100.00 Hours Required

In any job market, gaining new skills is an asset. This certificate program includes three courses and is perfect for individuals who perform human resource-specific functions as part of their regular job duties. Learn skills in human resource management, employee development and training, as well as recruitment and selection.

This certificate will be of value to entry-level HR staff, HR generalists, individuals new to the HR field, recent HR graduates looking for practical skills, program managers and coordinators with HR specific functions (all industries), administration professionals that may perform multiple duties.

It is recommended that students take BMC 165 Human Resource Management before taking BMC 354 Employee Development and Training or BMC 178 Recruitment and Selection.

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This program is perfect if you...

  • Aspire to work as a human resource professional or are new to the profession
  • Are involved in human resource initiatives as a part of your role
  • Are self employed and complete human resource functions
  • Are currently enrolled in the certificate in the Human Resource Management Certificate and would like to quickly attain an initial certificate in the field

What will I get?

Students who complete this program will receive a Professional Certificate.

Program details

Online and In Class

Courses in this program are delivered online and in class. Courses are scheduled at convenient times, allowing you to complete the program at a pace that fits your life.

You should plan on studying and working approximately 6 hours per week per course.

Online learning fits into busy schedules by taking the learning experience out of the traditional classroom. Students have online access to instructors, fellow learners, and learning materials.

Before taking your first online course, we recommended taking our free course: Digital Skills for Learning Online

3 Courses, 100 Hours

All Continuing Education programs are developed with part-time learners in mind. The Human Resource Fundamentals Certificate is a 100-hour program.

The length of time it takes to complete this program varies by student. If you take one course per term, you will likely complete the program in less than a year. You will complete the program faster if you take multiple courses per term.

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The approximate cost to complete the Human Resource Fundamentals Certificate is $1,780.

This includes the $105 admission fee.

You do not require a degree or diploma to apply for admission to this program. You can take individual courses to start, and apply later.

The admission fee is $105.

To apply, you must meet the following requirements:

Programs change from time to time, so we recommend that you apply for admission as early as possible. Once admitted, your requirements to complete the program will not change – even if the program changes. You can be confident that completed and eligible courses will apply to your program.

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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 40 hours towards this program.

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Transferring credit from other Continuing Education programs

If you have completed requirements for another University of Calgary Continuing Education program, you may be able to transfer some credits to this program. For details, please review the "Credit towards other programs" information in the programs you have completed. To transfer credits, please contact a student advisor.

Maximum advanced standing and transferred credit

The combined total of advanced standing and transferred credits cannot exceed 40 hours for this program.

On completion of this program, you may wish to pursue studies in another.

Upon completing the Human Resource Fundamentals Certificate, full credit may be transferred towards the Human Resource Management Certificate.

If you wish to pursue another program:

  1. Complete the Application for Admission for your next program
  2. Contact us to request transfer of the equivalent course credits

The transfer of course credits will not happen without your request.

Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Alberta

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) requirements.

To obtain the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) Designation, please visit www.cphrab.ca/become-a-CPHR

Each year, scholarships and 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 the following awards:

It is the student's responsibility to ensure all requirements for graduation are fulfilled.

See Graduation for details.

International students who wish to live and work in Canada can take this certificate in the eight-month International Professional Program.

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