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Post-degree Certificate in Human Resources Management

Develop a deep knowledge of human resources plus the business and influence skills to take you to the next level in your new HR management career.

Program Overview

A specialized knowledge of human resources theories and practices is essential to getting hired, but it’s not enough if you want to excel. Our curriculum moves beyond the basics to get you where the best employers want you to be.

Our advisory committee of senior human resources executives from many of Toronto’s leading firms has helped us craft a program to prepare you for excellence, both in Canada and internationally.

Like other human resources certificate programs, the Post-degree Certificate in Human Resources Management explores the core competencies for human resources professionals as determined by the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA). This includes the following:

  • human resources management
  • organizational behaviour
  • finance and accounting
  • human resources planning
  • occupational health and safety
  • training and development
  • labour relations
  • recruitment and selection
  • compensation and more
Human Resources Professionals Association

We are a proud HRPA York Region Chapter Sponsor

We will teach you to apply these competencies through real-life scenarios in a practical, interactive, and engaging classroom environment.

  • You will learn to think critically, analyze problems, propose viable solutions and develop HR business cases.
  • You will practise exercising influence across an organization with confident communication and negotiation.
  • You will learn to use financial and organizational data to build your case.
  • You will understand how to gather and analyze relevant productivity data, and leverage the metrics to solve problems.

These competencies are critical to success. Our unique program design allows you, through ongoing deliberate practice and coaching, develop and strengthen these professional competencies.

With this comprehensive background, you will be able to hit the ground running on day one of your new job.

Our friendly and knowledgeable instructors and administrators are ready to guide you through the application process and support you throughout the program.

As a recent grad of this program, you also get a terrific international experience as the class caters to both domestic and international students. This in my opinion provides invaluable insight into other countries’ cultures and how they operate, and is particularly useful for any HR professional given the changing demographics of the employee base in Canada. Fabulous program!
BelindaBelinda Chin, 2016 Graduate

As a member of our program, you are eligible for the student membership rate at the HRPA. Furthermore, graduates of the Post-degree Certificate in Human Resources Management have gone on to successfully complete the highly competitive Executive Master’s degree in Human Resources Management (MHRM) offered by York University’s School of HRM.  The MHRM degree prepares seasoned human resources professionals for senior-level appointments.

“When looking for HR professionals, it is important to find individuals that have core HR expertise, but also the soft skills and knowledge to apply that knowledge across various businesses they may support. With the right training, the HR business partner supporting the retail environment today could transfer to the financial services organization and continue to add value to the company as a whole.”
Dwayne Conrod – Human Resources Director, Morneau Shepell


To earn the York University Post-degree Certificate in Human Resources Management, you will successfully complete all 10 courses.

Human Resources Management

This course introduces you to the basic principles and concepts of human resources management, and provides a context for the challenges facing HR managers in contemporary Canadian organizations. You are given opportunities to identify organizational problems, and to prescribe and implement corrective actions.

Introduction to Organizational Behaviour

Explore individual and group behaviour as it impacts performance in organizations and guides management thinking today. You will learn to recognize, analyze, and suggest solutions to organizational problems as an HR manager. Topics include motivation, communication, decision-making, leadership, and structural issues.

Introduction to Accounting: Analysis & Use of Financial Information

Examine the concepts, language, and uses of financial accounting, management accounting, and finance, and examine their interrelationships. You will explore financial statements used inside and outside of the enterprise, and how this information impacts a manager’s day-to-day decisions.

Occupational Health and Safety Management

Explore the broad field of occupational health and safety management within the context of the healthy workplace. You will investigate hazard management, Canadian OHS legislation, safety programs, and current issues within the OHS field.

Industrial Relations

Investigate a topic that impacts everyone in Canada. Learn to analyze and apply concepts of industrial relations from both a national and workplace context.

Human Resources Planning

Develop an understanding of the personnel planning process, including the needs, methods, uses and risks, and future trends in human resources planning. This course will provide a general overview of common approaches in the field of Human Resources Planning, and will help you understand the planning processes used by HR professionals as part of an organization’s overall strategy.

Recruitment, Selection and Performance Appraisal of Personnel

Learn about the issues and procedures used in the recruitment, selection, and performance appraisal of employees. This course discusses measurement issues, methods, and procedures of recruitment, screening, testing, interviewing, performance appraisal, and hiring decision-making.

Training and Development

Understand the role and function of learning and development in organizations, and how employee learning contributes to an organization’s success. You will explore the corporate training process of needs analysis, objective setting, program design, adult education, equity in training, methods and evaluation, learning initiatives such as mentoring, coaching, and leadership development, and the role of stakeholder.


Learn about the objectives of compensation and how to manage compensation programs within an organization. You will explore issues wage and salary determination, incentive systems, and benefits and services. This course will reflect a mix of research and practice.

Business Foundations for Human Resources Professionals

Learn how to be noticed. This highly practical and applied bonus curriculum focuses on the competencies of human resources professionals, and is designed to address what employers say they are looking for when hiring and promoting. The curriculum is based on input from an Advisory Board of executive-level HR professionals at some of the best-known organizations operating in Canada (and beyond,) and incorporates best practices in human resources management.


Ron Alexandrowich, BA, MEd

Ron Alexandrowich

Ron Alexandrowich has been a course director/professor at York University’s School of Human Resource Management since 2003. Ron has held positions and worked with various private/public corporations and the non-profit sector in leadership and organization development where the focus has been on cultural transformation and organizational effectiveness.  In 2013 he was responsible for HR operations during the Calgary floods for the Canadian Red Cross where he is also a Disaster Management Certified Instructor.

