Business Administration - Human Resources (Fast-Track)

Kingston Campus | Program Code: 0971 | Open for International Students
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This one-year fast track program provides training to those seeking employment in the Human Resources profession or to those currently working in the field who wish to upgrade their training and gain professional accreditation. The College works closely with the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) in the development of the Human Resources program. The program meets the academic requirements that lead to the designation of Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP). See the HRPA website at for details regarding the academic requirements for the CHRP designation.

Program Details

Code 0971
Start Date September
Credential Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Campus Kingston
Program Length 1 Year
Delivery Full-Time
Open for international students

Program Outline


In Introduction to Managerial Accounting non-accounting majors learn about the uses and limitations of financial and managerial accounting in the decision-making processes of an organization. Students learn the principles and practice of management accounting as a professional discipline. Management accounting is both a process and a function of supplying managers and employees in an organization with relevant information, both financial and nonfinancial, for making decisions, allocating scarce resources, monitoring, and evaluating performance.

This course focuses on developing students' knowledge of all aspects of labor relations. Students learn about the impact of a unionized workplace on the Human Resources department. Students explore trade unions, collective agreements, negotiations, union/management relations, strikes, the collective bargaining process, and conflict resolution. Student learning is reinforced through practical involvement in case study analysis.

In this course, students develop foundational knowledge and skills related to training and development. Students explore how training and development impacts human resources management. Further, students determine training needs and design, deliver and evaluate the effectiveness of training and development programs.

Employment Law provides a theoretical and practical background to enable students to understand the legal environment as it relates to employers and employees in Ontario and Canada. Students investigate the impact of legislation - including Human Right Act/Code, Canada Labour Code, Employment Standards Act, and common law - on the entire employee life cycle.

Recruitment and Selection prepares students to design, implement and evaluate all aspects of the Recruitment and Selection of employees. A combination of theory and practical, hands-on experience is used to assist the student in learning the strategic importance of Recruitment and Selection in the achievement of organizational objectives. Students explore the evolving nature of Recruitment and Selection and the impact of new technologies on those processes.

Principles of Human Resources Management is intended to provide students with an understanding of human resources management functions within organizations. The course introduces the purpose and the application of Human Resources activities which will assist organizations in achieving their goals and objectives. As such, this course is designed to lay the groundwork for more advanced studies in Human Resources and related subjects.

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the essential elements of the human resource planning (HRP) process in organizations. Students are introduced to the concepts of strategy formulation and implementation within an HR context. Students learn how to plan and make decisions about the allocation of resources for the effective management of people in organizations, within a given strategy and business plan. Both quantitative and qualitative concepts, approaches, and techniques are emphasized.

This course develops students' fundamental knowledge and skills in the health and safety functions of Human Resource Management. It is also intended to demonstrate the integration of all Human Resource functions. Students explore key topics such as workers' compensation systems as well as occupational health and safety laws and regulations both provincially and federally. Students are introduced to topics in disability management and wellness.

This course is designed to provide students with a detailed study of and involvement with the management of Human Resources within a unionized environment. Students explore the legislative framework for collective bargaining; third party intervention in the conflict resolution process; contract administration and actively participate in negotiating a collective agreement and preparing for and presenting an arbitration case. An emphasis is placed on application of the theoretical knowledge through the simulated negotiations and arbitrations.

This course is intended to prepare each student with knowledge and skills in the compensation and benefits functions of Human Resource Management. Students develop a detailed understanding of the processes, issues, and techniques used in compensation administration. Students also learn how compensation and benefits integrate into other HR functions and serve to attract, retain, and motivate employees.

The study of organizational behaviour is the study of three separate, but interrelated, processes. The course begins with the study of individual behaviour in organizations, including such topics as perception, attitudes and work motivation. The study of group dynamics is also addressed, including such topics as team building, leadership, and decision-making. Finally the course explores the study of organizational structure, culture and change.

This course gives students an opportunity to apply and develop the hard and human skills that have been learned in previous courses. By requiring students to perform the type of work normally done by Human Resources staff, this course enables students to bring together and apply all the necessary skills. The course also provides students with a better understanding of, and preparation for, the working environment that they will enter upon graduation.


Admission Requirements

Three-year college diploma or a university degree. (Not Human Resources)

Note: Graduates of a three-year Business Administration – Human Resources Program are not eligible for this program.



Program Fees
Ancillary Fees
$2,721.36 CAD
Program Fees
$0.00 CAD
Ancillary Fees
$1,184.25 CAD
$3,905.61 CAD

Fees are estimates only.  Tuition is based on two semesters.

Tuition fees are subject to change pending confirmation of provincial Ministry Funding rates for 2021-2022.

Program Fees
Ancillary Fees
$15,050.00 CAD
Program Fees
$0.00 CAD
Ancillary Fees
$1,886.66 CAD
$16,936.66 CAD

Fees are estimates only.  Tuition is based on two semesters.

Tuition fees are subject to change pending confirmation of provincial Ministry Funding rates for 2021-2022.


Our Kingston campus has seen significant renovation over the past few years, including a brand new Student Life and Innovation Centre that houses a new gymnasium, fitness centre, pub, and more.

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Kingston Campus Exterior
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Career Opportunities

Graduates find employment in any of the following areas:

  • Strategic Human Resources Management
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Salary and Benefit Administration
  • Training and Development
  • Labour Relations
  • Workplace Health and Safety

Employers who have hired our graduates:

  • Queen’s University
  • St. Lawrence College
  • KGH (Kingston Health Sciences Centre)
  • Invista
  • Novelis
  • Brown’s Dining Solutions
  • Wilken’s Health and Safety
  • Corrections Canada
  • City of Kingston


"The placement is a wonderful component and provides a “foot-in-the-door” with local industry. I was fortunate enough to be hired into a permanent, full time position by the same, highly regarded employer directly out of that placement. I also attended and/or volunteered at multiple HR events and conferences throughout the program."
Angelie Fortin

Other Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

Students wishing to increase their knowledge of human resources may choose to complete the “Principles of Human Resources Management” course prior to entering the program.

Program Contacts

Program Contact
Spring Currie
613-544-5400, ext. 1118

Admissions Information
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International Students Contact
+1 613.544.5400 ext. 5514