This program will be delivered entirely online for Fall 2020. Students should be prepared to attend some synchronous online sessions during regular school hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 5:30pm PST). Student schedules will be available in late August 2020.
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.
Another option is the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration for those that have a degree.
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:
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.
Human Resource Coordinator
Human Resource Manager
Director of People Development
COVID-19 Notice to Applicants
Please visit Admission during COVID-19 to learn how BCIT Admissions is supporting applicants. At this time, there are no program-specific changes for applying to this program.
Open to applications beginning October 1st (or next business day).
Applications are considered for a specific intake.
Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.
English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, the United States, the United
Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). Credential evaluation reports from other Canadian services may be considered. These reports must include course-by-course evaluations and GPA calculations.
Strong proficiency in microcomputer applications is required.
Appropriate business related experience is strongly recommended.
Applicants should be people-oriented communicators who have a willingness to work effectively with co-workers and the public.
Strong mathematic skills are required for success in BCIT Business diplomas. Students accepted into this program will be contacted starting in April regarding the completion of a math assessment test. If you score below a 67% on this assessment test, or feel that you would like to upgrade your math skills regardless, you should complete OPMT 0199 or OPMT 0023.
International students should be aware that this program has a mandatory integrated work experience and you are responsible for ensuring that you hold a valid co-op work permit, which is required to complete this practicum. The co-op work permit is separate from the study permit for having authorization to work up to 20 hours per week during your studies.
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.
Applications will be accepted up to day 14 of the term; an official transcript and a course outline
where appropriate must be provided (or be on file with BCIT) to process the request. A maximum of two
courses per level are eligible for credit through this process.
Apply to program
To submit your application:
Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements.
Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.
You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.
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.
Human Resource Management Law
This course provides an overview of business law subjects normally studied by those seeking a career in business with emphasis on specific topics associated with the practice of human resources management. Subjects introduced include contracts, torts, the Canadian legal system, employment, human rights, Charter of Rights, and wrongful dismissal. Students will have some opportunity to study additional specific HRM topics such as freedom of information, harassment and privacy.
Allows those with little or no knowledge of financial management to study the various methods of optimizing the economic position of a firm. Middle management people in business finance will learn to make the best decisions on the financing of a firm. Topics include control and financial management of the business firm, profit and cash-planning, the cost of capital and working capital management. Prerequisites: FMGT 1152 or FMGT 2100
Develops knowledge and skills at defining and describing workplace competencies, tasks and requirements and their links to other human resource management processes. Methods of job analysis, redesign/reengineering and position analysis are explored. Practical techniques for creating effective work assignment/descriptions and specifications are introduced. Prerequisites: HRMG 2150
Introduces systems and procedures associated with human resource information collection, storage with emphasis on use for strategic and organizational human resource planning purposes. Course presents an overview of management functions, H.R. information systems, and applied H.R. research techniques. Two hours a week of microcomputer laboratory time are included for preparation of course assignments that use computer applications. Prerequisites: BSYS 1000 and (ORGB 1100 or ORGB 1105)
This course will introduce students to the concepts of Industrial/labour relations in the current environment, with emphasis on the legal and practical framework in British Columbia. The fundamental facts and issues of labour-management relations will be explored. The legal framework of industrial relations will be examined in addition to the topics of collective bargaining, collective agreement administration, and grievance and arbitration processes. Additional topics will include labour-management collaboration and the nonunion workplace. Emphasis will be placed on how employers and trade unions can effectively manage their legal duties and obligations and their workplace relationships with one another. Prerequisites: ORGB 1100 and HRMG 2150 and BUSA 2100
This course examines the role of training and development within an organization and focuses on the contribution it makes to the success of the organization. Using a training and development model, students will explore the design, delivery and evaluation of training. The course examines the principles of adult learning and builds an awareness of the budgeting processes necessary to support the training and development function as well as the return on investment provided by a strong training and development program.
HRMG 4200 Employment Relationships and Conflict Management focuses on understanding employment relationships and the nature, sources and management of workplace conflict – the friction, disagreement, or discord arising from a perception of incompatible interests between workplace participants. The course provides frameworks for thinking about employment, conflict at work and introduces structures, processes and best practices to manage that conflict Through the examination of theory and practice the course builds on conflict management principles introduced in Organizational Behaviour and Introduction to Labour Relations.
