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

  • Formats:

    Live Online and

    In-Class

  • Duration:

    260 hours

  • Application:

    $40 (Domestic)

    $140 (International)

  • Tuition Fee:

    $4,550 (Domestic)

    $5,915 (International)

    + textbook fee

    ~$900

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Offered again in 2023

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Offered again in 2023

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Human Resources Diploma: Program Overview

The Diploma in Human Resources Management (DHRM) program helps you understand how human resources professionals manage an organization's employees. This program supports all the activities that go into providing services and working with an organization's management 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.

SHRM Academically Aligned Program

The Ashton College Diploma in Human Resources Management is proudly aligned with the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). With over 300,000 members in over 165 countries, The Society of Human Resources Management is truly a global HR Organization. SHRM offers two sought-after credentials, the SHRM-CP (Certified Professional) and the SHRM-SCP (Certified Senior Certified Professional). A student enrolled in Ashton College's DHRM is entitled to take the SHRM-CP credential examination without any further education and at a reduced examination fee. Ashton College DHRM students can also register for a reduced rate membership in SHRM to receive all member benefits.

Students do not have to take their SHRM Credential Examination in Canada. After completing the Diploma in Human Resources Management, students can take either the SHRM-CP or the SHRM-SCP at any in-person Prometric Testing Centre worldwide or online using Prometric's ProProctor platform. For more information, please visit https://www.prometric.com/shrm.

Local and Global Companies not only recognize the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credentials but actively seek graduates with these credentials.

From job postings on Indeed.ca:

  • “A leading industry HR Certification a strong plus: SPHR, SHRM-CP or SHRM-CPS”
  • “Preferred: SHRM-CP or PHR certification”
  • “SHRM certification preferred (PHR, SPHR or SHRM-CP)”
  • “HR certification or currently pursuing a certification (e.g., SHRM-CP, PHR)”
  • “SHRM-CP certification would be an asset”

 

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Learning Objectives

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

  • 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
  • Promote the best human resources practices in an organization
  • Contribute to the monitoring of health and safety in the workplace
  • Analyze forms of adaptation to a changing environment and implement change in a logical way
  • Define implementation strategies for job redesign and work re-organization
  • Analyze industrial relations legislation and its effects on employee relations and working conditions
  • Apply key practical approaches to contemporary HR problems in an organizational context
  • Encourage a proactive approach to the practice of HR management rather than reactive
  • Communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders both verbally and in writing
  • Understand organizational behaviour and its role in the modern-day workplace

Goals of the Program

  • 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
  • To train students in the practices of human resources management by fostering conceptual knowledge and analytical and critical thought
  • To familiarize students with the major trends in the HR industry
  • To provide the infrastructure to discuss HR issues in depth
  • To equip students with the skills, ethics and attitudes for effective professional practice

Human Resources Career Opportunities

This program is designed for:

  • Emerging HR professionals
  • Individuals who hold leadership or management positions, who are employed as HR professionals
  • Those who are preparing for transition into leadership, management, or HR roles

The Diploma in Human Resources Management will teach you how to find and develop talent, create effective policies, and manage organizational change. Graduates will have the skills to work in different human resources positions. These include human resources administrator, personnel and recruitment officer, labour relations officer, training coordinator, compensation analyst, health and safety specialist, or benefits administrator.

To learn more about a potential career in Human Resources Management, please visit our blog.

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 have the option to study full-time or part-time, so they can easily fit their studies into any schedule.

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 Behaviour (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).

Faculty

Subject to change without notice

Heidi Bachert-Burke - Ashton College InstructorHeidi Bachert-Burke

Heidi Bachert-Burke brings 20+ years of progressive knowledge and experience working as a Human Resources Professional. The majority of these years were with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto, where she worked in a Senior Management HR & Administration role for news and multimedia platforms.

 

Jabeen Boga - Ashton College InstructorJabeen Boga

Jabeen Boga is a Human Resources professional with over ten years of progressive experience across a wide variety of human resources functions that include employee relations, performance management, change management, HRIS, health and safety and total rewards. In addition to this, she is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR), Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) with responsibility for offices that span across Western Canada.

