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Higher Certificate in Supervisory and HR Practice

The Higher Certificate in Supervisory & HR Practice is a Level 6 programme offered on a part-time evening basis at the University of Limerick.  This course has a strong practical emphasis and can be the first step towards the Level 8 BA in HRM.  

After successfully completing the one-year Certificate programme, you can apply and progress onto the 1 year Diploma in HRM (Level 7) if you wish. After successful completion of the Diploma, students can apply to do the 1 year BA (Level 8). It will take just three years to complete all three levels.
The Higher Certificate course covers employment relations, people management and human resource development.  The emphasis is on a practical approach to HRM and aims to build students' knowledge of training and development plans, undertaking recruitment and selection and conflict management and developing their skills in interviewing, conflict management, teamwork and presentations.  The course is dual accredited by the University of Limerick and CIPD.

Potential applicants are also welcome to discuss the course in further detail by contacting:

Email: HRMProgrammes@ul.ie
Tel: +353 61 202872

The programme is open for applications, which are completed online.  Click here for information on How to Apply’

Frequently Asked Questions for Students

The Higher Certificate in Supervisory & HR Practice is a 2 year programme but students undertake only 1 year of study.  Students do not attend first year but instead produce evidence of work experience and prior learning with their course application and are awarded credits for this. There are 4 taught modules per semester.

Year 1
Semester 1

  • Accreditation for co-operative education and recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Semester 2
  • Accrediation for co-operative education and recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Year 2
Semester 1
  • Human Resource Management A
  • Human Resource Management Skills
  • Managing Information
  • Developing Professional Competence 1
Semester 2
  • Employment Relations
  • Organisational Behaviour 1
  • Continuing Professional Development 1
  • Human Resource Development 1



A pass in five subjects in the Irish Leaving Certificate or an equivalent examination.  For those not possessing a pass in five subjects, relevant experience and/or evidence of other part-time courses may also be considered.

In addition, applicants are required to have a minimum of two years’ work experience.
Applicants are required to complete a recognition of Prior Learning portfolio containing evidence of the requisite prior learning.

Applications are now open and are processed though the Continuing, Professional Education section of the UL website (CPE)   http://www.ul.ie/cpe/

Classes will take place from September 2020 to May 2021 every Wednesday 6-10pm plus three weekend classes in the autumn semester and three in the spring semester.