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Business Administration - Human Resources (Three-Year Ontario College Diploma)

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Description

Human resources (HR) professionals work in partnership with business managers to take care of the company's largest asset – its employees. To help a business run, HR staff provide advice to department supervisors on a range of employee relations issues, design and deliver a range of programs and services focused on individual and team needs, and create company policies that support and promote a workplace culture based on fairness, equity and personal growth.

As a successful graduate of this program you will qualify for approved credit towards the academic component of the Certified Human Resources Professionals (CHRP) designation granted by the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario (HRPAO). Students who receive an overall minimum average grade of 70 per cent in these courses with no individual course grade under 65%, meets the coursework requirements to write the CHRP Knowledge Exam – a significant step towards becoming a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) in Ontario.

For further information regarding designations granted by HRPA, please visit for full details.

Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) including Grade 12 English (C or U) and Grade 11 Math (C, M or U)
    Grade 12 equivalency certificate achieved through College academic upgrading
    Mature Student Status (19 years of age or older) with Grade 12 English (C or U) and Grade 11 Math (C, M or U)

    To view alternatives to the above Grade 12 English requirement, please visit Durham College's English Proficiency Requirement webpage.

  • Equivalent secondary school diploma from another province or territory in Canada (Please note: A recognized equivalent to an OSSD may be accepted if you meet the levels, subjects and overall averages required for admission to the college. Generally the requirement is successful completion of a Grade 12 diploma except in Quebec where the equivalent is Secondary V)
    Equivalent secondary school diploma from outside of Canada. Applicants who have been educated outside of Canada must have their documents evaluated by a credential assessment service (ICAS) and submit proof of educational qualifications in order to determine if their level of achievement is equivalent to an OSSD. To obtain a Credential Assessment Report visit either ICAS (1.800.321.6021) or WES (1.866.343.0070)

  • You must maintain an overall average of 60% or a GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate
  • A minimum of 25% of courses must be completed through Durham College.

Program Admission

  • Only original or certified copies of academic records will be accepted. In order for transcripts to be considered official, they must bear an original seal/stamp and/or official signature from an appropriate signatory. We do not accept photocopies or photos as this will make them unofficial as the school seal will not show.
  • Official transcripts must be sent by the issuing institution via email or an official credit service such as MyCreds™ – a secure digital credential platform that allows you to access and share the documents from anywhere in the world and at any time.
  • You can learn more about MyCreds™, including privacy and security, at MyCreds™.ca
  • For more information on admissions click here.

Click to access the Program Admission Form

This form must be submitted and an Admission Acceptance Letter received prior to registering for any courses.

Program Of Study

Students are required to print or save a copy of the Program of Study when beginning the program. This document contains critical details about program progression and graduation requirements specific to the academic year in which your program was started.

Click to access the Program of Study for the current academic year. Note: Before beginning this credential, please be advised that one or more courses in this program are not MAC compatible.

Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Professional and Part-Time Learning office at or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.

General Education Electives: This program requires the completion of General Education Elective (GNED) courses in addition to core program courses.

Click to access General Education Elective Course Options

IMPORTANT NOTE: Some programs may have restrictions on the specific GNED courses that students are able to take to fulfill their program requirements. For Professional and Part-Time Learning students, these restrictions are identified on the link above. For those in full-time, day school programs, please consult your academic school for confirmation of any GNED restrictions for your program before registering.

Field Placement

This program contains a field placement requirement.

For details, including paperwork submission deadlines, please visit the Field Placement Page, and for specific program-related field placement questions, please read the Business Field Placement FAQs.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be equipped to:

  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of employee recruitment, selection, and retention strategies
  • Administer and facilitate the performance management program
  • Coordinate and support the development, implementation, and evaluation of employee orientation, training, and development programs
  • Implement and support effective employee and labour relations strategies in both non-union and union environments
  • Administer and communicate the organization's total compensation plan
  • Collaborate with others, in the implementation and monitoring of organizational health and safety policies and practices
  • Contribute to the identification of information needs and apply current and emerging information technologies to support the human resources function
  • Contribute to organizational development strategies aimed at promoting organizational effectiveness
  • Present and evaluate communication messages and processes related to the human resources function of the organization
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate personal professional development plans to achieve ongoing competence in human resources professional practice
  • Identify and communicate the human resources component of the organization's business plan
  • Contribute to the collection, analysis, and utilization of human resources data

