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Human Resources Management (Optional Co-op)

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Program Details

  • Program Code:2860
  • School:The Business School
  • Credential:Ontario College Graduate Certificate
  • Program Type:Graduate Certificate program
  • Program Length:1 year/ 2 semesters

Program Overview

Program Overview

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A successful organization is only as good as its people, and human resources management (HRM) plays a critical role in ensuring an organization has the right people for success. With training from Centennial College's Human Resources Management (Optional Co-op) program, you'll be responsible for ensuring that happens.

Thanks to this offering, you'll have the necessary foundational training and education to enter into occupations in human resources — either as a generalist or as a specialist — across a range of industries and organizations. By doing so, you'll become a vital strategic partner in the organizational world, the business community and your own community, and in turn, the Ontario economy.

During your time in this business graduate certificate program, you'll be exposed to what is necessary to align HR practices and policies with overall organizational strategies. You'll also gain the knowledge to carry out duties in various areas, which will include:

  • Staffing
  • Compensation
  • Performance management
  • Training and development
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Industrial relations
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Human resource management systems

When you successfully complete this professional program's in-depth HRM courses, which the Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA) accredits, you'll be prepared to confidently launch your career.


Career Options and Education Pathways

Career Options and Education Pathways

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Program Highlights

  • In this Human Resources Management program, you learn in small class environments.
  • Courses within this program make extensive use of case studies, simulations and project-based learning to help prepare you for real workplace situations.
  • Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS) training using the industry-valued SAP application builds your skills portfolio.

Career Outlook

  • HR Administrator
  • HR Generalist
  • HR Assistant
  • Recruiter
  • Compensation Specialist
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
  • Labour Relations Specialist
  • Trainer

Education Pathways

Start with a graduate certificate and continue to a degree through our degree completion partnership. Successful graduates of this Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate program may choose to continue with courses leading to a degree. Listed below are the degrees from partnering institutions that are available for this program.

Please note that each partnership has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transfer credits, which are assessed by the partner institution.

University Degree
Davenport University Masters of Business Administration
Master of Management

Please visit our website at for more information on articulation agreements.

For pathways to Ontario post-secondary institutions, please view ONCAT.

Educational Partners

Qualified graduates may also be eligible to participate in an articulated program with select universities, institutes and professional associations. These partnerships allow you to apply academic credit towards further study.

The Human Resources Management program's educational partners are:

  • Davenport University
  • Griffith University
  • University of Western Sydney

Professional Associations

Graduates are eligible to earn a professional designation granted by the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA). These designations signal to employers that a candidate has the education and experience requirements to be successful in human resources. In addition to being a HRPA member in good standing, the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation currently has the following requirements:

  • Successful Completion of a required HR curriculum at the certificate or diploma level.
  • Passing the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam 1 (CKE 1).
  • Passing the application-based knowledge exam for workplace and employment law (CHRP Employment Law Exam).
  • Successful completion of the Job Ready program.

Those who enter the program, holding a degree recognized by the HRPA, should strongly consider pursuing the CHRL designation. Requirements for the CHRL designation include:

  • Successful completion of a required HR curriculum
  • Successful completion of the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam 2 (CKE2)
  • Successful completion of a degree awarded by an accredited academic institution
  • Successful completion of three years of professional level experience in Human Resources
  • Successful completion of the CHRL Employment Law Exam – Jurisprudence 2
  • Successful completion of the Professional Program - full implementation expected in 2018
  • Successful completion of the Final Performance Exam - full implementation expected in 2018

Up-to-date information on requirements can be found at: //


The Human Resources Management program is accredited by the Human Resources Professionals Association []

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • University degree or a three-year college diploma in any discipline from a recognized institution
  • We will consider applicants who have a two-year college diploma or partial (minimum 75%) university degree completion and who have a minimum of two years' work experience relevant to the program (transcript and resume review required).

Note: This program is not open to graduates of a three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma Business Administration - Human Resources program.

Additional Requirements

Co-op Option

Co-op Option

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The co-op option in this program will provide you with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience while you complete one work term as an employee in the field. This experience not only allows you to put classroom learning into practice, but will also provide valuable contacts for your future career.

To participate in this co-op option, you will need to complete an application process in the first semester. If academically qualified, you may be admitted to the co-op program. 

Co-op Requirements

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the end of semester one
  • Successful completion of 100% of semester one courses
  • Achieve a minimum grade B (GPA 3.0) in BUSN-702
  • Students must be legally eligible to work in Canada
  • Students who meet the above prerequisites will submit their application for co-op to the Career Services & Co-operative Education Department in semester 1.

Note: Meeting the minimum co-op program requirements does not guarantee admission into the co-op program.

Co-op Model Route

Fall Semester Intake
Fall Semester 1
Winter Semester 2
Summer Co-op Work Term
Winter Semester Intake
Winter Semester 1
Summer Semester 2
Fall Co-op Work Term
Summer Semester Intake
Summer Semester 1
Fall Semester 2
Winter Co-op Work Term

Learn more about co-op programs.

How to Apply

How to Apply

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1. Apply Online

Domestic Students

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full-time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in-person to For more information go to Application Fees.

International Students

 Apply directly to Centennial College here.

2. Submit Documents

Domestic Students

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

International Students

If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2021.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Ancillary Fees Total
Canadian $4,657.50 $1,158.24 $5,815.74
International $15,385.50 $1,667.24 $17,052.74

Vocational Learning Outcomes

Vocational Learning Outcomes

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Synopsis of the Vocational Learning Outcomes Human Resources Management (Ontario College Graduate Certificate)

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. contribute to the development, implementation, and evaluation of employee recruitment, selection, and retention plans and processes.

2. administer and contribute to the design and evaluation of the performance management* program.

3. develop, implement, and evaluate employee orientation, training, and development programs.

4. facilitate and support effective employee and labour relations in both nonunion and union environments.

5. research and support the development and communication of the organization’s total compensation plan*.

6. collaborate with others, in the development, implementation, and evaluation of organizational health and safety policies and practices.

7. research and analyze information needs and apply current and emerging information technologies to support the human resources function.

8. develop, implement, and evaluate organizational development* strategies aimed at promoting organizational effectiveness.

9. present and evaluate communication messages and processes related to the human resources function of the organization.

10. manage own professional development and provide leadership to others in the achievement of ongoing competence in human resources professional practice.

11. facilitate and communicate the human resources component of the organization’s business plan.

12. conduct research, produce reports, and recommend changes in human resources practices

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