Diploma in Human Resources Management

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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

Course Descriptions

DHRM 01 – 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 02 – Human Resources Analytics, Organizational Effectiveness and Strategy

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 03 – 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 04 – 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 05 – 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 06 – Recruitment, Retention and Selection

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.

Program Formats


Ashton’s Diploma in Human Resources full-time program is available in an online and in-class format.

The full-time program extends over a twelve week period and includes 20 hours of instructional time per week.

For the in-class program, classes are held daily, Monday to Friday, from 8:30am to 12:30pm, in Vancouver.

For the online program, students can complete the program in the same amount of time but remotely. They can access course information from any internet-enabled device using Google Apps for Education.

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 Ashton’s Diploma in Human Resources part-time program is available in an online and in-class format.

The part-time program extends over a nine month period and includes 6 hours of instructional time per week.

For the in-class program, classes are held twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, in Vancouver.

The online format is based around live learning using synchronous and asynchronous tools. Webinars are scheduled twice a week, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm, and are used as a strategy for interaction between students and instructors. Students can access course information and webinar sessions from any internet-enabled device.

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Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting Ashton’s General Admission Requirements, applicants must also be proficient in English. (See Policy 1033)

Technical Requirements

Students enrolled in online program formats should note:

Ashton College uses Adobe Connect and Google Apps for Education to provide a set of software tools designed to help instructors and students connect and collaborate online.

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 their 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.

Students should have regular access to a computer, laptop or smart phone to access all class materials.


Tuition fees (all formats): $4,200.00, due and payable at least one week prior to the cohort start date. Students with guaranteed funding arrangements will be exempt from this requirement provided that they produce documentary proof at least one week prior to the cohort start date.

Note: Tuition fees (all formats) do not include the cost of required textbooks. Please see the “Program Materials” section below for more details.

Please note, Ashton College no longer accepts credit cards for tuition payments. Please click here to view a full list of payment options.

Program Materials

Please note, the program costs listed above do not include the cost of textbooks. Students are responsible for purchasing their textbooks and should note that textbooks may take up to three weeks to be delivered by providers. For a complete list of textbooks required for the Diploma in Human Resources Management program, please click here.

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.