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Pivot your career to a meaningful field full of opportunities: human resources. HR professionals and their role in recruitment, training, and motivation are a critical part of any functioning organization. Whether you’re working in business and need further education in HR to transition your career, or you're looking to take your existing HR skill set to new heights, our hybrid Certificate in Human Resources Management will set you up for success.

Note: This certificate has been discontinued (as of Fall 2024) and is no longer accepting new registrations to the program. For more information, reach out to our Client Services team at ce@torontomu.ca.

If you’re looking for further HR accreditation, you can also take courses that qualify for exemptions in the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation offered by the Human Resources Professionals Association. Our graduates complete their certificates confident that they can assume a variety of HR functions in need in every industry sector.

Industry and Careers
The transferability of skills among employers and industries is a major benefit of working as an HR professional.

This certificate can lead to career paths in various fields. Here are some examples:

  • Change management
  • Compensation and benefits
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Health and safety
  • HR consulting
  • Labour relations
  • Learning and development
  • Organization development
  • Talent management

Who Should Take This Certificate?

  • HR professionals who wish to upgrade their skills for a promotion or to obtain the CHRP designation
  • Individuals not working in HR but who aim to join the field
  • Individuals working in a business role who require further education to pivot to a specialty in HR

What Will You Learn?

After completing this certificate, you will be able to do the following:

  • Manage a diverse workforce
  • Strategically recruit, retain, and promote employees
  • Train and develop employees
  • Foster an inclusive and ethical work environment
  • Create a workplace that is compliant with current health and safety standards


Certificate Requirements

  • 2 required courses
  • 4 electives
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

Admission Criteria


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With 6 Grade 12 U or M credits


  • Mature student status with relevant professional experience in business

Professional Designations and Accreditation

Over 20,000 HR professionals across Ontario belong to the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA). Join them!


Take the courses required by the HRPA and work towards the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. Conferred on candidates by the HRPA, the CHRP designation requires the following:

  • continued membership in the HRPA
  • an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized educational institution
  • discipline-specific knowledge, obtained by completing mandatory courses with an overall grade average of 70 percent or higher; no single course grade can be below 65 percent
  • successful completion of a National Knowledge Exam (NKE)
  • at least three years of demonstrated experience in HR at a professional level

The Certificate in Human Resources Management requires the completion of six courses. If you are working towards the CHRP designation, you should complete six of the designated courses within the certificate (be sure to choose elective courses that are required by the HRPA). After receiving the certificate credential, you then complete the HRPA academic requirements by taking the three remaining courses offered by The Chang School.

The following table shows how the certificate courses relate to the HRPA required courses.

Certificate Courses

HRPA Requirement?

Required (two)


CMHR 405 - Organizational Behaviour


CMHR 523 - Human Resource Management


Electives (four)


CMHR 522 - Union Management Relations


CMHR 600 - Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace


CMHR 623 - Recruitment and Selection (Staffing)


CMHR 671 - Human Resources Information Systems


CMHR 711 - Occupational Health and Safety


CMHR 733 - Training and Development


CMHR 749 - Compensation Management


CMHR 849 - Human Resources Planning


CLAW 529 - Employment and Labour Law



Offered by The Chang School, but not part of the Certificate in Human Resources Management:

CZAA 100 Understanding Financial Information: Since August 2020, this single course has been approved by the HRPA to cover the coursework requirement for the Accounting and Finance subject area. For those pursuing the CHRP designation but not a degree this will be a convenient alternative to taking CACC 100 and CACC 406. Visit the HRPA website for more details on approved courses.

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