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Human Resources Mgmt Co-op Grad Cert GBC

Human Resources Mgmt Co-op Grad Cert GBC

George Brown College, Canada

About This Program

If you are already a college graduate and wish to pursue a career in the field of Human Resources either as an employee or consultant, then this one-year graduate certificate program is for you.

George Brown College's Human Resources Management graduate certificate program comprehensively covers the key HR functions in this field.  You will be exploring the role of the HR department and the key accountability requirements to demonstrate a high level of professionalism in a work-related setting.

Upon completing the program, you will be able to:

  • Describe how employment legislation impacts human resources;
  • Design human resources policies and programs;
  • Facilitate employee training and development;
  • Ensure health and safety in the workplace;
  • Recruit and select employees;
  • Promote diversity;
  • Manage performance;
  • Recommend strategic change initiatives;
  • Develop a total rewards system;
  • Manage employee/labour relations;
  • Create a comprehensive human resources plan.

If you wish to pursue the Certified Human Resources Professional designation (CHRP), you'll be pleased to know that all applicable courses in the B408 program are HRPA approved. In fact, the courses prepare students to write the National Knowledge Exam offered by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).

You also have the option to pursue an option Training and Development Stream.  Once you have completed this, you may choose to apply for the Certified Training and Development Professional Designation (CTDP) offered through The Institute of Performance and Learning.

Learn more about the Canada student visa category. 

Course Delivery

This Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate program is offered at the St. James Campus of George Brown College.

Courses are taught via traditional classroom instruction by seasoned HR professionals with industry experience.  The program blends business-related theory and practical application to highlight how human resource functions as a strategic partner to business units.

This program also requires one semester of work experience to graduate though.  Your field education options are either co-op work (paid) or an internship (unpaid). 


Opportunities for you after course completion center on rewarding careers across a broad spectrum of public and private sector organizations such as:

  • Financial institutions;
  • Retail;
  • General business;
  • Manufacturing;
  • Government;
  • Legal firms;
  • Human resources consulting firms and;
  • Not-for-profit organizations.

You may find employment in any of the following positions:

  • Human Resources Generalist;
  • Recruiter;
  • Learning and Development Coordinator;
  • Compensation Analyst;
  • Human Resources Coordinator.

Further Study Options for graduates of the Human Resources Management Co-op Graduate Certificate program of George Brown College

If you wish to gain further knowledge and practical experience in training and development, you may pursue an optional stream in this area.

Upon successful completion of the Training and Development Stream, you may qualify to pursue the Certified Training and Development Professional Designation (CTDP) offered through the Institute of Performance and Learning.

Learning Outcomes

By the time you graduate, you will gain skills and have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of employee recruitment, selection, and retention plans and processes;
  2. Administer and contribute to the design and evaluation of the performance management program;
  3. Develop, implement and evaluate employee orientation, training and development programs;
  4. Facilitate and support effective employee and labour relations in both nonunion and union environments;
  5. Research and support the development and communication of the organization's total compensation plan;
  6. Collaborate with others, in the development, implementation, and evaluation of organizational health and safety policies and practices;
  7. Research and analyze information needs and apply current and emerging information technologies to support the human resources function;        
  8. Develop, implement and evaluate organizational development strategies aimed at promoting organizational effectiveness;
  9. Present and evaluate communication messages and processes related to the human resources function of the organization;
  10. Manage own professional development and provide leadership to others in the achievement of ongoing competence in human resources professional practice;
  11. Facilitate and communicate the human resources component of the organization's business plan;
  12. Conduct research, produce reports and recommend changes in human resources practices.

Course Outline


  • ACCT 4005:  Financial Accounting
  • BUS 4017:  Project Management
  • HRM 4003:  Human Resource Management
  • HRM 4004:  Organizational Effectiveness
  • HRM 4005:  Recruitment and Selection
  • HRM 4008:  Training and Development**


  • HRM 4009:  Compensation
  • HRM 4010:  Labor Relations and Collective Agreements
  • HRM 4011:  Employment and Human Rights Law
  • HRM 4012:  Human Resources Planning
  • HRM 4013:  Occupational Health and Safety
  • HRM 4015:  HR Seminar Series*
  • BUS 4000:  Work Experience Prep Course


  • COOP 4003 or INTN 4003:  Work Experience (Coop) / Work Experience (Internship)

* If you begin the program in September or May, you will have to take the HR Seminar Series in Semester 2.  If you enroll for the winter term, you will have to take the HR Seminar Series in Semester 1.

