Skip To Content

Athabasca University

Certificate in Human Resources & Labour Relations

The University Certificate in Human Resources and Labour Relations one-year (30-credit) certificate can be taken as a stand-alone credential or used as a stepping stone for students interested in eventually completing the Bachelor of Human Resource and Labour Relations Degree.

The UC HRLR allows you to choose from a wide variety of courses. It can be difficult to know which courses to take and in which order. If you are new to university-level studies, you may want to start by taking a writing course — either ADMN 233: Writing in Organizations or ENGL 255: Introductory Composition (note ENGL 255 is a required core course for the Bachelor program).

If you have a union background and you are new to university-level studies, you may want to take a junior course such as LBST 200: Introduction to Labour Studies. These courses will provide you with an introduction to university-level work, but deal with material that you may be more familiar with.

If you have a different background and you are a new student to university-level studies, you may be more comfortable choosing a different 200-level course such as COMM 243: Interpersonal Communications in Management.

Otherwise, you are strongly advised to start with either of:

  • HRMT 386: Introduction to Human Resource Management (which provides an introduction to the Human Resources side of the program), or
  • IDRL 215: Introduction to Labour Relations (does the same for the Labour Relations focus.)

HRMT 386 and IDRL 215 are often listed as recommended pre-requisites for other courses. This reflects that these two courses help ground students in the basic terminology and concepts of the program.

Many students find it useful to take HRMT 386 and IDRL 215 before the law course: IDRL 320: Labour Law in Canada.

You are free to choose electives from the list, but remember this is a Certificate in Human Resources and Labour Relations so take a good look at the list of IDRL and HRMT courses and the program regulations.

Updated April 03 2017 by Students & Academic Services

AU, CANADA'S OPEN UNIVERSITY, is an internationally recognized leader in online and distance learning.