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  • Five-month certificate program 
  • Part-time and online delivery available: Human Resource Management
  • Entry dates vary
  • Offered at four campuses:
    • Interlake Campus, Selkirk
    • Portage Campus, Portage la Prairie
    • Steinbach Campus, Steinbach
    • Winkler Campus, Winkler


Prepare for a career in the fast-growing and key business field of human resource management (HRM). You will learn the fundamental components of an HR program, including staffing, recruitment, selection, compensation, training and development.

You’ll also examine current issues and industry trends, labour relations, plus workplace safety and health.

This program is now accredited by the provincial certifying body, the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Manitoba (CPHR Manitoba).

Graduates of Red River College’s HR Management Certificate program will qualify to receive their professional designation upon graduation and will be able to waive writing the National Knowledge Exam (NKE).

The NKE is a required step to pursue the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation, which is the national industry standard of excellence.

Red River College’s HR Management program graduates need to complete four of the following five electives in order to qualify for the waiver to write the NKE:

  • Employment and Labor Law (HUMR-1022)
  • Organizational Development (HUMR-1003)
  • Strategic HR Planning (HUMR-1058)
  • Occupational Safety and Health (SAFE-1000)
  • HR Metrics and Analytics (HUMR-1028)

Please check Course Dates & Fees for current course offerings.

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12
    • Submit proof of successful completion of or enrolment in Grade 12.
    • Due within 30 days of applying. However, if you apply within six weeks of the start date of the program, this item is due within 5 days of applying.
    • If you provide proof of enrolment, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter.
    • If you will be using education earned outside of Canada or the United States to meet admission requirements, visit www.rrc.ca/credentials for information and instructions.

Mature Student Admission Requirements
If you are 19 years of age or older and have been out of high school for a minimum of one year at time of application, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the Mature Student admission requirements.

English Language Assessments

English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
Duolingo (Duolingo English Test)


There are no minimum required levels for L,S,R,W.

Only Duolingo English Test scores that have been verified through the Duolingo English Test Portal will be accepted.


Who Should Enrol?

Our students have voiced many reasons for taking courses in the RRC Human Resource Management certificate program.  Here are a few:

  • Seeking a formal certificate in HRM with an accredited post-secondary educational institution
  • Working towards a professional designation in HRM:  Certified Human Resource Professionals and International Personnel Management Association of  Canada certifications
  • Adding expert learning to an existing personal toolbox of HR capabilities in the workplace
  • Transitioning to a new career path in HRM
  • Sharing HR experiences with other students and instructors and gaining insight into dealing with challenges
  • Moving into a supervisory or management role in HRM
  • Expanding knowledge and skills of general managers in HR specific areas
  • Developing organizational effectiveness with new knowledge and skills
  • Building strategic links between HR and business areas of the workplace


Locations, Dates and Fees

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
Selkirk Feb 27, 2023 Apply Now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
Books and Supplies
Year 1
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 1

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Polytech Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Red River College Polytechnic is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

Program Outline

You must complete nine courses and three workshops to earn a certificate.

First Course of Study:

  • Human Resource Management

Core Courses:

  • Human Behaviour in Organizations 
  • Compensation 
  • Recruitment and Selection 
  • Labour Relations 
  • Training and Development

Electives (choose three):

  • Payroll and Taxable Benefits
  • Employment and Labour Law
  • Computerized HRM 
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Management Principles 1  
  • RPL Foundation in HR Management
  • Issues and Trends in HRM
  • Organizational Development
  • Assertiveness Training
  • *Ethical Issues in HRM
  • *Strategic HR Planning


* Each 20-hour course qualifies as half an elective course

Seminars/Workshops (choose three):

  • Aboriginal Staffing Strategies
  • Building Workplace Loyalty
  • Competency Profiling
  • Employment Diversity
  • Employment Equity
  • Grievance Handling  
  • Making Tough Decisions
  • Managing Young Workers
  • Managing Change
  • Negotiating Skills  

Note: Each Regional Campus has chosen the electives to be delivered in the fulltime program.