In 2014 Ron received the Teaching Excellence Award within the School of Administrative Studies, and in 2015 was selected as a finalist within the School of Human Resource Management. Both awards are determined by student selection.

Bartocz Amereski

Bartosz Amereski

Bartosz has over 10 years of auditing and accounting experience in the public and private sectors. He is currently an Audit Director working at Office of the Auditor General of Ontario, where he oversees value-for-money audits of various government ministries and agencies.  Bartosz has over 7 years of experience teaching auditing and accounting for CPA Ontario and York University where he has received recognition and awards for his excellence in teaching and creating a positive learning environment for his students.  He is also a contributing author to Auditing: The Art and Science of Assurance Engagements 13th edition, 2015, a widely used university textbook in accounting and audit courses.  Bartosz obtained his Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) designation while working at Ernst & Young and also recently obtained a Masters of Laws (LL.M.) degree at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Lauren Canzius, BA(Hons), MIR

Lauren Canzius

Lauren Canzius is a strategic HR professional experienced in all aspects of human resources management. Lauren takes a holistic approach to consulting services by helping clients align their people strategies with their corporate objectives within the ever changing global and competitive context. Lauren specializes in human resources consulting, change management, project management, labour and employee relations, collective bargaining, training and development, business development and public speaking. She also teaches undergraduate courses in HR and labour relations.

Mark Carbonelli

Mark Carbonelli

Mark Carbonelli is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Dentalcorp Canada. Previously  he was the Vice President, Human Resources Services for Walmart Canada Corporation where he was accountable for the design, development and delivery of HR programs that support the acquisition and engagement of key talent required to operate the business and achieve the strategic objectives of the company. Mark has been in the retail industry his entire HR career with experience spanning across various HR disciplines including compensation, benefits, HR systems and analytics, generalist work, consulting and labour relations. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics), Master of Business (MBA) and Master of Industrial Relations (MIR) degrees and is a graduate of York University, the University of Toronto and the London School of Economics.

Alfonsina Chang, M. Ed.

Alfonsina is a Professor teaching human resources subjects in post-secondary education since 2002.  Alfonsina has held various positions in the field of human resources in large, private and public organizations.  Areas of expertise are in organizational learning, performance and change management, talent acquisition, and organizational effectiveness.

Alfonsina graduated from York University with a major in Psychology and later completed her graduate certificate in Human Resources Management at Seneca College. She went on to successfully pursue her Adult Education degree followed by her M. Ed at Brock University.  With her strong passion for learning, Alfonsina’s long range goal is to complete her PhD in Organizational Psychology.

Michelle Gibbons, M.A, B.Comm, ACC

Michelle is a seasoned HR professional with a wealth of experience in growth and development, facilitation, change management and coaching. She is high energy, creative and insightful as an instructor/facilitator teaching students at various stages in their careers. Michelle finds that working in HR each day can bring a new challenge and there is always more we can learn.

With more than twenty-five years of senior level Human Resources Management practice in professional services and private sector companies, Michelle has worked with a number of companies in every aspect of HR including compensation, training and development, human resource planning and employee relations.  Michelle majored in HR for her Bachelor of Commerce and completed her Master of Arts specializing in Learning and Technology.  Most recently she has become a professionally certified corporate coach (Registered Corporate Coach – Worldwide Association of Business Coaches and Associate Certified Coach -International Coach Federation).

Student development and creating great learning experiences are passions for Michelle and she has taught several human resources and leadership courses for the past nine years at the university/college level.

Diana Kawarsky, BA(Hons), MA, CCP

Diana Kawarsky

Diana Kawarsky is the president of The Soft Skills Group Inc., a boutique training and development consulting firm based in Toronto. She has nearly 20 years of experience in delivery, design and consulting with Fortune 500 companies, universities and colleges. Diana has worked with organizations in many industries —including finance, telecommunications, health care, manufacturing, transportation, natural resources, not-for-profit, governments and crown corporations. She has designed learning experiences for more than 18,000 adult learners including senior executives. She is skilled in relationship building and establishing trust with her client partners. Diana is an expert in aligning training with the values, academic targets, fiscal responsibilities and managerial direction of universities, colleges and corporations. An energetic, results-oriented professional, Diana takes great pride in influencing the human side of business. She is intuitive with a passion for helping individuals, teams  and organizations perform. Diana has studied at the University of Toronto, Simon Fraser University and Athabasca University, specializing in adult learning, human systems, organizational development and business management. She is a Certified Coaching Practitioner and certified in profiling tools including the MBTI®, Certified Emotional Intelligence Quotient (EQ-i), True Colors®, and Life Skills.

Linda Love

Linda Love

Linda is a Senior Director, Human Resources at The Insurance Institute of Canada. Her career includes 20 years of senior Human Resources leadership roles in various industries including insurance (P&C and Life), pharmaceutical, service, health care and not-for-profit.  Linda’s extensive background in Human Resources includes experience in Workplace Branding, Mergers and Acquisition, Change Management, Compensation and Benefits, Talent Management, Succession Planning, Executive Coaching, Leadership Development and the development of corporate HR strategies.  Linda has been a course director/instructor at York University – School of Human Resources Management since 2006.  She was nominated for the School of Human Resources Teaching of Excellence Award in the 2014 – 2015 academic year.

