Human Resources (HR) Management Diploma (Online)

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The Human Resources Management (HR) (Online) program explores how human resources management deals with the management of the organization’s workforce, from the most junior member of staff to the chief executive. The focus is on HR skills that build effective relationships at all levels of the organization. During the program we explore a number of important topics including workforce planning, human resources development, compensation and benefits, labour relations and occupational health and safety. This program serves as a solid foundation for managing the HR challenges of today’s demanding work environments. The Diploma closely follows the competency framework as laid down by the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA) featuring both technical and general skills, abilities and knowledge necessary to effectively practice human resources in Canada. These competencies are required to earn the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation.

Career Opportunities

The program is designed to provide current and future HR professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to advance best HR practices within an organization. In addition, HR professionals who qualified and practiced in other countries will benefit greatly from the program as it places great emphasis on Canadian HR practices.
Graduates will have a strong foundation in all areas of human resources management preparing them for a wide variety of employment opportunities including human resources administrators, recruitment officers, labour relations officers, training coordinators, health and safety specialists and employee benefits administrators.

Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP)

The program content will also prepare students for the National Knowledge Examination (NKE) which assesses HR knowledge and skills. After passing the examination, a student is considered a candidate for CHRP certification. Those considering the CHRP designation must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Full details are available from the relevant provincial HR association.

Ashton's DHRM program has given me the basis for every possible aspect and area that I'm working on. The instructor was very approachable, very informative, extremely skilled and knowledgeable about a multitude of facets in HR.

Leah Klein - DHRM Graduate

Program Structure

All of the courses within this program are offered online. Students are expected to attend two live online webinars per week. Webinars take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. (PST). These webinars enable instructors and students to interact and collaborate. The webinars are also recorded for later viewing.

Students should be prepared to devote approximately twenty hours per week to their studies including the time spent on webinars. Each course has a duration of six weeks. The total program extends over a nine month period.

To receive credit for each course, the student must achieve a final grade of at least 65 percent.

Technical Requirements

Students should possess a webcam and a headset, or a microphone and headphones to participate in webinars. High speed Internet access is also required. For full technical requirements for Adobe Connect, please click here.

Ashton College uses Adobe Connect, an award winning service, for our live webinars. To participate in webinars, online students should possess a webcam and a headset, or a microphone and headphones. You will also need high speed internet access. For full technical requirements for Adobe Connect, please click here.

You can also access the webinars through your mobile or tablet device by downloading the Adobe Connect mobile app .

You can test whether your device will run Adobe Connect by clicking here.


Tuition cost: $3600.00

Course Descriptions

DHRM 01-Professional Practice in Human Resources

This course introduces the importance of professional practice in human resources. Human Resources Management builds effective, professional and supportive relationships while maintaining the well-being of the organization’s culture. HR professional practice requires building relationships consistent with standards of practice, adhering to ethical standards, adhering to legal requirements, recommending ethical solutions and participating in professional activities. HR professionals are also required to undertake proper research using credible resources so as to incorporate appropriate technologies and ideas into HR practice.

DHRM 02-Organizational Effectiveness

During this course, students are introduced to the need to make informed business decisions using financial and operating information to align human resources with business strategy. HR Professionals are also expected to contribute to the organization’s vision, mission, values and goals and to participate in the strategic planning process in order to support the effectiveness of the organization.

DHRM 03-Total Rewards

This course stresses the need to create a total rewards structure that encompasses compensation, pensions, and benefits to maintain fairness and consistency within the organization and to encourage desired behaviour. Emphasis is placed on implementing a total rewards structure using job evaluation systems and market comparisons to ensure consistency, fairness and organizational competitiveness, compliance with legal requirements and performance.

DHRM 04-Employee and Labour Relations

The HR Professional is expected to promote a collaborative work environment between the employer, the union (where it exists), employees and other groups by maintaining clear and open communication. During the course students learn how to interpret legislation, collective agreements and policies so as to treat employees in a fair and consistent manner and manage the risk of litigation and conflict. Labour relations strategies are studied as are negotiation techniques used to resolve labour issues.

DHRM 05-Organizational Learning, Development and Training

The course emphasizes the importance of developing opportunities for employees to learn and grow professionally by maximizing their potential aligned with the business strategy to contribute effectively to the organizational objectives. Students are taught how to implement learning and development programs in accordance with adult learning principles and to evaluate learning and development priorities and programs. Importantly, the course shows how the HR Professional is expected to develop an organizational culture where learning occurs at different levels by making learning a part of everyday work activity and where leaders learn mentoring and coaching skills to support learning and development priorities of employees.

DHRM 06-Staffing

This course examines how to create a workforce plan by identifying the current and future needs of the organization. The HR Professional is responsible for increasing the attractiveness of the employer to desirable potential employees thereby building a high quality workforce. Retaining qualified talent aligned with the strategic objectives of the organization is also a fundamental responsibility of the HR Professional. Finally we examine performance management systems and human resources information systems.