Human Resources Management Diploma Program (Live Online and In-Class)

  • Formats:

    Live Online

  • Duration:

    260 hours

  • Registration Fee:

    $200 (Domestic)
    $300 (International)

  • Tuition Fee:

    $4,550 (Domestic)
    $5,915 (International)

Start Date

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Full Time: February 14, 2022 – May 18, 2022

Part Time:October 05, 2021 – July 22, 2022


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Full Time: October 18, 2021 – January 25, 2022

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Human Resources: Program Overview

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 staff member to the chief executive. The program supports all of the activities dealing with the reality of providing services and working alongside an organization’s managing team. The focus is on HR skills that build effective relationships at all levels of an organization. During the program, students will explore a number of important topics including workforce planning, human resources development, compensation and benefits, labour relations, occupational health and safety and HRIS software.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate core processes in HR practices associated with strategic planning, acquisition and development, utilization of human resources, establishment and improvement of labour and employee relations, and compensation and administration issues.
  2. Promote the best human resources practices in an organization.
  3. Contribute to the monitoring of health and safety in the workplace.
  4. Analyze diverse forms of adaptation to a changing environment and implement change in a logical and planned way.
  5. Define implementation strategies for job redesign and work re-organization.
  6. Analyze the application of industrial relations legislation and their effects on employee relations and working conditions.
  7. Evaluate the application of key practical approaches to contemporary HR problems in an organizational context.
  8. Encourage an approach to the practice of HR management that is proactive and thoughtful rather than reactive.
  9. Communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders both verbally and in writing.
  10. Understand organizational behaviour and its role in the modern day workplace.

Goals of the Program

  1. To provide students with the information and skills necessary to succeed in the field of human resources management, including knowledge of recruitment, selection and training of employees, health and safety, employment law, and motivation and productivity.
  2. To train students in the practices of human resources management by fostering conceptual knowledge and analytical and critical thought.
  3. To familiarize students with the major trends in the HR industry.
  4. To provide the infrastructure for participants to discuss HR issues in depth.
  5. To equip students with the skills, ethics and attitudes for effective professional practice.

Career Opportunities

This program is designed for emerging HR professionals, individuals who hold leadership or management positions, who are employed as HR professionals, or who are preparing for transition into leadership, management, or HR roles. The Diploma in Human Resources Management is aimed at providing future HR professionals with the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to recruit and develop talent, craft effective policies, and manage organizational change. Graduates will possess the skills for employment in a variety of HR positions, including human resources administrator, personnel and recruitment officer, labour relations officer, training coordinator, compensation analyst, health and safety specialist, or benefits administrator.

Human Resources Management Diploma Format

The DHRM program is delivered through our LIVE Online format, allowing students to participate in classes from anywhere in the world with a stable internet connection. Students are able to easily fit their studies into even the busiest schedule as this program has both full-time and part-time offerings.

Course Descriptions

DHRM 01: Professional Practice in Human Resources (40 hours)

This course introduces the importance of professional practice in human resources. Human resources’ strategic contribution to an organization’s business plan is emphasized. Students will gain an understanding of the areas of responsibility and general principles of HR management within the Canadian environment and how effective HR management builds professional and supportive relationships while maintaining the well- being of an organization’s culture. The students will examine the impact of corporate and business strategy on human resources management stressing the importance of aligning human resources management policies and practices with organizational strategy. A strategic human resources planning model is introduced and includes the following elements: organizational strategy, HRM strategy, environmental influences on HRM, job analysis, HR management systems, forecasting supply and demand.

DHRM 02: Human Resources Analytics, Organizational Effectiveness and Strategy, Accounting and Finance (40 hours)

Organizational effectiveness applies the principles of lean management, change management and strategic human resources to assess the effectiveness of an organization’s processes, and recommend interventions that will build the organization’s capacity to achieve and sustain a desired capability, set of behaviours, or improved processes. Accounting and finance principles are also covered from the perspective of the HR professional as a business partner in the organization. The course will provide the students with an understanding of accounting information for the use of business managers and working knowledge of financial accounting for human resources managers. This course also integrates business and corporate strategy with elements of strategic human resources management. It challenges the role of HR professionals to move beyond HRM foundations to strategic heights. The students will develop strategic analysis of a human resource management issue and learn how to effectively manage human resources in a way that contributes to improved performance, productivity, and morale. This course introduces the student to the theory, concepts, and business application of human resources research, data, metrics, systems, analyses, and reporting.

DHRM 03: Organizational Behavior (20 hours)

Organizational Behaviour is a course that explores the context of these emerging workplace realities. It presents the study of factors that influence or are influenced by people at work. The course will focus on factors such as organizational structure, technology, and environment; group factors such as group dynamics, leadership, conflict change and decision making; and micro or individual factors such as personality, attitudes, perception and motivation. An understanding of these topics will help students understand the behaviour of individuals and teams in organizations and how these relate to the effective operation of organizations, and how to enhance the effectiveness of an organization’s human capital to gain competitive advantage and achieve organizational goals.

DHRM 04: Total Rewards (40 hours)

Desirable behaviours in an organization can be promoted with a strategically designed rewards plan and an organization’s reward system can have a significant impact on the profitability of the organization. This course will help to identify the elements of a systematic framework for designing an optimal reward system. Students will examine the strategic and behavioural framework for compensation, critical elements of rewards strategy, compensation values, performance pay and indirect pay.

