Business and Leadership
Continuing & Professional Education

in Human Resources Management

Part-time, in-class or online study tailored for:

  • human resources professionals
  • supervisors
  • managers

Focused on enhanc­ing the learn­ers’ abil­i­ties to think strate­gi­cal­ly,
while also explor­ing effec­tive human resource man­age­ment process­es, meth­ods, and techniques

In the era of knowl­edge-based economies, human cap­i­tal has become a crit­i­cal fac­tor for orga­ni­za­tion­al suc­cess. Tal­ent­ed intel­lec­tu­al cap­i­tal is a cov­et­ed asset, one that can make the dif­fer­ence between a thriv­ing busi­ness and one that fails to grow. Man­ag­ing this cap­i­tal is the vital role of the human resource func­tion, from recruit­ing the best to get­ting the best out of them.

The Human Resources Man­age­ment Cer­tifi­cate from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Alberta’s Fac­ul­ty of Exten­sion is focused on enhanc­ing the learn­ers’ abil­i­ties to think strate­gi­cal­ly, while also explor­ing effec­tive human resource man­age­ment process­es, meth­ods, and tech­niques. Con­tent cov­ered includes work­force plan­ning, man­ag­ing per­for­mance, HR met­rics, strate­gic man­age­ment, labour rela­tions, and change management.

Par­tic­i­pants in this pro­gram are gen­er­al­ly inter­est­ed in work­ing in the area of human resources or in a super­vi­so­ry or man­age­ment posi­tion. Stu­dents come from all sec­tors: gov­ern­ment, indus­try, not-for-prof­it orga­ni­za­tions, and small to large enterprise.


Examine current issues in human resources management.

Understand how and why the human resources function is an integral part of an organization’s core management team.

Explore the theory and practice of organizational environment and structure, and the behaviour of groups and individuals within organizations.

Acquire up-to-date information in employee benefits, compensation administration, labour relations, grievance arbitration, and more.

Will help you better prepare to be successful in writing the National Knowledge Exam (NKE - the CPHR entrance exam)

All of us at Extension are looking forward to welcoming you to our virtual classrooms this season with courses that are tailor-made for online delivery. Join us!
A note about COVID-19 measures

If you see a program on our website announced as an in-person or downtown Edmonton offering, please disregard the format—but not the program. Fall & Winter courses have been converted to remote delivery platforms. Register for a course online or apply to a program via email, and keep learning!

  • University of Alberta parchment in as little as 2 years
  • Pay as you go

Enrolling in the pro­gram is a require­ment if you want to obtain the cer­tifi­cate. You may apply for admis­sion as you start your stud­ies or, if you pre­fer, after you have tak­en one or more courses.

We are open to stu­dents with a vari­ety of edu­ca­tion­al and pro­fes­sion­al back­grounds. Our expec­ta­tion is that you have a com­mit­ment to learn and achieve your con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion goals.

Stu­dents who com­plete the entire Change Man­age­ment work­shop series can receive cred­it for 39 hours of elec­tive cred­it towards this Human Resource Man­age­ment Cer­tifi­cate. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact our pro­gram office at 7804923027.

Accred­i­ta­tion Opportunity

The Human Resources Man­age­ment pro­gram will help you bet­ter pre­pare to be suc­cess­ful in writ­ing the Nation­al Knowl­edge Exam (NKE).

This part-time program is comprised of four core courses and four electives courses. Each course is 39 hours in length, for a total of 312 instructional hours. Typical course load is one to two courses per term. When following this structure, most students are able to fulfill the certificate requirements within two to three years.

Courses do not have to be completed in any specific order, allowing students to choose the courses that best fit their schedule in any given term. Evening, weekend, and weekday learning opportunities are available to accommodate a variety of schedules.

A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 is required to obtain the certificate (3.5 or higher earns a certificate with distinction).

Once you are admitted, you can verify your program requirements by logging into the University of Alberta’s student portal, Bear Tracks, to view your Academic Advisement.

  • An appli­ca­tion fee of $100 is required for admis­sion into the program.
  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you reg­is­ter for your classes.
  • Cours­es are GST-exempt.
  • Some cours­es require a text­book at an addi­tion­al cost.
  • Eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant.
  • Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at excorp@​ualberta.​ca for pre­ferred pricing.
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