Looking to enter the exciting world of Human Resources (HR)?

Already working in HR and want to expand or update your management skills?

Educated abroad and need a Canadian credential to help you reach your career or educational goals?

The Certificate in Human Resources Management is for you!

HR professionals are integral to the process of aligning business strategy with people strategy. They help recruit, reward, train, motivate, develop, and effectively utilize human capital to drive business results and ensure a high performance culture within their organization.

Many of the courses in this certificate qualify for exemptions in the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation offered by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). Many HR professionals use several of the courses in this certificate towards their CHRP designation, a credential that is highly sought after by leading employers.

This program:

  • offers a combination of online and in-class learning
  • is eligible for OSAP
  • is comprised of degree credit courses
  • includes courses that qualify for exemptions in the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation offered by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)
  • offers students the opportunity to apply all, or most, of the credit earned through the certificate as transfer credits to a Bachelor of Commerce program at Ryerson or at other universities (subject to admission and the requirements of the degree to which you are applying)

What Will You Learn?

Graduates of this certificate program know how to:

  • manage a diverse workforce
  • strategically recruit, retain, and promote employees
  • train and develop employees
  • foster an inclusive and ethical work environment
  • create a workplace that is compliant with current health and safety standards

Who Should Take This Certificate?

  • You are currently working as an HR professional and want to deepen your knowledge or update your skill-set
  • You don’t yet work as an HR professional but are aiming to join the field
  • You are working towards obtaining your CHRP designation and need to complete the HRPA’s academic coursework requirements
  • You work in a business function other than HR and want to better understand how to leverage human capital in an organization

Who Teaches the Courses?

Our instructors bring extensive teaching experience and real-world expertise into the courses.

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Industry and Careers

A wheel showing the career areas of HR consulting, Learning & development, talent management, health & safety, diversity and inclusion, organization development, compensation and benefits, change management, labour relationsA major benefit of working as an HR professional is the transferability of skills between employers and industries. Careers in human resources are full of opportunities, across industries, particularly when you earn recognized designations such as the CHRP.

Our career wheel demonstrates a sample of career areas that you may consider pursuing upon completion of the Certificate in Human Resources Management.

Certificate Requirements

  • 2 required courses
  • 4 electives
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+
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Admission Criteria

Recommended:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With 6 Grade 12 U or M credits

OR

  • Mature student status with relevant professional experience in business
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Professional Designations and Accreditation

Over 20,000 HR professionals across Ontario belong to the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA). Join them!

Take the courses required by the HRPA and work towards the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. Conferred on candidates by the HRPA, the CHRP designation requires the following:

  • continued membership in the HRPA
  • an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized educational institution
  • discipline-specific knowledge, obtained by completing mandatory courses with an overall grade average of 70 percent or higher; no single course grade can be below 65 percent
  • successful completion of a National Knowledge Exam (NKE)
  • at least three years of demonstrated experience in HR at a professional level

The Certificate in Human Resources Management requires the completion of six courses. If you are working towards the CHRP designation, you should complete six of the designated courses within the certificate (be sure to choose elective courses that are required by the HRPA). After receiving the certificate credential, you then complete the HRPA academic requirements by taking the three remaining courses offered by The Chang School.

The following table shows how the certificate courses relate to the HRPA required courses.

Certificate Courses

HRPA Requirement?

Required (two)

 

CMHR 405 - Organizational Behaviour

 Yes

CMHR 523 - Human Resource Management

 Yes

Electives (four)

 

CMHR 522 - Union Management Relations

 Yes

CMHR 600 - Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

 No

CMHR 623 - Recruitment and Selection (Staffing)

 Yes

CMHR 671 - Human Resources Information Systems

 No

CMHR 711 - Occupational Health and Safety

 Yes

CMHR 733 - Training and Development

 Yes

CMHR 749 - Compensation Management

 Yes

CMHR 849 - Human Resources Planning

 Yes

CLAW 529 - Employment and Labour Law

 No

 

Offered by The Chang School, but not part of the Certificate in Human Resources Management:

Testimonial

Debbie Singh“I have been very fortunate in my career and it all started with my Certificate in Human Resources Management from Ryerson.”

Debbie Singh
Executive Vice President, People & Culture
Canadian Cancer Society

Soon after graduating from university with a sociology degree, Debbie Singh began working as a social worker. Before long, however, she realized it wasn’t the right career for her. “I still wanted to work with people but in a different way,” says Singh. She decided to return to school, enrolling in the Certificate in Human Resources Management.

The certificate helped pivot her career in a thoughtful way; she received credit for some of her university courses and was able to complete the certificate program in two terms while working full-time. “You can enter a certificate program at any time in your life or your career because it’s quite manageable.”

Singh says the rigour and discipline of the program, combined with the quality and calibre of teachers, made her continuing education experience exceptional. There was mutual learning and a shared exchange of ideas. “Like me, other students had already completed a degree and had some work experience so there was depth to our conversations.”

“A certificate program allows you to distill down the theory in a way you can apply in a real environment,” Singh says. As an HR professional, it’s the type of education she looks for in job candidates.

It ignited a passion in her for lifelong learning, motivating her to become a member of the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) and complete numerous designations, including a Certified Human Resources Executive. She also went on to complete her MBA.

Singh had a job offer before she completed her studies because, in her words, “I understood how to take the language of what I was learning at Ryerson and how to apply it to the real world.”

“I get to help create award-winning cultures. I get to watch the lightbulb moments,” Singh says of her rewarding career in Human Resources. “I help bring out the best in people they didn’t know they had.”

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Contact Us

Questions? Contact Genevieve Farrell, Academic Coordinator.

Email:  gfarrell@ryerson.ca

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