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Human Resources and Labour Relations

Athabasca University

12 months
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Get a better understanding of industrial relations and human resource matters with Athabasca University’s online University Certificate in Human Resources and Labour Relations (UC-HRLR).


This multidisciplinary program examines employment relations in social, legal, political and economic contexts.

The Human Resources and Labour Relations certificate at the Athabasca University will be of interest to

  • Trade Unionists
  • Managers
  • Human Resource Specialists
  • Individuals Interested In Better Employment Opportunities

As a result of completing this program, students should be able to

  • draw upon a wide range of evidence and practical background to create detailed yet clear proposals and arguments.
  • achieve a sufficient level of understanding of background and context to employ these understandings routinely and systematically.
  • show some understanding of the critical differences between theoretical perspectives in the disciplines of industrial relations and human resources.
  • argue the historical reasons and relative merits of collective versus individualistic approaches to employment-related issues.
  • show leadership potential and be selected for these roles on frequent occasions, in relation to issues and problems of moderate difficulty or complexity.
  • be depended upon to successfully plan for and solve problems and resolve issues in efficient and participatory manner.
  • express the self verbally in understandable, thorough ways that are useful in union/management/human resources-related settings.
  • routinely and dependably produce appropriate written work (letters, documents, leaflets, etc.) for union/management/human resources-related purposes.
  • show some insight into cause and effect relationships, as well as detailed knowledge in some parts of the field.
  • explain the implications of certain industrial relations and human resources management positions for the workplace and society.
  • exhibit evidence of practical knowledge in a considerable range of industrial relations/human resources activities, from basic participation to leadership and advocacy roles.
  • display practical and successful activity that engages people and organizations in good industrial relations/human resources management.
  • demonstrate use of policy, as well as appropriate intervention, to form and/or amend policy and processes related to it.
  • demonstrate knowledge of much of the origins and evolution of industrial relations and human resources management at both practical and theoretical levels.
  • describe and analyze ideas and conditions with clarity and forthrightness and in terms understood by those active in the discipline.
  • convey concepts related to the discipline in ways showing a grasp of intricate and varied nature from the material.
  • convey evidence of detailed knowledge coupled with disciplined action in interests of good industrial relations and human resources management.


Athabasca University, Canada's Open University, is dedicated to the removal of barriers that restrict access to and success in university-level study and to increasing equality of educational opportunity for adult learners worldwide.

This About AU section of our website will help you to understand that mission, how we go about accomplishing it and how, in the process of doing so, we help thousands of learners every year to accomplish their personal goals and realize their dreams. Please take a few minutes to get to know us better.

Our approach to post-secondary education is based on four key principles: excellence, openness, flexibility and innovation.

  • Excellence: We are dedicated to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, scholarship and student service.
  • Openness: We are committed to our mission of guaranteeing access to post-secondary learning to all who have the ability and desire. If you are 16 or older, you are eligible for admission to undergraduate study.
  • Flexibility: Our flexible learning model adapts to your needs, putting you in the driver's seat. You can enrol in most programs and register for most courses at any time of the year and work at your own pace, studying at home, at work or wherever you may find yourself.
  • Innovation: We continue to adopt and develop new, learner-centred learning models and technology-based alternatives to traditional, classroom-based instructional channels and contexts. We apply technology to make learning accessible.

CMA Accreditation

AU received CMA accreditation for its Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting Major in February of 2011. CMA accreditation recognizes universities that achieve high standards of instruction in management accounting. Graduating from a CMA accredited degree program allows you to bypass the CMA Entrance Examination.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Labour Relations 
  • The Law of Work 
  • Human Resource Management 
  • Introductory Financial Accounting 
  • Cost Analysis 
  • Faces of Culture: An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 
  • Microcomputer Applications in Business (Windows) 
  • Management Information Systems 
  • Interpersonal Communication 
  • Group Communication 
  • Systems Analysis and Design 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.
More details

The program starts every month.


30 alternative credits


  • Self-paced
  • No Attendance
  • Continuous support with feedback on request
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • There are no formal admission requirements for this program. All you need is to be 16 or older. You can enrol anytime and start right away, regardless of your previous education.
  • Please note: If you have completed AU’s former University Certificate in Labour Relations, you cannot apply to the UC-HRLR program.

Tuition Fee

  •  Course fees vary depending on your location and other factors.
  • You can estimate your total program cost by multiplying the cost of a 3-credit course by the number of courses you need to take for the program. Remember that tuition costs may increase each year.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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