Diploma in Human Resources Management (Online)

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The Diploma in Human Resources Management (DHRM) program explores how human resources (HR) professionals deal with the management of an organization’s workforce, from the most junior member of staff to the chief executive. The focus is on HR skills that build effective relationships at all levels of the organization. During the program students will explore a number of important topics including: workforce planning, human resources development, compensation and benefits, labour relations and occupational health and safety. This program serves as a solid foundation for managing the HR challenges of today’s demanding work environments. The program follows the competency framework as laid out by the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA) featuring both technical and general skills, abilities and knowledge necessary to effectively practice human resources in Canada. These competencies are required to earn the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation.

Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP)

The program content will also prepare students for the National Knowledge Examination (NKE) which assesses HR knowledge and skills. After passing the examination, a student is considered a candidate for CHRP certification. Those considering the CHRP designation must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Full details are available from the relevant provincial HR association.

Ashton's DHRM program has given me the basis for every possible aspect and area that I'm working on. The instructor was very approachable, very informative, extremely skilled and knowledgeable about a multitude of facets in HR.

Leah Klein - DHRM Graduate

Program Structure

All DHRM courses are offered in an entirely online format. Instructional delivery methods will be based on synchronous and asynchronous tools. Webinars are scheduled on a weekly basis and will be used as a strategy for interaction between students and instructors. Students can access course information from any internet-enabled mobile device.

Students should be prepared to devote approximately twenty hours per week to their studies, including the time spent on webinars. Each course has a duration of six weeks. The total program extends over a nine month period.


Course Descriptions

DHRM 101-OL – Professional Practice in Human Resources

This course introduces the importance of professional practice in human resources. Human resources’ strategic contribution to an organization’s business plan is emphasized. Topics include the human resources functional knowledge areas as defined by the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA) and their Required Professional Capabilities© (RPCs). Students will gain an understanding of the areas of responsibility and general principles of HR management within the Canadian environment and how to effectively build professional and supportive relationships while maintaining the well-being of an organization’s culture.

DHRM 102-OL – Organizational Effectiveness

Organization Effectiveness applies the principles of lean management, change management and strategic human resources to assess the effectiveness of an organization’s processes, and to recommend interventions that will build the organization’s capacity to achieve and sustain a desired capability, set of behaviours, or improved processes. This course provides an overview of the principles of project management in order to ensure students have a strong understanding of the best use of resources and the systems approach to accomplishing successful projects. Accounting and finance principles are also covered from the perspective of the HR professional as a business partner in the organization.

DHRM 103-OL – Total Rewards

This course stresses the need to create a total rewards structure that encompasses compensation, pensions, and benefits to maintain fairness and consistency within the organization and to encourage desired behaviour. Emphasis is placed on implementing a total rewards structure using job evaluation systems and market comparisons to ensure consistency, fairness and organizational competitiveness, and compliance with legal requirements.

DHRM 104-OL – Employee and Labour Relations

The HR Professional is expected to promote a collaborative work environment between the employer, the union (where it exists), employees and other groups by maintaining clear and open communication. During this course students will learn how to interpret legislation, collective agreements and policies so as to treat employees in a fair and consistent manner and manage the risk of litigation and conflict.

DHRM 105-OL – Organizational Learning, Development and Training

This course emphasizes the importance of developing opportunities for employees to learn and grow professionally by maximizing their potential to contribute effectively to the organizational objectives. Students are taught how to implement learning and development programs in accordance with adult learning principles and to evaluate learning and development priorities and programs. The course provides a complete and comprehensive study of training and development theories, reflecting on the science, practice and research of the field.

DHRM 106-OL – Staffing

In the information age, the success of an organization depends entirely upon the quality of their employees. This course explores the evolving best practices in the fields of recruitment and selection, while providing specific examples that modify best practices as a result of different organizational and environmental contexts. To complement staffing and the other HR functional dimensions, this course introduces the principles and common practices associated with human resources information systems (HRIS).



To receive credit for each course, the student must achieve a final grade of at least 65 percent.


Technical Requirements

Students should have a webcam and headset, or a microphone and headphones to participate in webinars. High-speed internet access is also required. To view the full technical requirements for Adobe Connect, please click here.

Students can also access the webinars through your mobile or tablet device by downloading the Adobe Connect mobile app.

Make sure to run a test to ensure your device will run Adobe Connect.


To be eligible to be admitted to the DHRM program, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited post-secondary institution. Applicants with relevant work experience can apply to be exempted from this admission requirement.


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Tuition cost: $3600.00

Career Opportunities

The program is designed to provide current and future HR professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to advance best HR practices within an organization. In addition, HR professionals who qualified and practiced in other countries will benefit greatly from the program as it places great emphasis on Canadian HR practices.

Graduates will have a strong foundation in all areas of human resources management, preparing them for a wide variety of employment opportunities including: human resources administrators, recruitment officers, labour relations officers, training coordinators, health and safety specialists and employee benefits administrators.