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In today's dynamic business environment, effective human resources (HR) management is the driving force behind success. Recognizing the contributions of people and their unique value is fundamental to building a great business. As a qualified HR professional, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the formulation of human resources management systems that enable organizations to achieve strategic business goals and enhance overall organizational performance.

About the Diploma in Human Resources Management

The Human Resources Management diploma program has been developed to provide you with the fundamental knowledge, skills and values to become a successful HR professional. The courses--all approved by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)--have been designed to assist you with understanding the day-to-day realities of working within the HR field. The courses include a mix of lectures, case studies, small group work, simulations and role playing. Our program instructors bring a wealth of knowledge and relevant work experience to the classroom. These experts will guide and coach you to develop the core competencies required to be proficient in the field of HR. If you are interested in a career in HR or are already working as an HR professional and looking to upgrade your skills, then the HR Management diploma program may be just right for you.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • Apply the theories and concepts of human resources management as they relate to the professional practice of a human resources professional
  • Demonstrate skills and knowledge in the areas of human resources functions such as strategic human resources planning, job analysis and design, labour relations, compensation and benefits, legal compliance, recruitment and selection, learning and development and occupational health and safety.
  • Consider and implement ethical and moral practices as a human resources professional
  • Utilize evidence-based research to inform best practices in human resources management

Program Requirements

In order to receive your Diploma in HR Management, you must complete 10 courses within the program; these include nine HRPA-approved courses and one elective. There are no formal admission requirements for individuals interested in registering for most of the courses. Courses are offered in the fall, winter and summer semesters. Once enrolled in the program, you will have 10 years to complete the program requirements.


As a graduate of the program, there are a variety of sectors where you can enter the HR field--including education, health care, manufacturing, government, and community development. Positions may include HR Assistant, HR Generalist or Specialist, Payroll Analyst, Compensation and Benefits Specialist, Learning and Development Consultant, Employee Relations Advisor, etc.

Additional Information

If you would like additional information on this diploma, please email our main office or phone us at 519-767-5000.


Minimum Required

9 Course(s)

All mandatory courses in the program have been approved by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). After completing the nine mandatory courses, you will be eligible to write the National Knowledge Exam that is administered by the HRPA as a requirement for the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation.
Minimum Required

1 Course(s)

You must complete one elective course in order to meet the academic requirements for the diploma. Electives may include an online degree-credit course or a face-to-face continuing education course. 

Participants may take two courses from another institution that can be used toward the diploma requirements or 50% (5 courses) from approved University of Guelph undergraduate courses. To have outside courses considered, a written request asking for a transfer of credit needs to be sent to the Manager, Program Development along with an official transcript sent directly from the academic institution.

The following online courses may be taken as electives:

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