Career Options

Potential career and industry options may include:

  • Compensation and benefits co-ordinator
  • Co-ordinator of volunteer resources
  • Executive search associate
  • Labour relations administrator
  • Human resources assistant or generalist
  • Occupational health and safety associate
  • Payroll administrator
  • Recruiter and staffing co-ordinator
  • Training co-ordinator

Related Credentials and Courses

Graduates interested in further professional development may be interested in the following courses/programs:

Joint Health & Safety Committee Certification (JHSC)

Program Related Questions? Call 905.721.3052

If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please visit the Professional and Part-Time Learning OSAP Eligibility webpage.

Currently offered

Course Title Location/
Delivery Method
WIND 1282Access IntroductionOnline
ACCT 1280Accounting IOnline
ACCT 1280Accounting IMonthly Intake Online
COMP 1289Business Computer Applications IMonthly Intake Online
COMP 1289Business Computer Applications IOnline
COMP 2289Business Computer Applications IIOnline
COMP 2289Business Computer Applications IIMonthly Intake Online
LAW 2280Business LawOnline
LAW 2280Business LawMonthly Intake Online
MGMT 1288Business Management IntroductionOnline
MATH 1282Business MathDistance Education
COMM 1884Communication FoundationsDistance Education
COMM 3282Communications for Business IIOnline
HRM 3280Compensation ManagementMonthly Intake Online
HRM 3280Compensation ManagementOnline
COMP 3282Computer Applications for Human ResourcesOnline
COMP 3282Computer Applications for Human ResourcesMonthly Intake Online
PSYC 2080Criminal Psychology - Criminal MindsOnline
PSYC 2080Criminal Psychology - Criminal MindsMonthly Intake Online
ETHC 2281Critical Thinking and Ethics for HROnline
HRM 2282Dispute ResolutionOnline
ECON 1280Economics I (Macroeconomics)Online
ECON 1280Economics I (Macroeconomics)Monthly Intake Online
HRM 2280Employee Labour RelationsOnline
HRM 2280Employee Labour RelationsMonthly Intake Online
LAW 1284Employment LawOnline
SPRD 2281Excel IntroductionMonthly Intake Online
SPRD 2281Excel IntroductionOnline
FWKH 6252Field Placement & Seminar - Human Resources DiplomaDistance Education
FIN 1289Financial PlanningOnline
HRM 1283Human Resources Management PrinciplesOnline
HRM 1283Human Resources Management PrinciplesMonthly Intake Online
HRM 3284Human Resources PlanningOnline
HRM 3284Human Resources PlanningMonthly Intake Online
PROJ 1280Introduction to Project ManagementOnline
PROJ 1280Introduction to Project ManagementMonthly Intake Online
LABR 1281Labour EconomicsOnline
ENG 1384LiteratureOnline
ACCT 2281Managerial Accounting for HRMonthly Intake Online
ACCT 2281Managerial Accounting for HROnline
MKTG 1280Marketing IMonthly Intake Online
MKTG 1280Marketing IOnline
HLTH 3280Occupational Health and SafetyMonthly Intake Online
HLTH 3280Occupational Health and SafetyOnline
HRM 3281Organizational Behaviour For H.R. ProfessionalsOnline
HRM 3281Organizational Behaviour For H.R. ProfessionalsMonthly Intake Online
HRM 3285Organizational Change and LeadershipOnline
PSYC 1083Personality PsychologyOnline
PFP 8215Politics and Public AdministrationOnline
HRM 2284Recruitment & SelectionOnline
HRM 2284Recruitment & SelectionMonthly Intake Online
STAT 2280StatisticsOnline
HLTH 1387Stress, Wellness & NutritionMonthly Intake Online
HLTH 1387Stress, Wellness & NutritionOnline
SCMT 1280Supply Chain ManagementDistance Education
HRM 4280Training & DevelopmentMonthly Intake Online
HRM 4280Training & DevelopmentOnline