6 Courses Required 216.00 Hours Required
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Human resource administration is increasingly being recognized as an important and relevant skill set for the modern local government. The difference between one local government and another can often be attributed to the quality of its human resources. Having a highly competent and energetic staff complement is a key ingredient for success. This does not happen by accident. Designing appropriate jobs, making good hires and developing peak performance is more likely when the municipality has someone dedicated to this effort that has the knowledge, skills and mandate to perform this function.

What Will You Learn?

Students of this program will learn how to make good hires and develop peak performance in their organizations.

Certificate Requirements

The Certificate in Local Government Human Resource Administration consists of of six (6) courses over 216 hours:

  • OLCD-LGOV0014 Local Government
  • OLCD-PALS0018 Human Resources Management (formerly OLCD-LGOV0012 Human Resource Management)
  • OLCD-LGOV0015 Municipal Law I
  • OLCD-PALS0012 Leadership Dynamics (formerly OLCD-LGOV0017 Organizational Behaviour and Leadership)
  • OLCD-PALS0016 Finance Essentials for Public Sector Leaders (formerly OLCD-LGOV0022 Local Government Finance)
  • OLCD-PALS0031 Organizational Behaviour (formerly OLCD-LGOV0018 Organizational Design and Management)

This is only a suggested sequence of courses; courses can be completed in any order. The certificate can be completed in under two years, depending upon how many courses you take each term and year. 

Fees and Schedule

See each course for the applicable tuition fee. Courses start in September, January and April. Each course is offered at least once a year. All courses are 12 weeks long and require a minimum of 36 hours of learning engagement.

Do you have prior learning or experience relevant to this certificate?

It may be possible to receive advanced standing in this certificate based on your prior learning from work or life experience. We provide two types of recognition of prior learning:

  • Prior Certified Learning: Assessment of prior coursework or training through a provider, that is neither a university or college, for the purpose of advanced standing. Examples of certified learning may include military courses, accredited certificates, workplace training programs, etc.
  • Prior Experiential Learning: Assessment of previous work and life learning that may be equivalent to learning outcomes of university courses / programs, for the purpose of advanced standing. Relevant prior learning may come from work or volunteer experience, participation on committees or boards, independent study, etc.

To discuss how to use your prior learning to apply for advanced standing, please contact rpl@dal.ca.

Additional Details


Minimum Required

72 Hour(s)

Minimum Required

144 Hour(s)

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