100.00 Hours Required

Delivery Options: IN CLASS, ONLINE

Course Schedule

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.

This certificate 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 Human Resource Management (300 hours) and would like to quickly attain an initial certificate in the field

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, it is recommended to take the free course, Digital Skills for Learning Online.

All Continuing Education certificate programs have been developed with part-time learners in mind. The Human Resource Fundamentals Certificate is a 100-hour program. Students are required to complete three core courses comprising 100 hours.

The length of time it takes to complete this program varies by student. If you have other significant time commitments and take only one course per term, you will likely complete the program in one year. If you are planning on taking multiple courses per term, you will complete the program faster.

Plan your certificate...

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

You must be a minimum of 18 years of age to be admitted. 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.

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. The certificate admission fee is $105. Once admitted, you can be confident that completed and eligible courses will apply to your certificate.

Depending on selected options and required prerequisites, the approximate cost to complete this certificate is $1780.

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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 institutes within the last 10 years. Credit may be granted up to a maximum of 40 hours towards the Human Resource Fundamentals Certificate.

To apply for advanced standing, click here.

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.

Please Note:

The combined total of Transferability and Advanced Standing credits cannot exceed 40 hours for this certificate.

On completion of one certificate, you may wish to pursue studies in another.

On completion of the Human Resource Fundamentals Certificate, you may receive full credit for your courses if you choose to ladder them towards the 300-hour Human Resource Management Certificate.

If you wish to pursue another certificate program please complete the Application for Admission for your next certificate, and contact us 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 course credits to apply to your next certificate — this 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

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.

This certificate program is not eligible for application for a study permit. International students who wish to live and work in Canada should see our International Professional Programs.

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Additional Details


Minimum Required

100 Hour(s)

Maximum Allowed

100 Hour(s)

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