- January 07 2019
- August 29 2019
- Any-time Online
- In Class
Tuition & Fees
Domestic: CAD $5,064
International: CAD $14,884
A full course load is 5 courses per term. Students may elect to take fewer courses each term; however, it will take longer to complete the program.
Get the practical skills and knowledge to work in the exciting field of human resources. In addition to administrative and business training, receive specific training in human resource management, recruitment, selection, compensation and payroll, and employment law.
This is a one-year (two terms/30 weeks total) Certificate program. A full course load is five courses per term. Students may elect to take fewer courses each term; however it will take longer to complete the program.
The Human Resources Certificate program is also available online. This gives you the flexibility to study at home. Your online instructor is available to provide support and feedback through e-mail.
Plan the sequence of your courses!
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 (Calgary placement only).
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
Successful completion (65% or C grade) in each of the four designated Career Program Pathway - Business courses offered by the School of Foundational Learning and a passing grade in one designated business course offered by the Chiu School of Business.
English Language Proficiency Requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, please review English language proficiency requirements.
"The College has the best instructors, diverse students from so many different countries, a beautiful building to learn in, excellent student programs like peer tutoring, and incredible financial support through student awards."
Human Resources Certificate Graduate 2017
Curriculum subject to change.
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.
This course focusses on the importance of aligning human resource practices with organizational strategies and employment legislative acts. Through an exploration of workforce planning, recruitment, selection, orientation, learning and development, performance management, total rewards and recognition, learners reflect on the process of recruiting and retaining employees to achieve an engaged workforce. Trend analysis includes discussion on workplace health and safety.
This course examines how to create and sustain an effective recruitment and selection program. The framework focusses on the alignment of the organizational strategy with the recruitment and selection processes. Learners formulate plans based on a workforce plan and apply the five steps to various business scenarios. Learners assess evaluation techniques and performance management as methods of employee retention. Trend analysis includes changes to recruitment and selection with social media.
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. Alberta legislative acts are researched. Practical experience with the process of job evaluation and connecting performance standards to the compensation plan are explained. Trends in compensation are researched.
This course examines the legal rights, responsibilities and obligations of employers and employees within the workplace. A framework of employment law is reviewed throughout the recruiting, hiring, performance managing, promoting and the terminating of employees. Laws pertaining to Human Rights, Employment Standards, Workers' Compensation, Equity in the Workplace and Privacy are researched, as human resource professionals must learn to assess risks and to evaluate options that reduce potential liability. Trends are analyzed about social media in the workplace.
Labour Relations examines the history of industrial relations and unions within Canada and, specifically, analyzes union-management roles and relationships within the Alberta workplace. Learners explore the role of human resources within a union environment and the relationship with key stakeholders such as unions, employees, employers, and governments. The collective bargaining process, which includes the negotiation of articles within a collective agreement, is reviewed. An exploration of trend analysis will include changes in workplace demographics, work arrangements, and globalization.
This course examines legislative acts, builds engagement within the workforce on importance of health and safety as well as identifies hazards that exist in the workplace. Creation and evaluation of training programs are presented to increase the importance of health and safety in the workplace. Wellness, disability management and return to work program are reviewed. Focus is on the trends that are emerging in the workplace, which include bullying.
This course introduces learners to the multifaceted roles of managers within an organization through theory and practical application. While analyzing and critically reflecting on the functions of management, learners have the opportunity to connect key concepts with their own professional practice. Topics such as strategic planning, organizational structure and design, leadership, motivation, controls, and team dynamics are examined.
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
This course will bridge classroom study with the Calgary workplace through experiential learning. Representing Bow Valley College, students will have opportunity to use their new technical skills; observe/integrate into office culture; work on soft skills/communication skills; network with industry colleagues; gain reference(s); add experience to their resumes; possibly gain employment or referral; and receive evaluation from Host. Regular attendance in placement is key to success. Open communication is maintained throughout placement among Students, Hosts and Student Engagement Officers. Students are required to complete and submit a Student's Evaluation at the conclusion of placement.
Successful completion of the work experience application process
- Completion and passing grades in all required program courses
- Completion of ADMN9998 Employment Preparation (non-credit)
- Completion of TOWES
- Minimum B- in MGMT1201, ADMN1701, HUCL1701
- Minimum overall GPA of 2.60
- Commitment (attendance, punctuality, professionalism), as determined jointly by Program Coordinator, Instructors, and Student Engagement Officer
- Student has been successfully placed with an approved host
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
The Alberta Government provides up-to-date information on Alberta’s occupational profiles including wage and salary information. Click on the link to find out more. Alberta Learning Information Services: Occupational Profile
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 the Student Engagement Officer 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 the Student Engagement Officer (Calgary placement only).
It is important to note that both ADMN9999 ($200) and prerequisite ADMN9998 ($150) 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.
Plan the sequence of your courses with this 2018/19 schedule.
Once you are a registered student in a program at the Chiu School of Business, our student engagement officers can also assist you with planning.
Please visit the full-time course credits pages for details for each program.
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.