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Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management

Build a strong foundation in all components of human resources practices.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
1 Year
Advanced Diploma
$5,380 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Cumberland Campus (classes at Amherst Learning Centre) Full time • Collaborative Seats available
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available
Marconi Campus • Sydney Full time • Collaborative Seats available


As a Human Resource (HR) professional, your job is to help an organization succeed by helping its greatest asset, its people, succeed. This requires that you represent both management and employees fairly, equally and respectfully.

This advanced business diploma takes you through HR law, legislation, economics, finance, policies and practices.

This program prepares you for that role by giving you a strong generalist portfolio of skills. You learn about hiring, performance management, wage structures, collective agreement negotiation and emotionally difficult decisions, such as downsizing. You also have the opportunity to become a candidate for the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation.

Admission requirements

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • The Human Resource function is critical to an organization's effectiveness and success. Business and organization leaders in every industry need to attract, retain and develop talent and they are increasingly looking to Human Resource professionals to help them achieve these goals.
  • Graduates are working in hospitals, for major organizations and for a variety of private companies. Some have even started their own consulting businesses, offering their services to smaller organizations that don't require full-time HR staff.

Choose NSCC

  • You get a practical approach to your learning. You don't just study theory, you learn to apply it using consulting projects for real industry clients. Your projects could include grievance and arbitration research or occupational health and safety training. You also get to do an intense mock negotiation of a collective agreement – from the asking package through to strike and mediation/arbitration.
  • This program is the only program in Nova Scotia accredited by the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Nova Scotia (CPHRNS) as meeting the knowledge competencies for the CPHR Designation. This means you have the opportunity to graduate with the requirements to apply to waive the National Knowledge Exam and become a candidate for the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation.
    • This accreditation is also recognized at the National Level by the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Canada
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMP 1190   Computer Applications for HR I
COMP 2190   Computer Applications for HR II
HRES 5101   Human Resource Auditing
HRES 5104   Employee & Labour Relations I
HRES 5108   HR Strategy and Planning
HRES 5110   Recruitment
HRES 5115   Occupational Health, Safety and Wellness
HRES 5120   Training Transfer and Design
HRES 5200   Diversity and Human Rights
HRES 5204   Employee and Labour Relations II
HRES 5205   Policy and Program Development
HRES 5212   Training Delivery and Evaluation
HRES 5215   Compensation
HRES 5300   Selection and Retention
HRES 5302   Talent and Performance Management
HRES 6995   Work Experience
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

Next Steps

  1. 1

    Visit NSCC

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  2. 2

    Application Process

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