Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management (Optional Co-op) (Online)

General

Program Description

Program Details

  • Program Code: 2360
  • School: The Business School
  • Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
  • Program Type: Graduate Certificate program
  • Program Length: 1 year/ 2 semesters
  • Start Date: Fall, Winter
  • Location: Online

Program Overview

A successful organization is only as good as its people, and human resources management (HRM) plays a critical role in ensuring an organization has the right people for success. With training from Centennial College's Human Resources Management (Optional Co-op) program, you'll be responsible for ensuring that happens.

Thanks to this offering, you'll have the necessary foundational training and education to enter into occupations in human resources — either as a generalist or as a specialist — across a range of industries and organizations. By doing so, you'll become a vital strategic partner in the organizational world, the business community, and your own community, and in turn, the Ontario economy.

During your time in this business graduate certificate program, you'll be exposed to what is necessary to align HR practices and policies with overall organizational strategies. You'll also gain the knowledge to carry out duties in various areas, which will include:

  • Staffing
  • Compensation
  • Performance management
  • Training and development
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Industrial relations
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Human resource management systems

When you successfully complete this professional program's in-depth HRM courses, which the Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA) accredits, you'll be prepared to confidently launch your career.

Program Highlights

  • Courses within this program make extensive use of case studies, simulations, and project-based learning to help prepare you for real workplace situations.
  • Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS) training using the industry-valued SAP application builds your skills portfolio.

Program Outline

Semester 1 Semester 2
  • BUSN-702 Coop/Employment Preparedness
  • HRPD-701 Human Resources Management in Canada
  • HRPD-702 Contemporary Organizational Behaviour
  • HRPD-703 Management Accounting for Human Resources
  • HRPD-704 Staffing Organizations
  • HRPD-706 Labour and Employment Law

Program and Professional Association Notes:
Minimum program requirements, to graduate with an Ontario College Graduate Certificate, including successful completion of all courses, with an overall GPA of 2.0 (60%, C) or greater.
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Courses required to satisfy HRPA academic requirements, as of Winter 2018: HRPD701, HRPD702, HRPD703, HRPD704, HRPD705, HRPD707, HRPD708, HRPD709, HRPD712.
Minimum grade requirements to be eligible to write HRPA accreditation exams [CKE1 for CHRP designation, CKE2 for CHRL designation] include an overall GPA 3.0 [70%, B] or better, with no less than GPA 2.5 [65%, C+] in any of these required courses.
In addition to being an HRPA member in good standing, the CHRP designation also has the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of a required HR curriculum at the certificate or diploma level.
  • Successful completion of the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam 1 (CKE 1).
  • Successful completion of the application-based knowledge exam for workplace and employment law (CHRP Employment Law Exam).
  • Successful completion of the Job Ready program.

Those who enter the program, holding a degree recognized by the HRPA, should strongly consider pursuing the CHRL designation. Requirements for the CHRL designation include:

  • Successful completion of a required HR curriculum
  • Successful completion of the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam 2 (CKE2)
  • Successful completion of a degree awarded by an accredited academic institution
  • Successful completion of three years of professional-level
  • Successful completion of the CHRL Employment Law Exam – Jurisprudence 2 experience in Human Resources
  • Successful completion of the Professional Program - full implementation expected in 2018
  • Successful completion of the Final Performance Exam - full implementation expected in 2018

Students are responsible for ensuring they are aware of all Program, Professional Association, and Certification requirements.

  • HRPD-705 Strategic Compensation
  • HRPD-707 Employee Health and Safety
  • HRPD-708 Training and Development
  • HRPD-709 Industrial Relations
  • HRPD-710 Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • HRPD-712 Human Resources Strategy
  • HRPD-713 Advanced HRMS

Program and Professional Association Notes:
Minimum program requirements, to graduate with an Ontario College Graduate Certificate, including successful completion of all courses, with an overall GPA of 2.0 (60%, C) or greater.
This program has a Co-op option - 2861.
Courses required to satisfy HRPA academic requirements, as of Winter 2018: HRPD701, HRPD702, HRPD703, HRPD704, HRPD705, HRPD707, HRPD708, HRPD709, HRPD712.
Minimum grade requirements to be eligible to write HRPA accreditation exams [CKE1 for CHRP designation, CKE2 for CHRL designation] include an overall GPA 3.0 [70%, B] or better, with no less than GPA 2.5 [65%, C+] in any of these required courses.
In addition to being an HRPA member in good standing, the CHRP designation also has the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of a required HR curriculum at the certificate or diploma level.
  • Successful completion of the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam 1 (CKE 1).
  • Successful completion of the application-based knowledge exam for workplace and employment law (CHRP Employment Law Exam).
  • Successful completion of the Job Ready program.