Jason Russell

Jason Russell

Jason Russell has a Ph.D. in History from York University, and is the author of a book and several academic articles relating to work and labour issues both in historical and contemporary contexts.  He regularly present papers at national and international academic conferences.  He has taught courses on labour/industrial relations and other work and employment subjects at five different colleges and universities including York, the University of Western Ontario, and McMaster.  His current research interests focus on the development of management as an occupation in Canada from the 1940s to the 1990s.

Oxana Svergun, BA, PhD

Oxana SvergunDr. Svergun is an experienced executive manager and educator specializing in human resources management, HR planning and organizational behaviour.  During her more than 15 years in senior management roles, she has coached professionals and executives across several industries preparing them for change management initiatives and supporting their business improvement projects. Her portfolio of industries includes public sector work, retail, mining and heavy industries, manufacturing and professional services firms.

Oxana’s teaching promotes scientific-based and effective people management solutions helping organizations to improve their people management capacities. Her practically oriented teaching strategies build learners’ professional expertise and translate evidence-based concepts into effective action.

Dezi Singh, BBA (Hons), MIR

Dezi Singh

Dezi Singh is currently the National Director of Labour Relations and Human Resources at Maple Leaf Foods. He received his honours bachelor of business administration degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University in 2006, followed by his masters degree in industrial relations from Queen’s University in 2007. Since then, Dezi has held a number of esteemed positions in the field of labour relations, in large federal and provincial organizations. He has focused on developing labour strategies and collective bargaining, as well as alternative dispute resolution. More specifically, Dezi has created and delivered training with regard to maintaining a positive work place, health and safety in the workplace, and interest based negotiations. In his free time, Dezi developed and taught a course in negotiations.

Nadira Singh

Nadira Singh

Nadira has well over 20 years of industry experience in Human Resources Management.  She consults in Learning & Development and works with organizations to develop, design and deliver learning and development activities that support the organization’s performance in achieving strategic objectives. Organizations have leveraged her strong understanding of adult learning theory and training methodologies in the development and delivery of comprehensive training curriculum. She is an accomplished instructor and facilitator who lives by the principle of lifelong learning.

She has worked in management for several Canadian organizations. In addition to her consulting role, she currently teaches both International Business and Human Resources Management courses at Centennial College and Nipissing University. In the past, she has taught for Seneca College and the Human Resources Professional Association both in the classroom and online.

She has a Master of Business Administration Degree, along with Certifications in Human Resources Management and Training and Development. She is currently working on a Doctor of Business Administration degree.

Indira Somwaru

Indira Somwaru

Indira is a senior human resource professional and educator with a broad range of experience in both business and academic environments. Her business experiences span a broad range of industries from publishing to real estate at senior levels of responsibility for the HR function. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate level human resources management and general business courses to York University, University of Toronto and Seneca College students.

She also provides human resources management consulting services to organizations, specializing in the development of training programs.

She is currently working on her Doctorate in Business Administration with a focus on employee involvement in unionized organizations.




Domestic Students

Canadian Students

This unique post-degree program provides the educational experience that upper-year undergraduate students enjoy with an exposure to a multi cultural environment that only York University can provide. Graduates of this program will be uniquely positioned to thrive in Toronto’s diverse workplaces — a critical asset for global companies.

Develop a rich professional network that includes global and local peers and instructors with significant industry experience. As a pioneer in professional education, York has the expertise to offer you a vibrant, meaningful post-degree experience. You’ll graduate work-ready and promotable in Canada’s largest labour market.

Courses are offered at our vibrant Keele campus conveniently located near several 400-series highways and accessible by the TTC, GO, York Region, Brampton, and Viva transit systems. Please view our interactive map for more information on the campus including parking and amenities.

International Students

International Students

York University’s Post-degree Certificate in Human Resources Management is absolutely unique in Canada. This program provides the educational experience that Canadian upper-year undergraduate students enjoy with the academic language supports needed for success. As a leader in academic English education, York has the expertise to offer you a vibrant, meaningful post-degree experience.

Unlike other Canadian human resources certificates that only offer classes in the evening and on weekends, York’s full-time schedule is flexible enough to allow students to work during their studies.

Graduates of this program will be uniquely positioned to thrive in vibrant multi cultural workplaces. Develop a rich professional network of local students, international peers, and Canadian instructors with significant industry experience. You’ll graduate work ready and promotable.

Courses are offered at our vibrant Toronto campus. While everything students require can be found on our safe and welcoming campus, convenient transit and highway access helps you enjoy all that the Toronto, Canada, area has to offer.


Human Resources Professional Association

The Post-degree Certificate in Human Resources Management is recognized by Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) as meeting the coursework requirement required for the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. This requirement is met by students who complete all nine courses in the Certificate with a grade of 70% or better with no single course below 65% within ten years of the date they are registered to write the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam 1(CKE1).

Students pursuing an external designation, such as CHRP, are responsible for ensuring that they satisfy the issuing association’s requirements.

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Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP)

The CHRP is the most recognized human resources professional designation in Canada. CHRPs earn more and get promoted faster than non-designated HR professionals. Earning a CHRP designation has become an integral step to building a successful human resources career in Canada. In fact, in 2011 66% of all job postings in the HRPA’s Hire Authority job bank requested that applicants have, or be working toward, a CHRP.

Learn more about the benefits of meeting the CHRP qualifications.


