Program Overview

Build on your diploma in human resources with this human resources advanced diploma program. You’ll acquire and demonstrate industry-standard skills and dive deeper into core HR functional areas: recruitment and selection, training and development, human resources planning, occupational health and safety, HR management, compensation and benefits and labour relations. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply to further develop your consulting skills with the option of substituting two courses for the intensive community consultancy program, working with live clients to solve real problems.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
90 weeks

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
Fully Online
2024 September
2023 September
Fully Online

Part Time Offerings

2024 September
Fully Online
2023 September
Fully Online

Your Learning Experience

Students who have completed the two-year human resources diploma program can continue for a third year to earn an Ontario College Advanced Diploma in business administration human resources. This program is also available part-time, online (asynchronous).

Upon completion, students will have a sound base in analytical skills, professional communication, leadership and dispute resolution.  The program has a number of experiential learning opportunities for in-class students (e.g., mentorship, HR Community Consultancy), where students interact with human resources professionals in the field.

Students also have the opportunity to complete all nine Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP)/Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) credits. Refer to the Human Resources Professionals Association website for more information.

Graduates who meet admission requirements are also eligible for transfer to the Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resources Management) degree. You can also be eligible to complete a degree program at many other post-secondary institutions or complement your advanced diploma with a graduate certificate offered at Fanshawe College.

Laptop requirements

Please note, this program requires a laptop. It is recommended that students use a PC laptop vs. a Mac laptop, as Windows is required to be able to load program-specific software. For more information on specific requirements, visit the Laptop Requirements page on the Fanshawe CONNECTED website.

Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe's Business Administration – Human Resources program are prepared for a variety of positions within any organization’s HR department, including HR administration, HR assistant, labour relations assistant, compensation clerk, pension and benefits assistant, payroll clerk, recruiter, training and development assistant.

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduate employment rates among large colleges in Ontario?

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Business Administration – Human Resources program:

  • Health & Safety Specialist
    Manage health and safety management systems and programs through the implementation of continuous improvement strategies
  • HR Administrator
    Provide administrative support to the HR team including maintaining the employee information management system and managing a trainee database.
  • Career Specialist
    Provide in-depth employment counseling and advice to individual clients or a group setting.


Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Contribute to the planning and implementation of employee recruitment, selection, and retention strategies.
  2. Administer and facilitate the performance management* program.
  3. Coordinate and support the development, implementation, and evaluation of employee orientation, training, and development programs.
  4. Implement and support effective employee and labour relations strategies in both non-union and union environments.
  5. Administer and communicate the organization’s total compensation plan*.
  6. Collaborate with others, in the implementation and monitoring of organizational health and safety policies and practices.
  7. Contribute to the identification of information needs and apply current and emerging information technologies to support the human resources function.
  8. Contribute to organizational development* strategies aimed at promoting organizational effectiveness.
  9. Present and evaluate communication messages and processes related to the human resources function of the organization.
  10. Develop, implement, and evaluate personal professional development plans to achieve ongoing competence in human resources professional practice.
  11. Identify and communicate the human resources component of the organization’s business plan.
  12. Contribute to the collection, analysis, and utilization of human resources data.


Program Coordinator:

Diana Sinatra-Araujo, BA (Hons), CHRL


Admission Requirements

 One of: 


Business - Human Resources Ontario College Diploma from Fanshawe College with a minimum overall average of 'C+' (2.5 cumulative GPA) 


An equivalent qualification from another institution as judged by the College with a minimum overall average of 'C+' (2.5 cumulative GPA) 


A combination of relevant education and work experience in a related field as judged by the College to be equivalent to the above  
International Admission Equivalencies
Admission equivalencies for Fanshawe depends on your country of study. Please enter your location to see the requirements for your country below.
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Personal Preparation

Recommended Personal Preparation

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment (e.g., secondary school club, Junior Achievement, sports team or other team/club environment).
  • Volunteer experience in a people-oriented workplace such as summer camp or HR department
Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing

  • Applicants may apply for advanced standing on the basis of previous academic achievement at another institution and/or Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). Advanced standing qualifies the applicant for direct entry to a second or higher level of the program.  
Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by May 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
  4. Preference for graduates of the Fanshawe College Business - Human Resources program
Post-Admission Requirements

Post-Admission Requirements

See Post-Admission Requirements


Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
ACCT-1100Principles of Accounting 13
This course introduces the student to the Principles of Accounting, and includes an exploration of the underlying concepts that guide the preparation of accounts for individuals and organizations. It is designed to teach the student, regardless of program destination, an essential life skill - an understanding of Net Worth, and its importance to business success and the financial well being of the individual.
BUSI-1060Strategies for Success1
This course presents and helps to develop some of the skills required to achieve academic and career success. Areas of focus include college resources, study skills, time management, academic integrity, emotional self-awareness and social skills development. Additionally, emphasis is placed on career readiness and preparation.
WRIT-1032Reason & Writing Business 13
This course will introduce business students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
MKTG-1012Principles of Marketing 13
This course is designed to provide an overview of the decisions that face Marketers in today's fast-paced and competitive business environment. Students will learn that marketing is not only advertising but a broad set of activities designed to satisfy consumer needs and wants. Students examine the information Marketers require for effective decision-making and learn the basic elements of the marketing planning process.
MATH-1052Business Math3
This course provides a review of basic arithmetic and algebra as well as providing students with mathematical tools and concepts needed for other college courses and in future employment. This course is to prepare students for later courses in Marketing, Business, Financial Planning, Accounting, Purchasing and Insurance.
BUSI-1005Introduction to Business Processes3
This course explores the various functional areas of business in Canada and demonstrates the interrelationship among these areas. Students are introduced to many concepts, including major business trends, the role of government in business, marketing, operations, employee-management issues, financial resources management, business ethics and social responsibility.
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Tuition Summary


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Total Cost of Program


Canadian Costs
Total Cost of Program

*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.