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CSU's Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management, accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute, is designed for practising human resource professionals and those who wish to enter the profession.

The Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management is related to:

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management aims to provide human resource practitioners and others with an increased knowledge base in both practical and theoretical understanding of human resource management (HRM).

    To ensure the knowledge and skills you gain through the program are relevant, we maintain close links with industry. CSU's Industry Advisory Board consists of senior human resource management professionals working closely with our academics to regularly examine and adapt the course so that it remains relevant to the needs of business. It is this commitment to state-of-the-art theory, along with current business practice, that is the hallmark of CSU's Human Resource Management courses.

    Flexible study options

    This course is available by online education only and is offered across a three-session academic year with sessions commencing in February, July and November each year. The course has a minimum full-time duration of three sessions, however the actual duration is dependent on subject availability and the session of commencement. Students can choose to study just one subject a session, or with approval, fast-track completion by studying two or more subjects in a session. Our subjects are taught using a range of blended learning techniques, which include online education study materials, online meetings and subject forums.

    Overseas study opportunities

    CSU aims to provide students with the opportunity to experience the world through a broad range of international study experiences. International study trips are academically challenging as well as culturally engaging, helping to prepare graduates for careers and leadership positions in the global economy. Through undertaking an overseas study trip, students will have the opportunity to learn about the local culture and business practices and experience first-hand the challenges of doing business overseas. Information on study tours can be found on the CSU Global website.

  • Career opportunities

    CSU's Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management offers excellence in providing learning, professional and career development opportunities for graduates. Recent graduates from the program include human resource directors, consultants, and senior managers involved in training and development, industrial relations, change management and other professionals who wish to enter the human resource profession.

  • Professional recognition

    AHRI accredited logoThe Master of Human Resource Management, Graduate Diploma of Human Resource Management and Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management are accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute. Accreditation is reviewed every three years.

    AHRI organisational logoCSU is pleased to be an AHRI Organisational Member. 

  • Credit and pathways

    Students who have completed CSU's Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management or Graduate Diploma of Human Resource Management will receive full credit for the subjects studied when they enrol in the Master of Human Resource Management.

    Candidates may receive transfer credit for up to 50% of the course for prior study at another recognised higher education institution if they can demonstrate that such study was completed within the last 10 years at the postgraduate level. To apply for credit, candidates are required to submit, with their application for admission, a certified transcript of results and subject outline or curriculum of those subjects.

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Graduate Certificate

    The course comprises four subjects:
    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    HRM528 Strategic Human Resource Management
    HRM550 Evaluating Human Resources
    LAW515 Law of Employment

    Graduate Diploma

    The course comprises four subjects, in addition to the completion of the Graduate Certificate:
    HRM514 International HRM
    HRM534 Contemporary Issues in HRM
    HRM563 Developing Workforce Capabilities
    MGT540 Management of Change

    Master degree

    The Master degree comprises twelve subjects. Students complete the subjects required in the Graduate Certificate and the Graduate Diploma, then choose an additional four subjects. These four subjects provide students with the option of specialising in a particular area, or completing subjects across a range of specialisations. Additional electives (non specialisation) are also offered in order to provide students with a broad range of HR related subjects.

    1) Core subjects

    Group A:

    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    HRM528 Strategic Human Resource Management
    HRM550 Evaluating Human Resources
    LAW515 Law of EmploymentGraduate Diploma

    Upon completion of the above four subjects specified for the Graduate Certificate, students may elect to exit from the Master degree and graduate with the award Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management.

    Group B:
    HRM514 International HRM
    HRM534 Contemporary Issues in HRM
    HRM563 Developing Workforce Capabilities
    MGT540 Management of Change

    Students who have completed the eight subjects specified for completion of the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma may elect to exit from the Master degree and graduate with the award Graduate Diploma of Human Resource Management.