Human resources management is a good career choice for people who want to work full time, and have skills that are required by every sector and industry. The most recent Canadian Labour Force Survey reported that 98% of human resources managers worked full time compared to the average of 81% for all occupations. Labour market information collected by the Government of Canada estimated that wages for human resources managers ranged from $43,000 to $134,000 in 2013.

The program qualifies graduates to seek positions such as those listed below and prepares graduates for future management roles:

  • Human resources (HR) generalists
  • Recruiters
  • Learning and development specialists
  • Health and safety officers
  • Compensation specialists
  • Industrial relations specialists
  • Career counselors
  • Corporate trainers
  • Human Resources (HR) consultants
  • Human Resources (HR) officers

Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) Designation

Completing our Post –Degree Certificate in Human Resources Management covers the coursework requirement for the CHRP designation. Please see below for the additional requirements from the HRPA.


Post-Degree Certificate in Human Resources Management


HRPA CHRP requirements (membership, CKE1knowledge exam, Job Ready Program, and JE1 jurisprudence exam)

You are qualified for

Professional Designation

CHRP designation

You are qualified for


HR Assistant
HR Associate
HR Coordinator
HR Administrative Assistant
Recruitment Assistant
HR Generalist

Advisory Council

Our advisory committee of senior human resources executives from many of Toronto’s leading firms has helped us craft a program to prepare you for excellence, both in Canada and internationally.

Marie-Hélène Budworth, PhD

Faculty Advisor
Associate Professor of Human Resources Management
School of Human Resource Management
York University

Marie-Hélène Budworth holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.  Her program of research is focused on individual development within the context of work.  She is particularly interested in how cognitions affect learning and learning outcomes such as career progression and access to opportunities. Much of her work uses social cognitive theory to understand how people learn, acquire knowledge, make choices, and negotiate with one another in order to succeed. Marie-Hélène is currently an Associate Professor of Human Resource Management at York University’s School of Human Resource Management.  She regularly teaches negotiations and learning and development.

Mark Carbonelli, BA(Hons), MIR, MBA

Chief Human Resources Officer
Dentalcorp Canada

Mark Carbonelli is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Dentalcorp Canada. Previously  he was the Vice President, Human Resources Services for Walmart Canada Corporation where he was accountable for the design, development and delivery of HR programs that support the acquisition and engagement of key talent required to operate the business and achieve the strategic objectives of the company. Mark has been in the retail industry his entire HR career with experience spanning across various HR disciplines including compensation, benefits, HR systems and analytics, generalist work, consulting and labour relations. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics), Master of Business (MBA) and Master of Industrial Relations (MIR) degrees and is a graduate of York University, the University of Toronto and the London School of Economics.

Dwayne Conrod, BA, MHRM

Director, Human Resources
Morneau Shepell

Dwayne Conrad is a seasoned HR professional with more than 15 years in both generalist and specialist positions. Working with multiple large scale Canadian retailers, he has supported senior leaders to drive their business through vast amounts of change. Dwayne earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick, a master’s in Human Resources Management from York University, and has completed a leadership program in a joint program between Loblaw Companies and Schulich School of Business. He is currently involved in one other program advisory committee with another post-secondary institution.

Fiona Gardner, MHRM, CHRL

Vice President, Human Resources
OPSEU Pension Trust

Fiona Gardner has worked in Human Resources for over 15 years in a broad array of sectors including financial services, utilities, telecommunications and health care.  Fiona has developed expertise in HR strategy, executive compensation, talent acquisition, leadership development and succession planning. Fiona has contributed to the HR profession as a mentor to new HR professionals.  She is a strong believer in continuing education.  After graduating from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts, Fiona went on to Ryerson University and graduated with a certificate in HR Management.  She also completed Rotman’s Advanced Program in HR Management, and in 2008, obtained her master’s degree in Human Resources Management from York University.  She currently works at OPTrust, a pension investment and administration firm, as the Vice President Human Resources. Fiona is a member of HRPA and is delighted to participate as a member of York’s Program Advisory Committee.

Julie Giraldi, CHRE, ICD.D

Vice President, Business Transformation

Julie Giraldi is an accomplished senior human resources executive and is recognized as an organization and leadership culture turnaround specialist. Julie currently works at OMERS, one of the largest pension plans in Canada, as Vice President, Business Transformation, where she leads and implements new ideas across the COO platform aimed at driving engagement, creativity, and improved performance. She is also acting President of the newly-established OMERS Foundation.

Prior to joining OMERS, Julie held the position of Vice President, Health Human Resources Leadership at the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA), where she partnered with senior health care leaders on provincial matters ranging from executive compensation, collective bargaining and multi-year health human resources strategies, to data analytics and group benefits. She was also responsible for the OHA’s strategic HR, information technology and eHealth initiatives.

Julie also served as a Trustee of the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan – one of Canada’s most successful pension funds – for six years. She has held senior human resources positions at eHealth Ontario and the Toronto Transit Commission.

Julie holds a degree from the University of Toronto, a Certified Human Resources Executive designation from the Human Resources Professional Association, and is certified by the Institute of Corporate Directors as an ICD.D.

