Change is inevitable in today’s business world. As companies embrace the challenges of adapting and enhancing their organizations, they must look to the strength of their people. An organization’s success depends largely on attracting and retaining the right people, developing employees to achieve maximum potential and ensuring their efforts are rewarded. The Human Resources Management program at George Brown College in Toronto gives you these skills.

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Program name
Human Resources Management
Experiential learning
Work Experience (Co-op or Internship) Required
12 months (2 semesters in-class, 1 semester work experience)
Starting month
September, January, May
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Method of study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 Open
May 2021 Open
International students
Sept. 2020 Closed
Jan. 2021 Opens Apr 6, 2020
May 2021 Opens Aug 3, 2020

Full Description

Organizations today require engaged, motivated employees who understand how to effectively support organizational goals while enhancing their own skills and knowledge. Becoming a valued advisor to the business is a Human Resources (HR) imperative, and understanding how to effectively demonstrate a set of key behaviours is of utmost importance.

George Brown’s Human Resources Management graduate certificate program comprehensively covers the key HR functions in this exciting field. Taught by seasoned HR professionals with industry experience, the program blends business-related theory and practical application to highlight how HR functions as a strategic partner to business units. Students explore the role of the HR department and the key accountability requirements to demonstrate a high level of professionalism in a work-related setting.

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

  • Describe how employment legislation impacts human resources
  • Design human resources policies and programs
  • Facilitate employee training and development
  • Ensure health and safety in the workplace
  • Recruit and select employees
  • Promote diversity
  • Manage performance
  • Recommend strategic change initiatives
  • Develop a total rewards system
  • Manage employee/labour relations
  • Create a comprehensive human resources plan

For those students who wish to pursue the Certified Human Resources Professional designation (CHRP), all applicable courses in the B408 program are HRPA approved. The courses prepare students to write the National Knowledge Exam offered by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). Refer to for requirements and additional information on this designation.

This Centre for Business program is part of our School of Human Resources.

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Part Time Study Options

George Brown Continuing Education offers courses and a part-time certificate program in Human Resources Management. You can view these courses at

Experiential Learning

Work Experience (Co-op or Internship) Required

Your Field Study options

Work Experience (Co-op or Internship Work Term)

This program requires the successful completion of one semester of work experience to graduate. This work experience is either co-op (paid) or internship (unpaid). Students are also strongly encouraged to pursue self-directed industry work experience opportunities they believe would provide the learning experiences they value and meet the learning outcomes of the program. This valuable work experience can in turn be added to your resume.

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Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Contribute to the development, implementation, and evaluation of employee recruitment, selection, and retention plans and processes.
  2. Administer and contribute to the design and evaluation of the performance management program.
  3. Develop, implement, and evaluate employee orientation, training, and development programs.
  4. Facilitate and support effective employee and labour relations in both non-union and union environments.
  5. Research and support the development and communication of the organization’s total compensation plan.
  6. Collaborate with others in the development, implementation, and evaluation of organizational health and safety policies and practices.
  7. Research and analyze information needs and apply current and emerging information technologies to support the human resources function.
  8. Develop, implement, and evaluate organizational development strategies aimed at promoting organizational effectiveness.
  9. Present and evaluate communication messages and processes related to the human resources function of the organization.
  10. Manage own professional development and provide leadership to others in the achievement of ongoing competence in human resources professional practice.
  11. Facilitate and communicate the human resources component of the organization’s business plan.
  12. Conduct research, produce reports, and recommend changes in human resources practices.

Required Courses

In order to graduate from the B408 program, you must successfully complete the following 13 Mandatory courses and 1 Work Experience Term.

Printable Curriculum Planner 2019-2020pdf file


semester courses
CodeCourse NameCo-requisite
ACCT 4005Financial and Managerial AccountingNONE
BUS 4017Project ManagementNONE
HRM 4003Human Resource ManagementNONE
HRM 4004Organizational EffectivenessNONE
HRM 4005Recruitment and SelectionHRM 4003
HRM 4008Training and Development **HRM 4003


semester courses
CodeCourse NamePre-requisite
HRM 4009CompensationHRM 4003
HRM 4010Labor Relations and Collective AgreementsHRM 4003
HRM 4011Employment and Human Rights LawHRM 4003
HRM 4012Human Resources PlanningHRM 4003
HRM 4013Occupational Health and SafetyHRM 4003
HRM 4015HR Seminar Series *HRM 4003
BUS 4000Work Experience Prep CourseNONE


work experience term
CodeCourse NamePre-requisite
COOP 4003 or INTN 4003Work Experience (Coop) / Work Experience (Internship)BUS 4000

Course Exemptions (Four course maximum): The equivalent course must be from a recognized University with a minimum grade of 70% and HRPA (Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario) approved, where applicable.

