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BCIT Human Resource Management Diploma

This program is offered for students who wish or need to obtain a Human Resource Management diploma by completing courses on a part-time studies basis. It enables you to pursue lifelong learning while maintaining daytime employment or other activities, by attending evening or weekend classes or studying as an online learner.

This program is a logical next step for students interested in a HR oriented career who have completed an Advanced Human Resource Management certificate. Courses you have completed to obtain a certificate that are also included in the program matrix, may count toward this program, subject to confirmation by Program Advising.

The Human Resource Management diploma program may also be taken in the full-time format over two years.

The Program

This is a general human resource part-time studies program with no predetermined specialization. It includes the academic content of Levels 1 and 2 (first year) of the full-time two-year Human Resource Management diploma program plus a broad list of HR related elective courses that allow you to tailor your studies to meet your individual educational needs and career goals.

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.

In this program you will experience BCIT's unique blend of academic learning and applied skills. Successful students develop a solid understanding of core business concepts including effective hiring and retention practices, developing compensation programs, dealing with workplace conflicts, planning staffing levels, employment law, computer skills, business communications, professional selling, economics, business math, and accounting practices.

Program Entry

About Part-time Studies

Take a single course, or work towards a credential — all at a pace that's right for you.

Part-time courses are offered in a variety of scheduling formats, including at night or on weekends, flexible day time delivery, or you can opt for distance or online learning. If you meet the prerequisites and there's space available, you can register for a course immediately. Courses are offered in each of three terms: Fall (September), Winter (January) and Spring/Summer (April).

To apply to a Part-time Studies program and earn your credential, you simply need to complete a Part-time Program Declaration Request. Applications are processed throughout the year.

To be successful in BCIT's applied learning environment, students must demonstrate English proficiency in all four language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Two years of education in English in an English-speaking country and English 12 are strongly recommended for success. For information on English equivalencies, testing, and upgrading options, visit:

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

It is strongly recommended that you assess your fundamental mathematical skills. The Mathematics Self-Diagnostic Test [PDF] is voluntary. If you find these problems difficult, we strongly recommend that you attend OPMT 0199. You should be able to do this exercise in about an hour, after which you should compare your answers with the correct ones supplied. If you scored less than 20 out of 26 correct, you should seriously consider upgrading your mathematical skills.

Transfer credit

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.

Program declaration

To determine if the courses you intend to take will be applied towards a credential you must declare your program. This ensures that BCIT is aware of your intent to complete the program as it is currently outlined.

Program declaration enables you to declare a program of study and outline the courses you plan to complete to meet the program requirements. Program declaration also provides the opportunity to apply for transfer credit. Upon approval, a confirmation letter will be mailed to you outlining your program of study.

To declare your program, please submit the Part-time Program Declaration Form [PDF]. This form is also available at Student Information and Enrolment Services. Please allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

Scheduled intakes

Ongoing PTS intakes: January, April and September

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Some entry-level courses are eligible for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). If you believe that you already possess the skills and knowledge that would otherwise be gained by completing a particular course, please contact the Program Assistant for application information.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Fees page for information on tuition fees and refunds.

Financial assistance

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


Program delivery

This part-time studies program is offered on a course-by-course basis, allowing you the flexibility to complete courses in any order, provided that any required course prerequisites have been completed. Students register for each course individually, and may undertake studies in any term (Winter, Spring/Summer or Fall). While you may choose the pace of your studies, all program requirements must be completed within seven years as per BCIT Policy 5103 - Student Evaluation [PDF].

Please note that some courses in this program are offered only once or twice per year, and BCIT reserves the right to cancel courses if enrolment is insufficient.

In-classroom delivery is available for most courses in the program. Some courses are also offered online.

The length of most in-classroom courses is 36 hours of classroom time, delivered in either 12 sessions (e.g. one three-hour class per week), six sessions (e.g. one six-hour class per week), or five sessions (e.g. one 7.25-hour class per day). Students should schedule an additional one to two hours of independent study time for each hour of in-classroom time, to complete readings, assignments, projects and exam preparation.

The length of most online courses is 12 weeks. Online learning students should plan to spend an average of seven-to-ten hours per week on their studies for each course.

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

1. Required: (90.0 credits)
Students are required to complete the Advanced Human Resource Management Certificate.
2. Required Courses: (35.5 credits) Credits
Note: Each of the courses in this section must be completed to obtain the Human Resource Management Diploma. Courses which were included in your Advanced Human Resource Management Certificate cannot be credited again toward this section. To make up your credit total for this section, additional courses are to be chosen from the list of elective courses in section 3 of the Program Matrix.
  COMM 2202 Business and Technical Correspondence 3.0
  COMM 2203 Business and Technical Reports 3.0
  FMGT 2100 Accounting 2 5.5
  FMGT 3555 Finance for Business Management 4.5
  HRMG 3130 Competency Design and Analysis 3.0
  OPMT 1198 Operations Management Fundamentals 3.0
  OPMT 2197 Quantitative Methods for Business 3.0
  HRMG 3170 Human Resource Dynamics Workshop* 2.5
  HRMG 4900 Business Consulting Projects* 8.0
* Program Head approval prior to registration
3. Complete credits as needed to achieve overall program credit total from the following list of electives: Credits
  BUSA 2705 Teamwork Skills 3.0
  BUSA 3015 Negotiation Skills 3.0
  HRMG 3101 International Human Resources Management 3.0
  HRMG 3255 Labour Relations 2 3.0
  HRMG 3315 Measuring the Impact of Human Resources 3.0
  HRMG 3401 Benefits Administration 3.0
  ORGB 2505 Interpersonal Skills 3.0
  ORGB 2605 Managing Organizational Change 3.0
Total Credits: 125.5

Check current availability of courses for this program.

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

Program length

The maximum time to complete the program is seven years.

Upon completing the Human Resource Management Certificate and Advanced Human Resource Management Certificate, students typically complete the part-time diploma program between three to five years. Courses are offered three times a year to coincide with the Part-time Studies terms:

Winter term January - April
Spring term April - June/July
Fall term September - December

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Many courses are also offered through distance and online learning.

Continue your education

Degree Completion

Human Resource Management Diploma graduates may pursue degree completion through BCIT's Bachelor of Business Administration program. In addition, graduates may be granted transfer credit towards business degree programs at a number of universities both within and outside the province.

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

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. You will graduate with increased self-confidence and friends for life!

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

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Professional associations

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:

Contact Us

Richard Miles
Part-time Studies Coordinator - Business Administration
604-451-6780 |

Kim Petkov
Part-time Studies Program Assistant - Business Administration
604-432-8860 |

Have questions about:
  • Course selection and program planning
  • Declaring your program
  • Making changes to your approved program plan
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Laddering options
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
  • Student life
Contact a Part-time Studies Program Advisor with the BCIT program name in the subject line.

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