Human Resource Management (Post-Graduate Certificate)

Are you a 2018 Trent Graduate?

As a 2018 Trent grad, you qualify for direct admission to our new Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resource Management (HRM). No need to apply. Registering is easy – just send a confirmation email to 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.

Develop New Talents 

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. Trent University is now accepting applications for a one-year intensive post-graduate certificated in Human Resource Management, available at both Trent University campuses in Durham and Peterborough. This program can be taken full-time or part-time and will prepare students for a successful career in human resources.

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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 a university degree from a recognized university.

Program Description

While studying Human Resource Management (HRM) at Trent, you will consider not just what organizations do, but what human resources should do, and why. It is an experience that will shape you to be an HR thinker of the future, helping to lead the organizations of the future. The program approaches the topic of Human Resource Management – understanding how to attract and manage employees in today’s organizations – from a balanced perspective, weighing the needs of both employers and employees. This intensive postgraduate certificate program includes 11 half-year courses in Human Resources, Accounting, and Economics, which make up the course requirements for the CHRP designation once candidates pass the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) National Knowledge Exam.TM 

Who is this program designed for?

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 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.


In the fall, foundational courses in Accounting, Organizational Behaviour, and Human Resource Management are offered. In the winter semester, the Accounting and Human Resources courses build on the foundational courses offered in the fall. The following provides a listing and description of the courses:

Fall Semester

  • ADMN 1021H: Financial Accounting I. An introduction to the theory of financial accounting and the preparation of financial statements, the theoretical framework of accrual accounting, and the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), including double-entry accounting and the accounting cycle. Professional ethics, behaviour, and corporate social responsibility are integrated into the context of control and accountability.
  • ADMN 2220H: Organizational Behaviour. A conceptual and methodological analysis of the way individuals react to their employment environment. Topics include motivation, job satisfaction, leadership, group dynamics, and decision-making.
  • ADMN 2230H: Human Resource Management. A survey of the concepts and practices of the major functions of human resource management. Topics include human resource forecasting, human rights, recruitment and selection, training and development, collective bargaining, performance appraisal, and compensation.
  • ADMN 3270H: Human Resource Planning. Provides an understanding of the essential elements of the human resource planning process in organizations. Students will acquire knowledge in analysing and programming for human resource requirements in the challenging environment of technological change, corporate repositions, rightsizing, cost containment, and pro-structuring improvements.
  • ECON 3500H – Economics of industrial relations. Employer-employee relations; human resource management; theory and practice of collective bargaining; strikes; economic aspects of unions; economics of labour policy.

Winter Semester

  • ADMN 2021H: Financial Accounting II. Builds on Financial Accounting I, focusing on the limitations, controversies, problems, and shortcomings with accounting and accounting information. Students will analyse financial statements and critically evaluate financial reports. Professional ethics, behaviour, and corporate social responsibility are integrated into the context of control and accountability.
  • ADMN 3021H: Fundamentals of Managerial Accounting. An introduction to the basic concepts and procedures used in the collection and manipulation of accounting data for ongoing management decision-making. Topics include manufacturing accounting, cost accounting and variance analysis, cost allocation, cost-volume-profit analysis, and an introduction to budgeting.
  • ADMN 3220H: Organizational Selection in the Canadian Workplace. Designed to help students understand the matching process that takes place between individuals and organizations. Seeks to understand the principles, issues, trends, and legislative requirements affecting the recruitment and selection process.
  • ADMN 3230H: Leadership, Training, and Development: A Cross-Cultural Approach. An interdisciplinary course which deals with training and development from a cross-cultural perspective. Particular attention is given to theory and results of relevant comparative and organizational research. Coaching, leadership, and workplace diversity are important components.
  • ADMN 3260H: Perspectives on Occupational Health and Safety. Focuses on the legislative, technical, political, and social issues associated with the effective management of occupational health and safety concerns in contemporary Canadian organizations.
  • ADMN 3280H: Motivation and Compensation Systems. Provides the student with an understanding of the process, issues, and techniques involved in developing and administering compensation programs. Students will gain knowledge of the theoretical and applied aspects of the compensation function, the linkage between the compensation function and the overall management process.

To be eligible to write the HRPA’s Comprehensive Knowledge Exam™, 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 HRPA, which involves a monetary fee to the Association.

Transfer Credits

Students may apply for transfer credit for equivalent courses already taken at a university. The maximum transfer credit permitted to apply for the postgraduate certificate in Human Resource Management is 0.5, equivalent to 1 half-year course.


  • The Certificate program is now offered at both Trent campuses in Durham and Peterborough.
  • All students must complete 5.5 credits at Trent University applied solely to the Certificate.
  • Students may be eligible for a maximum of 0.5 transfer credit for any required course already taken at Trent or another post-secondary university provided they have achieved a minimum grade of 65% in that transfer credit.