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Human Resources Management (graduate certificate)

Human Resources Management (graduate certificate)

Human Resources Management (graduate certificate)

Human Resources Management (graduate certificate)

From recruitment and selection to training and development, a career in human resources (HR) requires a focus on both strategy and people. Skill, knowledge and ability in human resource planning, occupational health and safety, compensation, labour relations and managerial accounting enable HR professionals to contribute to business success in an increasingly competitive global marketplace while looking after the organization’s most important asset – its employees.

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Program Description (Laptop program)

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program are required to purchase their own laptop. For specific hardware and software requirements for this program click here.

Human resources (HR) professionals serve as strategic partners in today’s business environment. They work closely with management colleagues throughout all levels of a company on a variety of project-based and proactive initiatives. Many roles are performed by HR professionals including:

  • Advocating on a variety of staff issues
  • Developing and implementing company policies, procedures, programs and services
  • Giving advice and counsel to corporate executives, line managers and employees 

You will experience growth in your skills, knowledge and abilities in the following:

  • Compensation management
  • Employee and labour relations
  • HR planning
  • Managerial accounting
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Organizational behaviour
  • Performance appraisals
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Training and development

The Human Resources Management (HRM) graduate certificate program is designed for individuals with previous post-secondary education (a three-year college diploma or a university degree is required) or related work experience (at least three years of relevant work experience in a human resources-related role). 

Individuals who have successfully completed this program have secured jobs in their field of study. After achieving this all-important first step in their profession, many decide to continue a path toward the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) certification. HRPA requires its members, in addition to completing academic courses, to have three years of demonstrated, professional HR work experience and a university degree to complete all aspects of the Certified Human Resources Professional certification. See for full details.

Please note: If you begin your studies in September you will be required to decide whether to pursue a capstone project option or a field placement. Students beginning the program in January do not have the option of completing a field placement and will participate in a capstone project. For more information on the capstone project please review Internships and Placements – Capstone Project.

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Admission Requirements

  • Three-year college diploma or university degree or minimum of three to five years of related business experience and Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel (recommended)
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Career Options


  • Compensation and benefits co-ordinator
  • Employee relations advisor
  • Human resources consultant
  • Human resources generalist
  • Occupational health and safety associate
  • Recruiter and staffing co-ordinator
  • Training co-ordinator


  • Energy companies
  • Employment agencies
  • Colleges and universities
  • Computer/tech companies
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Provincial and municipal government
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$0$0
Total Fees:$4,983$15,154

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Laptop Learning

Students enrolled in laptop programs will enjoy an exceptional learning experience through the use of technology. The advanced technical skills and knowledge that employers look for in graduates will provide students with a decided advantage when entering the workforce. Please pay close attention to the hardware and software requirements of your program as the requirements are not the same for all laptop programs.

How laptop learning works:

  • Review your specific program page for hardware and software requirements
  • Acquire your own laptop from a vendor of your choosing including all of the hardware and software components listed below

Please note: Some software may be included in tuition fees for some programs. Please ensure that you are required to buy software before making a purchase. 

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Laptop Requirements

Minimum Recommended Hardware

  • Laptop: Personal computer (PC) not a Mac
  • Operating System: Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10 (if available)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or better (Not AMD)
  • Memory: 4 GB of RAM (8 GB preferred)
  • Hard Drive: 250 GB or larger (Solid State Drive (SSD) preferred)
  • Warranty: 3 years parts and labour (On-site preferred)
  • Other features: 2 USB ports

Software Requirements


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Field Placement Or Capstone Project


Your learning experience will be complemented by a full-time, five-week field placement following the conclusion of two semesters of academic study. The placement will enable you to apply the theories and concepts learned, giving you hands-on HR management-related work experience.


If you begin your program in January, you will participate in a capstone project designed to demonstrate a command of HR management theories and practices instead of a field placement. The project is designed to give you an understanding of the strategic role that HR professionals play in today’s work settings along with a foundation in professional ethics and leadership in contemporary organizations

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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  • code: HURM
  • Program length: September/May: Three semesters - January: Two semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
  • Location: September and January: Pickering Learning Site, May: Oshawa campus
  • School: School of Business, IT & Management (BITM)
  • Domestic tuition: $3,722 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: May 2017
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
    • Program intake status is Open Open: January 2018
    • Program intake status is Open Open: May 2018
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: May 2017
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
    • Program intake status is Closed Closed: January 2018
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