Start Date
February
August

Duration
0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code
DCHU

SATAC Code
4GC085 (Internal/External)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Fees
$AU 15,000 per 0.5 EFTSL for students enrolled in 2021

Degree overview

  • Learn the foundations in human resource management practice.
  • Explore the fundamentals of human resource management including people management, health and safety, and learning and development.
  • Be mentored by a senior business leader through the Executive Partners Program.
  • Use this qualification to continue your studies with the Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management or through a range of UniSA master's degrees.
  • Study a curriculum informed by above world-class research in Human Resource Management1.
  • UniSA is No.1 in South Australia for postgraduate teaching quality2.
  • UniSA Business is in the top one per cent worldwide3 and has been awarded an overall five stars for excellence in the QS Stars Ratings 2020.
  • UniSA Business is accredited by both AACSB International and EFMD (EQUIS) – the world’s leading accreditation bodies.

12018 Excellence in Research Australia (ERA). 2ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2018-2019. Public SA-founded universities only. 3UniSA Business is one of just ten institutions in Australia and 189 globally to be accredited by EQUIS (from over 16,500 worldwide). EFMD, February 2020.

Snapshot

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This graduate certificate will give you the knowledge and skills to help you move into the HR sector. If you’re already working in HR, it will help with your career progression. You will gain the skills and knowledge to problem-solve, think critically and analytically, and communicate effectively across the field of HRM.

What you'll learn

Postgraduate Business studentsYou will study three courses that give a structured introduction to operational HRM practice, and one elective. The three courses are:

  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Managing the Global Workforce
  • Workplace Learning and Development

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT CORE
Introduction to Human Resource Management BUSS 5307 4.5
Managing the Global Workforce BUSS 5302 4.5
Workplace Learning and Development BUSS 5069 4.5
Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 1

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

ICC_021115_003.jpgYour studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • problem solving exercises
  • group or research assignments
  • projects
  • examinations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management

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You will study core courses in HRM and specialised areas such as workplace learning and development and workplace health and safety management. If you have at least five years’ management experience but don’t hold an undergraduate degree, this certificate can enable entry into the UniSA Master of Management (Human Resource Management).

UniSA Business is the only business school in South Australia accredited by both AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EFMD (EQUIS) – the world’s leading accreditation bodies recognising excellence in business education and research at a global level. These dual accreditations demonstrate the high standards we hold across all areas such as teaching, student learning and research, as well as our commitment to continually improving the quality of our programs.

An enriching student experience

Our flexible delivery and extra-curricular opportunities are designed to suit your lifestyle, preferred way of learning and career interests. You can benefit from a blend of online and on-campus study, part-time or full-time learning, Summer and Winter School intensive courses, mentoring and networking opportunities with industry, and leadership skill development. You can also explore accelerated learning pathways and seek program support from our Business Student Hub.

Executive Partners Program

Have you ever considered having a business mentor? As part of your studies, you can apply for our Executive Partners Program.

This is a unique opportunity for you to engage with highly successful industry executives to enhance your studies and career. Our Executive Partners are either active, semi-retired or recently retired business professionals who have a wealth of knowledge and want to help you achieve your goals.

Careers in Human Resource Management

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Career outcomes

Your career

Careers to consider:

  • Human resources administrator: recruiting, training and developing staff; approving job descriptions and advertisements; advising on employment law and organisational policies and procedures; negotiating salaries, contracts, working conditions or redundancy packages
  • Human resources adviser: recruiting, training and developing staff; approving job descriptions and advertisements; advising on employment law and organisational policies and procedures; negotiating salaries, contracts, working conditions or redundancy packages
  • Learning and development officer: liaising with managers and interviewing employees to identify and assess training and development needs; delivering and overseeing training; monitoring progress made through training programs; designing training programs
  • Occupational health, safety and welfare officer: supporting the development of OHS policies and programs; advising and instructing on various safety-related topics; conducting risk assessment and enforcing preventative measures; reviewing existing policies and updating according to legislation; organising WHS training
  • People and culture coordinator: completing day to day people and culture activities; assisting with execution of strategic employee engagement initiatives
  • Recruitment consultant: working on behalf of companies to source candidates for job vacancies; analysing and understanding job specifications; conducting keyword searches on internal recruitment databases, assessing CVs online using various job websites, or actively ‘headhunting’ senior professionals through independent research
  • Training and development coordinator/consultant: liaising with managers and interviewing employees to identify and assess training and development needs; delivering and overseeing training; monitoring progress made through training programs; designing training programs

Industry facts

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Employment for human resource and training professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 11,900 by May 20241.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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By 2024 employment for human resource managers in Australia is predicted to increase by 8,800 (15.5 per cent)1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019.

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

The Business Student Hub is a convenient, central support service for business students, from first year through to graduation. The team provides expert advice on study options, elective choices and any academic difficulties. It also helps with referrals to support services across the University. The Business Student Hub is there to facilitate your life at university, so you get the most out of your UniSA experience.

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies.

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in virtual classrooms
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use forums and discussion boards for team work and communication

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Please note some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I am a Senior Lecturer and the Course Coordinator for a number of human resource management-focused under- and post-graduate courses at the University of South Australia. I am also a student supervisor, mentor, and tutor for various business courses.

Dr Luke Faulkner

Program Director

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What others are saying

Incorporating into my teaching, changes to human resource management and industrial relations practices across industry is a career focus for me.

Luke Faulkner, Senior Lecturer


Employment: University of South Australia

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Luke Faulkner, Senior Lecturer


<br />Employment: University of South Australia

The quality of teaching staff is high and lecturers have experience in the field, not just the academic knowledge. They are engaging and supportive by providing detailed feedback and developing useful online resources and recordings.

Ania Craus

Master of Management (Human Resource Management)
Employment: Human Resources and Employee Relations Consultant, Government of South Australia

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Ania Craus

Master of Management (Human Resource Management)
<br />Employment: Human Resources and Employee Relations Consultant, Government of South Australia

When hiring staff, I look for a suite of five skills. I look for their ability to communicate and engage in meaningful conversations, their commitment to learning, team orientation, personal leadership, as well as their professional skill set. My advice for HR professionals is to invest in your own development - whether that be through studying, reading, attending presentations or being great at asking questions!

Samantha Wilkinson


Employment: Owner and Principal Consultant, Samantha Wilkinson Human Resource Consulting

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Samantha Wilkinson


<br />Employment: Owner and Principal Consultant, Samantha Wilkinson Human Resource Consulting