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To become a Human Resources Professional, a degree, diploma or certificate in a field related to human resources management or a related field such as business management, commerce, industrial/labour relations, labour studies or a related social science i.e. psychology, sociology etc., is required. Some employers prefer to hire those who have a degree and consider the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation to be an asset. Effective January 1, 2011, CHRP Certification will have an undergraduate university degree requirement nationally.
Athabasca University offers these programs help you to prepare for a career in Human Resources:
We also have a variety of programs that might be acceptable by an employer in meeting a 'university degree requirement' for a job in an HR department; for example, our three year (90 credits) or four year (120 credits) Bachelor of Arts either in Labour Studies, Psychology, Sociology, or others in the area of social science, a four year Bachelor of Commerce degree (120 credits) and a three year (90 credits) Bachelor of Management degree. For a complete list of our programs, please see: http://www.athabascau.ca/programs/outcomes.php
Many prospective students ask:
What is the difference between the Bachelor of Management: Human Resource Management (Bachelor of Management: HRM) and the Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations (BHRLR)?
*NOTE: Information in this tip sheet is general in nature. Admission requirements to the various graduate programs differ from university to university. It is your responsibility to ensure that the courses or degree you take at AU will be accepted at the university you wish to attend.
The following links contain useful information on duties, working conditions, skills, education, salary, employment prospects and opportunities plus a whole lot more:
A counsellor can provide you with more information on this particular career path and make sure the program you choose meets your goals. You can contact a counsellor by email, book a telephone appointment by calling 1-800-788-9041 ext. 6723 or use the online appointment form.
An advisor can help you select courses and develop a program plan for studies at Athabasca University. (For courses or programs at another institution, you must contact that institution directly for further assistance.) For the Bachelor of Commerce, or Bachelor of Management programs, you need to consult a School of Business Advisor by calling 1-888-449-8813 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org . For all other programs, please contact a General Advisor at email@example.com or call 1-800-788-9041.
Once you completed these steps, you are ready to become an AU Student.
Alberta Learning Information Services (2006). Alberta Occupational Profiles: Human Resources Professional. Retrieved August 29, 2007 from www.alis.gov.ab.ca/occinfo
National Occupational Classification (2006). 0112 Human Resources Managers. Retrieved August 29, 2007 from http://www5.hrsdc.gc.ca/NOC/
National Occupational Classification (2006). 1121 Specialists in Human Resources. Retrieved August 29, 2007 from http://www23.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca/2001/e/groups/1121.shtml
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Updated February 04 2014 by Student & Academic Services