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BCIT Human Resource Management Diploma

Note: The September 2014 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for advanced placement and readmission may be submitted. Applications for September 2015 will be accepted starting November 1st, 2014 (or next business day).

Please check our list of programs that may have space available or access our program database for a complete list of BCIT programs.

If you want a career as a Human Resource Professional, this is your program. The BCIT Human Resource Management diploma program is perfect for individuals who want to improve a corporate culture, increase employee productivity, and create great places to work. You will create performance management policies, employee compensation packages, hiring selection criteria, and employee onboarding and retention programs. Graduates can immediately apply their human resource skills in numerous industries. The Human Resource Management diploma can also be completed Part-time. Individuals who already have a degree or diploma may qualify for the nine month full-time advanced placement degree/diploma entry program.

BCIT Human Resource Management students learn to:
  • Create effective hiring and retention practices
  • Develop compensation programs
  • Deal with workplace conflicts
  • Plan staffing levels
  • Apply employment law

BCIT HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT DIPLOMA
BCIT Credential: BCIT Diploma
Program Length: 2 years, Full-time
Program Start: September
Application Deadline: April 15
Number of Courses: 35 courses, 118.5 credits
Total Tuition/Cost: Learn about Tuition & Fees
Business Consulting Project: 10 weeks, 2 days a week
1st Year Entry: View Requirements
Advanced Placement: View Requirements
Degree/diploma entry to 2nd year: View Requirements
Laddering Options: Bachelor of Business Administration BBA Degree

Business Consulting Project

Human Resource Management students undertake a 10 week Business Consulting Project in their final term. Students work in groups of 2-3 and spend two days a week developing a solution to a real human resource problem for a company. The student teams collect and analyze data, create recommendations, and present their findings to senior management.

Professional HR Designations

Graduates of the Human Resource Management diploma program can pursue additional career building opportunities. Graduates are eligible to enter the following professional HR designation programs:

HR Jobs & Careers

Graduates of the Human Resource Management diploma program have a strong foundation in all areas of human resource management, including recruitment and selection, training and development, compensation, labour relations and performance management. Grads are able to apply these skills in a wide variety of job opportunities.

Entry-Level Positions:
  • HR Generalist or HR Advisor
  • Corporate Recruiter
  • Human Resource Coordinator
  • Trainer
Mid-Level Positions:
  • HR Consultant
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Compensation Specialist
  • Director of People Development

Program Entry

If you think this program is for you, please begin the application process early to increase opportunities for acceptance. We begin reviewing applications in January for the following September.

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Two step process

If you want a career as a Human Resource Professional this is your program! Admission to the HR Management program is highly competitive. This program does not accept applicants on a “first come, first served” basis and meeting the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Academic grades above the minimum
  • Several years of work experience
  • Additional post-secondary academic courses*
  • Experience working in teams

Applications accepted November 1st** – April 15th

*Applicants with preferred entrance requirements are to submit transcripts and supporting documentation with their online application.

**or next business day

Step 1: Entrance requirements

  • Two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
    • English 12 (67%) or
    • Three credits of post-secondary English, Humanities or Social Sciences (67%) from a recognized institution

    What if I don’t meet these English requirements?

  • Math: one of the following:
  • Attendance at an information session: Information sessions are held monthly October through March. Applicants who live outside of the lower mainland and are unable to attend an information session will be accommodated.

  • Complete the following form for submission with your online application:

Step 2: Department assessment

All applications will be reviewed by the program area at the application deadline. Admission is competitive and will be offered to the most qualified applicants.

Transfer credit

Transfer credits are only assessed once you have been accepted into the program.

Transfer credit may be granted for courses completed at BCIT or another post-secondary institution where the learning outcomes duplicate those of the BCIT course. As per Admission Procedure 5003-PR1, the department reserves the right to determine the granting of credit where appropriate.

Applications for transfer credit will be accepted up to day 14 of the term; an official transcript and a course outline where appropriate must be provided (or be on file with BCIT) to process the request. A maximum of two courses per level are eligible for credit through this process.

Advanced Placement

If you already have a degree or diploma:

  • You may be eligible for the accelerated program; you can apply for advanced placement into the second year (formerly HR Post-Diploma Program) if you meet all the entrance requirements. The Human Resource Management (degree/diploma entry) program has approximately 25 seats and is a 9 month accelerated program.

If you have taken courses and would like to use credits towards this diploma:

  • Entry into the middle of the first year or the start of the second year may be possible. You must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] with your online application when you apply for advanced placement.

View the Advanced Placement section for details.

Recommended for success

  • It is recommended that you conduct several informational interviews with professionals working in the field of Human Resource Management to get an appreciation for the nature of work in this field. A realistic appreciation of the nature of work performed by HR professionals and an understanding of their need for both strong analytical skills and strong interpersonal skills will better prepare you for success in the program.

