Human Resources is crucial to the success of a company. That’s because this department develops policies, procedures and programs to ensure that an organization has an adequate number of people with the right knowledge, skills and abilities to achieve its objectives. At Centennial College’s Business Administration – HR (Co-op) program, students receive an Ontario College Advanced Diploma after three years of study and are prepared for roles as HR managers.

Facilitated through the School of Business, this offering is based at Progress Campus. This location is Centennial College’s business hub and houses all other School of Business programs. As such, it is fully equipped with all the tools students need to not only succeed in the program but also be prepared for the field. For example, students receive microcomputer training in popular business software such as Excel, Access and SAP. Additionally, practical application of skills is an essential part of the offering and students get the ultimate practical experience through co-op terms between the third and fourth, fourth and fifth, and fifth and sixth semesters. This co-op experience not only gives students a taste of the industry and allows them to apply their skills to the real world, but it also pays — literally. Students are compensated for their time in the field.

Meanwhile, the actual HR curriculum consists of a unique approach that incorporates current trends in the strategic management of human resources in Toronto, the affirmation of diversity and human rights, and the promotion of positive union and management relations. Here is a look at some specific courses.

Employment Law: In order to be an effective HR professional, one must understand the laws surrounding employment. This course introduces students to the body of law governing the employment relationship. The emphasis is primarily on employment law in Ontario, with selected references to practices in other jurisdictions.

Human Resource Management (HRM): Learners are introduced to the functional areas of HRM and apply acquired concepts and terminology to solve problems related to effective human resource management in organizations.

Labour Relations: The study and practice of managing unionized employment situations is essential to HR. This course serves as an introduction to labour relations to Canada and is suited for students who have little or no knowledge of the subject.

Recruitment and Selection: Recruiting and selecting employees is one of the most important tasks of HR professionals. It is the employees they select who will make or break the company. This course looks at federal and provincial human rights legislation affecting recruitment and selection, scientifically based procedures in recruitment and selection, recruitment and selection as essential components of strategic HR planning, contemporary developments in interviewing, cognitive ability testing, personality testing, drug and honesty testing, and human rights.

Employee Training & Development: Once recruits are hired, they must be trained and developed. This course provides students with an understanding of the skills required to assess employee training needs, design and administer employee training and development programs, and evaluate both the efficiency and effectiveness of such programs.