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Human Resource Management

Build and apply a strong foundation in all components of human resources practices for this in-demand occupation.

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NSCC students Joanna Bisson, Danielle Mombourquette and Amber Lea Beaton take part in Human Resource Management studies at Marconi Campus.
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1 Year (varies for part-time studies)
Graduate Certificate

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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 graduate certificate takes you through the major functional competencies required for HR professionals, supported by business fundamentals, and prepares you for an HR role by giving you a strong generalist portfolio of skills.

You learn about hiring, performance management, wage structures, collective agreements and emotionally difficult decisions, such as downsizing.

Work experience

  • Field experience is a mandatory credit course, providing the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside the classroom.
    • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work experience courses are your responsibility.
  • For more information, visit work experience opportunities

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  • This program is accredited by the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Nova Scotia (CPHRNS) as meeting the knowledge competencies for the CPHR Designation. This means you 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.
  • 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. This program will enhance and challenge your critical thinking skills, research abilities, writing skills and presentation abilities – all of which are required by the successful HR practitioner.
  • Your projects could include grievance and arbitration research or occupational health and safety training. You also get to participate in a collective bargaining process – from preparing the asking packages to negotiating collective agreement terms.


Seats are available for domestic applicants only. International applicants will be waitlisted.

September 2024

Campus Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Ivany Campus
Full time In person
Delivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements.
Seats available
Sydney Waterfront Campus/Online
Full time Blended
Delivered through a combination of online and in-person classes. At least 50% of learning is in-person.
Seats available
Sydney Waterfront Campus/Online
Part time Blended
Delivered through a combination of online and in-person classes. At least 50% of learning is in-person.
Seats available

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 amounts are for the 2023-24 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
Tuition (International):

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 amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • The HR function is critical to an organization's effectiveness and success. Business and organization leaders in every industry need to attract, retain and develop talent. They are increasingly looking to HR professionals to help them achieve these goals.
  • Graduates are working 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.

Future study options

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

Recognizing prior learning / transfer credits
If you have previous learning (course, employment, etc...) that's relevant to your program, you may be able to apply to earn credit. Not all programs are eligible. Learn about our recognizing prior learning (RPL) process.

COMP 1190 - Computer Applications for HR
Human Resource professionals are required to create effective workplace communications and manage information as part of their daily practice. This course will provide students with hands-on experience in electronic mail applications, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation programs. Emphasis will be placed on tools that maximize productivity for HR administration and information management functions.

COMP 2190 - HRIS and Data Analysis
Building on the skills from Computer Applications for HR I, students will learn how to manage and analyze data using various software applications and technologies. This course will provide students with an understanding of key human resource metrics and the functions of a human resource management information system, as well as hands-on experience with payroll calculations and human resource data analysis using spreadsheet and database applications.

HRES 5101 - Human Resource Auditing
This course will allow learners to become proficient in human resource research and auditing of human resource practices. Learners will develop and use a variety of human resource auditing techniques as well as human resource analytics and research models.

HRES 5104 - Employment Law and Employee Relations
This course will allow learners to gain an understanding of all relevant labour legislation focusing on the role of Canadian common law in the employment relationship. Learners will also gain practical skills in contract administration, grievance investigation and alternate dispute resolution.

HRES 5108 - HR Strategy and Planning
This course examines human resource management functions, particularly HR planning, and how such functions can be applied in the achievement of an organization’s business strategy. Learners will explore internal and external influences on organizational strategy and design HR plans that align with organizational objectives and environmental realities. Learners will also consider how factors such as organizational design and behaviour influence corporate culture and HR programming.

HRES 5110 - Recruitment
This course will demonstrate the importance of a thorough understanding of a job and related competencies prior to initiating the recruitment process. This course will take learners through all aspects of the recruitment process. They will develop skills in analyzing different types of recruitment techniques, and develop several recruitment tools which they will put to practical use. This course will also allow learners to apply all relevant labour legislation to the recruitment process.

HRES 5115 - Occupational Health, Safety and Wellness
This course will examine health and safety legislation and contemporary issues in health, safety and wellness. Students will develop practical skills in the design of effective health and safety programs, and proactive wellness initiatives to support employee health, increase productivity and reduce costs.

HRES 5120 - Training Transfer and Design
This course will allow learners to understand the importance of the needs assessment model to ensure the return on investment of training programs. This course will allow learners to develop skills in the design of training programs using a variety of methodologies.

HRES 5200 - Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
This course explores diversity and human rights legislation in a human resource context, and provides learners with the knowledge and skill to develop legally defensible HR programs and practices that support equitable, inclusive and diverse work environments.

HRES 5204 - Labour Relations
Continuing from Labour Relations I, this course will allow learners to gain further understanding of all relevant labour legislation focusing on the role of Canadian common law in the employment relationship. Learners will also develop workplace policies and programs to improve the labour/management relationship. Learners will identify and understand all the stages of the collective bargaining process.

HRES 5205 - Policy and Program Development
This course will allow learners to develop skills in the design and development of programs, policies and practices to support the success of today’s organizations. Learners will develop the competencies and skills necessary to research, develop and facilitate a human resource initiative for a variety of industries. Learners will also gain experience in the evaluation of the success of these programs.

HRES 5212 - Training Delivery and Evaluation
This course will allow learners to develop and enhance their facilitation and presentation abilities focusing on industry-based audiences and topics. This course will allow learners to develop skills in a variety of evaluation methods to ensure transfer of learning.

HRES 5215 - Total Rewards
This course examines compensation, benefits and total rewards management practices in a strategic context. Learners will develop practical skills in pay structure design, job evaluation, job classification and pay survey analysis. This course will also introduce students to basic accounting practices necessary for budgeting and financial statement analysis, as well as principles for effective payroll administration.

HRES 5300 - Selection and Retention
This course will take learners through all aspects of the selection process. They will develop skills in analyzing different types of selection techniques, and develop selection tools to put to practical use. This course will also allow learners to apply all relevant labour legislation to the selection process. Learners will also explore best practices for retention strategies within an organization.

HRES 5302 - Talent and Performance Management
This course explores how effective performance management processes enable both individual and organizational performance and the achievement of strategic goals. Emphasis is placed on performance management as an embedded and ongoing process that requires planning, regular feedback, assessment, and opportunities for development. Students will apply their knowledge in the development of a performance management system tailored to an organization’s mission, goals and culture.

HRES 6995 - Work Experience
Learners benefit from the ability to apply the skills developed within the Human Resource Management program during an industry work term. Learners must complete four weeks of a college approved internship and four days of job shadowing, along with receiving a successful evaluation from the internship supervisor in order to graduate.

SAFE 1000 - Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
This course offers learners basic overview of WHMIS principles and establishes a solid foundation to support workplace-specific training on the safe storage and handling of controlled/hazardous products. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive basic WHMIS certification.

SAFE 1001 - Introduction to NS OH&S Act
This course offers students an introduction to the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act of Nova Scotia, which is required by any person employed in a Nova Scotia workplace. This is a generic, introductory course that provides basic knowledge of the Act for students and is considered to be the basis from which more specific training can be given.

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