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Certificate in People Analytics

Certificate in People Analytics

Shape the workplace we want. Use the data you have.

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January 22nd




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Learn to easily apply the power of data analytics to help lead workforce changes and improvements at your organization.

What is People Analytics?

As more organizations adopt human resource information systems, HR professionals have access to more systemized data than ever before. Companies need HR generalists and specialists who can look at this data and see beyond the numbers to interpret and translate these insights into actionable workforce solutions, and communicate its value to management. These workforce solutions include reducing the cost per hire, improving candidate selection, raising the employee retention rate, and improving employee engagement.

What you will learn

In this program you will work to become more comfortable presenting visual data and using insights to tell a story. You will also develop your skill set for foundational analytics, allowing you to find and apply data-driven insights to address HR-related problems. Upon completion of the Certificate in People Analytics, you will also be able to:

  • Define HR-related business problems through an inquiry-based approach
  • Explain common issues in adopting people analytics and propose solutions for these issues
  • Consider the ethical and legal concerns in implementing people analytics solutions
  • Communicate data insights through visualization tools such as data models

People analytics is a collaborative process, necessitating teamwork across departments to solve complex issues. This program’s course work will also develop your cross-functional competencies such as critical thinking, persuasion, negotiation and public speaking.

Program Benefits

Created in collaboration with and taught by people analytics practitioners, you will learn from leaders in the field how to probe data for statistical insights and make thought-out HR and talent management decisions. You will learn alongside a community of ambitious HR professionals, and graduate in 6-months, fast-tracking your career upgrade. The final capstone project allows you to apply what you have learned during the program towards a real-world HR issue.

OSAP-eligible format offered

Format: Part-Time, Online
Delivery: Online coursework
Program Length: 6 months

Format: Intensive
Delivery: Online coursework + required live-online sessions
Live Session Schedule: Alternate Tue evenings and Sat mornings
Program Length: 11 weeks

To review the detailed schedule for the Part-Time and Intensive delivery formats, please click on Enrol and then select “Course Details+” .

Introducing Live Online Learning

To make our programming even more accessible, and to ensure the safety of students and instructors, we are now offering the in-class course components for professional programs completely online.

Career Potential

Data analytics is one of the most in-demand and fastest-growing skill sets today, with Canada facing a skills gap of approximately 150,000 data-literate managers and analysts. So, while many organizations are embracing HR technologies, 46% of adopters do not have the fundamental data-driven skill set within their teams.

Data analysis is quickly changing the way companies do business. By effectively using company data, the HR department can optimize its HR-related strategies, activities and cost savings.

71% of Companies see People Analytics as a high priority
9 in 10 businesses identify that they can do a better job in provisioning their workforce data

Now is the time to commit to gaining a people analytics skill set in an accessible and practice-oriented environment.

Get hired for jobs like:

HR Analytics & Reporting Specialist
Insights Specialist

Gain these skills:

Critical thinking
Persuasion and negotiation
Public speaking

Who should take this program?

The Certificate in People Analytics is ideal for experienced HR professionals looking to upskill and advance their careers. If you are an HR manager wanting to steer your organization towards implementing people analytics solutions, or an HR generalist/specialist seeking to move into an HR Information Systems (HRIS) unit, this program is perfect for you.

This program is also beneficial for analysts wanting to focus on workforce analytics and learn more about the needs of HR professionals.

Enrolment requirements

The Certificate in People Analytics is a direct registration program. No application process is required; simply enrol in the session of your choice to get started.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Certificate in People Analytics program, graduates will:

  • Define a HR-related business problem through an inquiry-based approach that includes for purpose, scope and requirements
  • Explain the common issues experienced in adopting people analytics, propose solutions for each and calculate the return on investment for implementing solutions
  • Formulate the process of analysis in addressing a specific business problem
  • Assess for existing and potential collected data in identifying which business problems can be solved with people analytics, while also considering ethical and legal issues
  • Communicate insights in response to a HR problem supported by data visualization tools
  • Create measures of data quality and processes to ensure reliable data models and reports
  • Design and present data models that respond to workforce issues, i.e. talent acquisition, labour relations, employee engagement, etc.
Understanding Employee Needs During COVID-19

Rob Catalano – Certificate in People Analytics Advisory Council Member

Delivery Formats

Part-Time – Online (Asynchronous)

Courses instruction and peer interactions are done online through our course management system, Moodle. Course delivery is asynchronous, which means that while students have set deadlines to complete their work each week, they do not have any required “live” components (e.g. class at 7pm on Tuesdays). There may be optional, live sessions, via Zoom, throughout the course for the instructor to provide additional coaching and support.

