Continuing & Professional Education

Human Resources Management

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Focused on enhanc­ing the learn­ers’ abil­i­ties to think strate­gi­cal­ly,
while also explor­ing effec­tive human resource man­age­ment process­es, meth­ods, and techniques

In the era of knowl­edge-based economies, human cap­i­tal has become a crit­i­cal fac­tor for orga­ni­za­tion­al suc­cess. Tal­ent­ed intel­lec­tu­al cap­i­tal is a cov­et­ed asset, one that can make the dif­fer­ence between a thriv­ing busi­ness and one that fails to grow. Man­ag­ing this cap­i­tal is the vital role of the human resource func­tion, from recruit­ing the best to get­ting the best out of them.

The Human Resources Man­age­ment Cer­tifi­cate from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Alberta’s Online and Con­tin­u­ing Edu­ca­tion is focused on enhanc­ing the learn­ers’ abil­i­ties to think strate­gi­cal­ly, while also explor­ing effec­tive human resource man­age­ment process­es, meth­ods, and tech­niques. Con­tent cov­ered includes work­force plan­ning, man­ag­ing per­for­mance, HR met­rics, strate­gic man­age­ment, labour rela­tions, and change management.

Par­tic­i­pants in this pro­gram are gen­er­al­ly inter­est­ed in work­ing in the area of human resources or in a super­vi­so­ry or man­age­ment posi­tion. Stu­dents come from all sec­tors: gov­ern­ment, indus­try, not-for-prof­it orga­ni­za­tions, and small to large enterprise.


The course con­tent is good, the instruc­tors are knowl­edge­able, and the acces­si­bil­i­ty out­side of reg­u­lar work­day hours makes the cer­tifi­cate attainable.

Human Resources Management Certificate student

The pro­gram real­ly helped me build a net­work to sup­port my career. It was life-chang­ing for me.

Human Resources Management Certificate student

Examine current issues in human resources management.

Understand how and why the human resources function is an integral part of an organization’s core management team.

Explore the theory and practice of organizational environment and structure, and the behaviour of groups and individuals within organizations.

Acquire up-to-date information in employee benefits, compensation administration, labour relations, grievance arbitration, and more.

Will help you better prepare to be successful in writing the National Knowledge Exam (NKE - the CPHR entrance exam)

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  • University of Alberta parchment in as little as 2 years
  • Pay as you go
  • Currently open for enrolment

Only interested in taking a course? You can register for a course without applying and enrolling in the program – browse our Human Resources Management courses. If later you decide to apply for the full program, the course you’ve taken will be applied toward your Certificate as long as it is still part of the program plan at the time of your application. Please note, program requirements are subject to change over time.

Enrolling in the pro­gram is a require­ment if you want to obtain the cer­tifi­cate. You may apply for admis­sion as you start your stud­ies or, if you pre­fer, after you have tak­en one or more courses.

We are open to stu­dents with a vari­ety of edu­ca­tion­al and pro­fes­sion­al back­grounds. Our expec­ta­tion is that you have a com­mit­ment to learn and achieve your con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion goals.

This part-time program is comprised of four core courses and four electives courses. Each course is 39 hours in length, for a total of 312 instructional hours. Typical course load is one to two courses per term. When following this structure, most students are able to fulfill the certificate requirements within two to three years.

Courses do not have to be completed in any specific order, allowing students to choose the courses that best fit their schedule in any given term. Evening, weekend, and weekday learning opportunities are available to accommodate a variety of schedules.

A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 is required to obtain the certificate.

Your program requirements

Once you are admitted, you can verify your program requirements by logging into the University of Alberta’s student portal, Bear Tracks, to view your Academic Advisement.

Apply for Your Credential

To qualify for program completion you are required to submit a request to obtain your credential. For a breakdown of details and how to qualify, visit the program completion page.

Stu­dents who com­plete the entire Change Man­age­ment work­shop series can receive cred­it for 39 hours of elec­tive cred­it towards this Human Resource Man­age­ment Cer­tifi­cate. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact our pro­gram office at 7804923027.

Accred­i­ta­tion Opportunity

The Human Resources Man­age­ment pro­gram will help you bet­ter pre­pare to be suc­cess­ful in writ­ing the Nation­al Knowl­edge Exam (NKE).

  • An appli­ca­tion fee of $100 is required for admis­sion into the program.
  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you reg­is­ter for your classes.
  • Cours­es are GST-exempt.
  • Some cours­es require a text­book at an addi­tion­al cost.
  • Eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant.
Bursaries and funding opportunities
Funding source
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Canada-Alberta Job Grant 

Available for businesses in all sectors across Alberta

Two-thirds of the training costs (up to 100% if hiring an unemployed Albertan)
any time
Canada Training Benefit 

Residents of Canada, 25-65 years old, who have $10,000-150,000 in earnings for work.

income tax return
Skilled Immigrant Micro-Loan 

Whether you intend to work in the same field you trained in outside of Canada, or you wish to apply your transferable skills to a new career, this low-interest loan helps you cover the cost of education and related living expenses.

Up to $15,000 loan

Employed by the University of Alberta as Non-Academic Staff (NASA)

$750 annually
Dec / Mar / Jun / Sep

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