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
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.
- Labour Relations Advisor
- Corporate Recruiter
- Human Resource Coordinator
- HR Consultant
- Human Resource Manager
- Compensation Specialist
- Director of People Development
This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
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.
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
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.
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.
“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.”
“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.”
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.
Amy Stanley, Program Head, Human Resources Management, BCIT
Amy is the Program Head for the HR program at BCIT where she teaches Training and Development and Performance Management. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Sauder School of Business at UBC where she specializes in Organizational Behaviour at Undergraduate level and Leadership in Masters level programs. Amy runs her own leadership development business, coaching leaders to navigate professional relationships, manage teams and handle conflict as well as providing bespoke training to the corporate sector. She has 20 years experience in Human Resources and has a global client list from within business, finance, education and government.
Lewisa Anciano VP, Global HR, Paybyphone (PAC Chair)
Lewisa currently leads the People and Culture function as Vice-President of Global Human Resources for PaybyPhone, owned by Volkswagen Financial Services AG and Volkswagen AG, the world’s largest automaker. Part of the PBP management board, she is responsible for HR teams in Germany, United Kingdom, France, Canada and works with employees based in 12 countries in Europe and North America.
Recipient of the 2015 CPHR Human Resource Professional of the Year Award, she has enjoyed a multi-faceted career beyond HR in the areas of strategic planning, innovation management, corporate communications, compliance, organizational effectiveness, process transformations, as well as mergers and acquisitions.
Lewisa holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and a Masters in Organizational Management. She has completed the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Advanced Management Program, INSEAD’s Strategy Execution program and the Organization Design Certificate at the University of Southern California.
Sonia Lall, HR Consultant at SONA HR Consulting
Sonia is an enthusiastic and engaging Senior HR Leader with 15+ years’ experience in Technology, Financial Services, Post-Secondary, Heavy Industry and Hospitality. She has supported leadership and employees, from the C-suite to the frontline. She is known for being both a strategic partner and critical thinker, with the ability to motivate others by building relationships. Her career has taken her from the boardrooms of complex organizations to the beaches of the Caribbean. Sonia is passionate, knowledgeable, and committed to continually evolving the talent experience, while having fun along the way!
Adam Charania, Associate Vice President, Human Resources at UBC
Adam has 20 years’ experience in HR in progressively senior roles. Adam has worked in the public and private sectors, across multiple industries, including the BC Government, Crown Corporations, Health Care, Travel & Tourism, and a Member based organization. Adam has worked with a variety of stakeholders, including Governments, employers and unions, and also participated on tripartite boards and various governmental agencies.
Adam received an Honours degree in Commerce and a Master’s in Industrial Relations from Queen’s University, is a holder of the CPHR designation, and has received a certificate in mediation. In his spare time, Adam loves music, traveling, sports, spending time with his dog, and various other things that he’ll bore you with when he meets you!
Kelly Cardwell, Vice President HR, Bosa Properties
Kelly Cardwell is an SFU Alumni. She graduated from SFU with a Master of Business Administration. She is currently pursuing a Master of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Adler University while working for Bosa Family Companies leading both the Human Resources and Information Technology functions. Kelly has spent most of her career specializing in Compensation in a variety of industries including professional consulting, industrial equipment, retail, and real estate.
Sarah Steinke, Human Resources Leader, Garibaldi Glass
After receiving a B.A. in Psychology from Simon Fraser University and working in Banking, Sarah discovered a passion for business. HR seemed to combine these two worlds rather nicely so I enrolled in BCIT’s HR Post Diploma Program. Upon graduation, she had 3 lucrative job offers and started her career as a sole HR Generalist in a fast-paced High Technology company. She was quickly promoted to HR Manager and then HR Director and member on the Executive team. Unfortunately, over the following three years, external influences forced the business to restructure down to a point where only 10 out of 40 employees remained. This was also a fantastic learning experience for her career. She spent a few more years in the technology industry before being introduced to the manufacturing industry. At first sight, it didn’t seem as shiny or sexy as the fast-paced, high-growth and high-profit margins seen in the high-tech industry but she gave it time and she is glad she did. There is a sense of pride that she experiences when she sees the tangible products her company creates.