    2) Specialisations

    Management of Organisational Change

    HRM531 Organisational Politics
    MGT583 Managing for Sustainability
    MGT503 The Social and Economic Environment
    HRM552 Organisational Behaviour

    Students who complete this specialisation graduate with the award Master of Human Resource Management (Management of Organisational Change) MHRM(MgtOrgChge).

    Employment Relations

    INR501 Industrial Relations Environment
    INR502 Industrial Relations Systems & Issues
    INR503 Industrial Relations Practice
    INR510 Comparative Labour Relations

    Students who complete this specialisation graduate with the award Master of Human Resource Management (Employment Relations) MHRM(EmpRel).

    International Human Resource Management

    HRM516 International Management Behaviour
    HRM532 International Human Resource Development
    MGT510 Strategic Management
    MGT530 International Business

    Students who complete this specialisation graduate with the award Master of Human Resource Management (International Human Resource Management) MHRM(IHRM).

    Conflict and Dispute Resolution

    HRM540 Theory of Conflict Resolution
    HRM545 Skills of Conflict Resolution
    LAW516 Dispute Resolution: Methods and Results
    LAW517 Mediation: Processes and Uses

    Students who complete this specialisation graduate with the award Master of Human Resource Management (Conflict and Dispute Resolution) MHRM(Conflict&DispResoln).

    Business Partnership

    ACC501 Business Accounting and Finance
    ECO501 Business Economics
    MGT510 Strategic Management
    MKT501 Marketing Management

    Students who complete this specialisation graduate with the award Master of Human Resource Management (Business Partnership) MHRM(BusPship).

    3) Restricted Electives

    Students who choose not to complete a specialisation can choose four subjects from:

    any subjects listed in the specialisations, and / or any subjects listed below

    HRM501 Labour Market Studies
    HRM507 Research Methods
    HRM512 Values and Conflicts in Organisations
    HRM523 Advanced Studies in Industrial Relations
    HRM560 Training and Development Environment
    HRM561 Developing Training Capabilities
    MGT501 Management, Theory and Practice
    MGT531 Business Ethics
    MGT536 Leadership - A Critical Perspective
    MGT547 Ethics of Corporate Governance
    MGT553 Project Management
    MGT594 Leadership and Business Ethics
    PAD591 Public Sector Management

    Upon satisfactory completion of the required twelve subjects, students graduate with the award Master of Human Resource Management MHRM.

    Enrolment pattern

    Because of the flexibility of the course requirements, there is no prescribed enrolment pattern. Students may choose the order in which they undertake subjects, depending upon the availability of subjects and the meeting of any pre-requisites.

    It is recommended that students complete HRM534 Contemporary Issues in HRM as their final core subject.

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    LAW517 Mediation: Processes and Uses

  • Admission information

    Applicants without a tertiary qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management on the basis of professional attainment and/or work experience.  Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, students will then be eligible for admission to the Master Human Resource Management and receive credit for applicable subjects.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Free textbook - online students receive one free textbook per subject.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPPGYYYOBHM
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYYJBHM

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 32 points.

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  • About the School
    School of Management and Marketing

    The School of Management and Marketing is a multi-campus school with staff and students on each of the University’s main campuses: Albury-Wodonga; Bathurst; and Wagga Wagga. The School also has many online students from across Australia as well as internationally located.

    Academic staff within the School teach and research in the discipline areas of Management and Marketing and many have extensive business and practical workplace experience that informs their teaching and research.

    We seek to nurture a culture of excellence in teaching, research and professional practice. With a strong focus on quality work-integrated learning and teaching, the School seeks to produce graduates who are highly knowledgeable, insightful, reflective, ethical and workplace capable. The School offers generalist business courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including the Bachelor of Business Studies and the Master of Business Administration (with specialisations). We also offer specialist courses that build core knowledge and skills in particular discipline areas such as Management, Leadership, Organisational Change, Strategy, Human Resource Management and Marketing. Staff in the School are also actively engaged in research and higher degree supervision. Research from our marketing staff has been ranked as internationally significant by Excellence in Research Australia.

  • Preparing for Study

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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