Donna Pascal

Vice President, Human Resources

Donna Pascal is the Vice President, Human Resources of Dynacare. Previously she was the Vice President of Human Resources for Acklands-Grainger.  In this role, Donna has the responsibility of providing leadership, direction and accountability for all Human Resources functions, including overall Human Resources strategy, organizational development, talent management, rewards and recognition, learning and development and compliance, as well as environmental health and safety. Previously, Donna served as Vice President, Human Resources at Staples (North American Delivery).  She has also held HR leadership roles at Corporate Express, Sysco Food Services of Canada and Federal Express. Donna holds a Bachelors of Political Science from the University of Western Ontario and attended the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management where she obtained an Executive Certificate in Human Resources Management.  She is recognized as a Certified Human Resources Professional by the Canadian Council of Human Resources and the Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario.  Donna is also certified in Alternate Dispute Resolution through the faculty of law at the University of Windsor.

Kathy Willis, BA (Hons), MHRM

Executive Director
Huronia Transition Homes

Kathy Willis is currently the Executive Director of Huronia Transition Homes, a not for profit organization where she has led the Team since 1994.  Her in-depth Anti-Racism / Anti-Oppression analysis inspired her to fully integrate Harm Reduction practices at Huronia Transition Homes; the organization leads the sector. She has worked tirelessly for equality and she has served on both Grass Roots and Provincial Boards of Directors of equity seeking organizations. Kathy is frequently called upon to deliver workshops and training in the sector.

Her diversity extends to her education, having received a Bachelor of Arts in Native American Studies from the University of Lethbridge.  She also holds a master’s  degree in Human Resource Management from York University, and has certificates in Transformational Leadership and Harm Reduction, also from York.  Kathy currently chairs the CAS-VAW collaboration committee in Simcoe County.  In December 2010, Kathy was appointed to the Midland Police Services Board.  She was elected as Chair of the Board in January 2013.

Steve Wuthmann, BCom, CDir

Senior HR Consultant & Executive Coach
Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge

Steve Wuthmann is a seasoned senior executive with over three decades experience in human resources, corporate affairs and operations. Prior to his current role he was the Executive Vice President, Human Resources of Tim Hortons, responsible for directing all human resource functions of the organization, including driving organizational engagement, capability, alignment and performance. Steve previously held the Senior Vice President Human Resources role at Parmalat Canada, as well as at Purolator Courier, with additional human resources experience at Labatt Breweries and Canada Packers. His two main operational roles were Executive Vice President Supply Chain at Parmalat Canada and Managing Director, Customer Service at Purolator Courier. Steve earned his BCom from Concordia University and his CDir from McMaster University. He also has a history of involvement in the not-for-profit sector which has led to his receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work with Kids Help Phone.

Esther Zdolec, CHRE

Vice President, Human Resources
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Prior to joining Canadian Nuclear Laboratories as Vice-President of HR in September 2015, Esther was head of HR at Infrastructure Ontario; led the human resources and labour relations function for Candu Energy Inc.; was the Senior Vice President, HR for SNC-Lavalin’s Power division and Operations and Maintenance division; and held progressively senior HR positions with Canada Life and Ontario Lottery & Gaming.  Esther is a graduate of the University of Toronto, holding a degree in Labour-Management Relations.  She sits on the Board of Directors of the Aphasia Institute and is a former member of Seneca College’s HR Advisory Committee.  She also volunteers in palliative care and enjoys hiking the Niagara Escarpment, reading, and painting.

Gayle Fisher

Chief Administrative Officer
Ontario Pension Board

Valued by Employers

What do employers think about our Certificate in Human Resources Management?

“In today’s highly competitive environment, companies require employees who can add value and contribute very quickly and effectively. Business now moves too fast to allow long ramp up times for new team members. Therefore, potential employees who possess a strong, relevant knowledge and skill base will have a distinct advantage in the employment marketplace. The York University Certificate in Human Resources Management has been developed to specifically address that need in the human resources field. Its design and content was carefully engineered to meet the pragmatic needs of today’s business environment. Participants in this program will gain the knowledge and skills that will allow them to be superior candidates for future employers.”

Steve Wuthmann, BCom, CDir, Member of the York University School of Continuing Studies Human Resources Management Advisory Council

Steve Wuthmann is a seasoned senior executive with over three decades experience in human resources, corporate affairs and operations. He is currently a Senior Associate Consultant with Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge. Prior to his current role, he was the Executive Vice President, Human Resources of Tim Hortons, responsible for directing all human resource functions of the organization, including driving organizational engagement, capability, alignment and performance. 




The Post-Degree Certificate in Human Resources Management is offered in a full-time face-to-face format. If you are interested in studying online, learn more about the Certificate in Human Resources Management. To select the appropriate program, consider the format that best suits your learning style, your schedule, your need for flexibility and whether or not you currently have a Bachelor degree from an accredited university.

Full-time In-class Format:

  • This is a post-degree program and has additional content beyond a standard Human Resource Management program.
  • Classes meet daily (Monday–Friday).
  • Class size will range from 25–50 students, with a mix of domestic and international students.
  • All classes are held at the main campus of York University at Keele and Steeles.
  • You should expect three to five hours of reading per week in addition to assignments and test preparation.

Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)

The nine courses that are offered by the School of Continuing Studies (SCS) meet the course requirements of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). These courses have been designed for those seeking employment in the human resources field, or for professionals wishing to update their existing skills. The designations available through the program (CHRP, CHRL and CHRE) can enhance your career.

HRPA Course SCS Equivalent Approved Course
Human Resources Management Human Resources Management
Organizational Behaviour Introduction to Organizational Behaviour
Finance and Accounting Introduction to Accounting: The Analysis and Use of Financial Information
Training and Development Training and Development
Employee and Labour Relations Industrial Relations
Human Resources Planning Human Resources Planning
Compensation Compensation
Staffing Recruitment, Selection and Performance Appraisal
Occupational Health and Safety Occupational Health and Safety

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How do I get my certificate and graduate?

