Human Resource Management certificate

Certificate $Per course 1-3 years (Part-time) Continuous Abbotsford
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The Human Resource Management program is designed to provide you with a strategic outlook on the practice of human resources. Based on the required professional skills identified for the certified human resources professional designation, experienced professional’s present key HR practices and issues related to today’s workplaces. This program created for individuals currently working in the human resources field or wishing to enter the field. The HR program will be most beneficial to people who want to increase their level of knowledge and skills in order to manage their position more strategically or who wish to advance within the field.



UFV’s Human Resource Management certificate program will help prepare you to make the move from highly-skilled administrative assistant to a specialized HR professional, fully versed in the skills needed in the demanding HR profession. You will learn the basics of engaging employees, managing your employees’ performance, hiring employees, leadership skills, and much more. UFV offers small class sizes for individualized attention.

The program is divided into nine core courses and five elective courses as listed below.

Core Courses

• Employment Development
• Employee Rewards: A Total Comprehensive Approach
• Handling HR Issues
• Hiring for Performance
• HR Policies and Procedures: The Basics
• Increasing Employee Engagement
• Managing Employee Performance
• Strategic Human Resources Management
• Understanding Leadership

Elective Courses

• BC Employment Law
• Designing Employee Orientation programs
• Introduction to Labour Relations
• Measuring HR’s Impact
• Workplace Health and Safety

You will receive a grade mark for each course in the program on classroom participation, assignments, study projects, and examination results. You must achieve an 85 percent overall grade average and attendance of 90 percent in each course to earn the certificate. The grading procedure for this program is based on UFV’s Applied Business Technology grading system policy. Letter grades are awarded; students, if they choose, can order and pay for official transcripts upon completion of the entire program.

Who knows more about Human Resource Management duties than those who are currently working in the industry? Not only do our instructors have high academic qualifications, but they are also current, successful practitioners of the ideas they will be sharing with you. They are committed instructors who are passionate about communicating their knowledge and cultivating enthusiasm in their students.


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BC Employment Law
This module introduces the basics of key employment law in BC including the Employment Standards Act, Human Rights Code, and the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). The content will address how to interpret this legislation, the impact of employment legislation on workplace practices, and how to handle key employment issues impacted by this legislation. The content focuses on practising human resources within a non-unionized workplace but will also address which parts of the legislation are applicable within a unionized workplace.

ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook centre
(20200 BISC HRM11 A5A) Barbara Adams, 1 session, Sat, 9 am–2:30 pm, $92. Feb 1

Employee Development and Training
Effective organizations require knowledgeable and skilled employees. These high performing employees possess the competencies to perform their current roles and responsibilities and often possess a certain level of competency for career advancement within the organization. This module introduces you to current learning approaches and talent management strategies for the development of their employees. The content will include an introduction to corporate and individual training needs assessment, onboarding and orientation approaches, succession planning, and training program design. You will leave with a format for your overall corporate training plan.

ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook centre
(20199 BISC HRM05 A5A) Barbara Adams, 5 sessions, Mon, Thu, 6:30–9:30 pm, $235. Starts Feb 17

Employee Rewards
The overall objective of this module is to provide a basic understanding of the key components of a total compensation strategy, that combination of direct financial rewards, such as base salary and bonuses, with indirect financial rewards such as benefits, retirement savings plans, and recognition programs. You will learn to determine the appropriate mix of cash and non-cash rewards that are appropriate for his/her organization, the basics of designing base pay (salary) structures, how to identify the level and mix of benefits offered to employees, and how non-cash rewards such as recognition or employment development programs can be integrated into the employee’s total compensation package.

ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook centre
(20198 BISC HRM09 A5A) Barbara Adams, 5 sessions, Mon, Thu, 6:30–9:30 pm, $235. Starts Apr 3

Introduction to Labour Relations
This module introduces the basics of current labour relations legislation in BC, how to interpret this legislation, and the impact of LR legislation on workplace practices. You will learn examples of good LR practices, tips for managing within the unionized workplace, and how to handle everyday labour relations issues. The content focuses on practising human resources within a unionized workplace.

ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook centre
(40177 BISC HRM10 A5A) Barbara Adams, 1 session, Sat, 9 am–2:30 pm, $92. May 3

Strategic Human Resources Management
This module provides you with an introduction to the strategic role of human resources within today’s business environment. The course content clearly defines what it takes to align human resources with the organization’s business strategy, create a human resources plan, align HR functions with this plan, and successfully manage the human resources function. The content also includes an introduction to key human resources functions within organizations. As a result, you will develop an understanding of how to better position human resources as a strategic and influential partner within your business.

ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook centre
(40176 BISC HRM01 A5A) Barbara Adams, 5 sessions, Mon, Thu, 6:30–9:30 pm, $235. Starts May 12. No class May 19.

Understanding Leadership
As HR professionals take on additional responsibilities as strategic business partner, their role changes and they are able to have a greater impact on the organization but only if they develop and demonstrate essential leadership skills. This module introduces you to the topic of leadership, builds understanding of the difference between leading and managing, and examines the most current theories of key leadership practices. You will examine your personal leadership style and its potential impact on how you lead the HR function within your organization.

ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook centre
(40175 BISC HRM08 A5A) Barbara Adams, 5 sessions, Mon, Thu, 6:30–9:30 pm, $235. Starts Jun 9

Last updated December 2013


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