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Overview

Delivery mode: Online

  • This program will be delivered online during COVID-19.
  • Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.
  • Learn more about how this program is adapting learning during COVID-19.

Organizations achieve success through people. The primary role of human resources is to build organizational capability to support the execution of business strategy. If you want a career as a human resource professional, this is your program. The BCIT Human Resource Management diploma is perfect for individuals who want to better understand employment relationships, 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. BCIT prepares graduates to deliver best practices in human resources.

Full-time program options include this two-year diploma option or a nine-month advanced placement option for individuals who already have a degree or diploma.

BCIT Human Resource Management students learn to:

  • Influence employment relationships and employee engagement
  • Create effective talent acquisition and retention practices
  • Develop compensation programs
  • Address workplace conflicts
  • Apply employment law
  • Identify and facilitate human resource best pracitices

Students will be taught how to use the following technology:

  • MS Project, PowerPoint, Access
  • MS Excel – Solver and Analysis Toolpak VBA
  • SAP HCM
  • Halogen
  • Tableau
  • Various Web Survey Tools

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 designation

BCIT Human Resource Management diploma graduates are eligible to enter the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation program, which is a nationally recognized level of achievement within the field of human resources. Based on successful completion, graduates are eligible to challenge the professional certification requirements of the CPHR National Knowledge Exam (NKE), the first step in earning a CPHR professional certification. BCIT HR students may join as student members of the CPHR (BC & Yukon).

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:

  • Labour Relations Advisor
  • Corporate Recruiter
  • Human Resource Coordinator

Mid-Level Positions:

  • HR Consultant
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Compensation Specialist
  • Director of People Development

Accredited program

This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Entrance Requirements

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.

Advanced Placement

Costs & Supplies

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.

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 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 CPHR exam, mentors, and organizes social events.

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

Graduating & Jobs

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:

  1. Have a graduation date of May 2013 or later.
  2. Have graduated with a cumulative GPA of 70% or higher.
  3. 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.
  4. Pay the exemption fee.

If you need more information or would like to apply for exemption from the NKE, email the CPHR.

Testimonials

“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.”
Scarlett Yim, Consultant, BC Hydro

“One reason I love BCIT is that there is so much support and so many resources for students. I’m really enjoying the program so far, our class is fantastic, we have so much fun and help each other as much as we can.”
Asa Nerelius

“All the classes that I attended were amazing, interactive, interesting, and fun, and instilled me with the desire to continue learning. It is due to the BCIT education that I have received that I was able to confidently apply for jobs in the HR field.”
Tanvi Ahuja

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, PAC Chair, Cameron Conflict Resolution
  • Kelly Cardwell, Vice President Human Resources Bosa Properties
  • Adam Charania, Vice President Human Resources, Rocky Mountaineer
  • Hugh Finlayson, Former President of the CPHR (BC & Yukon), Affiliated Scholar of CSELP (SFU), Faculty BCIT
  • Sonia Lall, Senior Human Resources Advisor, WorkSafeBC
  • Tyler Pronyk, Director A&W Food Services
  • Sarah Steinke, Human Resource Leader Garibaldi Glass
  • Lewisa Anciano, Chief People & Culture Officer, Glance Technologies Inc.
  • Rodney Bush, Area Human Resources Manager, Lowe’s Companies Canada

Learning during COVID-19

Online learning

This program will be delivered online during COVID-19. Learn wherever you choose, as there’s no requirement to attend campus or classes in-person during COVID-19.
While the online classroom looks different, the quality of instruction and the commitment of our faculty and staff remains as strong as ever. We’re dedicated to ensuring that your learning experience is meaningful and productive.

Your schedule

You will be expected to attend online classes and complete group work between the hours of 8:30am – 5:30pm PST, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays.

Technology requirements

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.

Safety on campus

As this program is being delivered online during COVID-19, there’s no requirement for you to come to campus. Please see below for information on accessing instructor support and on the student services offered virtually.

Services and support

Instructors will continue to be available to students remotely, including five dedicated office hours per week.
Our Student Services staff continue to offer advice, care, and support as needed to optimize your learning experience. Many services, including Student Health Services, Counselling and Student Development, and Peer Tutoring are offering phone or virtual appointments to BCIT students.

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.

Contact Us

Amy Stanley
Program Head – Human Resource Management
604-432-8670 | astanley13@bcit.ca

Alisha Gardner
Administrative Assistant
604-432-8385 | agardner15@bcit.ca

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  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
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