SCS has a student record review process of students that have completed courses in the previous semester. Students who have successfully completed all the Program requirements are eligible to graduate. Students are not required to formally apply to graduate.

Students will have their course grades reviewed by the Program Manager as they approach the end of the program. Students should expect to receive their Certificates by mail.

Where can I obtain information about my classroom?

Two weeks before the start of the Program, you will receive a letter via email containing all necessary program information including:

  • Program Schedule of Dates and Times
  • Classroom location
  • York University policies and procedures
  • Information on how to access the library at York University
  • SCS contact information

Library privileges

SCS will provide registered students with information on obtaining a YU-Card for library access.

How do I get the books and reading materials, and how much will books cost?

It is wise to budget approximately $250 per course. All the books and reading materials will be available at the York University bookstore. You can also order your books online at

If you would like to visit the bookstore in person, please visit the website for current store hours.

What does it mean to be in a cohort?

Students in a cohort travel together through the program, learn through shared experiences as a group, and complete courses in a designated sequence.

The cohort model provides an opportunity to network and build professional relationships that may extend beyond the program. Therefore, the courses cannot be taken at your own pace.


   Marina DeBona, Program Manager for the Post-Degree Certificate in Human Resources Management at the School of Continuing Studies at York University discusses the benefits of the program such as completing the required courses to earn the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation.


A Human Resources Management certificate is well worth the investment, both for career prospecting and career satisfaction. Please review the tuition requirements below, especially if you’re an international student.

Full-time Post-degree Certificate in Human Resources Management:

The full domestic tuition for the Program is $8,249 (HST exempt).

The full international tuition for the Program is $18,999 (HST exempt).

Installment Plan Policy

The School of Continuing Studies allows students in certificate programs the option of paying in two or more installments. You must pay the initial payment as stated below and then you may make any number of online payments that they choose, provided that you pay the entire balance before the stated due date. Students opting for the installment plan will also be charged a one-time, non-refundable administrative fee of $125 that is due at the time of registration. The following are the details of the installment plan policy according to the Human Resources Management Post-Degree Full-time Certificate:

  • Domestic Students – The first payment of 50% of the tuition fee is due upon registration, with the balance due before the first day of the first course.
  • International Students – The full international tuition for the Program is $18,999 (HST exempt). Payment #1 of $5,999 and the installment fee must accompany the acceptance of admission. The balance is due before the first day of the first course.

Textbooks and course materials cost approximately $260 per course and are not part of the tuition fee.

  • Customized payment plans may be available to align to employer policies but are not available for individuals. For further information please contact the Program Manager at 416-736-5616.
  • A student that fails to make installment payments as required will not be permitted to continue in the program.

Admission requirements


To be admitted to the all full-time CPE Certificate Programs (Human Resources, Accounting, Advanced Accounting, Business Administration), applicants must have:

  • minimum of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum of a 60% average (C)
  • official transcripts (International students: please provide original English translated copy of University degree and transcripts.)
  • completed online application form
  • proof of language proficiency (international students only)

There is an application fee of $79 payable upon submission of your application. Applicants will be notified directly if additional information or documentation is required.  If you have been issued a conditional offer, a sealed hard copy of official transcripts must be mailed to the School of Continuing Studies no later than the start of the program.


An IELTS score of 6.0  – (or equivalent English Language Proficiency Test) is required to be admitted in this program.

Please note that students that are entering our programs with an IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) will be monitored by the Program Manager.  Students that are struggling will be flagged and will be required to purchase a tutoring package.  Students can expect to pay up to $800 for tutoring support.

IELTS (Academic only) 6.0
TOEFL Paper 550
TOEFL Computer 213
TOEFL Internet 79-80
TOEIC 670 (Listening and Reading)290 (Speaking and Writing)
Cambridge ESOL First (FCE) – Grade B (scale 173 – 175)First (FCE) – Grade C (scale 169 – 172)
YUELI AP Level 7
DY Program (Destination York) Successfully Completed

Transfer credit

You may be eligible to transfer a maximum of one equivalent course credit from other institutions and receive advanced standing in either program. Transfer Credit requests can be forwarded to the Program Manager for approval via email at, or in writing to: School of Continuing Studies Attention CHRM Program Manager 4700 Keele Street – Room 116 Atkinson Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3 For both the full-time and online program, prospective students are permitted to transfer one course with approval of the Program Manager (discounted based on cost of course). Approved courses for advanced standing must meet the following criteria:

  1. There must be a 90% overlap in content and curriculum, and the same number of hours as the courses offered in SCS’s program.
  2. The courses must be at the university level (from an accredited academic institution) with a grade of B or better. College equivalents will not be considered.
  3. All submissions must be sent in writing to SCS’s Program Manager along with:
  • An official transcript outlining the course completed
  • The contact hours
  • The final grade
  • The official transcript (sealed)

Full course outlines must also be submitted that contain:

  • The full course description
  • Learning objectives
  • Assessment and reading materials
  • Weekly content covered

Please note that incomplete packages cannot be reviewed.

What if I miss an exam?

