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Assiniboine’s eight-month Human Resource Management advanced diploma program prepares graduates to work in a human resource department.  

Graduates work in areas related to personnel administration: staffing, training and development, labour relations, and compensation management. Graduates are employed by industrial, commercial and government organizations. 

Program Learning Outcomes 

  • Critical Thinking and Knowledge: students will be able to use core specialization knowledge in solving business problems. 
  • Ethical Perspective and Social Responsibility: students will be able to identify organizational activities to reduce unethical behaviour. 
  • Collaboration: students will be able to work effectively in diverse teams, supporting team performance to achieve organizational goals. 
  • Communication: students will be able to present effective business communications in a variety of formats. 
  • Business Strategy: students will be able to strategize to plan for changes in business. 

Examples of what graduates from this program can do: 

  • Manage programs and maintain human resources information and related records systems. 
  • Hire and oversee training of staff. 
  • Coordinate employee performance appraisal programs. 
  • Research employee benefit and health and safety practices and recommend changes or modifications to existing policies. 

Success Factors 

You might be a good fit for this program if you would enjoy: 

  • Building upon your previous degree or diploma to work in the human resources field. 
  • Learning to use technology to manage human resource information and to solve business problems. 
  • Working with people and engaging in problem solving.  
  • Specializing and focusing on strategic Human Resource management. 
  • Building positive relationships. 
  • Navigating sensitive conversations. 
  • Setting an example for others by respecting the privacy, confidentiality, and dignity of others. 
  • Facing complex challenges and finding practical solutions.  

The industry and program environment require individuals to: 

  • Engage in ongoing professional development to remain knowledgeable about current practices. 
  • Commit to high standards of ethical conduct including maintaining confidentiality, respecting human rights, and avoiding conflicts of interest.  
  • Build relationships throughout the organization and collaborate with other departments. 
  • Demonstrate empathy and emotional intelligence. 
  • Pay attention to detail and engage in continuous improvement.


  • Two-year diploma or university degree

If you do not have a prior post-secondary credential, please see our Business Administration program where you can specialize in Accounting, Finance, Human Resource Management or Marketing.

English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list must meet the English language proficiency requirement. See assiniboine.net/elp for more information. IELTS score of 6.0 with no subscore less than 5.5 or equivalent is acceptable for this program.  

International Applicants

If you are an international applicant, please read our Helpful Information for International Students prior to applying to this program.


Careers & Connections

Career Opportunities

  • Staffing
  • Training and development 
  • Labour relations
  • Compensation management and collective bargaining
  • Industrial, commercial and government organizations


Upon completion, students can begin the professional certification process for the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR). The CPHR designation is the nationally recognized industry standard of excellence for those working in the field of human resources.

Graduates who choose to pursue the CPHR designation may be eligible for a waiver from the National Knowledge Exam (NKE).

Visit CPHR Manitoba for more information about the requirements

Assiniboine has a number of agreements with other colleges, universities and professional organizations, making it possible for students to apply credit taken at Assiniboine to programs at other institutions. For up-to-date information on agreements, visit the Articulation Agreements page.

Tools & Supplies

You benefit from industry networking and guest speakers and attend classes in computer labs, regular classrooms and lecture theatre. This program uses online learning resources and instructional resources.

Booklists are available from your school office 30 days prior to the start date of your program. Visit the Bookstore website to learn more.

Program Checklist and Textbooks/Supplies

Technology Requirements

Students in this program are required to bring their own laptop for use on-campus. The laptop must meet the technical needs outlined by the program. MAC computing devices are not compatible with program software. Refer to assiniboine.net/tech for detailed information. 

Courses & Costs


Estimated Program Costs (Domestic students)
 CreditsTuitionCourse feesStudents' Association fees (Inc Health Premium)Estimated textbooks, tools and supplies
Human Resource Management Advanced Diploma60$3,570$990$510$1,720

All fees are estimated and subject to change without notice.

Estimated Program Costs (International students)
 CreditsTuitionCourse FeesStudents' Association fees (Inc Health Premium)Required Health InsuranceTextbooks, Tools, & Supplies
Human Resource Management Advanced Diploma60$15,710$990$510$750$1,720

All fees are estimated and are subject to change without notice. All international students must purchase health insurance. The college adds this fee to your student account and then sends your name and fee to the insurance provider on your behalf.


To graduate with an advanced diploma in Human Resource Management, students must successfully complete 60 academic credits. The minimum passing grade for each course is indicated on the course outline. Course offerings are subject to change and may vary by intake.


Title Credits/CEUs Elective Distance PLAR
Advanced Software (COMP-0598)

Prerequisite: COMP-0597 Software Applications
In this course, students learn to use software to store and prepare data for analysis in a variety of business situations. Students begin by learning to use various tools and features to improve the analytical capability of their spreadsheets. They also learn when to use a spreadsheet and when it is more appropriate to utilize a database. Students learn how to create relational databases to store data effectively, as well as how to extract data in the form of queries and reports. Students use Excel to perform metrics and analysis using real business examples. Use of database software for data mining and analysis purposes will add knowledge, skills and abilities related to business intelligence and meeting organizational objectives.

6 credit(s) Yes No No
Business Law (LAWG-0093)

Knowledge of laws affecting your commercial activity can help you avoid unnecessary legal and, consequently, financial liabilities. Fundamental legal principles, as well as specific commercial transactions, are discussed in this course.

