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Human Resource Professional Program

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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

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.


The Recruitment and Selection Process May 16, 2018

Performance Coaching and Development September 24-25, 2018

Compensation Design and Planning October 15, 2018

Investing in Employee Development November 13, 2018

Employee Retention Strategies TBA 

HR Policy Essentials  TBA

HR Succession Planning  TBA

Developing a Human Resource Plan  TBA

Employment Law for Managers TBA

Modules can be completed in any order. 


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


Blair Pritchett

Blair Pritchett is a Partner with the law firm McInnes Cooper, where he advises clients on matters of employment, labour and immigration. Blair also has extensive experience in a wide variety of litigation matters involving employment, defamation, product liability and insurance. In recent years, he has also counseled clients involved in public inquiries into matters of health care and industrial health and safety.

In addition to his legal practice, Blair is an active member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Canadian Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). As well, Blair currently sits on the McInnes Cooper Board of Directors. He is the founder and current Chair of the CBA-NL Citizenship and Immigration Section and a former Chair of the CBA-NS Civil Litigation Section.


Heather Peters

Heather Peters is a Senior Consultant and the NL Practice Lead for Leadership, HR and Career Solutions at Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette. An insightful leadership coach, solutions-driven human resources consultant and energetic and engaging facilitator, Heather has helped hundreds of leaders and professionals engage teams and organizations in Canada and beyond.

 As a Senior Consultant and Coach, Heather can easily switch hats to deliver distinctive employee, team, leadership, career and HR solutions. She attributes this ability to over 20 years in leadership, entrepreneurial and strategic HR roles in the insurance, IT, human resources, healthcare and financial industries. Heather's hands-on business and organizational experience helps her connect with her clients and create long standing relationships based on trust and exceptional service.  Heather works mainly in the areas of Performance Management, Organizational Development, Compensation, and Policy, Leadership and Team Development, Succession Planning, Change Management and Career Transition.

Heather is passionate about learning and has completed her Master of Employment Relations (MER) from Memorial University, a Bachelor of Commerce (B. Comm.) from the University of Ottawa, is a Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF), and is an Advanced Certified HR Professional with IPMA (IPMA-ACP). This commitment to life-long learning, coupled with ‘in the trenches’ experience, allows her to translate academic theory into relevant, impact driven solutions for her clients and also her students as a part-time instructor with the Faculty of Business at Memorial University.



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 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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230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000