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Human Resource Management

Note: The September 2019 intake is now closed for new applications to Level 1. Applications for direct entry and re-admission may be submitted. The September 2020 intake will be open for applications starting November 1, 2019.
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
  • 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).

Program Entry

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.

International Students

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.

Application processing

Applications are accepted:

  • November 1st* to January 30th*
  • January 30th* to April 15th*
  • April 15th* until program fills

  • *or next business day

This program has multiple application deadlines and may fill after each deadline date.

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Two-step process

Admission to the HR Management program is highly competitive. This program does not accept applicants on a “first come, first served” basis and meeting the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Academic grades above the minimum
  • Several years of work experience*
  • Additional post-secondary academic courses*
  • Experience working in teams*

*Applicants with preferred entrance requirements are to submit transcripts and supporting documentation with their online application.

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Step 2: Department assessment

All applications will be reviewed by the program area at the application deadline. Admission is competitive and will be offered to the most qualified applicants.

Recommended for success

  • It is recommended that you conduct several informational interviews with professionals working in the field of Human Resource Management to get an appreciation for the nature of work in this field. A realistic appreciation of the nature of work performed by HR professionals and an understanding of their need for both strong analytical skills and strong interpersonal skills will better prepare you for success in the program.

  • 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.

  • Applicants must have work experience and/or community or volunteer experience.

Advanced Placement

If you already have a degree or diploma:

If you do not have a degree or diploma:

You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through 1. re-admission or 2. direct entry. The following applies to all advanced placement applicants:

  • Complete applications: you must show proof of completing all requirements (proof of registration is acceptable for advanced placement applicants) to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: BCIT will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Acceptance based on seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.
  1. Re-admission: Have you completed part of this program at BCIT and want to apply to an advanced level?

    Applications are accepted throughout the year. You must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] with your application.

  2. Direct Entry: Are you new to this program but have completed an equivalent part of it at BCIT or elsewhere and want to apply to an advanced level?

    BCIT accepts complete applications starting:

    • February 1st for level 2 (January start)
    • November 1st for level 3 (September start)

    You must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] and proof of meeting the entrance requirements with your online application. View the Direct Entry sheet for details.

Transfer Credit

Do you have credits from another post-secondary school?

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.

Transfer credits are only assessed once you have been accepted into the program.

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

Note: The September 2019 intake is now closed for new applications to Level 1. Applications for direct entry and re-admission may be submitted. The September 2020 intake will be open for applications starting November 1, 2019.

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
Apply Now

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

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 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.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $780; Level 2: $780; Level 3: $780; Level 4: $780
(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.


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 matrix

Level 1 Credits
  BSYS 1000 Business Information Systems 3.0
  COMM 1100 Business Communication 1 3.0
  ECON 2100 Microeconomics 3.0
  FMGT 1100 Accounting 1 4.0
  MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing 3.0
  OPMT 1100 Introduction to Operations Management 3.0
  OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics 4.0
Level 2 Credits
  BSYS 2050 Business Data Analytics* 2.0
  BSYS 2060 Business Data Management* 2.0
  BUSA 2100 Principles of Management* 2.0
  COMM 2200 Business Communication 2 4.0
  ECON 2200 Macroeconomics 4.0
  FMGT 2100 Accounting 2 5.5
  HRMG 2150 Introduction to Human Resource Management* 2.5
  OPMT 1130 Business Statistics 5.5
  OPMT 1170 Project Management* 2.5
  ORGB 1100 Organizational Behaviour* 3.0
* denotes a half-term course
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: 117.0

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 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.

Program length

Two years, full-time (9 months for students entering with a degree or diploma directly into the second year of the program)


In order to be eligible to progress into the second year of the Human Resource Management program students must achieve a 72% overall GPA on their first year courses.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

Degree Completion

Graduates of this program may continue their studies to complete the BCIT Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program. The BBA program provides you with the flexibility to complete your degree full-time within 8 to 12 months (depending on previous transfer credits from other institutes), or you can choose to begin your career and finish your degree courses part-time, usually within 2 to 3 years. Completion of the BBA meets the degree requirement to obtain your CHRP designation.

Block credits from your diploma may also be transferred to business degrees at Simon Fraser University, the University of Northern British Columbia, Royal Roads University, Lakehead University and others. Please confirm details with the respective program that you are considering if this option is of interest.

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 2016-2018 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2015-2017 graduates and for Degree 2014-2016 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.

Advanced Placement

There are two options for advanced placement into the Human Resource Management diploma program:

1. - Advanced Placement into the 9 month Human Resources Advanced Placement Degree/Diploma entry path

Do you already have a degree or diploma? You may qualify for Advanced Placement into the second year of the Human Resource Management Diploma program and complete the program in 9 months. Each September 20-25 seats are reserved for students entering directly into the second year of the program (Level 3).

Advanced Placement into second year is limited to applicants who already have a degree or diploma. This requires the applicant meet all program entrance requirements including the 5 prerequisite courses. The prerequisite courses must be completed or in progress at the time that you submit your application. See the Human Resources Advanced Placement Degree/Diploma entry for the detailed entrance requirements

2. - Other

Have you completed a substantial number of post-secondary courses in business and/or human resource management? You may qualify for advanced placement into the Human Resource Management program. Students that qualify for advanced placement can enter the program in the middle of first year (January, Level 2) or the beginning of the second year (September, Level 3). To be eligible, you must meet all program entrance requirements and have completed all of the courses in the preceding level(s). You must also have a 72% average in transferrable courses.

Acceptance into advanced placement is dependent on a number of factors including: seat availability, course transfer credits, and the number of applications received. Most applicants are required to complete additional course work before entering their desired program. Early application is strongly recommended.

Entry into the middle of Year 1 (Level 2 - January)
  • Application process opens on February 1st* of the preceding calendar year
Entry into the start of Year 2 ( Level 3 - September)
  • Application process opens on November 1st* of the preceding calendar year

*or next business day

When applying for advanced placement, you must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] with your online application.

For more information about eligibility requirements and the application process, please download the Human Resource Management Advanced Placement Guide [PDF].

Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

The BCIT Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is also a viable option for students that have completed a bachelor's degree. This is an eight month full-time program that leads into a number of international MBA programs.

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.

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

Contact Us

Marlize van Jaarsveld
Program Head - Human Resource Management
604-412-7149 | mvanjaarsveld@bcit.ca

Athena Guertin
Administrative Assistant
604-432-8385 | aguertin@bcit.ca

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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.
Scarlett Yim, Consultant, BC Hydro. Graduate from Human Resources Post-diploma


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, Human Resources Management student


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