Human Resources Management

Certificate
Human Resources Management

Program Overview

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 TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Human Resources SpecialistHuman Resources Professionals (1121)$51,500 - $115,100
Personnel OfficerHuman Resources and Recruitment Officers (1223)$43,000 - $93,000
Payroll ClerkPayroll Administrators (1432)$37,500 - $67,700

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): Varies - Part-Time Studies
Length: 12 courses

Locations

  • It is offered on a course-by-course basis through Continuing Education (evenings and Saturdays, and online)

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.

View the program page for a complete list of courses and additional information.

Admissions

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

Courses

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ACCT 122
Introductory Financial Accounting 1
5
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Your studies will focus on an introduction to financial accounting designed to provide you with accounting skills to handle business transactions. The course will include bookkeeping techniques, accounting for a merchandising concern and control over cash and receivables. ACCT 122 is a companion to ACCT 125 (Introductory Financial Accounting 2) which continues the study of basic financial accounting.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Equivalent Course(s): ACCT 122CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
ADMN 206
Leadership Development
4
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Through obtaining an understanding of organizational and personal leadership principles and practices, you will develop your own philosophies about leading and following in the workplace. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to pursue your own leadership development through self-reflection and the development of a leadership development action plan. Key topics include: strengths-based leadership, leadership ethics, embracing diversity and inclusion, developing core leadership skills, developing others, and empowering followers.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 206CE, MGMT 124
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
ADMN 209
Organizational Change
4
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You will develop strategies and processes related to creating and fostering an evolving workplace culture that supports innovation, change, quality and learning and results in harmony between the organization’s needs and employee’s expectations while remaining consistent with the organization’s business plan in a competitive and changing environment. The course content emphasizes the importance of implementing change in the proper sequence of events and interactions.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): HR 236
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
ADMN 220
Organizational Behaviour
4
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You will study human behaviour in organizations and develop the skills needed to deal with people at work. Your studies include content on individual behaviour, values, interpersonal relationships and communications, groups and team dynamics, organizational culture, leadership, and change. You will study these aspects of human behavior within the context of diverse formal organizations.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 220CE, BUS 182
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
ADMN 224
Entrepreneurship
4
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You will develop an understanding of entrepreneurial practice and the entrepreneurial mindset, as well as apply frameworks for ideation and innovation. Through the use of the Business Model Canvas, you will transform a small business opportunity into a feasible business model. You will then synthesize your knowledge and experience in a variety of management disciplines to prepare and present a comprehensive business plan.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 224CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
ADMN 255
Conflict Management
4
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Your studies will focus on an introduction to conflict resolution, designed to provide you with interest-based conflict resolution models and primary interpersonal skills to handle workplace conflicts. This course is designed not only as an introduction to developing skills in managing conflict, but also providing organizational leaders with skills to manage conflict. You will obtain insights and be educated in conflict theory, negotiation strategy, needs grounding related to basic interpersonal communication and management skills, such as rapport building, empathetic listening, behaviour modeling, reframing, problem solving and decision making.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 255CE, DRCP 221
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
BCOM 105
Business Communications
4
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You will develop fundamental employability skills through the study of the principles of communication and active listening techniques. The course content includes the development of effective writing skills and formatting. You will apply the principles and skills by writing business messages for positive, negative and persuasive purposes. You will examine ways to apply communication skills to cross-cultural and Indigenous situations. You will learn to apply effective presentation skills when delivering oral presentations. You will write business reports.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): BCOM 105CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
HR 120
Introduction to Human Resource Management
4
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Your studies will focus on an overview of human resource management and practices. You will discuss and apply the concept of job analysis: planning, recruiting, and selection processes; training, developing and compensation considerations, and management performance and labour relations. You will discuss employee and organizational ethics throughout the course, and your studies will emphasize the use of human resource management to achieve high organizational performance.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 222, HR 120CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
HR 225
Strategic Human Resources Management
4
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Your studies will focus on developing and integrating human resource management (HRM) practices to further the organization's strategic direction. The course addresses human resource (HR) forecasting and planning, strategic approaches to other human resource management functions, creating learning organizations, diagnosing and analyzing organizational change, legal requirements, and current HRM issues. You will gain a holistic understanding and practical application of various strategic tools related to an organization's human resources function.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
HR 226
Foundations of Talent Acquisition
3
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Your studies will focus on the role and functions of recruitment and selection of human resource management. You will develop an appreciation for professional Talent Acquisition practices that meet Canadian legal standards. You will also develop an understanding of the essential role of sound staffing practices in relation to organizational productivity.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
HR 227
Talent Selection
3
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Your studies will focus on the practical application of creating resumes, screening candidates and interviewing candidates. You will also learn about the importance of onboarding, engagement, development and employment terminations. Finally, you will learn how to evaluate an organization’s talent acquisition processes.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): HR 226(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
HR 228
Training and Development Foundations
3
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You will develop the skills and knowledge to analyze the strategic value of developing talent within an organization. You will leverage an instructional design model to determine a training need, design an effective training program and consider effective training program evaluation techniques.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
HR 229
Training and Development Delivery
3
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You will develop the skills and knowledge to leverage an instructional design model to develop, deliver and evaluate a training program based on an established training program design. Specifically, you will consider different training methods and different techniques for training delivery to align with a business need and the needs of learners. You will also develop and conduct training evaluations.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): HR 228(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
HR 231
Strategic Compensation
4
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You will develop a general understanding of the processes, techniques and issues human resource professionals encounter in developing and administering a total rewards program. You will learn the strategic importance of total rewards and how its issues can impact other areas of human resources. In addition, you will gain an understanding of the impact of contemporary social trends and legislative developments that affect decision making about the design of total rewards programs.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 231, HR 231CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
HR 233
Employee and Labour Relations
4
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Your studies will focus on “Labour Relations”, including union certification procedures, union structure, managing in unionized environments, applicable legislation affecting labour relations, collective bargaining, dispute resolution methods, and recent developments in the labour relations field. You will be encouraged to discuss and debate labour relations issues, to critically evaluate case studies and to monitor and report on current labour relations events. Through intensive simulations and experiential exercises, you will develop practical skills and abilities to reach a collective bargaining agreement.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 233, HR 233CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
HR 234
Creating Healthy Organizations
4
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Your studies will focus on the major influences of employee engagement and the impact on individual managers and the organization. You will examine the importance of sound employee relationship practices in the role of reaching organizational objectives. The course content includes equity and fairness, the influence of culture, diversity and equity, motivation, job design principles, performance management, occupational health and safety and workplace mental health.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 234, HR 234CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
MGMT 214
Project Management
4
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You will develop the skills and techniques required to make an effective contribution to, and have an immediate impact on, successful projects. You will develop the knowledge required to initiate, plan, execute, control and close projects. You will gain a working knowledge of MS Project software and be able to use it to schedule, budget and control projects.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): MKTG 228
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
MKTG 223
Marketing Research
4
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You will explore the importance of marketing research in decision making. You will discover and apply the marketing research process to develop a basic marketing research report. Topics of study include: research design, qualitative and quantitative data gathering methods, sampling techniques, and data analysis using statistical software.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): MKTG 223CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
MKTG 225
Public Relations
3
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You will consider the role of marketing in the strategic direction of organizations. You will develop the skills and knowledge to engage clients and marketing professionals in strategic discussions and make critical strategic marketing decisions. You will apply a broad knowledge of marketing concepts to the delivery of a comprehensive strategic marketing plan.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
MKTG 227
Digital Marketing
3
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You will explore the role of an effective online and social media presence in business marketing strategy. You will create and implement a strategic plan for social media marketing. You will use web and social media analytics to measure the effectiveness of a digital marketing strategy.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 203, MKTG 227CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Online, Prior Learning

