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Advanced Placement – Degree/Diploma entry Full-time Diploma 5950diplt

Human Resource Management

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:

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:
  • HR Generalist
  • Corporate Recruiter
  • Human Resource Coordinator
  • Trainer
Mid-Level Positions:
  • HR Consultant
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Compensation Specialist
  • Director of People Development

Program Entry

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.

Application processing

Open to applications beginning October 1st (or next business day).

Applications are considered for a specific intake.

Entrance requirements

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:
  • Post-secondary education: one of the following from a recognized institution:
    • Diploma
    • Degree

    If you are currently enrolled in the final term of your degree/diploma, you must be on track to complete by May. To apply, submit the following documents from your post-secondary institution:
    • Transcript of completed courses
    • Confirmation of enrolment letter verifying your current course enrolment and registration in your final term

  • Pre-entry courses: The following five courses must be complete prior to starting the program. Applications may be submitted upon registration in two pre-entry courses:

*The combination of both ORGB 1105 (or ORGB 1100) and BUSA 2005 (or BUSA 2100) may be taken in place of BUSA 7250.

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.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • 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 applicants

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.

For more information, please contact the BCIT International Student Centre.

Transfer Credit

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.
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Scheduled intakes

September each year.


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 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.

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.

Tuition fees

Please see the Full-Time Studies Tuition & Fees page for full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $810; Level 2: $810
(General estimated cost, and subject to change)

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.


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.

Program matrix

Level 3 Credits
  BLAW 3800 Human Resource Management Law 3.0
  FMGT 3560 Finance 1 - Administration 4.0
  HRMG 3130 Competency Design and Analysis 3.0
  HRMG 3150 Human Resource Management Systems 3.0
  HRMG 3200 Introduction to Labour Relations 3.0
  HRMG 3500 Training and Development 3.0
  HRMG 4200 Employment Relationships and Conflict Management 3.0
  HRMG 4600 Human Resource Planning 3.0
Level 4 Credits
  BUSA 3515 Management Science 4.0
  BUSA 4800 Management Policy 4.0
  FMGT 4565 Finance 2 Administration 2.5
  HRMG 3170 Human Resource Dynamics Workshop* 2.5
  HRMG 3300 Recruitment and Selection* 2.5
  HRMG 3400 Benefits Administration* 2.5
  HRMG 4020 People Analytics 2.5
  HRMG 4150 Performance Management Systems* 2.5
  HRMG 4400 Compensation Management 2.5
  HRMG 4900 Business Consulting Projects* 8.0
  OCHS 1433 Introduction to Safety for Human Resources* 2.5
* denotes a half-term course
Total Credits: 61.0

Transfer credit

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.

Program Details

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.

Program length

Nine months, full-time

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

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.

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.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

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 related industry experience and are skilled in many areas, including, Labour Relations, Training and Development, Compensation and Staffing.

Advisory committee

  • 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

Contact Us

Amy Stanley
Program Head - Human Resource Management
604-432-8670 |

Alisha Gardner
Administrative Assistant
604-432-8385 |

Contact a Program Advisor with the BCIT program name in the subject line if you have a question about:
  • Program selection and program planning
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
  • Student life

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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