DHRM 05: Employee and Labour Relations (40 hours)

The importance of employee relations and the intricacies of labour relations are significant components of strategic HR. Students will explore the best practices in union and non-union relations, grievance management, and dispute resolution processes including mediation and arbitration. This course will highlight controversies and issues related to the structure and functioning of today’s industrial relations system. The course emphasizes the practical, or process oriented, side of labour relations as it applies in today’s workplace. An overview of laws, regulations and guidelines for the HR professional will be provided, along with case studies and a discussion of current practices. Topics such as occupational health and safety within the Canadian legislative context, Workers’ Compensation and disability management, types of hazards and techniques for controlling them, and hazard control procedures will also be discussed.

DHRM 06: Organizational Learning, Development and Training (40 hours)

This course draws attention to the importance of organizational learning, development, and training. Organizational development often includes workplace improvements and training. These efforts are based on the ability to develop clear job and organizational expectations, improve job performance and reduce employee anxiety. Development programs and training enhance the employee’s initial skills as they build on the knowledge, skill and ability of the employee. This course provides a complete and comprehensive study of training and development theories, reflecting on the science and practice of the field. The course also explores the changing role of trainers, outsourcing, the aging workforce and e-learning.

The students will evaluate the importance of employee engagement as the commitment and energy that employees bring to work and is a key indicator of their involvement and dedication to the organization. Employees who are engaged are more productive, content and more likely to be loyal to an organization.

DHRM 07: Recruitment, Retention and Selection (40 hours)

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 other HR functional dimensions, this course introduces the principles and common practices associated with human resources information systems (HRIS).

Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

All Applicants, unless seeking Mature Student status, must provide proof and satisfy the following criteria:

  • Successful completion of a high school diploma or Adult Graduation Diploma; AND Are or will reach the age of nineteen (19) years on or before the start of the Program; or If less than nineteen (19) years of age on or before the start of the desired Program, have parental or guardian consent.
  • To qualify as a Mature Student, an Applicant must satisfy the following criteria:
    • Be 21 years of age or older; AND
    • Have not completed a high school diploma or an Adult Graduation Diploma; or
    • Have not attended high school for at least four (4) years; and/or
    • Have not received recognition for prior post-secondary education and training.

Applicants who qualify as Mature Students may be admitted to a Program at the discretion of the Registrar. In lieu of graduation documentation, the Registrar may require Applicants to provide any or all of the following:

  • Transcripts of completed education (secondary school or coursework at other post-secondary institutions);
  • Professional reference(s) from current or former employer(s);
  • Statement of intent clearly outlining the Applicant’s career goals and reasons for believing they will succeed in the desired Program;
  • Personal profile; and/or
  • Other forms of documentation that would aid in an Applicant’s candidacy.

Mature Students must meet all program-specific and non-academic requirements and, if deemed necessary, may be required to complete a pre-admission placement examination to determine academic readiness.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants must meet the College’s English Language Proficiency Requirements in ONE of the following ways:

  • Achieving a grade of 70% or higher in Canadian provincial/territorial English 12 or English Literature 12, or an equivalent examination; or
  • Immediately prior to applying to the College, completing two or more consecutive years of full-time post-secondary education in English within Canada or a country listed below; or achieving the competency standard of one of the Tests of English Language Proficiency
Two years of completed post-secondary study in English are accepted from the following Countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malta, Mauritius, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nigeria, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Acceptable English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores:
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE): A minimum score of 58.
  • The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): A minimum score of 60
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP): Academic Level of 4L and a CELPIP-General Level 7 in all components
  • Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB): A minimum score of 7
  • International English Language Testing (IELTS): Academic level with a minimum overall score of 6.0
  • International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP): Academic Level 3
  • Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency (MELAB): A minimum score of 76
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
    • Internet-based test: Academic Level with a minimum score of 79-80 (19-20 on each band); or
    • Paper-based test: 550 score; 23 on each for Reading, Writing, and Listening
  • Duolingo: 110 (Temporary until December 2021)



Live Online

Full Time:

  • February 14, 2022 – May 18, 2022
    • Webinars will be held Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm PST
    • Seminars and laboratory times are decided at the start of the cohort

Part Time:

  • October 05, 2021 – July 22, 2022
    • Webinars will be held Tuesdays & Thursdays from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm PST
    • Seminars and laboratory times are decided at the start of the cohort


  • October 18, 2021 – January 25, 2022
    • Webinars will be held Monday to Friday from 8:30 am  to 12:30 pm PST
    • Seminars and laboratory times are decided at the start of the cohort


Tuition fees for this program are due and payable 2 weeks prior to the cohort start date. Students with guaranteed funding arrangements will be exempt from this requirement provided they produce proof of funding before the cohort start date.

All formats of the program are eligible for Canada Student Loans, other forms of government funding, and bank financing. However students are responsible for making their own funding arrangements and are advised to contact the relevant funder well in advance of the start date to make an application.

Application and tuition fees for this program are as follows:

  • Application fee: $200 (Domestic Students) or $300 (International Students)
  • Tuition fee (Domestic): $4,550
  • Tuition fee (International): $5,915

Note: Tuition fees do not include the cost of the required textbooks. The approximate textbook fee is $900.

Technical Requirements

Live Online Students

Ashton College uses web conferencing tools to help instructors and students connect and collaborate live online. For the online classes, students need to have a fully functional computer system with a webcam, speakers and microphone or headset and headphones, along with a reliable high-speed internet connection. Though the classes can be accessed using smartphones and tablets, we recommend using a laptop or desktop computer for a better learning experience.

This program was reviewed and approved by the Registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.

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