  • It is also strongly recommended that you assess your fundamental math skills by taking the Mathematics Self Diagnostic Test [PDF]. You should be able to do this exercise in about an hour. If you scored less than 20 out of 26 you should upgrade your math by attending OPMT 0199.

  • Applicants must have work experience and/or community or volunteer experience.

Apply to program

The September 2014 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for advanced placement and readmission may be submitted.

The next intake will begin accepting applications on November 1, 2014 (or next business day).

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
Apply Now

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

myCommunication

Within 3 weeks of applying to a program, you will be sent a letter in the mail confirming receipt of your application. The letter will identify your student number, BCIT e-mail address and instructions on how to login to your myBCIT account.

All official BCIT correspondence will be sent to your myBCIT account. Check myCommunication often during the application process and throughout your studies at BCIT.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for more information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $780; Level 2: $780; Level 3: $780; Level 4: $780
(General estimated cost, and subject to change)

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

First and foremost - in the first year of the two year program, you will learn the basics of business!  Courses include Business Math, Economics, Accounting, Organizational Behaviour and Business Information Systems as well as an introductory course in Human Resource Management.  These courses are essential to your success as an HR Professional who works at the interface of people and business.

In the second year of the diploma,  you will take more advanced business courses in Finance, Strategy and Consulting skills and will focus on all functional areas of Human Resources including:

  • Health and Safety
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Training and Development
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Human Resource Management Systems
  • Performance Measurement
  • HR Planning and Strategy
  • Labour Relations and Conflict Management

Program matrix

Level 1 Credits
  BSYS 1000 Business Information Systems 3.0
  COMM 1100 Business Communication 1 3.0
  ECON 2100 Microeconomics 3.0
  FMGT 1100 Accounting 1 4.0
  MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing 3.0
  OPMT 1100 Introduction to Operations Management 3.0
  OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics 4.0
 
Level 2 Credits
  BSYS 2050 Business Data Analytics* 2.0
  BSYS 2060 Business Data Management* 2.0
  BUSA 2100 Principles of Management* 2.0
  COMM 2200 Business Communication 2 4.0
  ECON 2200 Macroeconomics 4.0
  FMGT 2100 Accounting 2 5.5
  HRMG 2150 Introduction to Human Resource Management* 2.5
  OPMT 1130 Business Statistics 5.5
  OPMT 1170 Project Management* 2.5
  ORGB 1100 Organizational Behaviour* 3.0
* denotes a half-term course
 
Level 3 Credits
  BLAW 3800 Human Resource Management Law 3.0
  BUSA 3500 Management Science 3.0
  HRMG 3130 Competency Design and Analysis 3.0
  HRMG 3150 Human Resource Management Systems 3.0
  HRMG 3200 Introduction to Labour Relations 3.0
  HRMG 3500 Training and Development 3.0
  HRMG 4200 Conflict Management 3.0
  HRMG 4600 Human Resource Planning 3.0
 
Level 4 Credits
  BUSA 4800 Management Policy 4.0
  FMGT 4561 Finance for Business Management 5.5
  HRMG 3170 Human Resource Dynamics Workshop* 2.5
  HRMG 3300 Recruitment and Selection* 2.5
  HRMG 3400 Compensation Management* 2.5
  HRMG 4020 Human Resource Metrics 2.5
  HRMG 4150 Performance Management Systems* 2.5
  HRMG 4400 Compensation Management 2.5
  HRMG 4900 Business Consulting Projects* 8.0
  OCHS 1433 Introduction to Safety for Human Resources* 2.5
* denotes a half-term course
 
Total Credits: 117.5

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

The BCIT Human Resource Management program places you in a small cohort of 20 – 25 Human Resource Management students.  Each term you are assigned to an even smaller cohort team with whom you complete major assignments for the term. Your studies will involve learning from lectures, interactive labs, and each other. The focus is on the practical application of knowledge. You will work directly with industry on several projects and assignments.

Effective teamwork skills are very important to your success in the program. Most of your projects will be team oriented and at the end of your final year you will work with a small team on a Human Resource consulting project with an industry client.  You will work on industry based projects, research best practices, and focus on the aspect of Human Resource Management that interests you the most.

You will have the opportunity to join BCIT’s Human Resource Association (HRA) – the student run club for aspiring HR professionals that provides networking opportunities, assistance in preparing for the CHRP exam, mentors, and organizes social events.

Our graduates go on to successfully complete the requirements of the CHRP, become HR consultants, HR Coordinators, specialists in training, benefits, and compensation, and leaders in the HR community.

Program length

Two years, full-time (9 months for students entering with a degree or diploma directly into the second year of the program)

Grading

In order to be eligible to progress into the second year of the Human Resource Management program students must achieve a 72% overall GPA on their first year courses.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

Degree Completion

Graduates of this program may continue their studies to complete the BCIT Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program. The BBA program provides you with the flexibility to complete your degree full-time within 8 to 12 months (depending on previous transfer credits from other institutes), or you can choose to begin your career and finish your degree courses part-time, usually within 2 to 3 years. Completion of the BBA meets the degree requirement to obtain your CHRP designation.

