The postgraduate certificate in Human Resource Management is for students seeking professional development in HRM in preparation for the pursuit of a career that involves the management of people. In this age of globalization and innovation, the ability to acquire, develop, and motivate talented people is the number one challenge for organizations. The postgraduate certificate in Human Resource Management is designed for those students who wish to learn how HRM contributes positively to both organizations and the people who work for them.
This is a specialized program of undergraduate courses ideally-suited to new graduates of both honours and general degrees who wish to gain a more applied understanding of how to organize and lead people in today’s organizations. Alternately, this program is suited to working professionals wishing to further develop their understanding of human resource management. For professionals who have entered the field of human resources without formal training, or those wishing to enter the profession, this program provides a university-level focus on HRM, encouraging students to understand and question the evolving nature of how companies organize and lead people. Develop new talent. Lead organizational change.
Offered at both Trent’s campuses in Peterborough and Durham. Applying for the postgraduate certificate in Human Resource Management at Trent University is easy. Apply online or learn more here. In order to be accepted into the postgraduate certificate in Human Resource Management, students must have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited university.
Lead organizational change. Become a Human Resource Management Professional. Graduating? Changing careers? Consider a career in the rewarding field of Human Resource Management. Working at the heart of business and the public sector, HR professionals build talented teams that lead great organizations. This certificate will prepare students for a successful career in human resources. Trent University is now accepting applications.
Entry Term: January 2024, May 2024, and September 2024 on both the Trent Peterborough and Trent Durham campuses
Duration: Available for full or part-time studies
Program Completion Requirements: Completion of 5.0 credits as specified
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Graduating from Trent this year with your undergraduate degree?
As a 2023 Trent grad*, you qualify for direct admission to our Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resource Management (HRM). No need to pay to apply. Registering is easy – just send a confirmation email to firstname.lastname@example.org from your Trent University account. We will also waive the application fee. For more information about HRM and this special offer, visit call 1-888-739-8885.
*This certificate is meant for non-Business program graduates, as there is too much course overlap for graduates of Trent’s BBA program.
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The Certificate consists of 5.0 credits - ADMN 1221H, 2220H, 2230H, 3021H, 3220H, 3230H, 3260H, 3270H, and 3280H and ECON 3500H. A minimum cumulative average of 65% is required to complete the certificate. Please note the academic requirements are higher (see next paragraph) for those wishing to write the Certified Human Resources Professional Designation Knowledge Exam.
Upon successful completion of the 5.0 credits, students will have satisfied the nine subject areas required for the “Certified Human Resources Professional Designation (CHRP)” and be eligible to write the CHRP Knowledge Exam (CHRP-KE). Students must achieve a cumulative average of 70% in all courses, with no individual course mark less than 65%. In order to take the exam, a student must be an enrolled member of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) of Ontario, which involves a monetary fee to the Association. For more information see HRPA
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Breakdown of courses by terms
Students are to follow the schedule of courses by term as outlined below for full-time studies. We cannot guarantee course availability if students do not follow the recommended course sequencing. Students who fail to adhere to the recommended schedule may not be able to complete their certificate program within the scheduled number of terms and students may have to return to complete an additional term. Additionally, if you are studying in the summer term, that means you must be registered in courses in both summer terms (S61 and S62).
Term 1 Course Requirements
- ADMN 1221H: Financial Accounting
- ADMN 2220H: Organizational Behaviour
- ADMN 2230H: Human Resource Management
- ADMN 3230H: Leadership, Training, and Development
- ADMN 3270H: Human Resource Planning
Term 2 Course Requirements
- ADMN 3021H: Fundamentals of Managerial Accounting
- ADMN 3220H: Organizational Selection in the Canadian Workplace
- ADMN 3260H: Perspectives on Occupational Health and Safety
- ADMN 3280H: Motivation and Compensation Systems
- ECON 3500H: Economics of Industrial Relations
Part time students should begin with ADMN 2220H, 2230H, and 1221H.
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Application to Graduate from the Certificate
At the beginning of your last term, when you believe you are ready to graduate, you can submit the Application to Graduate form found in myTrent under Academics > Self Service > Graduation Overview. You should apply as soon as your course registration for your final term is finalized (early in Summer term if you are graduating in September; early in the Fall term if you are graduating in January; early in the Winter term if you are graduating in Spring). The deadline to apply to graduate can be found in the Academic Calendar site under Important Dates, as well as at Important Dates & Deadlines.
Convocation ceremonies for students who graduated during the last year (September, January and Spring) are held the first week of June. Please visit Convocation site for the most up-to-date information.