Human Resources - 825

Mohawk College Certificate
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Program Length ~ 16 - 36 months (click for annual course schedule) 
Cost ~$500 per course + textbooks
Intakes Fall, Winter, Spring
Application Process Students can register without applying

Program Highlights

Acquire theoretical and practical knowledge and the skills required to become a successful practitioner of Human Resources Management in the areas of recruitment, training, performance management, compensation, health and safety, and labour relations.

All courses are approved by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). 

All courses are offered online each term (Fall, Winter, and Spring) with multiple monthly intakes within those terms as well as accelerated course deliveries to provide flexibility. Refer to the OntarioLearn Courses page for upcoming start dates. Register early as courses often fill up quickly.

Human Resources National Certification Process

The nine courses in the Mohawk College Human Resources Certificate program are the required courses outlined by the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) to obtain the Certified Human Resources Professional designation (CHRP).

To receive the CHRP designation students must:

1. Be a member of the Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario
2. Complete the nine required courses (minimum average of 70% with no courses grade below 65%)
3. Pass the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam 1 (CKE 1).
4. Pass CHRP Employment Law Exam
5. Complete HRPA Job Ready Program 

For detailed information, please refer to the HRPA website (opens new window) or call 1-800-387-1311.

Effective October 2014 a University degree is no longer required for the CHRP designation.

Please be aware each course expires 10 years after completion. 

Continuing Education at Mohawk

Students can take just one or as many courses in the Program of Studies as they would like. If students complete all required courses from the Program of Studies, they can apply for the certificate. Visit Continuing Education for further information on our programs. For information on credentials and how they differ from one another visit Continuing Education Credentials. In this program, all courses are online, and each course requires about 5-10 hours per week of commitment. Two of the courses are offered in the accelerated format (BUSNPIR22 and HRESPIR20) but they are also offered in the regular format. Accelerated courses offer the same content, just at a faster pace, so the workload is heavier.

Online Experience

Students have free access to Microsoft Office 365, (which includes Microsoft Office 2013) Lynda, and many other technological resources described below. For more information on online learning, and specifically Ontario Learn which is the platform for these courses in this program, click here.

Financial Information

With Continuing Education, each course is priced individually and students only pay for the course(s) they choose to register for. For financial assistance related inquiries please click here or contact 1-844-767-6871. Keep in mind, course prices do not include textbook fees. Visit the Mohawk College Bookstore Textbook Search (opens in new window) for information on textbooks

Student Services

Peer Tutoring:

Click here to view information on peer tutoring available.


Our Accessible Learning Services Counsellors, Accessibility Support Officers, and Learning Skills Advisor/Adaptive Technologist work with students with disabilities to develop a personalized program of services and academic accommodations. For more information, click here.

Library Resources:

Find out about library computers available and how to borrow laptops and Chromebooks. For more information, click here.

Program Contact
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  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR 19 years of age or older.

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2018/19 academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Business.

Click on the Course number or Course title for more information on each course.

Visit the Mohawk College Bookstore Textbook Search (opens in new window) for information on textbooks.

This entire Program of Studies has 9 courses and courses are approximately 5-10 hours of work per week. Every course in this program is offered every semester. For more information on our annual course offering schedule, please view this link.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Many human resource management decisions represent important inputs to an organization's plans and operational results. In order to be able to make well rounded decisions, it is critical for human resource managers to understand measurement bases and reporting methodologies used in accounting and to appreciate the accounting dimension in the management of personnel functions.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: HRESHRM04
Course description: Explore the psychology of the learning process and the design, implementation, and evaluation of training programs within organizations.
Credits: 4
Equivalents: BUSNPIR16 or HRESHRM14
Course description: Functioning effectively as a member of a team or department within an organization demands understanding of the conceptual framework and some key behavioural skills. In this course, you will develop a range of individual and interpersonal skills, with emphasis on group problem solving; leadership, power and influence; conflict resolution; group dynamics and intergroup functioning.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: HRESHRM02 or BUSNOB371 or MGMTBPC01
Course description: To provide students with a greater emphasis to the importance of total comprehensation and its relevance for achieving substainable competition advantage. You will discuss up-to-date trends and practices, as well as ethical issues affecting compensation practices.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: HRESHRM13
Course description: Students learn the principles and techniques of effective human resource planning. Particular attention is devoted to the assessment of organizational needs, the utilization of HRIS and the design of action plans by which staffing goals will be met.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: HRESHRM08
Course description: Recruitment and Selection, if conducted properly, can make a tremendous contribution to the overall effectiveness of an organization. This course examines the different means of recruiting applicants, the various screening techniques available and how to ensure that the accumulated information concerning the candidate is critically assessed in making the selection decision.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: HRESHRM11
Course description: Industrial relations in Canada is a rich and enlightening study. In this introductory course, you will gain a good grasp of industrial relations terminology and concepts, the historical development of the Canadian industrial relations system, contemporary trade unionism and collective bargaining.
Credits: 3
Course description: Examine management challenges and strategic issues related to orientation and training, job analysis, appraisal and self-assessment, compensation and benefits.
Credits: 4
Equivalents: MGMTBPC01 or HRESHRM01
Course description: This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to the Occupational Health & Safety Act. Students will gain a good grasp of all the pertinent legislation included in this Act.
Credits: 3

Below are some possible Career Opportunities upon completing the Human Resources Certificate:

  • Human Resources Generalist, Administrative Assistant, or Coordinator
  • Human Resources Management Entry-level positions
  • Recruiter
  • Talent Acquisition Specialist
  • Training and Development Coordinator
  • Compensation and Benefits Administrator
  • Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator
  • Labour Relations Assistant
  • Health and Safety Assistant

Randstad reports that “…there are currently over 130,000 human resources professionals in Canada. There was an increase of 3,925 jobs in HR in the past year, indicating healthy growth.” 


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