Students complete one course at a time which helps to balance multiple priorities such as work, home life, personal responsibilities, etc. Students should expect to dedicate approximately 8-10 hours of effort per course, each week, for readings, discussions boards, practice opportunities, assignments, etc. Students can expect to write exams/quizzes, complete assignments (individual and group), and participate in live and online discussions with their peers.

Part-Time – Blended

Courses combine in-person learning, on campus at York (or Live Online via Zoom during COVID-19) plus online learning. The live components are typically held at a scheduled day and time (e.g. Saturday and Sunday, 9am-4pm), on campus at York (or Live Online via Zoom during COVID-19) where students and instructors gather to participate in active learning activities, share their learnings in an interactive format and hear from guest speakers. The online delivery is asynchronous, which means that while students have set deadlines to complete their work each week, they do not have any required “live” components (e.g. class at 7pm on Tuesdays). There may be optional, live sessions, via Zoom, throughout the course for the instructor to provide additional coaching and support. These optional sessions may be recorded and shared with students who cannot attend. Students can expect to write exams/quizzes, prepare assignments (individual and group), and participate in online discussions with their peers. In addition to any live components, students should expect to dedicate approximately 8-10 hours of effort per course each week for readings, discussions boards, practice opportunities, assignments, and so on.

Part-Time – Intensive

In the intensive format, students will complete a full certificate in 11 weeks*. Courses will combine in-person classes at York University’s Keele campus, as well as Live Online and online learning.

There will be up to 6 hours of scheduled live instruction each week, where students will participate in instructor-led experiential learning activities and hear from guest speakers. The online delivery is asynchronous, meaning students are free to work at their own pace as long as they meet weekly course deadlines.

Course work includes writing exams/quizzes, completing assignments (individual and group), and participating in online discussions with their peers. Students should expect to dedicate approximately 10-15 hours per course each week for readings, discussion boards and assignments.

*Please note: courses that were typically completed in 8 weeks in a blended format will now be completed within 4 weeks in this intensive format.


CSPA1000 Essentials of People Analytics

We live in a world filled with data and analytics can dramatically improve the way organizations identify, attract, develop and retain talent. However, many organizations still make those decisions based on instinct and intuition. In this course, you will learn how to apply analytics to identify HR issues and develop data-driven solutions. Topics include, but are not limited to: developing and presenting data-driven insights and solutions across each stage of the employee lifecycle; building a robust people analytics dashboard using sample datasets; and, identifying and calculating hr measurements and KPI’s across the employee lifecycle while maintaining ethical considerations.

36 Hours

CSPA1010 Advanced Applications for People Analytics

In this course, students will progress from essential to advanced people analytics by learning to: utilize a statistical methodology to rigorously evaluate and predict critical organizational outcomes; create maximum impact by diagnosing organizational issues and prescribing actions; create a strategic framework and comprehensive data map to guide their People Analytics strategy; develop a plan to build their organization's people analytics capability via tools/technology, and teams; and, explore the forefront of People Analytics methodologies and data sources. Successful completion of CSPA1000 is a prerequisite to this course.

36 Hours

CSPA1020 Analytics Project Design and Delivery

In this course, students will complete a people analytics project from end-to-end with minimal supervision. The course will facilitate the opportunity for students work closely with other students and gain exposure to real people challenges faced by organizations that can be solved with people analytics. Successful completion of CSPA1010 is a prerequisite to this course.

36 Hours


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Jessica Collins

Director, Organizational Culture and Analytics, Anchor HR Services.

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Farzeen Foda

Instructor, People Analytics, York University

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Geoff Ho

Director, Research & Analytics, HR, Rogers Communications Inc

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Miranda McKie

Inclusive and Diversity Analytics Consultant, Mckie & Consultants

Advisory Council

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Arjun Asokakumar


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Rob Catalano

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Andrée Laforge

CHRP, SWP (Strategic Workforce Planner)

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Carla Spina

Certificate in People Analytics

Winter 2022


Course Details +


Policies & More Information

Online Delivery

In Ontario, gatherings are restricted, and universities are offering limited classes in-person for the foreseeable future. We have been successfully delivering many of our courses online for years. So please know that you will not be compromising on your learning experience. When the situation changes and it is once again safe to offer face-to-face instruction, full-time programs will make the transition back into the classroom.

Until then, this program will be offered in an online asynchronous format or “live online” format depending on the term. The Live Online format offers students the structure and group interaction of a face-to-face experience without travelling to York’s campus. Our live online classrooms enable students to hear and interact with the instructor and other students like in a regular classroom. Course materials and assessments vary by course but students can expect online articles, videos, practice opportunities, discussion boards, etc. to help learn the content.

Technology Requirements for Remote/Online Courses

Please review the technology and software requirements you will need to access our courses remotely.

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