Presents the techniques for utilizing people potential within organizations. Topics include human resource demand and supply, analysis, future projections, sources of supply, identifying training needs, related strategic management objectives, budgeting and costing.
This course emphasizes the use of decision-making models in business. It educates students in the use of quantitative methods in the choice of alternatives in the decision-making process. Computers will be used to solve problems.
Analyses business strategy formulation to give the student practical experience and confidence in handling complex business situations. Comprehensive business cases will be selected in fields such as finance, control, personnel, production, marketing, and general management. Acquaints the student with management decision-making and effective verbal and written business analysis. Teamwork and organizational change are addressed as elements of strategy implementation. Prerequisite: Departmental approval needed to register in this course. Course registration is restricted to students that have completed a minimum of 30 credits of coursework in business programs, completed BUSA 2005 and an overall GPA of 65%. To be considered for registration approval, please email the Business Administration Part Studies Program Assistant at email@example.com **Full-time day school students in the School of Business may not enroll in this course without the express consent of their day school Program Head.**
HRMG 3170 Human Resource Dynamics and the Management of Workplace Change focuses on the people side of change management — the alignment of the organization's culture, values, people, and behaviors — to encourage the desired results. The employment aspects of change are examined and the processes and methodologies used for developing successful change management initiatives are introduced. Students will explore capacity-building and strategic alignment tools that drive measurable objectives within the context of change management and its influence and impact on organization culture. In preparation for the HRMG 4900 Human Resource Business Consulting Project, students will review best practices for the development of project terms of reference and project consulting skills. Prerequisites: HRMG 2150 and ORGB 1100
This is an advance course for students specializing in human resource management. The learning outcomes address both the knowledge and skills to design and implement effective recruitment and selection processes and/or to critique and improve existing processes. The outcomes also address the specific skills to conduct selection interviewing. The course materials are designed to be relevant for a human resource professional in either an organizational or consulting capacity. Prerequisites: HRMG 2150 and HRMG 3130
An introductory course on employee benefits planning and administration from a total compensation perspective. A review of various benefit plans including health, disability, insurance, retirement, paid time off and work schedule benefits. An exploration of new developments in the field of employee benefits, specifically emerging benefit plans, and contemporary issues such as flexible benefits plans, demographic changes, part-time workers and legislative initiatives.
The purpose of this course is to develop skills in the utilization of HR data to support evidence based decision-making at an organizational, departmental and initiative level. Methods for data gathering, analysis and reporting will be explored, to measure HR effectiveness and to assess the financial and strategic impact of HR initiatives. Practical methods in the use of workforce analytics, to help focus future investments in human capital, will be introduced. Prerequisites: HRMG 3150
This is an advanced course in the specialized field of managing the performance of individuals, teams and organizations. Major topic areas include: organizational performance, strategic performance leadership, multi-source assessment, and self development plans. A key focus throughout the course is the identification of relevant performance criteria and appropriate assessment methods. Prerequisites: HRMG 2150
Introduces wage and salary administration techniques including job analysis, job evaluation, compensation surveys, pay plan design and pay-for-performance systems. Contemporary issues such as pay compression, pay equity and confidentiality are addressed.
Designed to give students practical experience in completing a special human resource assignment in an organizational setting. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 1 and Level 2 courses; successful completion of HRMG3170 (HR Dynamics Workshop), but may be short two Level 3 courses (for Level 3 only; subject to Program Head's discretion).
Introduces the field of occupational health and safety for Human Resource Professionals. Examines a broad range of safety topics and provides opportunity to participate in the application of several safety functions such as an inspection, accident investigation and safety committee meeting. Discusses the requirements for a successful safety program integrated into the company business plan; at the same time, explores the legal, economic and humanistic reasons for doing so. Covers additional topics including WHMIS, claims management, workers' compensation, fire protection and due diligence.
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.
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.
Graduate employment outcomes
The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by
BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the
2017-2019 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2016-2018 graduates and for Degree 2015-2017 graduates. The reports are organized
into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their
education. More detailed information can be accessed at the
BC Student Outcomes website.
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
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. I gained a great deal of current HR theory and practical working experience in just nine months. Scarlett Yim, Consultant, BC Hydro. Graduate from the Human Resources Post-diploma
I chose BCIT knowing it would open numerous doors for me in a competitive market. My education from BCIT has made me front runner for various employment opportunities. It is a great institution that I would recommend for every field of business.
Sukh Randhawa, Human Resources Post-diploma grad