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Athabasca University

University Certificate in Human Resources and Labour Relations

Regulations effective September 1, 2020.

The University Certificate in Human Resources and Labour Relations is offered by the Centre for Social Sciences. This is an integrated, multidisciplinary program of courses that examines employment relations within their social, legal, political, and economic contexts. This certificate will be of interest to trade unionists, managers, human resource specialists and individuals interested in better employment opportunities.

Students are recommended to take ENGL 255 or ADMN 233 early in their program.

Program Plans

Our online program plans can assist you in selecting the courses needed to fulfill your program requirements.

Counselling Services offers an assessment website, Mapping Your Future. Athabasca University has also developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.

Program Requirements

Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

Students who have completed the former University Certificate in Labour Relations or the University Certificate in Labour Studies may not enrol in this program.

Program Structure

Total credits in the program 30
Required courses 9
Electives 15
Options 6
Residency requirement. A minimum of 15 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University. 15
Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits 15
No preparatory (100-level) courses will count towards this program  

General certificate regulations

Required Courses (9 credits)

IDRL 215 Introduction to Labour Relations (3)
IDRL 320 The Law of Work

HRMT 386 Introduction to Human Resource Management (3)

Electives (15 credits)

Note: A minimum of 6 credits must be selected from the courses in HRMT and/or IDRL.
ACCT 253 Introductory Financial Accounting (3)
ACCT 355 Cost Analysis (3)
ADMN All courses  
ANTH 275 Faces of Culture: An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
CMIS 245 Microcomputer Applications in Business (Windows) (3)
CMIS 351 Management Information Systems (3)
COMM 243 Interpersonal Communication (3)
COMM 277 Group Communication (3)
COMP 361 Systems Analysis and Design (3)
ECON All courses  
EDUC All courses  
ENGL 255 Introductory Composition (3)
GOVN All courses  
HIST 336 History of Canadian Labour (6)
HRMT All HRMT courses  
IDRL All IDRL courses  
LBST All LBST courses  
LGST All LGST courses  
ORGB All ORGB courses  
PHIL 252 Critical Thinking (3)
PHIL 333 Professional Ethics (3)
POEC All courses  
PSYC 200 Introduction to Career Development (3)
PSYC 300 Theories of Career Development (3)
PSYC 310 Learning and Instruction (3)
PSYC 387 Learning (3)
PSYC 401 Learning Through Life (3)
PSYC 405 Creating a Working Alliance (3)
SOCI 300 How Humans Organize: From Primary Groups to the World Wide Web (3)
SOCI 301 Social Statistics (3)
SOCI 332 Women and Unions (3)
SOCI 345 Women, Gender and Work in Canada (3)
SOCI 381 The Rich and the Rest: The Sociology of Wealth, Power, and Inequality (3)


Information effective Sept. 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2021.

Updated June 25 2021 by laurab

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