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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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 up to a maximum of 100 hours towards this certificate.
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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 (Maximum 30 hours)
Students may receive a maximum of 30 hours credit from most UCalgary Continuing Education Business Seminars and some part-time English as a Second Language (ESL) courses 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 UCalgary Continuing Education as not all of them apply. To find out if you are eligible for advanced standing credit, please contact a student advisor.
The combined total of Transferability and Advanced Standing credits cannot exceed 150 hours for this certificate.
On completion of one certificate, you may wish to pursue studies in another.
On completion of this certificate, up to 150 hours of equivalent courses may be transferred towards certificates in Health, Safety and Environment, Marketing, Professional Management, Public Relations Management, and Security Management. Up to 100 hours of equivalent courses may be transferred towards the Certificate in Change Management. The number of hours will vary based on certificate requirements and courses.
If you wish to pursue another certificate program please complete the Application for Admission for your next certificate, and email email@example.com requesting transfer of the equivalent course credits, or contact a student advisor for assistance at 403-220-2866. You must request the transfer of the equivalent courses credits to apply to your next certificate — this will not happen without your request.
If a student is able to satisfy admission requirements to the UCalgary 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.
This program is offered in association with the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Alberta. Individuals already certified often take Continuing Education human resource courses to meet their continuing professional development (CPD) or recertification requirements.
To obtain the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) Designation, please visit www.cphrab.ca/cphr-designation
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:
It is the student's responsibility to ensure all requirements for graduation are fulfilled, and to apply to graduate.
View our Graduation page for details.
Questions can be directed to advisors in person, by phone or email.
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Phone: 403-220-2988 or 1-866-220-4992