- September 06, 2022
- January 10, 2023
- Any-time Online
- In Class
- Real-time Online
Tuition & Fees
International: CAD $16,551
Estimated Book Costs: CAD $1,000
We are no longer accepting applications for International learners for the September 2022 intake.
The Human Resources certificate increases awareness and assesses the application of practical skills to hand-on activities that will be experienced in the human resources (HR) discipline within any sector. The program's focus aligns human resources practices with organizational strategies. Learners acquire understanding of human resources management practices and trends in recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, learning and development, change management, occupational health and safety, labour relations and employment law.
This is a one-year (two term) certificate program. A standard course load is five courses per term. Students can maintain full time status with at least three courses. Taking less than five courses per term will take longer to complete the program.
All courses are available in-class and online.
Work Experience (Optional)
Work Experience (practicum) offers you the opportunity to use your new skills in the workplace, receive strong mentorship, gain valuable experience, and enjoy networking opportunities. Work Experience is offered as an unpaid, non-credit work placement scheduled immediately following the successful completion of all required courses.
Applicants must meet all eligibility criteria and follow the application process to be accepted into Work Experience. The application process aligns with the competitive nature of a job search and candidates are responsible for demonstrating a high level of professional and program expectations. Not all applicants are guaranteed a Work Experience placement.
Find out more! Work Experience
- Credit in English Language Arts 30-1 or minimum 65% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent
- Credit in Math 30-1 or 30-2 or equivalent
Successful completion of the General Educational Development (GED) test that consists of five tests with a minimum score in the following sections:
- Interpreting Literature and Art: 520 minimum standard score
- Writing Skills: 520 minimum standard score
- Math Test: 520 minimum score
- Satisfactory results on the Bow Valley College Admissions Test
English Language Proficiency Requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, please review English language proficiency requirements.
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Training Related Employment Rate
Based on 2019-2020 domestic and international students who self-reported finding employment or training-related employment within 6-12 months after graduating.
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Full course outlines are available here.
Curriculum subject to change.
The central theme of the course focuses on the relationship between thinking, human behaviour, and organizational effectiveness. Opportunity is provided for learners to experience incidental learning as they evaluate their own behaviour. Learners explore how concepts and ideas pertaining to human behaviour can transform self, relationships, and the workplace.
This course identifies the role of human resource professionals within the context of change management theories. Learners analyze and apply change management theories and strategies to different business scenarios. Focus is directed toward the change process which includes initiation, through to maintaining the change. Trends within change management are identified and discussed.
The focus of this course is on the importance of aligning human resources practices with organizational strategies and employment acts. Learners identify and discuss trends in workplace health and safety. Additionally, the role that the human resources functional processes, practices and programs have in creating an engaged workforce is developed and reflected on.
This course examines how to create and sustain a valid, reliable, and legally defensible talent acquisition process in a Canadian context. Learners formulate and recommend effective talent acquisition processes that are aligned with organizational strategy and informed by current Human Resources trends, including the impact of social media. Learners assess and recommend techniques to integrate technology and people analytics in the evaluation and implementation of the talent acquisition process.
This course focusses on the total rewards package that includes compensation, benefits, and monetary or non-monetary rewards. The importance of aligning the organizational strategy with the total rewards package forms the foundation for this human resource functional area. Learners will get practical experience with the process of job evaluation and connecting performance standards to the compensation plan.
Learners will research Canada and Alberta legislative acts and compensation trends.
Employment Law plays a critical role in human resources management. This course equips learners with the knowledge and skills to apply employment and common law to the workplace. By using employment scenarios, learners strategize how they could help employers reduce risk and resolve human resource issues.
The importance of ethical human resource policies and procedures and ways to address the emerging risks of the digital workplace will also be explored.
This course examines the role of Human Resources and/or Labour Relations Practitioner to guide the management of a unionized workforce. Learners will assess the impact that unionization has on a workplace through relationships between employees, unions, employers and government. Learners will be introduced to the structure of Canadian unions and labour organizations, and various labour relations processes including:
forming and dissolving a union, collective bargaining, strikes and lockouts, fair labour practices, the grievance procedure, and changes to unions and organizations. The course will also examine the future of Labour Relations with changes in workplace demographics, and the digitization of the workplace.
