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Certificate in Human Resources Management (Online)

Gain university-level knowledge and applied skills in the key human resources disciplines of recruitment, strategic planning, training, labour relations, compensation, health and safety, and human behaviour. In just under two years, this online certificate program provides the nine required courses to meet the course work requirement to earn the CHRP designation.

Drawing on York’s half-century of expertise in teaching working professionals, the Certificate in Human Resources Management has been designed to help you gain a deeper understanding of the concepts and a richer network of professional contacts than is possible in other programs while successfully balancing your professional and personal responsibilities. Practice the skills and explore the knowledge that employers value in our interactive courses taught by expert practitioners.

Who should take this program?

  • Professionals pursuing a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP™) designation or Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation
  • Working professionals interested in expanding their knowledge in human resources management

The Certificate in Human Resources covers the core competencies for human resources professionals as determined by Canada’s leading professional association the Human Resources Professional Association. You’ll study:

  • 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

Rebecca Kapogiannis“The online HRM program allowed me the opportunity to broaden my knowledge of HR through a focus on very specific content areas that were relevant to the work that I was doing on a daily basis. This program fit perfectly into my busy schedule – balancing a full time career, along with raising a family and being active within my community, doesn’t leave a lot of time to get to a classroom on a specific day and time.

The online learning format allowed me to engage at times that worked with my schedule. In my case, geography was an issue. The York program offered the content that I was looking for, but getting to a Toronto campus on a weekly basis would be challenging. The online learning format allowed me to login anytime, anywhere.”

Rebecca Kapogiannis, Human Resources Business Planner, 3M

As a pioneer in designing university courses for working professionals, York has the expertise to offer you a vibrant, meaningful education experience. Our interactive courses are designed to enhance the skills that employers value including:

  • communication
  • critical thinking
  • data literacy
  • ethics

“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


Choose the schedule that fits your unique needs.

Online: Earn your Certificate in less than two years of online study.

York University’s flexible, interactive online program helps you develop a rich network of peers while enjoying the convenience of learning at your preferred location. Study at times that fit your schedule as long as you complete the assignments on time.



To earn the York University Certificate in Human Resources, you will successfully complete all nine 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. Explore issues such as wage and salary determination, incentive systems, and benefits and services. This course will reflect a mix of research and practice.

Advisory Council

Our advisory council 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.

Mark Carbonelli, MBA, MIR, BA (Hons)

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, MHRM, BA

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gayle Fisher

Chief Administrative Officer
Ontario Pension Board


Ron Alexandrowich, M.Ed, BA

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, LL.M, CPA, CA,

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, MIR, BA (Hons)

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, MBA, MIR, BA (Hons)

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.

Jason Russell, PhD

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, PhD, BA

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, MIR, BBA (Hons)

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, MBA

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, PhD, MBA, CHRP

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.




Transfer of Credits

You may be eligible to receive transfer of credit if you have taken Human Resources core courses at another Canadian university.

Transfers of credit must meet basic conditions, and are subject to approval by the Program Manager, and requests must be supported by documentation.

This is a cohort program with the same group of students travelling through each consecutive course at the same time as a learning community. This is also an integrated program, whereby each new course topic builds upon the previous topic. For these reasons, a maximum of 1 equivalent course taken at another institution may be transferred into this program.

Conditions for transfer of credit

  • course must have been taken from an accredited Canadian academic institution and noted on an official transcript with a grade of 70% or higher
  • course must have been completed within the past 10 years from the date of application
  • course you are transferring must align with one of the following topics:
    • Human Resources Management
    • Organizational Behaviour
    • Finance and Accounting
    • Human Resources Planning
    • Occupational Health and Safety
    • Training and Development
    • Labour Relations
    • Recruitment and Selection
    • Compensation
  • course must have had a minimum of 36 classroom hours
  • a non-refundable assessment fee of $75 per course

Submission requirements

The following is required in an electronic submission in order to assess a transfer of credit:

  • send an email to the Program Manager noting the topic you wish to transfer, and when and where you completed the course
  • include an official transcript, demonstrating your completion of the course and your final grade
  • also include a full course outline (course name, description, learning objectives, assessment criteria, content topics covered, and number of hours)

Assessments may take up to 4 weeks to process from the time of receipt.


This is a direct enrolment program. Simply register for the program online.

