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


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Programme Objectives

Upon successful completion of the programme, participants will be able to: 

  • Develop and implement recruitment and selection strategies

  • Develop a holistic talent management strategy

  • Apply learning and development concepts to facilitate adult learning and transfer of skills to the workplace

  • Integrate Rewards interventions with other HR solutions to enhance employee engagement for business impact

  • Select and adopt appropriate performance evaluation and management methods

  • Diagnose and develop an organisation’s capability to achieve goals 

Who Should Attend

HR practitioners or business executives to deepen their knowledge and skills in the HR discipline.

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.

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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 incorporating the relevant WSQ Statements of Attainment (SOAs).

In order to be awarded with the HR Graduate Certifification, participants are required to complete all 6 modules within a maximum duration of 2 years.

Type of Course



HR Management and Strategy

Instructional Methods and Learning Activities

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.


Aside from the seminar styled teaching method used in class, there will also be extensive use of experiential learning methods to put into practice the theories that have been learned. Normally, such learning activities will be done in groups.  Every time that you are required to do work in a group, you will be randomly assigned so that opportunities will be created for you to know your fellow classmates for the purposes of networking plus observing their participation and contribution in class.


Formal Assessments
There will be a variety of assessments for each module which include, but not limited to presentation, written assignment, class exercise, case studies analysis, peer evaluation and individual written assessment.  Every module will definitely come with an individual written assessment at the end of class.

Fees and Funding

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 click here for the User Guide on how to claim for SkillsFuture Credit. Claim should be submitted via the Training Exchange.

Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)
All NTUC union members are eligible for UTAP funding (up to S$250 per annum). Please click here for more information on UTAP and application.


Absentee Payroll
Companies who sponsor their employees for the programme are eligible to apply for absentee payroll via the SkillsConnect system.  For more information, please visit SkillsConnect.


Enhanced Training Support for SMEs
SMEs can apply to enjoy subsidy of an additional 20% of the course fees when they sponsor their employees for programme.  For more information, please visit SkillsConnect.


  • Participants should possess a degree from a recognised university; and

  • They should have minimum 1 to 2 years working experience; and

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

Programme Registration

Registrants are required to submit all the following documents within 7 days upon completing their online registration via email to cps@smu.edu.sg:

  1. NRIC for Singapore Citizen / PR or passport for foreigners (scanned copy)

  2. Degree certificate (scanned copy)

  3. Updated Curriculum Vitae (indicating HR work experience)

Programme Policies

Please click here for the programme policies on registration / substitution / deferment / withdrawal / refund.

Course Dates


Module 1: 1 – 2 Jun 2017 
Module 2: 15 – 16 May 2017 
Module 3: 30 – 31 Mar 2017 
Module 4: 17 – 18 Jul 2017 
Module 5: 20 – 21 Apr 2017
Module 6: 28 – 29 Aug 2017 


Please note that all 6 modules under Intake 8 are fully subscribed.


Waiting List: From time to time, seats in current or upcoming intakes may be opened up. Please email cps@smu.edu.sg your (i) full name, (ii) job designation, (iii) company name, (iv) contact no. and (v) intake (all modules) / selected module(s) & class dates, as well as all the following documents, to be registered on our waiting list.


  1. NRIC for Singapore Citizen / PR or passport for foreigners (scanned copy)

  2. Degree certificate (scanned copy)

  3. Updated Curriculum Vitae (indicating HR work experience)