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To effectively participate in this program, students must have reliable Internet access and a device that meets these requirements.

About the program

Students will gain the necessary skills to work in a Human Resources department. Topics covered in this part-time certificate program, include understanding human behaviour in an organization, the labour market, compensation schemes, health and safety legislation, the importance of training, information systems for human resources, interviewing, hiring and understanding how unions relate to management. Most courses in the program are approved to be used for the National Knowledge Exam course requirements for the CHRP designation through the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).

Program information

All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older.

Note re: admission requirements

  • Students must be able to receive instruction, respond and research in the English language.
  • Previous and/or current human resources experience is an asset.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
  • Attach proof of Admission Requirements.
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Program requirements

  • Credit may be given for qualifying courses that were successfully completed up to five (5) years prior to admission into the program.

Graduate opportunities

Graduates are prepared for entry level positions with human resource departments, community organizations, private practices, learning institutions, government departments and consulting firms.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Program outcomes

  • Examine the multidisciplinary facets of the human resources function in the organization.
  • Interpret government policies and economic events on the Canadian labour market.
  • Evaluate and recommend effective compensation and benefits systems as part of an overall organizational strategic reward program.
  • Develop and illustrate valid and reliable staffing programs that achieve organizational goals and equity.
  • Design and deliver training and development programs that enhance employee, organizational and societal performance.
  • Compare and contrast human resource information systems and recommend an appropriate system to meet an organization's requirements using a project management approach.
  • Interpret Ontario's health and safety legislation and recommend and build appropriate programs and procedures.
  • Use research and statistics methodology to audit and report the effectiveness of human resources initiatives.
  • Interpret the effects of unions on organizations and develop and institute goals and objectives for effective employee/management relations.
  • Compare and contrast organizational behaviour and individual behaviour in organizations to formulate programs to motivate and direct employees to achieve personal, organizational and societal goals.
  • Examine and apply Provincial and Federal legislation as it pertains to the employment relationship.
  • Relate financial and managerial accounting information to human resource requirements and human resource performance.
  • Use effective written and verbal communication strategies to appropriately represent the organization.
  • Connect the organization's strategic plan to the human resources plan and develop programs to unite the plans to build a proactive socially responsive organization.
  • Differentiate between moral, business and societal ethics and devise policies to direct the human resources function in the organization.

Program related resources

Program contact

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Upcoming registrations

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Winter registration: Opens November 27, 2023
Spring registration: Opens February 26, 2024