Human Resources Management Diploma Program (Live Online)

  • Formats:

    (Live Online)

  • Duration:

    240 hours

  • Registration Fee:

    $200 (Domestic)
    $300 (International)

  • Tuition Fee:

    $4,200 (Domestic)
    $5,460 (International)

Start Date

Live Online

Part Time: November 10, 2020 – August 17, 2021

Full Time: January 18, 2021 – April 13, 2021



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Program Overview

The Diploma in Human Resources Management (DHRM) program explores how human resources (HR) professionals deal with the management of an organizationís workforce: from the most junior member of staff to the chief executive.

The focus of the†Human Resources Management Diploma program is on HR skills that build effective relationships at all levels of the organization. During the program, students will explore several important topics, including workforce planning, human resources development, compensation and benefits, labour relations and occupational health and safety.

The program serves as a solid foundation for managing HR challenges of todayís demanding work environments and allows students with or without a Bachelorís degree to pursue the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) designation without taking the National Knowledge Examination (NKE).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate core processes in human resources practices associated with strategic planning, acquisition and development, utilization of human resources, establishment and improvement of labour and employee relations, and compensation and administration issues.
  2. Promote the best human resources practices in an organization.
  3. Contribute to the monitoring of health and safety in the workplace.
  4. Analyze diverse forms of adaptation to a changing environment and implement change in a logical and planned way.
  5. Define implementation strategies for job redesign and work re-organization.
  6. Analyze the application of industrial relations legislations and their effects on employee relations and working conditions.
  7. Evaluate the application of key practical approaches to contemporary human resource problems in an organizational context.
  8. Encourage an approach to the practice of human resource management that is proactive and thoughtful rather than reactive.
  9. Communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders both verbally and in writing.

Human Resources Management Diploma Formats

Ashton College takes pride in providing study options that meet our studentsí educational needs while accounting for their already busy lifestyles.

  • Our Human Resource Management Diploma Online is delivered in a LIVE webinar format and is a great fit for working professionals, or individuals living outside of BC, or people who prefer a convenient, flexible, part-time format;
  • Our in-class HR Management program is ideal for students who would like to take a short-term, intensive diploma program.

Chartered Professionals In Human Resources


Ashtonís Human Resources Management Diploma program is accredited for the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) and the† and allows students with or without a bachelor degree to pursue CPHR designation without taking the National Knowledge Examination (NKE).

Students can also take this program to prepare for the NKE, an exam that assesses HR knowledge and skills. After passing the examination, students can become candidates for CPHR certification. Full details on the CPHR path are available from the relevant provincial HR associations.

The program follows the competency framework as laid out by Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) Canada, featuring both technical and general skills, abilities and knowledge necessary to effectively practise human resources in Canada. These competencies are required to earn the CPHR designation.

The Diploma in Human Resources Management is aimed at providing future HR professionals with the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to recruit and develop talent, craft effective policies, and manage organizational change. The program is designed for emerging HR practitioners, individuals who hold leadership or management positions, or those preparing to transition into leadership, management, or human resources roles.

CPHR Designation

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Course Descriptions

DHRM 01: Professional Practice in Human Resources

This course introduces the importance of professional practice in human resources. Human resourcesí strategic contribution to an organizationís business plan is emphasized. Topics include the human resources functional knowledge areas, as defined by CPHR Canada. Students will gain an understanding of the areas of responsibility and general principles of HR management within the Canadian environment and how effective HR management builds professional and supportive relationships while maintaining the well-being of an organizationís culture.

The students will examine the impact of corporate and business strategy on human resources management stressing the importance of aligning human resources management policies and practices with organizational strategy. A strategic human resources planning model is introduced and includes the following elements: organizational strategy, HRM strategy, environmental influences on HRM, job analysis, HR management systems and forecasting supply and demand.

DHRM 02: Human Resources Analytics, Organizational Effectiveness and Strategy

Organizational effectiveness applies the principles of lean management, change management and strategic human resources to assess the effectiveness of an organizationís processes, and recommend interventions that will build the organizationís capacity to achieve and sustain desired capability, set of behaviours or improved processes. Accounting and finance principles are also covered from the perspective of the HR professional as a business partner in the organization. The course will provide the students with an understanding of accounting information for the use of business managers and working knowledge of financial accounting for human resources managers.

This course also integrates business and corporate strategy with elements of strategic human resources management. It challenges the role of HR professionals to move beyond HRM foundations to strategic heights.