 

Rachael D’Silva - Ashton College InstructorRachael D’Silva

Rachael D’Silva is a Human Resources Professional with 15 years of experience working in Human Resources, Labour Relations, Occupational Health & Safety and Payroll. She has spent the last five years researching and incorporating Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion programs into the workplace. While she provides full spectrum HR support, she sees herself as an HR Specialist passionate about inclusion, belonging and safety, supporting businesses in the private and non-profit sectors. She is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR), an SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), and a member of the Canadian Federation of University Women.

Ndaba Dube - Ashon College InstructorNdaba Dube

Ndaba, passionately known as Andy, is a lifelong learner and human resources professional with more than 20 years of combined leadership experience in the government, municipalities, and mining industry in Canada and abroad. Apart from teaching at Ashton College, Andy is currently a Human Resources Director for one of the municipalities in British Colombia. Andy also works as a part-time Independent Consultant through his consulting company, Crater Leadership Consultants.

 

Su-Yan Gay - Ashton College InstructorSu-Yan Gay

Su-Yan Gay is a Human Resources Professional who brings over 15 years of HR experience to Ashton College. For over ten years, Su-Yan worked for a large crown corporation where she served as the Manager for Learning & Development. Her most recent position took her to Alberta, where she held a Senior HR Advisor role within a municipal government organization. Based in Toronto, Su-Yan is currently managing her HR consulting firm (NAYUS Consulting Group) where she is working with small business owners in the Caribbean, assisting them with their human resources and talent management needs.

Sarah Gayer - Ashton College InstructorSarah Gayer

Sarah Gayer is a Human Resources professional and Chartered Mediator, who brings over 20 years of experience consulting with organizations in the private sector, such as pulp and paper, plastics, retail, communications, medical, manufacturing, financial, and the not-for-profit sector. Sarah’s credentials include a Bachelor of Commerce degree from York University, a Chartered Mediator designation from the ADR Institute of Ontario and advanced certificates in Conflict Management from the University of Waterloo and Dispute Resolution from York University.

Mariana Gerenska

Mariana Gerenska has 25 years of education, human resources management, training and development, leadership development, talent and organizational performance improvement experience, and advanced credentials across countries and continents. She is passionate and committed to supporting every learner to achieve their professional and personal growth objectives, enjoy a satisfying career and contribute their best to our society. Mariana has recently acquired her Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from Graduate Fielding University in Santa Barbara, California, and is a role model of life-long learning.

Christine Palack - Ashton College InstructorChristine Palack

A community-minded, socially engaged, Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR), Christine is working towards her Master of Arts in Leadership through Royal Roads University. Christin obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Diploma in Human Resources Management from the British Columbia Institute of Technology and is a Certified Coach Practitioner, a Charter Professional in Human Resources (CPHR), and certified by the Society of Human Resources Management as a Senior Certified Professional ​(SHRM-SCP​).

Catalina Policzer - Ashton College InstructorCatalina Policzer

Catalina has worked in generalist and specialist HR roles for over ten years. She is currently the Senior Manager, HR & Operations at the Peter Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia. Before then, her work experience includes Senior Manager, Engagement and Operations Director at the Sauder School of Business, HR Adviser for Central HR at UBC, and HR Manager for Harvest Power. Catalina also spent years working in various administrative roles before moving into an HR career. She completed her Human Resources Diploma through BCIT in 2009 and obtained her Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) in 2011.

Claudia Roubaud - Ashton College InstructorClaudia Roubaud

Claudia Roubaud is a professional with over twelve years of progressive experience and knowledge across a wide variety of business management functions. She has been with The City of Calgary municipality for over ten years in various capacities. She is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) and a Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Law & Society (pre-Law) from the University of Calgary, a Master in Business Administration (MBA) graduate degree from the University of Phoenix, as well as several continuing education certificates.

