300.00 Hours Required

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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This program is perfect if you...

  • Work, or aspire to work, in the HR field and seek a solid foundation of knowledge
  • Implement human resource policies and programs in your day-to-day work
  • Want to advance your career in human resources
  • Are preparing for the CPHR designation

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

300 Hours

All Continuing Education programs are developed with part-time learners in mind. The Human Resource Management Certificate is a 300-hour program.

The length of time it takes to complete this program varies by student. If you take one or two courses per term, you will likely complete the program in two to three years. You will complete the program faster if you take more courses per term.

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$5,400

The approximate cost to complete the Human Resource Management Certificate is $5,400.

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 100 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.


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 credit 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 credit, please contact a student advisor.


Maximum advanced standing and transferred credit

The combined total of advanced standing and transferred credits cannot exceed 150 hours for this program.

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

Upon completing Program Title, up to 150 hours of equivalent courses may be transferred towards the Professional Management. Up to 100 hours of equivalent courses may be transferred towards the Certificate in Change Management. Some courses may transfer to the Occupational Health and Safety certificates and diploma program. The number of hours will vary based on certificate requirements and courses.

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.

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 Degree Minor in Workplace Learning for the equivalent of one year towards an undergraduate degree.

Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Alberta

The Human Resource Management Certificate 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

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

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.

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

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