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Trent Business students discuss how to administer organization techniques with drawings on a whiteboard

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Trent Business students discuss how to administer organization techniques with drawings on a whiteboard


Human Resource Management

This specialization focuses on the human side of organizations – recognizing and valuing the people who actually make business work. You will gain the skills to effectively manage people, while preparing for future designation as a Certified Human Resources Professional.

Upon successful completion of the 5.5 credits associated with the Specialization in Human Resource Management, students will have satisfied all of the course requirements for the “Certified Human Resources Professional Designation™” and be eligible to write the National Knowledge Exam.™ By HRPA standards, 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 of Ontario, which involves a monetary fee to the Association.

The “Certified Human Resources Professional Designation” is the only legislated certification for Human Resources Professionals in North America. Currently, the HRPA requires the completion of nine subject areas, which are all offered at Trent. CHRP, NKE, and NPPA are trademarks of HRPA and used under license. Licensing does not equate to program review, approval, or endorsement.


Graduating students who have fulfilled the requirements for a Bachelor of Business Administration or a joint-major Honours degree in Business Administration may apply for a Specialization in Human Resource Management, if they have successfully completed the following 5.5 credits with a minimum grade of 65% in each and an overall average of at least 70%:

  • 5.0 ADMN credits consisting of ADMN 1021H, 2021H, 2220H, 2230H, 3021H, 3220H, 3230H, 3260H, 3270H, and 3280H
  • 0.5 ECON credit consisting of ECON 3500H 

Program Coordinator

M. Quaid, BA (McGill), MSc (London School of Economics), DPhil (Oxford)

Degree Type

  • B.B.A.

Ontario Secondary School Requirements

General Admission Requirements:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • A minimum of six Grade 12 4U or 4M courses, including program specific prerequisites
  • A minimum 70% overall final average (unless otherwise specified)
  • ENG 4U with a minimum of 60%