Human Resource Development Fund for Support Staff

The Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF) allows eligible support staff to access learning opportunities (courses, workshops, seminars, in-school apprenticeship training or programs) that will:

  • enhance their capacity to perform work
  • prepare for an expanded or different role

The fund is not available for:

  • general interest courses (e.g. hobbies, crafts, recreational memberships)
  • wellness courses
  • job-specific training required for your current role
  • training required by legislation for your current role
  • University of Alberta credit courses (see tuition remission instead)

HRDF is a negotiated benefit between the University of Alberta and the Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA). Please see Common Provisions - Operating & Trust: Article 24 and ESL Agreement (Part C) Article 19.

Eligibility amounts

Fiscal year: April 1 - March 31

Employee Type
Casual I No Not Applicable None
Casual II Yes When Casual II starts $500 per fiscal year (no borrowing)
Auxiliary Yes When Auxiliary starts $750 per fiscal year (no borrowing)
Regular Yes When Regular starts $750 per fiscal year
Excluded Employees No Not Applicable None

Special provisions apply to ESL; please refer to the ESL Agreement (Part C) Article 19.

Borrowed funding may be available if a program cost exceeds your maximum allowance in a fiscal year. View the HRDF User Manual for details.

Additional information on course eligibility, employee eligibility and entitlements is provided in the document, HRDF User Manual.

Timing of funding applications

For courses/conferences which start between:
Applications will be accepted beginning at 8 a.m. on:
April 1 to June 30 March 1*
July 1 to September 30 June 1*
October 1 to December 31 September 1*
January 1 to March 31 December 1*

Once the funds are spent by support staff collectively for a funding period, no further applications will be accepted.

Applications submitted early will be declined and you’ll need to submit a new application during the appropriate period.

Apply for funding

  1. Read the step by step instructions provided in the HRDF User Manual.
  2. Visit E-HRDF and submit an application.
  3. An automated email is sent when your application status is updated.
  4. Once applications have been approved and you have paid for the course, upload your receipts in E-HRDF or email them to
Changing or cancelling any approved courses

Contact if:

  • the approved course has been cancelled
  • the eligible employee has withdrawn from the course
  • the start date has been changed

You must provide a legitimate reason for not attending, or you may be responsible for reimbursing the HRDF. 

Supervisory training

The Supervisory Leadership Program is a nine-full-day transformational program engages learners in interactive, experiential workshop sessions that feature relevant University of Alberta workplace case studies, planning exercises, self-assessments, and tools to apply directly to the workplace. This is an application-based program, so you will need to apply for acceptance into the program. HRDF funding approval does not guarantee a spot in the program. The program may be funded through HRDF or your faculty or unit’s operating budget.