Human Resources Management
Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Ontario College Graduate Certificate (14 courses) Part-time Online
Program Code: 1311X07PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017

This program is listed under the following fields of study:

This program is available starting every month.

Other Delivery Options

Full-time Online

Our Program

This Ontario College Graduate Certificate program prepares students for a rewarding career in the field of human resources management. Human resources professionals are in demand across many industries and drive people performance in organizations. Human resources professionals work with all other business areas in organizations to help improve employee productivity to achieve organizational goals. Graduates achieve this through application of theories strategies and best practices they learn in recruitment and selection, compensation, employee and labour relations, training and development and human resources planning.

The curriculum covers all topics related to the profession of human resources, and focuses on building human resources knowledge needed to attract, select and retain the best employees. In addition, the program provides the foundational knowledge required to act as a strategic partner to any organization. Level 01 courses provide a background in finance and accounting, organizational behaviour, project management and employment law.

Graduates may find employment in many for profit and non-profit organizations, such as hi-tech, manufacturing and retail. Graduates may also find employment by specializing in occupational health and safety, recruitment and selection, training and development, industrial relations or compensation.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program in six years.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for individuals who:

  • Thrive in team-based environments.
  • Are interested in how people drive performance in organizations.
  • Possess advanced communication skills.
  • Adapt well to change.
  • Are motivated to lead, advocate for and champion organizations and employees.

Your Career

Graduates may pursue careers as human resources assistants, generalists or business partners.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Books cost approximately $1600 for the program duration and can be purchased from our College bookstore online.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

This program requires an application process. Proof of an Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Degree or equivalent must be submitted along with the application form.

Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either:

  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; OR
  • TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 90, with the minimum in each component: Reading 21; Listening: 20; Speaking: 27; Writing: 22.

Please forward application form and application documentation to:

Program Coordinator, Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate Program
Centre for Continuing and Online Learning
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Room P209
Ottawa, Ontario K2G 1V8

Program Eligibility

This program requires an application process. For proof of Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Degree or equivalent must be submitted along with the application form.

Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of IELTS with a minimum of 6.0 in each band or TOEFL with an overall 90 and minimum in each of the following components: Reading: 21; Listening: 20; Speaking: 27; Writing: 22

Please forward form and application documentation to:

Program Coordinator, Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate Program
Centre for Continuing and Online Learning
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Room P209
Ottawa, Ontario K2G 1V8


Completion of Level 01 courses is a prerequisite to all Level 02 courses.
This program is also offered full-time online through the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning and full-time on-campus through the School of Business.

There are nine certified human resources professional coursework requirements from the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) and are approved and within this certificate.

These nine courses fulfill the HRPA coursework requirements only.

  • ACC4110 Accounting and Finance
  • HRM4110 Organizational Behaviour
  • HRM4111 Recruitment and Selection
  • MGT4110 Human Resources Management
  • HRM4120 Total Rewards
  • HRM4122 Industrial Relations
  • HRM4123 Traning and Development
  • HRM4124 Human Resources Planning
  • OHS4120 Occupational Safety and Health

Please visit the HRPA website at for complete designation requirements.

Note: FLD4127 - Field Placement is only available on-campus.

Program Progression

As per policy AA39: Program Progression and Graduation Requirements when students are admitted to a program, they are assigned to the Program of Study that aligns with their start date. If a student takes a break for two or more consecutive terms the Program of Study is reset to align with the current version (when studies are resumed). For more information please contact your Program Coordinator.

CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Coordinator Katie Curran at or 613-727-4723 ext. 6527.


Online:Online Learning   
HoursCourse NameWinterSummer
Series: 01
ACC411045.0Accounting and FinanceOnline Learning Online Learning
HRM411045.0Organizational BehaviourOnline Learning Online Learning
HRM411145.0Recruitment and SelectionOnline Learning Online Learning
LAW411045.0Employment LawOnline Learning Online Learning
MGT411045.0Human Resources ManagementOnline Learning Online Learning
MGT411145.0Project ManagementOnline Learning Online Learning
Series: 02
HRM412045.0Total RewardsOnline Learning Online Learning
HRM412245.0Industrial RelationsOnline Learning Online Learning
HRM412345.0Training and DevelopmentOnline Learning Online Learning
HRM412445.0Human Resources PlanningOnline Learning Online Learning
HRM412530.0Human Resources Management Research and Information SystemsOnline Learning Online Learning
HRM412615.0Employee RelationsOnline Learning Online Learning
OHS412045.0Occupational Safety and HealthOnline Learning Online Learning
Elective: choose 1
FLD412730.0Field PlacementField Placement

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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HRM412730.0Human Resources Career PlanningOnline Learning Online Learning


ACC4110 Accounting and Finance

In order to make strategic business decisions human resources professionals must have an understanding of management finance and accounting principles. Students experience an introduction to key accounting principles and terms and analyze financial statements. Students discover and explain how financial information is used in forecasting, budgeting, management and the measurement of business operations.