Those who enter the program, holding a degree recognized by the HRPA, should strongly consider pursuing the CHRL designation. Requirements for the CHRL designation include:

  • Successful completion of a required HR curriculum
  • Successful completion of the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam 2 (CKE2)
  • Successful completion of a degree awarded by an accredited academic institution
  • Successful completion of three years of professional-level
  • Successful completion of the CHRL Employment Law Exam – Jurisprudence 2 experience in Human Resources
  • Successful completion of the Professional Program - full implementation expected in 2018
  • Successful completion of the Final Performance Exam - full implementation expected in 2018

Students are responsible for ensuring they are aware of all Program, Professional Association, and Certification requirements.

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes describe what graduates of the program have demonstrated they can do with the knowledge and skills they have achieved during their studies. The outcomes are closely tied to the needs of the workplace. Through assessment (e.g., assignments and tests), students verify their ability to reliably perform these outcomes before graduating.

  • Contribute to the development, implementation, and evaluation of employee recruitment, selection, and retention plans and processes. 
  • Administer and contribute to the design and evaluation of the performance management program. 
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate employee orientation, training, and development programs. 
  • Facilitate and support effective employee and labor relations in both non-union and union environments. 
  • Research and support the development and communication of the organization’s total compensation plan. 
  • Collaborate with others, in the development, implementation, and evaluation of organizational health and safety policies and practices. 
  • Research and analyze information needs and apply current and emerging information technologies to support the human resources function. 
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate organizational development strategies aimed at promoting organizational effectiveness. 
  • Present and evaluate communication messages and processes related to the human resources function of the organization. 
  • Manage your own professional development and provide leadership to others in the achievement of ongoing competence in human resources professional practice. 
  • Facilitate the development of and communicate the human resources component of the organization’s business plan. 
  • Conduct research, produce reports and recommend changes in human resources practices.

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Career Options, Academic Pathways, and Partners

Articulation Agreements

Start with a graduate certificate and continue to a degree through our degree completion partnership. Successful graduates of this Human Resources Management program may choose to continue with courses leading to a degree. Listed below are the degrees from partnering institutions that are available for this program.

Please note that each partnership has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify to transfer credits, which are assessed by the partner institution.

Please visit our website at www.centennialcollege.ca/admissions/applying/education-pathways/outbound-pathways for more information on articulation agreements.

Educational Partners

Qualified graduates may also be eligible to participate in an articulated program with select universities, institutes and professional associations. These partnerships allow you to apply academic credit towards further study.

The Human Resources Management program's educational partners are:

  • Davenport University
  • Griffith University
  • University of Western Sydney

Professional Associations

Graduates are eligible to earn a professional designation granted by the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA). These designations signal to employers that a candidate has the education and experience requirements to be successful in human resources. In addition to being an HRPA member in good standing, the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation currently has the following requirements:

  • Successful Completion of a required HR curriculum at the certificate or diploma level.
  • Passing the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam 1 (CKE 1).
  • Passing the application-based knowledge exam for workplace and employment law (CHRP Employment Law Exam).
  • Successful completion of the Job Ready program.

Career Outlook

  • HR Administrator
  • HR Generalist
  • HR Assistant
  • Recruiter
  • Compensation Specialist
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
  • Labour Relations Specialist
  • Pensions and Benefits Administrator
  • Trainer

Areas of Employment

  • Small, medium and large enterprises
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Service organizations

Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • University degree or a three-year college diploma in any discipline from a recognized institution
  • We will consider applicants who have a two-year college diploma or partial (minimum 75%) university degree completion and who have a minimum of two years work experience relevant to the program (transcript and resume review required)

Note: This program is not open to graduates of a three-year Business Administration - Human Resources, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, program.

Additional Requirements

  • English language proficiency

Co-op Option

The co-op option in this program will provide you with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience while you complete one work term as an employee in the field. This experience not only allows you to put classroom learning into practice but will also provide valuable contacts for your future career.

To participate in this co-op option, you will need to complete an application process in the first semester. If academically qualified, you may be admitted to the co-op program. When you graduate, your diploma will highlight the co-op credential

Co-op Requirements

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the end of semester one
  • Successful completion of 100% of semester one courses
  • Achieve a minimum grade B (GPA 3.0) in BUSN-702
  • Students must be legally eligible to work in Canada
  • Students who meet the above prerequisites will apply to transfer to the co-op program as scheduled

Note: Meeting the minimum co-op program requirements does not guarantee admission into the co-op program.

Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

Centennial College is Ontario’s first public college with five campuses in Toronto, Canada. Centennial offers high-quality Canadian Education that is hands-on and employment-focused. Programs at Cente ... Read More

Centennial College is Ontario’s first public college with five campuses in Toronto, Canada. Centennial offers high-quality Canadian Education that is hands-on and employment-focused. Programs at Centennial promote experiential learning with laboratory instruction, co-op education, and industry placements Read less