.
  2. Include a non-refundable administration fee of $100 for the course credit you request (payable online by credit card).
  3. Include a course outline and description of the equivalent course that you are submitting for advanced standing.
  4. Include a proof of attendance and final grade of the equivalent course from the educational institution you attended.

Transferring credit from other Continuing Education certificates

If you have completed requirements for another University of Calgary Continuing Education certificate, you may be able to transfer* some credits between programs. For details, please review the Transferability section in the certificate programs that you have completed. To transfer credits, please contact a student advisor.

Pre-Approved Seminar Credit and ESL Courses (Maximum 30 hours)

Students may receive a maximum of 30 hours credit from pre-approved U of C Continuing Education Business Seminars and part-time English as a Second Language (ESL) classes taken in the last five years. Credit equals approximately 2/3 instruction hours to a maximum of 30 hours, i.e. a 15-hour course or seminar will give you 10 hours credit.

Please note that you must apply for advanced standing for seminars and ESL courses that you have completed with U of C Continuing Education as not all of them apply. To find out if you are eligible for advanced standing credit, please contact a student advisor.

* Note: The combined total of Transferability and Advanced Standing credits cannot exceed 150 hours for this certificate.


On completion of this certificate, up to 150 hours of equivalent courses may be transferred toward certificates in Change Management, Marketing, Professional Management, Public Relations Management, or Security Management. The number of hours will vary based on certificate requirements and courses.

If a student is able to satisfy admission requirements to the U of C Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science or Faculty of Kinesiology, this program plus 100 hours of additional specified courses can be applied to a Minor in Workplace Learning for the equivalent of one year towards an undergraduate degree.

Accrediting Associations

Human Resources Institute of Alberta

This program is offered in association with the Human Resources Institute of Alberta. Individuals already certified often take Continuing Education human resource courses to meet their continuing professional development (CPD) or recertification requirements.

Please note: As of January 1, 2011, CPHR Candidates—those who have passed the National Knowledge Exam (NKE)—require a minimum of a bachelor's degree in order to register for the National Knowledge Exam (NKE) and qualify for the CPHR designation. For details on these changes, please visit the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA) website.

Some of the courses in this program have been accepted for continuing education credits with the Canadian Payroll Association


Awards are given to deserving students not only for their academic achievement, but also for community involvement. Award sponsors include both corporate and private donors.

To apply, you must meet eligibility criteria and submission deadlines. Students in this program may be eligible for:


To graduate, a student must satisfy all certificate requirements including:

  • Successful completion of the core, optional and elective program requirements.
  • Attain a minimum of a C in all courses used to meet program requirements.
  • Attain minimum instruction hours to meet program requirements.

NOTE: If a student attains a grade of C-, D+ or D in one course only, a program director has the discretionary authority to approve a student for graduation. It will be the student's responsibility to contact the program director to request approval. Approval is usually granted for exceptional circumstances and it is the student's responsibility to contact the program director to request approval.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure all requirements for graduation are fulfilled, and to apply to graduate. Student advisors are available to meet with students to review status and determine outstanding certificate requirements.

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Contact Information

Questions can be directed to advisors in person, by phone or email.

Continuing Education Administrative Offices
Phone: 403-220-2988 or 1-866-220-4992
Email: business.conted@ucalgary.ca

  Core Courses 
Minimum Required:  120  Hours |  Maximum Allowed:  120  Hours
    BMC 205   Business Management 40.0 hours
    BMC 172   Human Behaviour in Organizations 40.0 hours
    BMC 165   Human Resource Management 40.0 hours
  Optional Human Resource Management Courses 
Minimum Required:  180  Hours |  Maximum Allowed:  260  Hours
    BMC 162   Accounting Fundamentals 40.0 hours
    BMC 355   Building a Positive Workplace 20.0 hours
    BMC 362   Building Religious and Cultural Inclusion in the Workplace 40.0 hours
    BMC 316   Business Communication for Internationally Trained Professionals 40.0 hours
    BMC 358   Change Management Theory and Application 20.0 hours
    BMC 106   Coaching: Inspiring Excellence in Others 15.0 hours
    BMC 273   Communicating Interculturally 20.0 hours
    BMC 198   Compensation: Design and Practice 30.0 hours
    BMC 328   Conducting Effective Interviews 20.0 hours
    BMC 212   Conflict Management 20.0 hours
    BMC 309   Disability Management: An Integrative Approach 30.0 hours
    BMC 115   Emotional Intelligence: The Leader's Advantage 15.0 hours
    BMC 230   Employee Benefits 30.0 hours
    BMC 242   Employee Communications 20.0 hours
    BMC 354   Employee Development and Training 30.0 hours
    BMC 192   Employee Relations: Policy Design and Documentation 20.0 hours
    BMC 199   Ergonomics 30.0 hours
    BMC 356   HR Perspectives on Work-Life Integration 30.0 hours
    BMC 194   Harassment Investigations 20.0 hours
    BMC 104   Health and Safety Management Systems: The Basics 30.0 hours
    BMC 208   Human Resources Information Management 15.0 hours
    BMC 183   Integrated Workplace Health Management 20.0 hours
    BMC 177   International Human Resource Management 20.0 hours
    BMC 156   Labour Relations 30.0 hours
    BMC 352   Learning Online 10.0 hours
    BMC 206   Management Communications: Interpersonal Skills 40.0 hours
    BMC 288   Mediating Workplace Disputes 20.0 hours
    BMC 353   Performance Management 20.0 hours
    BMC 150   Performance Measures for Organizations 20.0 hours
    BMC 299   Project Management: Level I 40.0 hours
    BMC 178   Recruitment and Selection 30.0 hours
    BMC 161   Strategic Planning 40.0 hours
    BMC 287   Succession Planning for the 21st Century Workforce 20.0 hours
    ADL 139   Train the Trainer 1 20.0 hours
    WRI 150   Writing in the Workplace 40.0 hours

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