HRM4110 Organizational Behaviour

Organizational behaviour examines how people and groups interact in the workplace. Organizational behaviour relates theories of history, psychology and sociology to the workplace and team dynamics. Students explore human communication, learning and motivation, ethics, creativity, leadership, power and conflict and change management. Knowledge of organizational behaviour guides human resources as they build, grow and develop organizations within the ever-changing business landscape.

HRM4111 Recruitment and Selection

Essential to an organization's success in meeting goals and remaining competitive is the ability to attract and select high performance employees. Students examine theories and best practices in talent acquisition specifically, how recruitment and selection links to organizational goals and strategies. Students learn all aspects of the recruitment cycle, including job analysis, attracting and recruitment of candidates, the selection process and decision-making methodologies.

LAW4110 Employment Law

In today's workplace human resources professionals are making important decisions impacted by Canadian legislation that is employer and employee focused. Students explore the fundamentals of Canadian legislation which relate to the workplace including a strong focus on working in Ontario. This legislation includes Employment Standards, Human Rights, Occupational Health and Safety, Pay Equity and Worker's Compensation. Students examine landmark cases and current legal issues which are undergoing interpretation by Canadian lawmakers. The legal framework is applied in developing policies and practices that impact organizations within the Canadian legal context.

MGT4110 Human Resources Management

Human capital is a critical organizational resource that contributes to goal attainment, strategy, financial results and sustainability of the organization. Students explore all areas of human resources management that are critical to providing progressive talent management. Students explore and analyze human resources planning, recruitment and selection, training and development, performance assessment, compensation and benefits, and employee and labour relations. In addition, the concepts of occupational health and safety and international human resources management are also examined.

MGT4111 Project Management

Project management focuses on the application of project management theories and techniques to human resources activities. Using software, students apply work breakdown structures, budgets, and resources reports to achieve timely delivery of human resources projects.

HRM4120 Total Rewards

In order to compete in a competitive and changing environment organizations must practice effective total reward strategies. Total rewards include all elements of the compensation system including pay structures, benefits and rewards. Students explore both theoretical and practical applications and strategies to compensation design and management within an organizational framework. Students examine the external and internal environments of an organization, job evaluation, pay structures, benefits programs and changing employment conditions and trends.

Pre-requisites: ACC4110 AND HRM4110 AND LAW4110 AND MGT4110 AND MGT4111

HRM4122 Industrial Relations

Human resources professionals often work in unionized environments which provide a specific set of opportunities and challenges for an organization. Students appreciate the history and influence unions have in the Canadian work environment. Students analyze the union movement, the certification processes, the collective bargaining process and employee management in a unionized workplace. Students simulate best practices in a unionized workplace.

Pre-requisites: HRM4110 AND LAW4110 AND MGT4110

HRM4123 Training and Development

Organizations must remain competitive and agile and to do so requires high performance employees. Organizations, mainly through human resources professionals, achieve this goal through training and development. Students develop full knowledge of the training cycle, beginning with needs analysis through to training evaluation. Students also explore employee development strategies and knowledge of the costs and benefits associated with training and development initiatives.

Pre-requisites: HRM4110 AND MGT4110

HRM4124 Human Resources Planning

Human resources professionals have a significant impact when assisting organizations in developing and executing strategic plans and initiatives. Students confront the challenges and demands of human resources planning including analyzing and assessing human resources requirements, downsizing, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing, international human resources and succession planning.

Pre-requisites: HRM4110 AND LAW4110 AND MGT4110 AND MGT4111

HRM4125 Human Resources Management Research and Information Systems

Focusing on the business research process and the human resources information systems of an organization are important responsibilities for human resources professionals. Students examine business research relevant to human resources management. In addition, students develop knowledge of the importance of application of technology in the human resources profession by focusing on the human resources information system from conceptual to practical perspectives.

Pre-requisites: ACC4110 AND HRM4110 AND HRM4111 AND LAW4110 AND MGT4110 AND MGT4111

HRM4126 Employee Relations

Human resources professionals design and execute employee relations initiatives. From overseeing the employee performance management process to employee discipline and terminations, students explore a variety of employee relations scenarios. Students focus on building a strong framework that draws on current best practices and legal considerations when working with employees in an organization.

Pre-requisites: HRM4110 AND LAW4110 AND MGT4110

OHS4120 Occupational Safety and Health

Occupational health and safety in Canada is defined by a system of shared responsibility. An overview of occupational health and safety issues, legislation and programs are presented. Students examine the duties and obligations as prescribed under the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Ontario. Furthermore, students study the role of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, regulatory compliance, accident prevention, risk assessment and ethical and moral obligations that affect the wellbeing of employees.

Pre-requisites: ACC4110 AND HRM4110 AND HRM4111 AND LAW4110 AND MGT4110 AND MGT4111

HRM4127 Human Resources Career Planning

Human resources students explore career planning and development strategies including building a professional portfolio, job search strategies, interviewing skills and networking techniques. Additional discussions around workplace ethics and opportunities and membership in professional associations rounds out this preparation for graduation and employment.

Pre-requisites: ACC4110 AND HRM4110 AND HRM4111 AND LAW4110 AND MGT4110 AND MGT4111