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Trent University to offer new postgraduate human resource management program

Trent University

One-Year Certificate Prepares Graduates to Help Build the Organizations of the Future

In ongoing efforts to innovate programming and be responsive to regional needs at its Oshawa campus, Trent University has introduced a postgraduate certificate in Human Resource Management, open to students who hold a Bachelor’s degree from any university.

Faced with constant adaptation to change, businesses today need smart, versatile human resources professionals who can assemble teams and bring out their best. These and many other skills are at the core of Trent University’s new postgraduate certificate in Human Resource Management, which provides a university-level focus on human resource skills and encourages students to understand and question the evolving nature of how companies organize and lead people.

Ideal for students with any Bachelor’s degree and an interest in the management of people in the public or private sector, the program is designed to provide professional development that will prepare graduates for career success. The program will also offer critical knowledge and training to any students who wish to gain a more applied understanding of how to organize and lead people in today’s organizations.

Beginning in September 2014, the Human Resource Management program will be offered at Trent’s centrally-located Oshawa Campus on Thornton Road South, just minutes from Highway 401 and the Oshawa GO station. The program will be an excellent resource and stepping-stone for students focused on a future of employment in one of Ontario’s most highly-developed economic centres. Oshawa and the Durham Region have a strong manufacturing sector undergoing rapid diversification and a young, skilled labour force poised to lead local and regional organizations into the future.

“In this age of globalization and innovation, the ability to acquire, develop, and motivate talented people is the number one challenge for organizations,” says Dr. Angus Duff, Assistant Professor, Business Administration at Trent Oshawa and the Human Resource Management Program Coordinator. “The postgraduate certificate is designed for those students who wish to learn how Human Resource Management contributes positively to both organizations and the people who work for them.”

While studying Human Resource Management at Trent University, students will consider not just what organizations do, but what human resources should do, and why. It is an experience where we seek to develop the HR thinkers of the future, helping to lead the organizations of the future. The program approaches the topic of Human Resource Management, understanding how to attract and manage employees in today’s organizations, from a balanced perspective, balancing the needs of both employers and employees.

Trent’s program targets both new graduates preparing for a career in human resources, and also those already in the work-force who wish to take their HR career to the next level by becoming a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP). The certification program may be completed in one year of full-time studies, or in two or more years through part-time studies, and includes 11 half-year courses in Human Resources, Accounting, and Economics. With successful completion of these courses and the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) National Knowledge Exam™, candidates will receive the CHRP designation.


In the fall, foundational courses in Accounting, Organizational Behaviour, and Human Resource Management are offered. In the winter semester, the Accounting and Human Resources course build on the foundational courses offered in the fall.

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