The students will develop a strategic analysis of a human resources management issue and learn how to effectively manage human resources in a way that contributes to improved performance, productivity and morale. This course introduces the student to the theory, concepts, and business application of human resources research, data, metrics, systems, analyses and reporting.

DHRM 03: Total Rewards

Desirable behaviours in an organization can be promoted with a strategically designed rewards plan and an organizationís reward system can have a significant impact on the profitability of the organization. This course will help to identify the elements of a systematic framework for designing an optimal reward system. Students will examine the strategic and behavioural framework for compensation, critical elements of rewards strategy, compensation values, performance pay and indirect pay.

DHRM 04: Employee and Labour Relations

The importance of employee relations and the intricacies of labour relations are significant components of strategic HR. Students will explore the best practices in union and non-union relations, grievance management, and dispute resolution processes including mediation and arbitration. This course will highlight controversies and issues related to the structure and functioning of todayís industrial relations system. The course emphasizes the practical or process-oriented side of labour relations as it applies in todayís workplace.

An overview of laws, regulations and guidelines for the HR professional will be provided, along with case studies and a discussion of current practices. Topics such as occupational health and safety within the Canadian legislative context, Workersí Compensation and disability management, types of hazards and techniques for controlling them and hazard control procedures will also be discussed.

DHRM 05: Organizational Learning, Development and Training

This course draws attention to the importance of organizational learning, development and training. Organizational development often includes workplace improvements and training. These efforts are based on the ability to develop clear job and organizational expectations, improve job performance and reduce employee anxiety. Development programs and training enhance the employeeís initial skills as they build on the knowledge, skill and ability of the employee.

This course provides a complete and comprehensive study of training and development theories, reflecting on the science and practice of the field. The course also explores the changing role of trainers, outsourcing, the aging workforce and e-learning.

The students will evaluate the importance of employee engagement as the commitment and energy that employees bring to work and are key indicators of their involvement and dedication to the organization. Employees who are engaged are more productive, content and more likely to be loyal to an organization.

DHRM 06: Recruitment, Retention and Selection

In the information age, the success of an organization depends entirely upon the quality of their employees. This course explores the evolving best practices in the fields of recruitment and selection while providing specific examples that modify best practices as a result of different organizational and environmental contexts. To complement staffing and other HR functional dimensions, this course introduces the principles and common practices associated with human resources information systems (HRIS).

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the criteria as set out in our Admissions Policy.

NOTE: Applicants who are unable to access our existing English Language Proficiency testing options due to test centre closures, we have made special temporary arrangements to accept the result of the Duolingo Online Test. Please refer to this†memorandum†for further information.†

Technical Requirements

Online Students

Ashton College uses Adobe Connect and Schoology to help instructors and students connect and collaborate online. Students should have regular access to a computer, laptop or smartphone to access the class materials.

To be able to participate in webinars, students would need a webcam and headset, or a microphone and headphones, along with a high-speed internet connection. To view the technical requirements for Schoology, please†click here†and to view the technical requirements for Adobe Connect, please†click here.

Please run a test to ensure whether your device can run Adobe Connect. You may be required to install the Adobe Connect add-in. If thatís the case, you will receive instructions to do so when you access a meeting for the first time. It is mandatory to run a Diagnostic Test to join an Adobe Connect meeting on a computer. The Diagnostic Test ensures that your computer and network connections are verified.

Adobe Connect mobile app is only available on Android devices and iOS. Recorded sessions are not accessible via the mobile device app, so students will need to use a desktop/laptop to view the recorded sessions.


Live Online

Part Time:

  • November 10, 2020 – August 17, 2021
    • Webinars will be held on Tuesday & Thursday from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm PST.
    • Seminars and laboratory times are decided at the start of the cohort.

Full Time:

  • January 18, 2021 – April 13, 2021
    • Webinars will be held Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm PST
    • Seminars and laboratory times are decided at the start of the cohort.


Tuition fees for this program are due and payable 2 weeks prior to the cohort start date. Students with guaranteed funding arrangements will be exempt from this requirement provided that they produce documents before the cohort start date.

All formats of the program are eligible for Canada Student Loans, other forms of government funding, and bank financing. However students are responsible for making their own funding arrangements and are advised to contact the relevant funder well in advance of the start date to make an application.

Application and tuition fees for this program are as follows:

  • Application fee: $200 (Domestic Students) or $300 (International Students)
  • Tuition fee (Domestic): $4,200
  • Tuition fee (International): $5,460

Note: Tuition fees do not include the cost of required textbooks.

This program was reviewed and approved by the Registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

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