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Human Resources Management (One-Year Ontario College Graduate Certificate)

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Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Description

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.

For those students who wish to pursue a designation from the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA), this program includes the courses required by HRPA. 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 (CHRP-KE) – 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

  • Three-year college diploma or university degree
    Minimum of three years of related industry experience detailed in a professional resumé with a letter of intent may be considered

  • Applicants who have been educated outside of Canada must have their documents evaluated by a credential assessment service (ICAS) or (WES) and submit proof of educational qualifications. To obtain a Credential Assessment Report visit either ICAS (1.800.321.6021) or WES (1.866.343.0070)
  • English Language Proficiency Requirement: Applicants whose first language is not English or who are internationally educated in a non-English speaking country must meet Durham College's English Language Proficiency Policy.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel is recommended
  • 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.

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.

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 review the Business Field Placement FAQs.

Program Outcomes

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

  • Contribute to the development, implementation, and evaluation of employee recruitment, selection, and retention plans and processes
  • Administer and contribute to the design and evaluation of the performance management program
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate employee orientation, training, and development programs
  • Facilitate and support effective employee and labour relations in both non-union and union environments
  • Research and support the development and communication of the organization's total compensation plan
  • Collaborate with others, in the development, implementation, and evaluation of organizational health and safety policies and practices
  • Research and analyze information needs and apply current and emerging information technologies to support the human resources function
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate organizational development strategies aimed at promoting organizational effectiveness
  • Present and evaluate communication messages and processes related to the human resources function of the organization
  • Manage own professional development and provide leadership to others in the achievement of ongoing competence in human resources professional practice
  • Facilitate and communicate the human resources component of the organization’s business plan
  • Conduct research, produce reports, and recommend changes in human resources practices

Career Options

Potential career and industry options may include:

  • Compensation and benefits coordinator
  • Employee relations advisor
  • Human resources consultant
  • Human resources generalist
  • Occupational health and safety associate
  • Recruiter and staffing coordinator
  • Training coordinator
  • Energy companies
  • Employment agencies
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Computer/Tech companies
  • Not-for-profit organizations

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
ACCT 4288Accounting I (HURM)Monthly Intake Online
ACCT 4288Accounting I (HURM)Online
HRM 5280Compensation Management (HURM)Online
HRM 5280Compensation Management (HURM)Monthly Intake Online
LABR 5282Employee Labour Relations (HURM)Monthly Intake Online
LABR 5282Employee Labour Relations (HURM)Online
LAW 4281Employment Law (HURM)Online
FWKH 6251Field Placement & Seminar - Human Resources Graduate CertificateDistance Education
HCAP 6250Human Resources Capstone ProjectDistance Education
HRM 4281Human Resources Management Principles (HURM)Monthly Intake Online
HRM 4281Human Resources Management Principles (HURM)Online
HRM 5284Human Resources Planning (HURM)Monthly Intake Online
HRM 5284Human Resources Planning (HURM)Online
ACCT 5288Managerial Accounting (HURM)Monthly Intake Online
ACCT 5288Managerial Accounting (HURM)Online
HLTH 4280Occupational Health & Safety (HURM)Monthly Intake Online
HLTH 4280Occupational Health & Safety (HURM)Online
HRM 4283Organizational Behaviour for Human Resources Management (HURM)Online
HRM 4283Organizational Behaviour for Human Resources Management (HURM)Monthly Intake Online
HRM 4284Recruitment & Selection (HURM)Monthly Intake Online
HRM 4284Recruitment & Selection (HURM)Online
HRM 5283Training & Development (HURM)Monthly Intake Online
HRM 5283Training & Development (HURM)Online