**Training & Development Stream (TDS)

Do you want to learn more about training and development?  If so, you may pursue an optional stream in this area. Once completed, you may choose to pursue the Certified Training and Development Professional Designation (CTDP) offered through The Institute of Performance and Learning.

  • HRM 4008:  Training & Development
  • HRM 2028:  Training Design & Delivery
  • HRM 2027:  Coaching for Effective Performance Management

Course Info

Course Code : B408

College : School of Human Resources

Duration : 12 months

Qualifications Level : Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Fees :

All fees listed below are quoted in Canadian Dollar (CAD).

  • Application Fee:  95
  • Base Tuition Fee:  13,520 for 2 semesters, 20,280 for 3 semesters
  • Incidental Fees (student ID, student association membership, etc.):  1,500
  • Public Transportation, estimated per year:  1,500
  • Supplies, estimated per year: 1,000 - 1,200
  • Textbooks:  500
  • Field trips and industry site visits:  50
  • Mandatory Health Insurance:
    • One year coverage, from Sep to Aug: 603.34
    • 8 months coverage, from Jan to Aug: 409.91
    • 4 months coverage, from May to Aug: 215.44

Take note of the following:

  • The above figures represent what George Brown College expects will be your reasonable international fees. 
  • Externship, internship, work term, apprenticeship fees are not included in the tuition fee.  This could range from $450 to a full term.
  • You will be responsible for your own transportation to complete externship, internship or practical lab requirements not listed above.

Accommodation for International Students at George Brown College

Toronto has a large housing and rental market that offers numerous accommodation options for students.  George Brown College however, does not arrange non-homestay accommodation for students. Estimated costs for privately arranged accommodation may range from $500-$1200 per month, depending on individual living situation and location.

George Brown College's free Housing Services offer support in helping students find off-campus housing.  This will be an advantage for you as it generally takes about 2-3 weeks to find an apartment in Toronto. Apartment listings usually go up 1-2 months previous to their availability so if you’re looking to move beginning of September it is usually good to start looking in July.

Housing Cost (your choice):

  • Landing Pad for 4 weeks:  750/month
  • Homestay for 2 months minimum:  750/month
  • Dormitory
    • September to April:  6,900
    • January to April:  3,450
    • May to August:  595/month

If you would rather live in the residence of the college, you should sign up early.  The George, as the building is known, has the flexibility of 8 month- (Fall/Winter) and 4 Month- (Summer) agreements. Units are 2-bedroom suites that include a kitchenette and 3-piece bathroom with Wi-Fi, phone, and cable television.

As costs are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by the administration of George Brown College.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socializing, and health.

Intake Dates :

There are three intake dates:

  • September
  • January
  • May

IVC has a 3-month preparation period that includes, among others:

  • Review by the School of Human Resources of George Brown College for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the International Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Payment of tuition fee;
  • Payment and processing of your living expenses fund if you are applying under the Student Direct Stream;
  • Seeking accommodation.

It is important to apply early as this course may have many applicants.  Moreover, beginning an application well in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the IELTS and consolidate your academic and professional credentials for your visa application.  So make sure you apply early!

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of George Brown College as listed:

  • Bachelor's Degree in any field of study. Previous studies may qualify you for a maximum of four course exemptions. The equivalent course must be from a recognized University with a minimum grade of 70% and HRPA (Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario) approved, where applicable.
  • As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests that should have a validity of two years:
    • IELTS (Academic Test) 6.5 overall band score with no individual band under 6.0
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based (TOEFL iBT): 88 overall, minimum 22 in each skill band
    • PTE Academic: 60 overall, minimum of 55 in each skill band

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