This course examines legislative acts and delves into hazards that exist in the workplace while building engagement on the importance of health and safety within the workforce. Various human resources programs are explored, including wellness, disability, return to work, and training. The use of relevant people analytics to assess a workplace's emergency response and readiness are also discussed. At the core of this course are emerging trends in the workplace, including mental health, bullying and remote workforce.
This course provides opportunity for an applied, practical approach to designing training programs that support employee learning and development. Learners explore adult learning principles, components of program planning, and facilitation strategies that foster adult learning in workplace contexts.
Confident business communication requires learners to explore the changing landscape of digital media, while developing writing skills and techniques to compose competent, professional communications. In this course, learners explore research tools to aid in effective oral presentations and strengthen interpersonal skills to be an effective communicator in the Canadian workplace.
Work Experience Courses
This course prepares learners for employment opportunities by developing marketing tools and skills for interviews.
Prerequisite: Completion of 15 program credits
Through experiential learning, this course bridges academic study with industry or community partners. Representing Bow Valley College, learners have the opportunity to: use their technical skills; observe and integrate into work culture; work on human skills; network with industry colleagues; gain reference(s); add experience to their resume; gain potential employment or referral; and receive feedback from an employer. Open communication is maintained throughout the work term between learners, hosts, and career advisors.
Graduates of the Human Resources Management Certificate program are qualified to begin their careers in entry-level human resources positions within a variety of business sectors.
The demand for knowledge in the area of human resources (HR) is increasing. You will draw on your paid or volunteer work experience as well as your customer service experience to understand and become more aware of the importance of engaging the workforce in the organization. You will also have the opportunity to continue your learning experience by transferring to institutions that offer human resource degrees.
In a small to mid-sized organization, the owner often deals with human resource issues, with the support of a Human Resources Assistant. Opportunities exist within the not-for-profit organizations or entrepreneurial environments with some flexibility.
Larger organizations hire graduates of the certificate program where they will enter the workforce at an entry level position. Through learning the business, mentoring, and proven work performance, they will have the opportunity to work within different functional teams of human resources.
Various positions that are typically available to you as a human resources certificate graduate include:
- assistant benefits administrator
- human resources clerk
- human resources assistant
- human resources receptionist
- talent management assistant
- payroll clerk
- pension and benefits administrator
- health and safety administrator
- learning/training administrator
Graduates of this program may be granted credits towards the following:
- Bow Valley College – Business Administration Diploma – Human Resources major
Note: Transfer credits are reviewed and accepted on an individual basis by the institution you are applying to.
Though optional and not a requirement to graduate, learners are encouraged to apply for Work Experience (practicum), as Work Experience directly bridges classroom study with the skills needed in the workplace. Learners have an opportunity to use their new technical skills; observe and integrate into the workplace culture; work on soft skills/communication skills; network with industry colleagues; gain reference(s); add experience to your resume; possibly gain extended employment or referral; and receive evaluation from the host.
Applicants must meet all eligibility criteria and follow the application process to be accepted into Work Experience. The application process aligns with the competitive nature of a job search. Candidates are responsible and demonstrate a high level of professional and program expectations. Not all applicants are guaranteed a Work Experience position.
Applications for Work Experience (4 to 6 week unpaid practicum) are accepted by Career Services with Work Experience scheduled to commence immediately following the successful completion of all required courses in the final term. Interviews and placements are arranged during final term through Career Services (Calgary placement only).
It is important to note that both ADMN9999 and prerequisite ADMN9998 are non-credit courses and therefore not covered by student loans; students are encouraged to budget accordingly.
Planning your course schedule according to availability and prerequisites requires some consideration.
Once you are a registered student in a program at the Chiu School of Business, our Academic Advising Team can also assist you with planning.
If you are taking an online course, you should make sure your computer has the following applications:
- Reliable internet access – DSL or cable connections are highly recommended.
- We recommend Windows 7 or 10 (preferred) or Mac OS software; Microsoft Office 2013 (minimum); Adobe Acrobat Reader; and a media player such as Adobe Flash Player, QuickTime, or Windows Media Player.
- Some courses might require additional software or applications packages. You will be given this information before starting the course.
- We recommend Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari as browsers. D2L does not work well with Internet Explorer.
The approximate cost of textbooks and other supplies is estimated at $750 per term.