You should be making every effort to meet York University’s General Academic Regulations, as well as each of your courses’ requirements. This includes attendance, assignments, and tests/exams. We understand, however, that unforeseen circumstances arise that may force you to miss an exam. If that’s the case, you must contact your instructor before the scheduled exam date by email. Please include your full name, student number, and the reason for your absence in the message. You must also provide valid documentation (i.e., a doctor’s note, death certificate, court/legal documentation, etc.) immediately following your return before alternative arrangements can be made. Please note that valid documentation has to be applicable to the assessment date.

What if I miss a class?

If possible, please contact your instructor before the class. In your message, be sure to include your full name, student number, and the reason for your absence. You’ll then be required to make arrangements with your instructor to make up the missed hours. Normally, the instructor will assign you a short assignment based on the readings of the class missed.

Class Cancellations Due to Instructor Absence

Like our students, York University instructors work hard to make it to every class on time. However, should he or she be forced to cancel your class due to an absence, you will be notified via email as soon as possible by SCS. Instructor absences will also be posted on the course website on the Moodle learning management system in the course announcements section. Upon the instructor’s return to class, make-up class details will be discussed.

Electronic Devices

Students can use laptops and other electronic devices during class. Out of respect for your instructor and fellow classmates, please reserve the use of electronic equipment during class time for academic purposes. Instructors reserve the right to ask students to leave the classroom if they do not comply with this practice.

Recording Devices

Students are not permitted to record lectures or take pictures without the consent of instructors and/or fellow students. We ask that students not post course content on external websites. Students who are registered with Accessibility Services and have accommodations approved for recording lectures are permitted to do so with the instructor’s knowledge.

Academic Concerns during a Course

If you have a concern regarding an assignment, midterm exam, etc., you should first meet with the instructor to discuss the situation. If you are not satisfied with the outcome, only then should you contact the Program Manager.

Final Examination Procedures

Final examinations are held typically on the last day of the course (during scheduled class time) in the full-time program. Remember, if you do not attend an exam without prior notification and valid documents, you will receive a grade of zero (0%). The following rules apply to all testing situations:

  • Photo ID is required and must be displayed during the exam.
  • Backpacks, purses, wallets, etc., must be placed in a location designated by the proctor.
  • Students may not turn over and begin the exam until the proctor directs them to do so.
  • Students are not permitted to talk after the exam has started, except to the proctor.
  • Students may not leave in the first 30 minutes of an exam.
  • Students may not enter the exam room after 30 minutes, or after any student has exited the exam room.
  • The proctor has the authority to assign seats.
  • No unauthorized software is permitted in computer exams.
  • All personal electronic devices must be turned off and placed away from the student.
  • Mathematical calculators are allowed, if needed.
  • Should a student need to leave the room during the exam for a washroom break, they may be accompanied. The proctor will ensure that the elapsed time is reasonable. No other student will be permitted to leave the class until the previous student returns.

Accommodations will be made for students with disabilities, as determined by SCS. Please contact the Program Manager for more information regarding accommodations.

Alternate Examination Dates/Special Accommodation

Remember, it is your responsibility to contact the Program Manager to discuss accommodations* and procedures related to alternative examinations, or your course Instructor in cases of missed coursework, within 48 hours of the originally scheduled test/exam. Unfortunately, failure to do so will result in a grade of zero (0) on the coursework/exam, and no further consideration will be granted.

Note: Supporting documentation will be required, but will not ensure approval of accommodation(s).

SCS works in partnership with York University’s Student Accessibility Services and the Office of the Registrar to support alternate exam and test accommodation services for students with disabilities at the Keele campus. Please submit any Alternate Exam and test requests at least three (3) weeks in advance of the scheduled test dates.

Academic Disputes, Resolution and Appeal Policy

Students with sufficient academic grounds may request that a final grade or an assignment in a course be reappraised. To start the process, please complete a reappraisal form. Next, contact the Program Manager to discuss the grade received, and to request a re-review of a specific submission. He or she will select an appropriate instructor to look at the work in question, and will maintain anonymity of both the student and the reappraiser. Please note that a request for a grade reappraisal may result in the original grade being raised, lowered, or confirmed. Non-academic grounds are not relevant for grade reappraisals.

Help make our courses better

Student evaluations of both courses and Instructors is an invaluable tool that we use to modify our programs based on your feedback, and we ask all students to participate in these anonymous evaluations either in-class or online.

How do I view my grades online?

You can access the student portal on our main website landing page at this link: Student Portal You will need your student ID as well as your password to access the portal. Once final grades are submitted to the SCS office and approved, they will appear on your personal student record. SCS provides Official Grade Reports which can be ordered through the Student Portal. If you require a letter confirming your attendance in the Program, please contact our Registrations Coordinator at


Grade Grade Point Per Cent Range Description
A+ 9 90-100 Exceptional
A 8 80-89 Excellent
B+ 7 75-79 Very Good
B 6 70-74 Good
C+ 5 65-69 Competent
C 4 60-64 Fairly Competent
D+ 3 55-59 Passing
D 2 50-54 Marginally Passing
E 1 (marginally below 50%) Marginally Failing
F 0 (below 50%) Failing

Definitions of Grading Descriptions

  • A+ Exceptional. Thorough knowledge of concepts and/or techniques and exceptional skill or great originality in the use of those concepts/techniques in satisfying the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • A Excellent. Thorough knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with a high degree of skill and/or some elements of originality in satisfying the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • B+ Very Good. Thorough knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with a fairly high degree of skill in the use of those concepts/techniques in satisfying the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • B Good. Good level of knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with considerable skill in using them to satisfy the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • C+ Competent. Acceptable level of knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with considerable skill in using them to satisfy the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • C Fairly Competent. Acceptable level of knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with some skill in using them to satisfy the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • D+ Passing. Slightly better than minimal knowledge of required concepts and/or techniques together with some ability to use them in satisfying the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • D Barely Passing. Minimum knowledge of concepts and/or techniques needed to satisfy the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • E Marginally Failing.
  • F Failing.

