Human Resources Management (Optional Co-op)
- Ontario College Graduate Certificate
- College Code:
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- DO, GU, BR
- Academic Year:
- 2017 / 2018
Notice:Doon and Guelph Campus students in this program are required to bring a mobile device that meets minimum specified requirements.
About the ProgramIn an increasingly complex working environment, the services of a competent human resources professional are highly valued. Thriving organizations employ these practitioners to manage their most important resource: the people who make things happen.
Students interested in the co-operative education program will apply during the first semester of the program. The co-op process is competitive.
Courses in this program are based on the Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA) competency framework and meet the academic requirements for the HRPA designation.
Program InformationLength: One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program
Brantford - September/2017 - Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer
Doon (Kitchener) - September/2017 - Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer
Doon (Kitchener) - January/2018 - Winter | Spring/Summer | Fall
Doon (Kitchener) - May/2018 - Spring/Summer | Fall | Winter
Guelph - September/2017 - Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer
Location: Doon (Kitchener), Guelph and Brantford
Start: September, January and May
First-Year Capacity: Doon(Kitchener) 50 (Sept.), 30 (Jan.), 30 (May), Guelph 25, Brantford 25. First semester is non co-op. There are limited seats available for co-op in the second semester.
- A two- or three-year diploma or a degree from an accredited college or university
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; PTE Academic 58; Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.
- We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. An applicant will be eligible for admission to the graduate certificate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.
Applying to the Co-op Stream
- All applicants apply to the non co-op program. Students will be informed of the application deadline and process. To be considered for admission to the co-op option, students are required to achieve a minimum overall GPA of 3.75 (80% average) with no dropped or failed courses during the term that occurs two terms prior to the co-op work term.
- Applicants will be considered for the co-op stream based on their academic performance, resume and interview. Labour market conditions determine co-op seats in optional co-op programs. Every student who meets academic eligibility requirements may not be admitted to the co-op stream.
- Should a student's academic performance decline considerably during the term just prior to any work term, the college reserves the right to withdraw the student from the upcoming work term.
- Final selection is made following a review of post-secondary background.
- Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet and internet browser software in a Windows environment is recommended.
- Doon and Guelph campus students in this program are required to bring a mobile device that meets minimum specified requirements.
- Delivered during the day with supplemental materials provided. Mandatory group work required. Note: Students must be self-directed learners.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition fee details for the 2017-2018 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.
Financial AssistanceThe Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.
For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.
- Co-op programs add value to your education. Earn while you apply what you learn in a real workplace environment. See the Co-op webpages for more details.
- The College cannot guarantee co-op employment. All co-op students are required to conduct an independent co-op job search in addition to the supports and services provided by the Department of Co-op Education.
- Students are responsible for their own transportation and associated costs in order to complete work term requirements. Work locations may not always be readily accessible by public transportation.
Graduate OpportunitiesGraduates are prepared for entry-level to mid-level management positions with human resource departments, community organizations, private practices, learning institutions, government departments and consulting firms.
On average, 96% of the graduates from the last three years (2013 to 2015) found employment within six months of graduation.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home
Pathways & Credit TransferConestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.
Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
Learn more about PLAR.
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- Facilitate and communicate the human resources component of the organization's business plan.
- Contribute to the development, implementation, and evaluation of employee recruitment, selection, and retention plans and processes.
- Administer and contribute to the design and evaluation of the performance management program.
- Develop, implement, and evaluate employee orientation, training, and development programs.
- Facilitate and support effective employee and labour relations in both non-union and union environments.
- Research and support the development and communication of the organization's total compensation plan.
- Collaborate with others, in the development, implementation, and evaluation of organizational health and safety policies and practices.
- Research and analyze information needs and apply current and emerging information technologies to support the human resources function.
- Develop, implement, and evaluate organizational development strategies aimed at promoting organizational effectiveness.
- Present and evaluate communication messages and processes related to the human resources function of the organization.
- Manage own professional development and provide leadership to others in the achievement of ongoing competence in human resources professional practice.
- Conduct research, produce reports, and recommend changes in human resources practices
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