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Human Resources

Graduate Certificate


Graduate Certificate in Human Resources
6 months full-time
Bentley Campus


Design solutions for a range of workplace HR issues.

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Accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI).

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Employment for skilled human resources professionals is set to soar. Projections by the Australian Government's Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business show jobs for human resource professionals are forecast to increase by 15.7 per cent by May 2024.

This course will set you on the path to a dynamic career in human resources. You will develop a broad understanding of human resource management and explore its contribution to organisational effectiveness and efficiency.

You’ll study the fundamental principles underpinning management theory, explore the associated practices in contemporary organisations and consider the future of management in light of 21st century issues such as globalisation, corporate social responsibility and change management.

This course will also explore employment relations in Australia, particularly the roles of the tribunals, the state, unions and management. You’ll study collective and enterprise bargaining, negotiation, industrial action and conflict.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • Human resources management is an evolving and dynamic field. Curtin can help you acquire the specific skills and relevant industry knowledge to become an HR Generalist or HR Specialist.

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Career information


  • Human resource professional
  • Management consultant
  • Recruitment consultant
  • Training and development professional
  • Employment relations advisor


  • Banking and finance
  • Education
  • Health care
  • Public relations
  • Resources and renewables
  • Retail
  • Services

What you'll learn

  • synthesise and critically evaluate advanced theoretical and technical knowledge and skills relating to workplace-based human resource and management issues; assess contextual variables in determining which models and theories best inform possible solutions to workplace-based human resource and management issues
  • employ ethical, empathetic and effective communication practices relevant to diverse audiences and human resource management contexts and confidently access, use and adapt information and technology to make supported judgments and decisions
  • build professional knowledge of human resource management practices that incorporate cross-cultural and global perspectives
  • demonstrate ethical practice, professional integrity and emerging leadership skills when working within a team and independently in a manner that reflects high ethical and moral standards.

Admission criteria

Students require a bachelor degree in a related discipline from a recognised tertiary institution OR 5 years of relevant work experience.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Webform: Submit here

Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

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Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2022

Student type Cost
Domestic $14,100*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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  • Curtin course code: GC-HUMRES
  • CRICOS code: 018029F
  • Last updated on: 04/08/2022