Enter Human Resources Management in Three Short Years

Do you have an interest in the Human Resources Management field, which involves business administration and ensuring that a company hires people with the appropriate skills? Have you completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or are 19 years of age or older? In addition, do you possess the compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent and the Math 11C, M or U, or 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, you may want to consider applying to attend Centennial College’s Human Resources Management offering, officially known as Business Administration – Human Resources.


Completed in three years, this undertaking combines the most important topics in business administration with human resources management essentials to train students to become Human Resources Management Specialists. Several duties are involved in this position, including: identifying staff vacancies; recruiting, interviewing and selecting applicants; conducting new employee orientation and serving as the liaison between management and employees when handling questions about contracts and other work-related problems; providing current and prospective employees with information about policies, job duties, working conditions, wages, opportunities for promotion and employee benefits; handling understaffing, refereeing disputes, firing employees and administering disciplinary procedures.


If, however, students of Centennial College’s Human Resources Management undertaking feel they would like to obtain further education, they may do so thanks to the partnerships the college has with articulated program with selected universities, institutes and professional associations. These partnerships allow graduates to apply academic credit towards further study and include: Athabasca University, Lakehead University, Northwood University U.S.A., Royal Roads University, Ryerson University, and University of Lethbridge.


But just how does the Human Resources Management offering get students from novices to experts? First and foremost, it incorporates current trends in the strategic management of human resources, the affirmation of diversity and human rights and the promotion of positive union and management relations. As previously mentioned, there is also a balance between business administration and human resources, which ensures that students are able to handle the corporate environment with confidence. As such, the first three semesters of the Human Resources Management offering are common to all business programs. During this time students attend courses such as: Strategies for Business Success, Fundamentals of Business, Mathematics of Finance, Business Operations and more.


Once students are comfortable with the business administration concepts, they develop expertise in all major areas of human resource management such as: human planning, recruitment, selection, orientation, employee training and development, occupational health and safety, compensation and benefits, employee relations, labour relations and human resource management systems. Lastly, students learn the use of integrated human resource systems software and computer skills to manage information and support decision making. This part of the offering is facilitated through the use of microcomputer training in popular business software such as Excel, Access and SAP.


To graduate from the human resources management/ business administration training, students must maintain a minimum C grade average (2.0 GPA).

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