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Launch a rewarding career in human resources (HR) with BCIT’s Associate Certificate in Human Resource Management. Employers rely on HR professionals for their knowledge and expertise with regard to workforce planning and talent management, employee engagement and labour relations, training and development, and health and wellness.

This program will fast-track your entry into the high-demand HR field and place you on a pathway to career success. Continue on by laddering your associate certificate into BCIT’s Certificate in Human Resource Management and deepen your technical expertise in HR, while broadening your business management knowledge and skills. Along the way, earn your Chartered Professional in Human Resource (CPHR) designation and become a well-rounded HR professional.

Fall 2021 delivery mode: in person and online options

  • Part-time students have the option to take courses in person and/or online.
  • We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the procedures that have been implemented.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

About the program

  • 7 courses to completion
  • Covers most functional knowledge areas for the National Knowledge Exam® (NKE) for the CPHR designation.
  • Ladders into the BCIT Certificate in Human Resource Management and the Diploma in Business Administration – HR option. Continue on and earn your Bachelor of Business Administration through BCIT.
  • Can be completed entirely online, in-classroom at BCIT’s downtown Vancouver and Burnaby campuses, or with a combination of online and in-classroom courses.
  • Courses are taught by knowledgeable and experienced instructors who are industry professionals.
  • Employers value BCIT’s applied, job-ready approach to education and training. It’s the BCIT advantage that sets our graduates apart from the pack. Learn more about this associate certificate in the Program Details.

Who should apply for the Human Resource Management associate certificate?

The Associate Certificate in Human Resource Management is right for you if:

  • You’re ready to launch your career in HR or are seeking to move from entry-level to administrative and professional-level HR positions
  • You’ve been working in HR and want to earn a formal credential to position yourself for career advancement
  • You’re a frontline supervisor or manager who implements HR practices, policies and programs
  • You are a university graduate who wants to acquire specialized HR knowledge to enhance your employability
  • You are preparing for the National Knowledge Exam® (NKE) for the CPHR designation
  • You want a pathway to a diploma and degree

Ready to begin your associate certificate? Learn more on the Entrance Requirements page.

Interested in obtaining the CHRP designation? For information, visit the CPHR Canada website or the website of the Chartered Professions in Human Resources British Columbia & Yukon, which is the grantor of the CPHR designation in BC and the Yukon.

What grads can do

The Human Resource Management associate certificate will set you on the path to a rewarding HR career. Graduates of this program will be prepared for positions such as the following:

  • HR Assistant/Administrator
  • HR Advisor
  • Labour Relations Assistant
  • Staff Training Coordinator
  • Recruitment Assistant/Advisor

Graduates can deepen their technical expertise in HR and broaden their business management skills by laddering the associate certificate into the Certificate in Human Resource Management. If you intend to obtain your CHRP designation and have not completed a bachelor’s degree, you can continue on to BCIT’s part-time Diploma in Business Administration – HR option, and then to BCIT’s Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

Learn more about the opportunities awaiting you on the Graduating and Jobs page.

Entrance Requirements

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. Declarations are processed throughout the year.

Applicants to the BCIT School of Business are required to have completed two years of full-time study in high school or post-secondary program in English in an English speaking country. If you do not have English 12 and have not studied in an English-speaking country, you will need to demonstrate your skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. For information on English equivalencies, testing and upgrading options, visit:

Costs & Supplies

Bring your own device

Most courses and programs in the School of Business + Media are BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Please ensure you bring a laptop to every class. Plug-in outlets will be provided at most stations in classrooms, but not in all classrooms, so please ensure you have at least 2 hours of battery life available at the beginning of each class. Check the following recommended computer requirements prior to the start of class. If a program or course does not require you to provide your own device, that information will be provided by your instructor or indicated in the course outline.

For online classes, it is important you have a stable and consistent internet connection to access course content.


Important updates to Part-time Studies

1) Need to waitlist for a School of Business course? Find out more.
2) English Requirement: Find out more.

Please note: part-time programs and courses are open enrolment and although we make every effort to accommodate demand, course registration cannot be guaranteed in every semester. High demand courses fill quickly and may result in students unable to register for a course that semester. Courses may also be cancelled due to low enrolment.

Program Details

Graduating & Jobs

Contact Us

Contact a Part-time Studies Program Advisor with the BCIT program name in the subject line if you have a question about:

  • Course selection and program planning
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Declaring your program
  • Making changes to your approved program plan

If you have other program questions that are not answered on the program pages, you need help with a course in which you are currently enrolled, or the waitlist, then please contact us at

Kim Petkov
Program Assistant – Business Administration
604-432-8860 |

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

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