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Advanced Human Resources Certificate

Advanced Human Resources Certificate

Human Resources has never played as critical and impactful a role as it currently does. With this heightened importance, now is the time to deepen your theoretical knowledge, enhance your leadership confidence, and establish a deeper and more strategic approach to your practice with the Queen’s IRC certificate in Advanced Human Resources.

We offer the choice of the Aligning HR and Business Strategy or Leading Human Resources programs as the core required program for this Certificate. The remainder of the credits required for the certificate can be made up from any combination of the other programs that Queen’s IRC offers, which gives you maximum flexibility to customize your individual training needs while obtaining a Certificate from a world-renowned University.

Required Programs 
Aligning HR and Business Strategy (3 credits) or 
Leading Human Resources (3 credits)

Elective Programs 
Any other IRC courses (totalling 9 credits)

Advanced Labour Relations Certificate

Advanced Labour Relations Certificate

Are you a seasoned labour relations professional or working to build your knowledge in the field of labour relations? A Queen’s IRC certificate in Advanced Labour Relations is right for you! This second-level certificate can only be obtained after completing the certificate in Labour Relations.

The certificate in Advanced Labour Relations offers maximum flexibility to customize your individual training needs and provides recognition from a strong, national institution that is acknowledged across the country to be the best in its field.

Required Programs
Must complete a minimum of 24 credits, including the 12 credits earned towards the Labour Relations Certificate

Elective Programs
Labour Relations Certificate plus 12 electives from any other IRC courses (totalling 24 credits)

Advanced Leadership for Social Impact


The Advanced Leadership for Social Impact Fellowship prepares experienced leaders with the skills, knowledge, and networks needed to meaningfully tackle the root causes and drivers of social issues or problems. By focusing on developing leaders with the skills and perspectives to tackle complex issues, Queen’s University can help solve the world’s most significant and urgent challenges.

The program combines on-campus residential sessions at Queen's University with online synchronous learning and a group capstone project. This format accommodates those working full-time or with other time demands. Fellows will have the opportunity to network with faculty, mentors, and peers and learn from leading experts in the field.

Digital Product Management


Today, every business must be a digital business. Products and services, operations, and innovation are being transformed by digital capabilities. Digital transformation engages business processes and technological implementation. Skilled leaders are needed to ensure success.

This cross-disciplinary degree is built for these changemakers. It provides the skills and knowledge to effectively manage digitalization initiatives – whether in work productivity, automation, micro-learning, or personalized customer experiences, and more. The program covers all stages of the digital product management lifecycle. Students learn how to apply human-centered approaches, use low-code tools to build solutions, and apply modern management practices to lead change and drive real business results.

This innovative 12-month program—offered for the first time in September 2022—leverages the renowned expertise of Smith School of Business and Queen’s School of Computing for a uniquely comprehensive educational experience. Developed in consultation with digital transformation leaders in academia, business, government, and the technology sector. It is the first program of its kind in Canada.

The program will provide:

  • A cross-disciplinary curriculum that synthesizes best practices from business and technology, equipping you with a comprehensive understanding to effectively manage the lifecycle of digital products and services;
  • Two consecutive learning streams, comprising academic thought leadership and experiential application;
  • A nine-month practicum in which student teams discover, design, build, and implement a digital solution for a real client, supported by faculty and a dedicated industry advisor;
  • A low-code development approach, allowing you to apply specialized knowledge without extensive technological training; 
  • Instruction by internationally renowned faculty from Smith School of Business and Queen’s School of Computing who offer a rich range of academic and industry expertise;
  • Virtual learning sessions delivered on evenings and weekends, allowing you to study while you work;
  • Personal development workshops and career advancement days;
  • SmithEdge, a set of personal capabilities that prepare you to thrive in today’s business environment; and
  • Access to job opportunities through Smith’s Career Advancement Centre.

Labour Relations Certificate

Labour Relations Certificate

Whether you are from management or among the union ranks, a Queen’s IRC certificate in Labour Relations tells your colleagues you have received a leading skill-building education and are committed to lifelong learning. The curriculum reflects the range of skills labour relations practitioners require to thrive in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing environment.

We offer Labour Relations Foundations as the core required program for the certificate, which allows learners to build foundational competencies and basic skills in a variety of areas, such as negotiation, labour arbitration, fact-finding, and grievance handling. We also offer more in-depth programs to develop more specialized competencies in these areas. The electives can be chosen based on your current training needs and interests.

Required Programs 
Labour Relations Foundations (5 credits)

Elective Programs 
Any other IRC programs (totalling 7 credits)

Organization Development Fundamentals Certificate

This Queen's IRC Professional Development Certificate is designed to propel working practitioners to new heights. Grounded in adult learning principles and the latest practitioner-focused research, Organization Development Fundamentals provides crucial training in an array of topics in the field. We highly recommend this certificate to professionals in mid to upper management roles who wish to accelerate their career and gain practical tool kits and frameworks to improve their workplace. 

Certificates require a minimum of 12 credits, including a core program that differs for each Certificate. The design of our Certificates is based on our extensive knowledge of the field and tested through ongoing consultation with seasoned practitioners in both the private and public sectors. The curriculum reflects the range of skills HR, LR & OD practitioners require to thrive, whether from management or among the union ranks.

Organization Development Fundamentals Certificate Core Course Requirement 

- Organization Development Foundations (3 credits)