Courses and Descriptions

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
HUMR-1000Collective BargainingRPL
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Participate in a "hands-on" approach to learning collective bargaining. Take part in all aspects of bargaining through case studies and collective bargaining simulations. Learn to prepare for negotiation-analysis, draft contract language, post proposals, develop and implement bargaining strategies and perform at the bargaining table. Upon completion of this course participants will have a good understanding of the collective bargaining process.

HUMR-1002Labour Relations
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Acquire a thorough knowledge of the principles of a collective agreement. Topics include the employer-employee relationship; establishment of bargaining rights; negotiations; content of a collective agreement; union security; management rights; complaints; grievances; and arbitration.

HUMR-1003Organizational Development
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Examine the forces or dynamics that result in the need for organizational changes. Analyze organizational climate, values, attitudes, and communication patterns that influence the operation of an organization. Discuss strategies for planned change, using case studies.

HUMR-1007Payroll and Taxable Benefits
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Acquire knowledge of payrolls, earnings and deductions, methods of payment, employment standards and termination of employees. Learn about government remittances, allowances, taxable benefits, employer levies and government reporting.

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Compensation is a vital component in the field of Human Resource Management. This course helps you become familiar with the principles of effective wage and salary administration, benefits administration, the fundamentals of job analysis and job evaluation, and issues surrounding wage and salary surveys. You will learn how to conduct a job analysis, how analyze job factors and evaluate their worth in relation to salary administration, analyze a benefits program and make recommendations to prospective clients on benefits selection and prepare a report for executive compensation.

HUMR-1019Human Behaviour in OrganizationsRPL
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Address psychological principles and sociological concepts of human behaviour in formal and informal organized groups. Learn the main aspects of individual and group behaviour in purposeful group settings. Explore topics including group relationships, types of groups, task orientation, group structure, communication, leadership, group performance, psychological climate, human needs in organizations, status, and social roles.

HUMR-1022Employment and Labour Law
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Examine the laws which regulate the employment relationship in Canada today.  Explore the fundamental principles and practices of the Canadian system of employment and labour law.  Interpret employment and labour laws and their impact on HRM.  Gain insight on emerging legal trends and their potential effect on the workplace.

HUMR-1028HR Metrics and Analytics
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Organizations today operate in an environment of rapid change and uncertainty. You will be able to support your organization’s strategic decision-making processes in human resources through learning the metrics and analytics covered in this course.

HUMR-1058Strategic HR Planning
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Human Resource Planning provides a strategic and integrative framework for the application of Human Resource programming to create business solutions. Students will learn the basics of HR Planning, and how other HR activities can be enhanced through application of this integrated framework. (Formerly titled Strategic and Tactical Approaches to HR Planning)

HUMR-1063Training and Development
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This course is designed to develop your ability to design and implement a training program. You will examine adult learning theories and instructional design models. As you develop your training plan, you will integrate training methods and instructional strategies for optimizing learning.The Distance offer for Training and Development is offered through LEARN.

HUMR-1103Issues and Trends in HRM
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Expand on your current knowledge of the overall HR function and develop your interest in finding out what strategic forces affect the delivery of HR in this global economy.  Examine key issues in-depth and begin to see the relevance of such economic and societal forces as the global labour and capital markets, deregulation, special interest groups and the labour market, and the reduction of trade barriers. Study the impact these issues have on the HR function as it is delivered in Manitoba with a number of case studies.

HUMR-1160Computerized HRM
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Look at how HR is changing through the application of computerized systems.  Review the history of Human Resource Information/Management Systems and how HRM technology is impacting every function within HR.  Examine a current software application with hands-on practice and learn how to plan a project for the definition, search, selection and implementation of an HRMS.


HUMR-1184Recruitment and SelectionRPL
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Discover how to hire and keep the best employees. Determine which methods are most effective, how to create a job application form and how to conduct interviews.

