Human Resources Management Certificate


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In the era of knowledge-based economies, human capital has become a critical factor for organizational success. Talented intellectual capital is a coveted asset, one that can make the difference between a thriving business and one that fails to grow. Managing this capital is the vital role of the human resource function, from recruiting the best to getting the best out of them.

The Human Resources Management Certificate from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension is focused on enhancing the learners’ abilities to think strategically, while also exploring effective human resource management processes, methods, and techniques. Content covered includes workforce planning, managing performance, HR metrics, strategic management, labour relations, and change management.

Program at a Glance

Program structure

4 core courses and 4 electives needed to graduate.

Location & Format

Classes held in downtown Edmonton.


2-3 years of part-time study.


Participants in this program are generally interested in working in the area of human resources or in a supervisory or management position. Students come from all sectors: government, industry, not-for-profit organizations, and small to large enterprise.

Program Plan

This part-time program is comprised of four core courses and four electives courses. Each course is 39 hours in length, for a total of 312 instructional hours. Typical course load is one to two courses per term, three terms a year. When following this structure, most students are able to fulfill the certificate requirements within two to three years.

Courses do not have to be completed in any specific order, allowing students to choose the courses that best fit their schedule in any given term. Evening, weekend, and weekday learning opportunities are available to accommodate a variety of schedules.

A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 is required to obtain the certificate (3.5 or higher earns a certificate with distinction).


If you entered the program prior to July 2013, please refer to the requirements that apply to your certificate.

  • Core courses (4)

    Courses do not have to be completed in any specific order.

    Human Resources Foundation
    Organizational Behaviour

    Recruitment and Selection
    Advanced Human Resources Management

  • Elective courses (4)

    Electives can be taken at any time during the program, provided that the appropriate prerequisites have been met.


Students who complete the entire Change Management workshop series can receive credit for 39 hours of elective credit towards the Human Resource Management Certificate. For further information, contact our program office at 780-492-3027.

Qualifications & Admission

Enrolling in the program is a requirement if you want to obtain the certificate. You may apply for admission as you start your studies or, if you prefer, after you have taken one or more courses.

We are open to students with a variety of educational and professional backgrounds. Our expectation is that you have a commitment to learn and achieve your continuing education goals.

This program is currently open for enrolment—apply now!


  1. Click on the ‘Apply now’ button below to download the Application for Program Admission form.
  2. Submit your completed application, along with a $100 admission fee.

Tuition & Fees

  • A one-time application fee of $100 is required for admission into the program.
  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you register for your classes; courses are GST-exempt.
  • Some courses require a textbook at an additional cost.
  • This program is eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant.

Courses Offered

You can register for a course without enrolling in the program. If later you decide to apply for the full program, the course(s) you’ve taken will be applied toward your certificate.

Register online or by phone at 780-492-3116 (toll-free 1-800-808-4784). You may also register by mail, fax, or in person.

Classes are held at Enterprise Square, downtown Edmonton, Alberta.

Course schedules are also available in printer-friendly PDF format.

Core courses

    Elective courses