How do I obtain a course or tax receipt?

Income Tax receipts will be available online on the SCS website in February. You can access Tax Receipts on the student portal on our main website landing page at this link: Student Portal You will need your student ID as well as your password to access the portal. Please refer to the income tax guide for allowable deductions.

Session Transfers

Please contact the Program Manager if you wish to transfer to another session. Transfer requests may only be granted for documented medical reasons.

Cancellation of Programs

The School of Continuing Studies reserves the right to withdraw or cancel programs/courses, and students will receive a full refund of fees paid. The School of Continuing Studies reserves the right to alter fees, other charges, and course dates, times, locations, and/or instructors. Please note that the SCS is not responsible for travel cancellation charges that students may incur.


Ancillary and Service Fees
Withdrawal Fees for certificate programs $100.00 per course
Continuing Studies Student Record Fee $ 15.00
Exam/assignment duplication fee $ 15.00
Returned cheques $ 25.00
Installment fee (NON-REFUNDABLE) $ 125.00 **
Certificate replacement fee $ 52.00

How do I withdraw from the Program and get a refund?

 Students registered in a program offered by the School of Continuing Studies may withdraw from the program.  However, they are strongly advised to consult with the Program Manager before a final decision is made.  A full refund is granted only when the School of Continuing Studies cancels a program.  Refunds will be issued by the method of payment that was used (credit card, cheque if original payment was money order and Wire Transfer).  Withdrawal requests must be submitted on the official School of Continuing Studies  Withdrawal Request Form to the School of Continuing Studies and subject to the terms listed below:

Domestic Students International Students*
  • Up to the initial application deadline a full refund is permitted minus a program fee of $250.
  • After the initial application deadline, a refund is permitted less
    o a program fee of $250 and
    o $100/course. .
  • After program start date, no refund is permitted.
  • Up to the initial application deadline a full refund is permitted minus a program fee of $250.
  • After the initial application deadline, $4,999 will be retained by the School, which includes a program fee of $250.
  • After program start date, no refund is permitted.

* Exceptions: VISA denials or students who have not obtained visa by the visa deadline date, receive full refund minus a $250 program fee.  The School of Continuing Studies would be pleased to defer the registration to the next session date.

Notice of withdrawal will be printed on the Official Income Tax Receipt.

How do I obtain a copy of my Student Record?

If you are an SCS student and require a copy of your Student Record, please access the Student Portal (you will need your student ID as well as your password to access the portal) and click on the Grades link

What happens if I fail a course?

If you do not pass a course  that has a pre-requisite (achieve a final grade below 50% or D) you will not be permitted to continue in the Program.  You will have to repeat that course with another cohort. Please note that the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) requires students to successfully complete all courses in the program with an overall average of 70% with no one final course mark being less than 65% to be eligible to write the knowledge exam for the CHRP designation.

General York University Policies

All students are expected to familiarize themselves with the following information, available on the Senate Committee on Curriculum & Academic Standards webpage:

  • Academic Honesty
  • Ethics Review Process for research involving human participants
  • Course requirement accommodation for students with disabilities, including physical, medical, systemic, learning and psychiatric disabilities
  • Student Conduct Standards
  • Religious Observance Accommodation

Confidentiality and Financial Security

In the spirit of Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), York University and SCS work to ensure that instructors and participants acknowledge and respect the privacy and confidentiality of personal information that may be presented in the context of instruction. Instructors will document the amount of personal information that is collected, used or disclosed in their sessions, and will ensure that all identifying personal information is omitted from all written documents. To maintain privacy, students should not bring or share personal or other confidential files or records with the class. We are committed to protecting your privacy and your financial security, and we do this in several ways:

  • Your credit card information is never received or stored by our system. Only your financial institution has access to your credit card information.
  • Your Student Portal is password-protected. To access any personal and academic information, you must enter your username and portal password.

York University Privacy Policy

Student Conduct

  • Students and instructors are expected to maintain a professional relationship characterized by courtesy and mutual respect.
  • It is the instructor’s responsibility to maintain an appropriate academic atmosphere in the classroom.
  • The instructor will decide whether such an atmosphere is no longer present in a class, and is trained to take appropriate steps to return to a professional environment.

If you feel that this policy has been violated, you should notify your instructor as soon as possible. You may be asked to provide a detailed written description of the complaint to the instructor. The instructor may take measures they feel are appropriate to resolve the issue and/or may forward the complaint to the School of Continuing Studies (SCS) for review. Please refer to the full policy document on the York University website at: Please find the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities here.

University closures/class cancellations

Weather Rule

If the University is open, then classes will be running. If the University is closed, then classes will not be running. Any missed classes will be rescheduled.

University Closures/Class Cancellations: (416.736.5600 OR While this is rare, weather and/or other emergencies do occur that require us to suspend our operations. While every effort will be made to contact students, this is not always possible. If you are unsure of whether the course is running, please call the University’s weather/emergency information line, or check the SCS Twitter feed.

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