HUMR-1839Ethical Issues in HRM
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Human resource professionals are often called upon to initiate investigations on issues relating to business ethics within a complex business and social environment. We are asked to recommend action about what is right, and what is legal and moral. Through examining contemporary issues in HRM through a rigorous critical framework, we can prepare ourselves to answer the ‘big questions’ and enhance our role as value added strategic partners in business.

MGMT-1003Assertiveness Training
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Learn the value of assertiveness as a direct, honest and concise method of communication. Employers, managers, supervisors, employees, co-workers and the self-employed can benefit from using assertiveness to promote the protection of personal rights. Identify, discuss and practice methods of expressing your point of view while listening effectively. Discover your ability to assert yourself in difficult daily encounters.

MGMT-1080Human Resource Management (40 hrs)RPL
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Discover the importance of Human Resources Management (HRM) to individuals, organizations, and society. Learn more about this integrated, goal orientated set of management functions, which are carried out in the context of multiple environments (competitive, social, legal and organizational).

Students who complete HUMR-1015 in lieu of MGMT-1080 will need to submit a Transfer of Credit Request Form to be eligible for graduation from the Human Resource Management Certificate Program.

MGMT-1161Management Principles 1RPL
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Acquire the knowledge necessary to identify management functions and set out major principles, problems and objectives. Know the meaning of decision-making and learn how to stress the use of creative thinking in management. Discuss the fundamentals of organization and departmentalization, and learn the value of motivating people in management positions through communications, leadership and supervision. Study the methods used to control budgets, costs, quality, production and sales.

SAFE-1000Occupational Safety and Health
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Explore a basic introduction into the field of Occupational Safety & Health. The responsibilities of employers, employees and government in regards to occupational health and safety are addressed. Topics include job safety analysis, effective safety equipment and practices, occupational health and hygiene, safety programs, and safety instruction. Discover how to apply these standards in the work environment.

SEMR-9059Grievance Handling
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Designed to give participants an overview of the grievance process including grievance hearings, grievance replies, types of grievances and the role of unions and managers in the grievance process.

SEMR-9106Negotiating Skills
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Explore the principles and practice of skilled negotiations. Learn to assess various negotiation situations and apply principles to arrive at an acceptable solution. Note: you will learn through a combination of lectures, discussion and group exercises.

SEMR-9115Managing Change
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Begin to understand the change management process, how to assess an organization’s readiness to implement change, and build the commitment to change. In this workshop, work through strategies to “make change stick”, cover create and implement change strategies, and learn to assess and evaluate the success of change strategies through lessons from the field.

SEMR-9120Employment Equity
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Discover the importance of employment equity in business planning in order for business to succeed in an increasingly diverse local and global marketplace. Explore the demographic trends in Manitoba and the global economy, which suggest a workforce and consumer group that is increasing in diversity. Realize how equity is enhanced when focus is directed on the human resources of an organization. Develop an understanding of the inherent relationship of human resource management and employment equity.

SEMR-9123Competency Profiling
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This workshop will examine the role of competency profiling as a strategic business tool within modern organizational frameworks and will explore what it is and how to use it. You will learn what competencies are and competency profiling is, what role competency profiling has as a HRM practice and the ROI of competency profiling.

SEMR-9124Employment Diversity
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Discover the importance of employment equity in business planning in order for business to succeed in an increasingly diverse local and global marketplace. Explore the demographic trends in Manitoba and the global economy, which suggest a workforce and consumer group that is increasing in diversity.  Realize how equity is enhanced when focus is directed on the human resources of an organization.  Develop an understanding of the inherent relationship of human resource management and employment equity.

SEMR-9130Indigenous Staffing Strategies
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This is a one day interactive workshop designed for all levels of management and staff interested in learning about and developing Indigenous Employment Strategies.  Throughout the day you will discuss building a business case for Indigenous employment strategies while learning from the experience of others.  Discover the tips, resources and tools available which will help you to develop your Indigenous workforce as well as best practice models you may wish to utilize in your own workplace.

