Human Resources Management Diploma Program (Live Online)

  • Formats:

    Live Online

  • Duration:

    240 hours

  • Registration Fee:

    $200 (Domestic)
    $300 (International)

  • Tuition Fee:

    $4,200 (Domestic)
    $5,460 (International)

Start Date

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Full Time: May 10, 2021 – July 30, 2021

Part Time: July 06, 2021 – March 26, 2022

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Program Overview

The Diploma in Human Resources Management (DHRM) program provides students with a foundational knowledge of Canadian HR principles and practices. Whether you are new to the field or are an internationally trained professional looking to enter the Canadian job market, our DHRM program allows you to reach your goals effectively and efficiently.

If you are passionate about people and creating positive, healthy work environments, then you are the perfect fit for a career in human resources. HR professionals are in high demand in Canada and the work is both dynamic and rewarding.

The DHRM program teaches skills for building and maintaining effective relationships at all levels of an organization. Students will explore workforce planning, human resources development, compensation and benefits, labour relations and occupational health and safety. The program prepares students to face the current challenges in the HR industry by giving them a solid foundation.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Evaluate core processes in human resources 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 legislations and their effects on employee relations and working conditions.
  7. Evaluate the application of key practical approaches to contemporary human resource problems in an organizational context.
  8. Encourage an approach to the practice of human resource management that is proactive and thoughtful rather than reactive.
  9. Communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders both verbally and in writing.

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

This course introduces the importance of professional practice in human resources. It also emphasizes the strategic contribution of human resources to a business plan. Topics include fundamental areas of human resources knowledge including the areas of responsibility and general principles of HR management within the Canadian environment. The course also explores how effective HR management can build professional, supportive relationships and maintain the wellbeing of an organization.

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 with the following elements: organizational strategy, HRM strategy, environmental influences on HRM, job analysis, HR management systems and forecasting supply and demand.

DHRM 02: Human Resources Analytics, Organizational Effectiveness and Strategy

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 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 a strategic analysis of a human resources 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: Total Rewards

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 04: Employee and Labour Relations

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 05: Organizational Learning, Development and Training

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

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the criteria as set out in our Admissions Policy.

NOTE: We have made special temporary arrangements to accept the result of the Duolingo Online Test for those Applicants who are unable to access our existing English Language Proficiency testing options due to test centre closures. Please refer to this memorandum for further information. 


Live Online

Full Time:

  • May 10, 2021 – July 30, 2021
    • 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:

  • July 06, 2021 – March 26, 2022
    • Webinars will be held Tuesdays & Thursdays from 5:30 pm to 7:00 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): $4,200
  • Tuition fee (International): $5,460

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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