6 credit(s) Yes Yes No
Canadian Business and Society (BUSN-0166)

Students explore the complex business environment and the relationships organizations have with civil society, the natural environment and each other. Through this examination, students learn that ethical decision-making is critical to the successful management of any organization. Topics include changing economic, political, social and cultural forces and their influences on business and society; the continuum of socially responsible management and ethical business practices; and the challenges and opportunities that influence where an organization fits on the continuum. Special attention is given to Indigenous history and developments.

6 credit(s) Yes Yes No
Compensation (HRMG-0118)

Prerequisites: MATH-0107 Math for Business, COMM-0006 Communications
This course familiarizes students with the elements of a compensation program ranging from theoretical foundations to practical wage and salary administration. Activities are introduced to build skills in developing an organization's compensation philosophy and goals, reviewing incentive programs, choosing an appropriate job evaluation system, and developing an organization's salary structure. Students review legislation related to payroll records, mandatory deductions, government remittances and records. Analytical problems will assist in building skills.

6 credit(s) No Yes No
HRM Systems (COMP-0600)

The focus of this course will be on merging computer technology with a strategic human resource management perspective. This course provides students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to identify, assess, develop and maintain an effective system for managing human resources information.

6 credit(s) No No No
Human Resource Law (HRMG-0115)

Employees and employers alike benefit from knowing the laws that affect their working relationship.This course covers the laws affecting employer/employee and union/management relationships.Topics include: hiring, firing, harassment, discrimination, collective agreements and workers' compensation.Particular attention is paid to the expanding responsibilities pursuant to workplace safety and health.

6 credit(s) No No No
Human Resource Management (HRMG-0036)

This participative course provides an overview of the field of human resource management from the perspective of both the employer and the employee. Students will learn the skills and strategies needed to compete effectively in the job market as well as gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the human resource function within an organization.

6 credit(s) No Yes No
Indigenous History (INDG-0005)

In order to make sense of current issues and developments in Indigenous communities, learners need an understanding of the history of
these communities and their relationships with the crown and/or state. This course gives the learner the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the history of relationships between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous societies, their institutions and the unique context of these histories and the current realities and initiatives, considering Indigenous culture. While it is impossible in one course to consider the diverse Indigenous cultures and histories within Canada, this course provides an overview of the commonalities with regard to shared
histories, significant events, and common core aspects of Indigenous cultures.

6 credit(s) Yes No No
Indigenous Human/Fiscal Issues (INDG-0006)

This course examines some of the human resource and financial issues a financial officer may face when working in an Indigenous context. It offers participants the opportunity to acquire the essential skills and knowledge needed to fulfill one of the roles of a financial officer: that of a human resource manager. The framework for course discussions is current initiatives - both at the national and professional level - addressing issues related to the present fiscal relationship between Indigenous governments and the Canadian state, with particular attention given to issues related to accountability.

6 credit(s) Yes No No
Labour Relations (HRMG-0039)

Prerequisite: HRMG-0036 Human Resource Management
This course develops the knowledge and skills for human resource students to work in a unionized environment. Topics include the development of labour relations in Canada, the current environment for labour relations, the Manitoba Labour Relations Act, the Canada Labour Code, union organization and certification, and unfair labour practices. In addition, this course covers collective agreement negotiation and administration, distinguishing between conciliation, mediation, and arbitration in collective bargaining, interpreting and writing contract language, dealing with an impasse, and discussing the legislation as it applies to a strike, lockout and work stoppage.

6 credit(s) No Yes No
Management Information Systems (COMP-0601)

With the ever-increasing amount of information and data organizations collect, store, and use, it is critical to have an efficient and effective Management Information System. This is not a technology course, nor is it designed to teach you how to use computers, although there will be some exposure and skill development with various applicable software applications. The focus of the course is on how people, processes, data and technology can work together to produce information that can be used in decision-making and how to leverage information systems to effectively operate and grow a business.

6 credit(s) Yes No No
Staffing (HRMG-0040)

Prerequisite: HRMG-0036 Human Resource Management
The ability to anticipate workforce needs and recruit and retain qualified employees can be a key factor in the success of any business.This course gives students the tools necessary to develop skills in the areas of human resource planning, recruitment and selection, and performance management. The development and application of these skills form the basis for ensuring that staffing decisions are made in alignment with an organization's overall strategy and in compliance with relevant legislation.

6 credit(s) No No No
Statistics 1 (MATH-0002)

This course acquaints students with the concepts of statistical methods and theory as applied to economic and business data. It examines frequency distribution, probability, probability distribution, sampling, estimation and hypothesis testing.

6 credit(s) Yes Yes No
Statistics 2 (MATH-0003)

Prerequisite: MATH-0002 Statistics 1
This course is a continuation of the concepts introduced in Statistics 1 and includes advanced topics such as hypothesis testing, regression, correlation, time series, statistical decision theory and linear programming.

6 credit(s) Yes Yes No
Training and Development (HRMG-0034)

Prerequisite: HRMG-0036 Human Resource Management
This course develops students' ability to design and implement a training program. There is a strong emphasis on identifying training needs, developing objectives, designing training programs and measuring results.

6 credit(s) No Yes No

Fast Facts

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the next program information session?

Program information sessions are completely free to attend, and we invite you to bring a guest along as well. It's a good idea to register in advance so we know you're coming.

To find the complete schedule for our program information sessions and to RSVP, visit the program information session page.

I have a Mac laptop, can I use that?

No. MAC computing devices are not compatible with Business Administration or Office Administration program software. Refer to assiniboine.net/tech for detailed information.