SEMR-9158Building Workplace Loyalty
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Pressure is being placed on managers to build progressive working environments that encourage and support employee growth and job satisfaction. Participants will be introduced to a simple tool to assess their ability to foster a working environment that ensures high levels of employee engagement. We will also discuss practical techniques to identify and nurture employee ability and to build higher levels of employee commitment and contribution.

SEMR-9188Making Tough Decisions
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Understanding the behavioral components of our decision making style is often a key factor in developing effective working relationships and career choices. Tough decisions often involve ambiguity, conflict and uncertainty. Address the need to understand these confounding attributes and to deal with them effectively in decision making situations.

Computer/Laptop Requirements

Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College students require, at minimum:

1.  Off-campus access to a current computer with a webcam

2.  A high speed internet connection

• Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload
• Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.
• Please refer to https://www.rrc.ca/future-students/computer-requirements/ for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this program, you should be able to:

  • Effectively manage and plan key human resource functions within organizations
  • Examine current issues, trends, practices, and processes in HRM
  • Contribute to employee performance management and organizational effectiveness
  • Problem-solve human resource challenges
  •  Develop employability skills for the Canadian workplace
  •  Develop effective written and oral communication skills


Transfer Credit Opportunities

The Human Resource Management Certificate Program provides an educational foundation for professional HRM designations, such as the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) and International Personnel Management Association of Canada (IPMA) certifications.


Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.


For information about accreditation, contact the following:

  • Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Manitoba (CPHR Manitoba) at www.cphrmb.ca. This program is accredited by the CPHR Manitoba for credits toward the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation. 
  • Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Canada (CPHR/CRHA) at www.cphr.ca
  • International Personnel  Management Association at www.ipma-aigp.com

Graduation Requirements

You will not be granted more than 75% of your credit requirements for graduation through transfer of credit. 

When you have successfully completed all the required courses in this program, be sure to apply for your certificate. For complete details and forms, see rrc.ca/convocation

When you receive your certificate, you will be invited to participate in one of the College's semi-annual graduation ceremonies.

Graduation with Honours

If you obtain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.8 or better for the program you will graduate with honours. If you fail any course in the program, you will not be eligible for this honours designation.

Employment Potential

Graduates have the following career options:

  • Human Resources Manager
  • Employment Advisor
  • Human Resources Representative
  • Human Resources Assistant


Recent Human Resource Management certificate graduates have obtained employment in the following roles:

  • Human Resource Managers
  • HR Administrators
  • Health and Safety Administrators
  • Recruitment and Staffing Coordinators
  • HR System Analysts
  • HR Compensation and Benefits Administrators
  • HR Assistants
  • Trainers
  • Career and employment advisors

For more information on job futures in HRM, visit Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) at http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/en/home.shtml.


Contact Information

For more information, contact:

Interlake and Peguis Fisher River Campuses
Box 304
825 Manitoba Avenue
Selkirk, MB  R1A 1T0
Toll-free: 1-866-946-3241
Phone: 204-785-5328
Fax: 204-482-7082
E-mail: interlake@rrc.ca

Portage Campus
32-5th Street SE
Portage la Prairie, MB  R1N 1J2
Phone: 204-856-1914
Fax: 204-856-1915
E-mail: portage@rrc.ca

Steinbach Campus
Unit 2-385 Loewen Blvd.
Steinbach, MB  R5G 0B3
Phone: 204-320-2500
Fax: 204-346-0178
E-mail: steinbach@rrc.ca

Winkler Campus
100-561 Main Street
Winkler, MB  R6W 1E8
Phone: 204-3325-9672
Fax: 204-325-4947
E-mail: winkler@rrc.ca


College Support Services

Red River College Polytechnic is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC Polytech.

Visit www.rrc.ca/supports for more information.

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