This certificate is designed for adult learners from all walks of life and educational backgrounds. To qualify for admission into this program, you must be:

  • a mature student (over 21 and out of school for at least 2 years with no significant post-secondary education); OR
  • have successfully attended at least a year of college or university; OR
  • otherwise be eligible for admission to the University

If you’re not sure, contact us so that we can talk with you about your specific situation.


Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA)

The Certificate in Human Resources is recognized by the Human Resources Professional Association 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 National Knowledge Exam (NKE).

Note: It is the responsibility of the students to comply with the requirements of the HRPA. The HRPA has its own requirements regarding application, admission, program and membership. Students should contact the HRPA directly for more information.

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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. A degree from an accredited university is a requirement of the CHRP.

Learn more about the benefits of meeting the CHRP qualifications.


Human resources professionals are employed throughout the private and public sectors to develop and implement policies, programs, and procedures regarding human resource planning, recruitment, collective bargaining, training and development, occupation classification, and pay and benefit administration. They represent management and participate actively on various joint committees to maintain ongoing relations between management and employees.

The field of human resources 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:

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

Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) Designation

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


Certificate in Human Resources Management


HRPA CHRP requirements (membership, CKE1 knowledge 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

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 Relations Management Advisory Council

Steve Wuthmann is a seasoned senior executive with over three decades experience in human resources, corporate affairs and operations. Most recently 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.

Program Policies



Our Certificate in Human Resources Management is offered in an online format. There is also a full-time, in-class Post-degree Certificate in Human Resources Management available. To select the appropriate format and certificate, 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.

Online Certificate

This format was designed to make our program accessible to those working full-time, or those who may not be able to complete the course on a full-time basis.

  • Courses may be completed according to your schedule; there is no “live” requirement.
  • You will go through the Program with the same group of people, allowing for a deeper peer-learning experience.
  • You will know when each course is scheduled at the beginning so you can plan accordingly.
  • Courses will not be cancelled, so you can complete on time.
  • You should expect to allocate five to six hours per week to complete your work.
  • The courses are interactive and include case studies, weekly discussions, group work, videos, simulations, and narrated audio and video presentations.

 Important: This program is not for academic credit. If students need degree credits, you must apply to the Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Human Resources Management program.

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.

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.

Is online learning right for you?

Online courses are convenient but require additional responsibilities. We recommend that you consider the following before choosing to study online.

How are your time-management skills?

Time-management and study skills are very important in an online course. It’s hard to catch up once you’ve fallen behind. You’ll have group members depending upon your regular participation, and assignment deadlines to keep in mind. But if you follow the instructor’s suggested weekly schedule, you can stay on track.


Will you be able to take initiative?

In an online course, you’ll need to be comfortable with an instructor in the role of course leader/guide rather than lecturer. You’ll be absorbing information from readings, discussions, and asking questions. You’ll need to be willing to ask for the help you need from your instructor or TA, from classmates, or from the distance education/technical support.


Can you devote approximately 6-9 hours of study time per week for each course?

While online courses are more convenient, they’re not necessarily easier. They often require more time than a lecture on campus because you are responsible for managing your learning. When you study online it’s easier for other activities to take priority and keep you from getting to your course work.


Are you comfortable expressing your thoughts in writing?

In an online course, you may be asked to write defensively and argue thoughts and issues as you communicate in the discussion area. You’ll need to be ready to share and post your thoughts and opinions with your fellow students in a respectful manner. The benefit is that you can take the time to think about what you are writing.


Do you have regular access to a computer and the Internet?

You will be required to log into the course website on a regular basis. All academic work and communications will be located there so it is important to log in a few times a week.


Are you open to learning some new Web-related skills?

In order to participate in your online course, you’ll need to feel comfortable navigating the course website by using a browser, email, discussions, chats/wikis, and assessment tools. You’ll have the chance to learn and practise these skills as you participate in your course.


What technology is required to attend the online program?

In order to attend the online program, you will be required to have:

  • A computer
  • A high-speed Internet connection
  • A Web cam (for exam proctoring)

Key Policies

More Information


A Human Resources Management certificate is well worth the investment, both for career prospecting and career satisfaction.

Online Certificate in Human Resources Management

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 deposit as stated below and then you may make any number of online payments that you 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.

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

Please note: This program is not eligible for aid from the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). Students needing OSAP must apply to the Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Human Resources Management program.

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.

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.

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 Grade Reappraisal Request. 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?

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?

Part-time Programs (Online)

Please complete the Withdrawal Request Form and email it to Notice of withdrawal will be printed on the Official Income Tax Receipt.

Please email for more information on our withdrawal policy.

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:

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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