A practice oriented programme for HR practitioners and executives to deepen their knowledge and skills in the discipline

As Asia becomes the economic powerhouse of the world, and globalisation brings enterprises to this continent to capitalise on its growth, it is imminent that corporations not only compete on business grounds but also, for talented employees. Changing nature of work preferences, increasing expectation of the workforce, as well as changes to national policies on the labour market have posed greater challenges to HR professionals. More organisations are feeling the growing importance to establish and maintain an effective and affordable strategy for attracting, engaging and retaining employees.

This HR Graduate Certification is a modular programme that is practice oriented and focused for HR practitioners or business executives to deepen their knowledge and skills in the discipline so as to develop a viable HR strategy for the present time.

HR fields covered include:

Module 1: Talent Acquisition
Module 2: Learning & Development
Module 3: Talent Management & Succession Planning
Module 4: Rewards (Compensation & Benefits)
Module 5: Performance Evaluation & Management
Module 6: Strategic HR

WSQ Accreditation

This programme is accredited under the Human Resource WSQ Framework. Statements of Attainment (SOAs) are awarded upon passing of the assessment and successful completion of each module. Participants who are either Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents will also benefit from the 70% WSQ Course Fee Grant.

Please refer to http://smu.sg/hrgradcert for the module details.


The programme aims to help participants deepen their knowledge and skills in the HR discipline.




For each module, participants have to meet a minimum attendance rate of 75% and are required to complete the assessments. Only upon passing of the assessments and successful completion of each module, will participants be issued a Certificate of Completion.

In order to be awarded with the HR Graduate Certification, participants are required to complete all 6 modules within 2 years.

Type of Course



HR Management and Strategy

Credit Units


Instructional Methods and Expectations

Participation is a central part of the learning process for all participants. When you contribute, you help others learn. Your participation mark reflects your contribution to your classmates’ learning. This includes attendance, being prepared with regards to the reading assignments, participation in all the learning activities and class discussions. All participants will be expected to evaluate their classmates and contribute to the class participation assessment at the end of the module via way of peer assessment.

Module Fees

Self-Funded Company-Sponsored
Fees per module payable to SMU  S$1,712.00 (after GST) per person
Fees per module payable to SMU after 70% WSQ Course Fee Grant
(for Singapore Citizens / Permanent Residents only)
S$513.60 (afer GST) per person

Fees per module payable to SMU after 70% WSQ Course Fee Grant & 20% SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy
(for Singapore Citizens aged 40 & above)

S$193.60 (after GST) per person S$513.60 (after GST) per person

(Company to claim for Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy via SkillsConnect)


Singapore Citizens aged 25 and above, and self-funding may use their SkillsFuture Credit (up to S$500) to defray part of the course fee. Please visit http://www.skillsfuture.sg/ for the User Guide on how to claim for SkillsFuture Credit. Claim should be submitted via http://www.skillsfuture.sg/credit.

Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy:
Singapore Citizens aged 40 and above will be eligible for an additional 20% Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy in addition to the 70% WSQ Course Fee Grant subject to terms and conditions. Registrant should inform us if he/she is eligible for this subsidy.
Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)

All NTUC union members are eligible for UTAP funding (up to S$250 per annum). Please visit http://skillsupgrade.ntuc.org.sg/wps/portal/skillsupgrade/home/skillsup… for more information on UTAP and application.


A degree from a recognised university
Minimum 1 to 2 years working experience

A HR practitioner in a private or public sector organisation or a business executive with formal training (degree) in OB/HR

Course Dates


Module 1: 01 - 02 Jun 2017 [Full]
Module 2: 15 - 16 May 2017 [Full]
Module 3: 30 - 31 Mar 2017 [Full]
Module 4: 17 - 18 Jul 2017 [Full]
Module 5: 20 - 21 Apr 2017 [Full]
Module 6: 28 - 29 Aug 2017 [Full]

Credit Bearing to

The graduates of SMU's HR Graduate Certification Programme will be eligible for 3 workshop credit waivers to SMU’s Master of Human Capital Leadership (MHCL) Programme if they are successfully admitted into MHCL, as an acknowledgement of the coursework that they have already completed with SMU.


  Module 1 Module 2 Module 3 Module 4 Module 5 Module 6



Adjunct Faculty, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, SMU


Adjunct Faculty, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, SMU


HR Consultant & Trainer


Senior Advisor, Transitions Advisory


Senior Lecturer of OB & HR, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, SMU


Associate Professor of OB & HR, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, SMU

For more info: https://cps.smu.edu.sg/hrgradcert2014