Human Resource Professional Program
The Human Resource Professional Program provides human resource professionals with the strategies required to manage the organizations talent and create an environment where people want to work.
Human Resource Training, HR Courses, HR Certificates

Human Resource Professional Program

Human Resource Professional Program

Learn forward thinking employment practices and strategies to develop your organization’s most valuable asset – your people.

The Human Resource Professional Program provides human resource professionals with the strategies required to manage the organization’s talent and create an environment where people want to work.

Whether you are a human resource professional, supervisor, manager, business owner or entrepreneur there are skills that everyone involved in this discipline should know.

This program is designed to provide the fundamentals of human resource management skills that will help you implement successful HR practices in your organization. The program includes 9 modules that address the importance of having a comprehensive human resource plan linked to the organization’s overall strategy, and extends to cover such areas as recruitment and retention, employment law and performance development among other topic areas. Each module is result-oriented and practical, with real-world examples and exercises.

Upon completion of all 9 modules, participants will be issued a Certificate of Achievement for the Human Resource Professional Program, acknowledging focused skills development in this professional discipline.


Investing in Employee Development November 21

Compensation Design and Planning November 30

Performance Coaching and Development December 12-13

Employee Retention Strategies January 22

HR Succession Planning  February 21

Developing a Human Resource Plan  March 13

Employment Law for Managers March 26-27

The Recruitment and Selection Process 

HR Policy Essentials 

Modules are typically offered twice per year and can be completed in any order. 

NOTE: If you were completing the previous 6-module Human Resource Development Program, please note that you can continue to do so until December 2017, or you can switch to the new Human Resource Professional Program. Contact Jackie Collins or 709 864-2131 if you have any questions regarding the change in the program or if you would like to know which seminars you having remaining to fulfill either of the certificate requirements. 

Advanced Topics in Human Resource Professional Development

The following topics focus on specialized HR skills that make great additions to the training provided in the Program. 



For Individuals
  • Strengthen human resource management competencies
  • Define your role in human resource planning
  • Learn practical human resource planning skills
  • Contribute to the strategic direction of the organization
  • Understand the value of employee coaching
  • Motivate employees to achieve personal and organizational success
  • Advance your HR career
For Organizations
  • Create organizational success through effective HR planning
  • Build a strong and effective human resource team
  • Ensure a link between human resource planning and overall strategic direction
  • Introduce HR best practices
  • Create an enriching work experience
  • Improve employee morale and workplace environment
  • Encourage dignity and respect in the workplace

Who Should Attend

Human resource and other business professionals responsible for this discipline who would like to learn the latest practices to implement in their organization.


This program is structured to be flexible and self-directed so that it can be completed within one year or over several years. Upon completion of the required modules, participants will be issued a Certificate of Achievement, acknowledging focused skills development in this subject area.

Check Out Funding Opportunites Available through the

Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Job Grant Program


Amy Warren

Amy Warren is the Director of the Master of Employment Relations (MER) Program and an Associate Professor of Human Resource Management and Labour Relations with the Faculty of Business, Memorial University. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Co-op) degree and MER degree from Memorial University.  She completed her Ph.D. in Management at Saint Mary’s University.  Amy conducts research in the areas of retirement, goal setting, health and safety and the multigenerational workplace.  Her work has been published in various outlets including: Human Resource Management Review, Human Resource Development Quarterly, Economic and Industrial Democracy, International Journal of Manpower, and Career Development International.

In addition to 13 years of teaching in the classroom, Amy has provided training to both the private and public sector on a variety of topics including: teams, leadership and motivation, the role of the supervisor, the multigenerational workplace, HR policy, and recruitment and selection.  Amy has also be an invited speaker on numerous occasions on topics such as the multigenerational workplace and the implications of abolishing mandatory retirement.


Darren Stratton

For over 20 years, Darren has advised employers on their rights and obligations pertaining to union-management relations, employee discharge and discipline, human rights and employment standards.  He has represented these clients in collective bargaining, grievance arbitration, labour relations board and human rights proceedings, wrongful dismissal actions and injunction applications.  Darren has been recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada for Labour and Employment since 2010. He is also listed as Provincial Litigation Star under Employment Law in Benchmark Canada 2015

 Darren has taught labour relations at the undergraduate and graduate levels as a Per Course Instructor with Memorial University’s Faculty of Business Administration.  He continues to provide specialized training and seminars on employment law and labour relations topics for clients, other lawyers, and through Memorial University’s Gardiner Centre and the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council.

 Darren is a member of the Law Society of Newfoundland & Labrador, the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers, and the Human Resources Professionals of Newfoundland and Labrador.  He is a member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Disciplinary Panel.

 Darren has contributed to his community as Vice-Chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council, director of the Conception Bay South Lions Housing Initiative, director of the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation, and as President of the Better Business Bureau of Newfoundland & Labrador.  He is a former Commissioner of the Newfoundland and Labrador Council of Scouts Canada and continues to be a dedicated Scouter helping to organize and volunteer at provincial, national and international jamborees.

Lynn Best

Lynn Best is the President of CreAction Consulting, an organization that specializes in Workplace Learning and Employee Development. Lynn is a Certified Executive Coach, holding a PCC designation from the International Coach Federation. She has a Masters degree in Adult Education and two undergraduate degrees in Post-Secondary Education and Arts.

Lynn has experience working with private, public, and not-for-profit organizations, and has worked locally and internationally. She is a skilled facilitator who enjoys creating a collaborative learning environment. Lynn is passionate about workplace learning, particularly in the areas of executive coaching and coach training, leadership development, succession planning, and employee development.

Lynn Morrissey

Lynn Morrissey has over 25 years' experience as a facilitator, consultant, and educator.  She has taught academic courses in communications, organizational behaviour, and human resources, at the Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University. She has received many awards for her contributions including the Dean’s Teaching Award, the Dean’s Service Award, the Dean’s Citizenship Award, the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching and most recently the Queen`s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012).

Lynn has a long-standing relationship with the Gardiner Centre, instructing professional development seminars that focus on various fields of workplace communications and facilitation skills. Lynn's industry experience includes writing training and development strategies, developing training plans, leading performance development processes, conducting communications reviews, facilitating strategy sessions, and executive coaching.

In her 'spare time' Lynn is also Faculty Advisor for Enactus (formerly SIFE) Memorial, an international student organization focusing on enhancing entrepreneurial skills and community development.  Under Lynn's mentorship, the Enactus Memorial team has consistently achieved top awards and accolades at both the national and international levels. In 2007 Lynn was awarded the John Dobson Faculty Advisor of the Year in Canada for her work with her Enactus team.


Travor Brown

Travor Brown is Associate Dean (Research), Director, Master of Science (M.Sc.) &  PhD Programs, and a Professor of Labour Relations and Human Resource Management, with the Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University. He has taught at Memorial University, the University  of Toronto and University of Ulster.  Since joining Memorial University, he has been Director of the Master of Employment Relations program and has won both teaching and research awards. 

An accomplished academic, Travor has authored over 25 peer-reviewed journal articles, a textbook and over 70 conference presentations.  He has also been the sole investigator on two national, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) grants. Much of his research examines issues concerning goal setting and training effectiveness, with special focus on management and leadership development. 

Travor’s academic background is coupled with extensive industry experience.  He worked in the telecommunications and manufacturing sectors prior to completing his PhD at the University of Toronto and remains active in the practitioner community.  Given this background, Travor is well known for his ability to engage both practitioner and academic audiences and to show the ‘real world’ implications of his research.

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