* Students who begin the program in September or May will take the HR Seminar Series in Semester 2, while those who begin in January will take it in Semester 1.

Note: Our applicable HR courses have been approved by the Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario (HRPA) and students may choose to pursue an HRPA designation offered by them.

**Training & Development Stream (TDS)

Students who wish to gain further knowledge and practical experience in training and development may pursue an optional stream in this area. Upon successful completion of the Training and Development Stream, students may choose to pursue the Certified Training and Development Professional Designation (CTDP) offered through The Institute of Performance and Learning.

semester courses
CodeCourse NamePre-requisite
HRM 4008Training & DevelopmentHRM 4003 Co-requisite
HRM 2028Training Design & DeliveryHRM 4008
HRM 2027Coaching for Effective Performance ManagementHRM 4003

Detailed course outlines

Your Career

Graduates of this program will be equipped to enter a wide range of positions across a broad spectrum of public and private sector organizations such as financial institutions, retail, general business, manufacturing, government, legal firms, human resources consulting firms and not-for-profit organizations. Students will develop the skills and knowledge to enter into the human resources field and be ready to move up the career ladder. Graduates of the program have found employment as:

  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Recruiter
  • Learning and Development Coordinator
  • Compensation Analyst
  • Human Resources Coordinator

Future Study Options

Students who wish to gain further knowledge and practical experience in training and development may pursue an optional stream in this area. Upon successful completion of the Training and Development Stream, students may choose to pursue the Certified Training and Development Professional Designation (CTDP) offered through the Institute of Performance and Learning. Refer to for additional information on this designation.

There are many pathways into the Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate B408 program including work, college programs and university programs. After graduating from the program, students can begin their career or further their education through other professional credentials or designations.


$4,098.00 * †

Additional Cost

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

† This program includes 1 Work Experience semester. The tuition fee for this program does NOT include the cost of the Work Experience semester. The Work Experience fee of $500 covers the cost of the Work Experience Preparation course and Work Experience semester.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in any field of study

English Language Proficiency

Applicants with international transcripts who do not provide English proficiency test results must test at the College level in the George Brown College English assessment to be considered for admission.

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Course Exemptions

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Success Stories

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Caroline Vieira (Graduate 2016, Human Resources Management)

"George Brown’s postgraduate Human Resources Management program has been an outstanding stepping stone for me as I enter the HR professional field. I am grateful to the professors for encouraging and supporting all students with the opportunity to excel within the curriculum. The professors have exceptional HR experiences that provide further insight and real-life examples of what we learn. George Brown has provided me with the fundamental skills and knowledge that I will be able to transfer to my professional career."

Franklina - Human Resources Management Award Winner

Franklina Tawiah (Graduate 2015, Human Resources Management), Human Resources Generalist, Polar Pak Inc.

"At the start of this program I vowed I would do my best to achieve nothing short of excellence in the Human Resources postgraduate program, as many people tried to discourage me from pursing a career in Human Resources, since I was coming from a purely science educational background. As a result, a lot of friends and family were not convinced I could make a smooth transition to the business field without starting from an undergraduate business program level. Today I can boldly say I proved myself right in pursuing this program, and I am more committed than ever to the community of George Brown College that has brought me so much joy and success."

B408 student Robert Forsythe

Robert Forsyth (Graduate 2012, Human Resources Management)

"We got to work on HR information management systems that showed us a sneak peek of what we'd be working on once we finished the program. Plenty of the software and interview tools I use at work every day today." Read Robert Forsyth's story

B408 student Divya Mishra

Divya Mishra (Graduate 2012, Human Resources Management)

"George Brown College has always kept its students engaged and involved. Rewards and recognition strategies at George Brown were exceptional, which ended up being applicable to my current job as an employment engagement specialist." Read Divya Mishra's story

Human Resources Management Graduate Paul Koshy

Paul Koshy (Graduate 2007, Human Resources Management)

"I got all the real-world skills and hands-on experience that I could ask for. A lot of the skills that I learned at George Brown during my program were very transferable. We were practicing what we might actually do in the real world as if we were working for an organization already and expected to do these things. Co-op is also one of the biggest elements in any one of these postgraduate programs. They had a real focus on building those relationships with employers. I did my co-op at the Metropolitan Hotel in downtown Toronto. I spent about five months there, working as their HR Coordinator and it was an incredible experience." Hear more about Paul Koshy's story in our video.

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Phone: (416) 415-5000 ext. 2160

Human Resources Management (Postgraduate) (B408)

For inquiries related to this program (for example, course-specific information) please contact one of the Coordinators:

Julie Bulmash, Program Co-ordinator



Angie Gorassi, Program Co-ordinator



Elizabeth Speers, Director, Centre for Business


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This program is offered out of our School of Human Resources and classes take place at our St. James Campus, mainly at 200 King St. E., and 290 Adelaide St. E., Toronto, ON, Canada.

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