Certificate Program
The Certificate in Employment Relations is designed for current undergraduate degree students at Queen’s University who want to gain career-ready knowledge and skills to work as professional human resource and labour relations managers. The Certificate is also open to non-Queen’s students who want to gain this academic credential from Canada’s leading university in the field of employment relations. The Certificate will appear as a distinct academic credential on the final transcript.

Graduates of the Certificate in Employment Relations will demonstrate a broad understanding of the major subjects and skills in employment relations. Through lectures, case studies, simulations, group discussions, team projects, and individual assignments, students will develop competencies in the use of appropriate methods to assess workplace challenges and problems. Students who successfully complete the Certificate in Employment Relations will be able to devise and sustain persuasive arguments and solve problems using a variety of disciplinary approaches.


Students are required to take five (5) EMPR courses. The 200-level courses are offered in-class and online. The introductory courses do not require any prerequisites, but as 200-level courses, self-enrollment does require second year standing.


The Certificate in Employment Relations consists of 15.0 units of required degree-credit courses:
EMPR 200 (3.0 Units)

Work & Employment Relations in Canada

Winter 2019 online
EMPR 210 (3.0 units):

Employment Relations and
Labour Law

Fall 2018 online
EMPR 220 (3.0 units):

Conflict Resolution

Fall 2018 online
EMPR 230 (3.0 units):

Managing Human Resources &
Employment Relations

Summer 2019 online
EMPR 240 (3.0 units):

Workplace Policies and Governance

Winter 2019 online
* subject to change


Queen’s students can complete the certificate in conjunction with their undergraduate degree requirements, counting two (2) of the five (5) certificate courses as electives for their primary degree. Faculty of Arts and Science regulations limit double-counting of courses, meaning that three (3) courses will not count towards undergraduate degree requirements. Students take these courses in addition to their normal course load. The Arts and Science course tuition rate will be charged for these additional courses.

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