Human Resources Management

If you’re hoping to move into positions that require skills in employee recruitment and training, or knowledge of labour relations, organizational behaviour, health and safety, Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Human Resources Management certificate program will interest you. It’s practical training in critical HR functions, from payroll and benefits to recruitment and labour relations. Take the program to develop in-demand knowledge and skills in the growing field of human resources management.

The Human Resources Management certificate program is offered on a course-by-course basis through The School of Continuing Education on evenings and Saturdays, as well as through distance education. You’ll study key areas in HR management such as:

  • Compensation and benefits
  • Conflict management
  • Employee and labour relations
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Training and development
  • Leadership development
  • Project management

Courses integrate demonstrations, projects and practical exercises to help you translate theory into practice. For example, you’ll develop a proposal to help management enhance employee relations; you’ll discuss current trends in labour relations; you’ll use role-play to develop conflict resolution skills; you’ll participate in simulations and experiential exercises to build practical skills.

Career and salary information

Your career

Human resources professionals work for large companies, municipalities, government departments, health authorities, university and school systems. You might start as an entry-level HR assistant, or you might move into a general management position that demands HR skills. Your certificate prepares you to work in different areas of human resources management, including classifications, recruitment, benefits, employment equity, job analysis, employee relations, staff training and administration.

Potential careers

Sample job title NOC classification
Human resources specialist Human resources professionals (11200)
Personnel officer Human resources & recruitment officers (12101)
Payroll clerk Payroll administrators (13102)

Part-time delivery

Students do not apply to this program, but take courses part time and apply to graduate (pdf) through Enrolment Services once all courses are completed.

You are not required to take a minimum number of courses per session when you take the courses online. Generally, all requirements must be completed within four years for a certificate, and five years for a diploma. (As per Policy # 114.) 

A certificate from these programs may be obtained given the following:   

  • A pass mark of at least 50% has been earned in all courses. A grade point average (GPA) of 60% is required to graduate.  
  • Once all courses toward a certificate have been completed, it is your responsibility to apply for graduation (pdf). The fee for this evaluation is $75 (fee subject to change).  

Course notes:

  • HR 226 + HR 227 is equivalent to the former HR 230. HR 226+227 are co-requisites and must be taken together in the same semester.
  • HR 228 + HR 229 is equivalent to the former HR 232. HR 228+229 are co-requisites and must be taken together in the same semester.
  • It is recommended that you complete your other HR courses before you enrol in HR 225 as it is a capstone course.
  • For Organizational Change (ADMN-209), HR-236 will be accepted.
  • For Project Management (MGMT-214), MKTG-228 will be accepted.

All students studying online should refer to our Continuing Education Frequently Asked Questions for valuable information.

To register for individual courses, please view the part-time offerings available in the Courses section below.


Admission requirements

  • Grade 12

Note: You do not apply or have admission requirements assessed for this program. You will take courses through Continuing Education. Once you have successfully completed all the courses in the program, simply apply to graduate.

Admission method

Not applicable at this time

Tuition and fees

See information within each of the courses below.


Get credit for what you know

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.

See link(s) below to get more information about PLAR.

Transfer credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

Student awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

More about scholarships


Business (Diploma)

Additional information

Twyla Verhelst
Student advisor
School of Business Continuing Education