She is now the Human Resources Leader to one of the West Coast’s largest leading glass fabricators and she loves it! She loves coaching team members to reach their fullest potential and implement human resources strategies and programs that support the business and seeing those results realized. HR is a great career choice as it provides unlimited opportunity to grow and learn.
Christian Codrington, BCIT Faculty Member and Consultant
Prior to starting Forum HR, Christian has held senior roles with a number of significant employers throughout his career. Most recently as the Director of Human Resources for the Industry Training Authority (ITA). Before ITA and while at the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources–BC (CPHR-BC), the provincial HR association, he led teams responsible for membership, professional development, metrics, and the office of the registrar for the CPHR designation. Before CPHR-BC, Christian led human resources teams at Best Buy Canada supporting a wide range of business units. He worked at Starbucks Coffee, Children’s & Women’s Health Centre of BC, and Service Canada in various HR/LR roles. In these roles he was responsible to create and deliver many human resource related initiatives, negotiated, interpreted and managed within the parameters of numerous collective agreements, as well as represented each organization at the Labour Relations Board, Human Rights Tribunal, and small claims courts.
Throughout his career Christian has had the opportunity to help organizations of all sizes integrate diversity and inclusion into their operations. He has written resource guides intended to increase workforce participation of people with disabilities as well as immigrants, hosted and moderated employer seminars, and acted on advisory committees designing wrap around supports.
Christian graduated from Simon Fraser University studying Business Administration concentrating in Organizational Behaviour. He added to those learnings with certificates from the Justice Institute of BC, one in Conflict Resolution and Third-Party Negotiation and another in Mediation. Currently, Christian is instructing a number of human resources classes in the Faculty of Business Administration + Media at the BC Institute of Technology.
Rodney Bush, Regional HR Director, Western Region, Lowe’s Canada
Rodney is an experienced Human Resources leader with 20+ years of progressive, well rounded HR experience, in Canada & internationally, in large Fortune 100 companies. Currently with Lowe’s Canada, and leading a team of HR professionals providing strategic & operational HR support to 118 Lowe’s & RONA stores across BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. Rodney and his team manage an employee count of ~11,500 associates. Rodney is a leader who is passionate about the employee experience, corporate culture and employee engagement, as that is what leads to a positive customer experience, delivering the desired business outcomes.
Hugh Finlayson, BCIT Faculty Member
Hugh is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) and a faculty member in the School of Business, Human Resources Management Program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). He is also an Affiliated Scholar with the Centre for Educational Leadership and Policy (CSELP), Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University.
His current research and teaching builds upon his 35-year career in human resource leadership and management across multiple roles in the public and private sectors, from practitioner, manager, and director to chief executive officer. Hugh held senior leadership positions in the K-12 public education sector at the school district level and ultimately at the provincial level as the chief executive officer of the human resource services agency and accredited bargaining agent for British Columbia’s K-12 public education employers. While there he led two other multi-employer associations, one in the post-secondary education sector and the other in the community social services sector, through governance and organizational changes as interim chief executive.
An active contributor to advancing the human resource profession, Hugh was president of the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia & Yukon and served as chair of the BCIT Human Resources Management Program Advisory Committee. He is the author of two human resource practitioner’s best practices resources, When Things Happen at Work: A Practitioner’s Guide to People, Circumstances and What to Do Now and Collective Bargaining Preparation Essentials—The Handbook.
Hugh is an Honorary Life Member of the CPHR BC & Yukon in recognition of his contribution to the field of human resources and designated a Fellow CPHR, a title that recognizes the most exceptional CPHR holders in BC and the Yukon.
Sandra Lucarino, Director, Human Resources, Canada Post
Sandra is an engaged HR professional passionate about providing advice to her clients to maximize their business results. She has been a senior leader at Canada Post for 15 + years and is currently the Director, Human Resources for BC and Yukon with an employee population of approximately 10,000 employees. Her career at Canada Post has provided an extraordinary combination of experience in the areas of Finance, Strategy and Human Resources with exposure to both corporate and field functions.
Sandra is an alumni of BCIT and UBC and is both a Chartered Professional in Human Resources and a Chartered Professional Accountant.
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.
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