Harshil Thakrar - Ashton College InstructorHarshil Thakrar

Harshil Thakrar is an accomplished and engaging senior human resources professional with over 15 years of progressive human resources leadership experience in multiple industries, including public, private, union and non-unionized organizations. Harshil is passionate about teaching and sharing with students his extensive knowledge and background in collaborative leadership and innovative training, change management, employee engagement and building strong performance management cultures.

Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements for Domestic Students

Domestic students need ONE of the following:

  • Canadian Passport
  • Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence
  • Legal documentation from IRCC

And you must prove the following:

  • You have successfully completed a B.C. Secondary School diploma or the equivalent of one
  • You are at least 19 years old before the first day of your program

English Language Proficiency Requirements for Domestic Students

Are you a domestic student?

You must show your language proficiency in ONE of the following ways:

  • Completion of BC English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12 or Literary Studies 12 with a minimum grade of C+ (or equivalents); or
  • Completion of three or more consecutive years of secondary education or two or more consecutive years of post-secondary education at a recognized institution where the language of instruction is English; or
  • Achieve the competency standard of a Test of English Language Proficiency as set out in Section 5.4 below. Scores for standardized English language tests are only valid for a 24-month period from the date of testing.

English is presumed to be the language of instruction in the following countries:

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

Approved English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores

  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE): minimum score of 58 or C
  • The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): minimum score of 55
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP): General 6
  • Duolingo: minimum score of 110 (temporary due to COVID)
  • International English Language Testing (IELTS): academic level with a minimum overall score of 6.0
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet-based test: academic level with a minimum score of 79-80 and a minimum of 19-20 on each band
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper-based test: minimum score of 550 and a minimum of 23 each for reading, writing, and listening

General Admission Requirements for International Students

International students need:

  • A valid passport from their country of citizenship and a valid study permit

And you must prove the following:

  • You have successfully completed a B.C. Secondary School diploma or the equivalent of one
  • You are at least 19 years old before the first day of your program

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students

Are you an international student?

You must show your language proficiency in ONE of the following ways:

  • Completion of BC English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12 or Literary Studies 12 with a minimum grade of C+ (or equivalents); or
  • Completion of three or more consecutive years of secondary education or two or more consecutive years of post-secondary education at a recognized institution where the language of instruction is English; or
  • Achieve the competency standard of a Test of English Language Proficiency as set out in Section 5.4 below. Scores for standardized English language tests are only valid for a 24-month period from the date of testing.

English is presumed to be the language of instruction in the following countries:

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

Approved English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores

  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE): minimum score of 58 or C
  • The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): minimum score of 55
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP): General 6
  • Duolingo: minimum score of 110 (temporary due to COVID)
  • International English Language Testing (IELTS): academic level with a minimum overall score of 6.0
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet-based test: academic level with a minimum score of 79-80 and a minimum of 19-20 on each band
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper-based test: minimum score of 550 and a minimum of 23 each for reading, writing, and listening

General Admission Requirements for Mature Students

Do you identify as a mature student?

To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You are at least 19 years of age at the start of their program
  • You have not completed a B.C. Secondary School diploma or the equivalent of one

Application Requirements

Mature Students must submit ALL of the following:

  • At least one letter of reference from a person who is not related to you
  • A statement of intent clearly outlining your career goals and your reasons for believing you will succeed in the program
  • A personal profile of 250 words or less

Additional Requirements

You must meet all of the program-specific and non-academic requirements where listed. In some cases, you may need to complete a placement exam to determine academic readiness.

 

Dates

Live Online

Full-Time:

  • Offered again in 2023
    • Online classes are held Monday to Friday from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm PST
    • Students must devote at least 20 hours per week to attending online classes, seminars, and laboratories online
    • Seminars and laboratory times are decided at the start of the cohort

In-Class

  • Offered again in 2023
    • Classes are held Monday to Friday from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm PST
    • Students must devote at least 20 hours per week to attending classes, seminars, and laboratories in-person
    • Seminars and laboratory times are decided at the start of the cohort

Fees

Tuition fees for the program are payable in three instalments. The first instalment is due 2 weeks prior to the 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: $40 (Domestic Students) or $140 (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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