Block credits from your diploma may also be transferred to business degrees at Simon Fraser University, the University of Northern British Columbia, Royal Roads University, Lakehead University and others. Please confirm details with the respective program that you are considering if this option is of interest.

Graduating & Jobs

This program stretches your capacity to learn, develops your time management skills, all the while providing you with the opportunity to learn about the many facets of Human Resource Management.

Employers recognize the strength our alumni bring to the workplace! The career track of graduates is aimed at entrance, at a professional/technical level, into either a generalist or specialist human resource management position. Some graduates also find employment in operational units which place a heavy emphasis on team management and project development activities. More experienced graduates also have an opportunity to pursue human resource consulting activities.

When you graduate, your former classmates become part of your professional network.

Once you have earned your Diploma, you can continue on and complete our BBA program in as little as 1 year (three terms).

Graduate employment outcomes

The following link takes you to graduate outcome survey results containing mostly labour market results from the 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates.
Note: The survey results will be displayed in a separate browser window. To view these results, you need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Advanced Placement

There are two options for advanced placement into the Human Resource Management diploma program:

1. - Advanced Placement into the 9 month Human Resources Advanced Placement Degree/Diploma entry path

Do you already have a degree or diploma? You may qualify for Advanced Placement into the second year of the Human Resource Management Diploma program and complete the program in 9 months. Each September 20-25 seats are reserved for students entering directly into the second year of the program (Level 3).

Advanced Placement into second year is limited to applicants who already have a degree or diploma. This requires the applicant meet all program entrance requirements including the 5 prerequisite courses. The prerequisite courses must be completed or in progress at the time that you submit your application. See the Human Resources Advanced Placement Degree/Diploma entry for the detailed entrance requirements

2. - Other

Have you completed a substantial number of post-secondary courses in business and/or human resource management? You may qualify for advanced placement into the Human Resource Management program. Students that qualify for advanced placement can enter the program in the middle of first year (January, Level 2) or the beginning of the second year (September, Level 3). To be eligible, you must meet all program entrance requirements and have completed all of the courses in the preceding level(s). You must also have a 72% average in transferrable courses.

Acceptance into advanced placement is dependent on a number of factors including: seat availability, course transfer credits, and the number of applications received. Most applicants are required to complete additional course work before entering their desired program. Early application is strongly recommended.

Entry into the middle of Year 1 (Level 2 - January)
  • Application process opens on February 1st* of the preceding calendar year
Entry into the start of Year 2 ( Level 3 - September)
  • Application process opens on November 1st* of the preceding calendar year

*or next business day

When applying for advanced placement, you must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] with your online application.

For more information about eligibility requirements and the application process, please download the Human Resource Management Advanced Placement Guide [PDF].

Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

The BCIT Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is also a viable option for students that have completed a bachelor’s degree. This is an eight month full-time program that leads into a number of international MBA programs.

Business Consulting Project

A BCIT Business Consulting Project provides second year Human Resource Management students the opportunity to work over a 10 week period with an organization to solve a human resource problem or challenge. Students work in a team of two or three to improve human resource functions and systems for an industry client. Students complete a comprehensive written report and make an oral presentation to the client outlining their recommendations and solutions.

Business Consulting Projects are different from traditional co-op and internship programs. Students are not assigned to actual positions, but rather fill a consulting role for businesses and organizations. Each project has a BCIT faculty member that serves as an advisor for the student consulting team and a mentor or project champion who works for the client organization. Exit surveys from participating companies show that the completed strategic business solutions have a value that far surpassed their expectations.

View a sample list of past Business Consulting Projects students have completed in a wide variety of industries.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

The most important learning will come from your interaction with your colleagues in the class and as you work together on assignments. The faculty who will support this learning have worked in the HR profession as managers and/or consultants and are skilled in many areas, including, Labour Relations, Training and Development, Compensation and Benefits and Recruiting and Selection.

Advisory committee

  • Debbie Cameron, Labour Relations Board
  • Doug Alley
  • John Allen, Vancity
  • Hugh Finlayson, B.C. Public School Employers' Association
  • Annika Lofstrand, VanCity Savings Credit Union
  • Stephanie Milliken, Chancery Software
  • Robert Sawka, Canada Post Corporation
  • Len Posyniak, ICBC
  • Tyler Pronyk, A&W Food Services of Canada Inc.
  • Greg Katz, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation

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I received a solid education from my university degree, but I realized I had no specific job-ready skills or a career focus. The BCIT Human Resources post-diploma program was the perfect program for me to narrow down my career goals while giving me broad exposure to the world of business through the intensive and challenging curriculum.
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