The BCIT Human Resource Management advanced placement degree/diploma entry path is a nine month full-time program designed for individuals that have completed a degree or diploma and are interested in a human resource management career. You will create performance management policies, employee compensation packages, hiring selection criteria, and employee retention programs. Graduates can immediately apply their human resource skills in numerous industries. Individuals without a degree or diploma may qualify for the two year full-time diploma 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
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.
- HR Generalist
- Corporate Recruiter
- Human Resource Coordinator
- HR Consultant
- Human Resource Manager
- Compensation Specialist
- Director of People Development
Once you have accepted a place in the program and completed the pre-entry courses, you are exempt from any prerequisites listed on level 3 and 4 courses.
Bring Your Own Device
Students are required to have their own laptop. Please refer to the Bring Your Own Device Specifications [PDF] for requirements.
Laptop costs vary depending on the configuration chosen, but will likely range from approximately $1,000 to $2,000.
The prerequisite courses taken prior to entering the program will provide you with an understanding of basic business concepts. These are essential to your success as an HR professional working at the interface of people and business.
During the subsequent nine months you will take more advanced business courses in Finance, Strategy and Consulting skills and will focus all functional areas of Human Resources.
The BCIT Human Resource Management program places you in a relatively small cohort of 40-50 students who are all passionately interested in human resource management. Each term you are assigned to a smaller cohort team with whom you complete major assignments for the term
Your studies will involve learning from lectures, interactive labs and practical, hands on assignments. Most of your projects will be team oriented and in your final term you will work with a small team to complete a Human Resource consulting project with an industry client.
You will have the opportunity to join BCIT’s Human Resource Association (HRA) – the student run club for aspiring HR professionals. The club provides networking opportunities, assistance in preparing for the CPHR exam, mentors, and organize social events.
Our graduates go on to successfully complete the requirements of the CPHR, generally scoring well above the national average on the first of two exams leading to certification. They become HR consultants, HR Advisors, HR Generalists or specialists in training, selection, benefits, compensation and leaders in the HR community.
BCIT and the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) signed an agreement to allow some graduates of the BCIT Human Resource Management diploma program to be exempt from writing the National Knowledge Exam (NKE). In order to qualify for the NKE exemption, you will need to meet the following conditions:
- Have a graduation date of May 2013 or later.
- Have graduated with a cumulative GPA of 70% or higher.
- Be a member of CPHR in good standing. You may join CPHR now, or at the time that you apply for the exemption, if you are not already a member.
- Pay the exemption fee.
If you need more information or would like to apply for exemption from the NKE, email the CPHR.
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 related industry experience and are skilled in many areas, including, Labour Relations, Training and Development, Compensation and Staffing.
- Debbie Cameron, Cameron Conflict Resolution
- Kelly Cardwell, Vice President Human Resources Bosa Properties
- Adam Charania, Vice President Human Resources, Rocky Mountaineer
- Hugh Finlayson, Affiliated Scholar, CSELP, SFU; Faculty BCIT
- Sonia Lall
- Tyler Pronyk, Director A&W Food Services
- Sarah Steinke, Human Resource Leader Garibaldi Glass
- Robert Sawka, Director Operations Canada Post
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