Electives (Must take two)

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ADMN 206
Leadership Development
4
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Through obtaining an understanding of organizational and personal leadership principles and practices, you will develop your own philosophies about leading and following in the workplace. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to pursue your own leadership development through self-reflection and the development of a leadership development action plan. Key topics include: strengths-based leadership, leadership ethics, embracing diversity and inclusion, developing core leadership skills, developing others, and empowering followers.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 206CE, MGMT 124
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
ADMN 209
Organizational Change
4
Show course details
You will develop strategies and processes related to creating and fostering an evolving workplace culture that supports innovation, change, quality and learning and results in harmony between the organization’s needs and employee’s expectations while remaining consistent with the organization’s business plan in a competitive and changing environment. The course content emphasizes the importance of implementing change in the proper sequence of events and interactions.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): HR 236
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
ADMN 224
Entrepreneurship
4
Show course details
You will develop an understanding of entrepreneurial practice and the entrepreneurial mindset, as well as apply frameworks for ideation and innovation. Through the use of the Business Model Canvas, you will transform a small business opportunity into a feasible business model. You will then synthesize your knowledge and experience in a variety of management disciplines to prepare and present a comprehensive business plan.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 224CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
BCOM 105
Business Communications
4
Show course details
You will develop fundamental employability skills through the study of the principles of communication and active listening techniques. The course content includes the development of effective writing skills and formatting. You will apply the principles and skills by writing business messages for positive, negative and persuasive purposes. You will examine ways to apply communication skills to cross-cultural and Indigenous situations. You will learn to apply effective presentation skills when delivering oral presentations. You will write business reports.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): BCOM 105CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
MGMT 214
Project Management
4
Show course details
You will develop the skills and techniques required to make an effective contribution to, and have an immediate impact on, successful projects. You will develop the knowledge required to initiate, plan, execute, control and close projects. You will gain a working knowledge of MS Project software and be able to use it to schedule, budget and control projects.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): MKTG 228
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
MKTG 223
Marketing Research
4
Show course details
You will explore the importance of marketing research in decision making. You will discover and apply the marketing research process to develop a basic marketing research report. Topics of study include: research design, qualitative and quantitative data gathering methods, sampling techniques, and data analysis using statistical software.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): MKTG 223CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
MKTG 225
Public Relations
3
Show course details
You will consider the role of marketing in the strategic direction of organizations. You will develop the skills and knowledge to engage clients and marketing professionals in strategic discussions and make critical strategic marketing decisions. You will apply a broad knowledge of marketing concepts to the delivery of a comprehensive strategic marketing plan.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
MKTG 227
Digital Marketing
3
Show course details
You will explore the role of an effective online and social media presence in business marketing strategy. You will create and implement a strategic plan for social media marketing. You will use web and social media analytics to measure the effectiveness of a digital marketing strategy.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 203, MKTG 227CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Online, Prior Learning

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