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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.  The course has a strong practical emphasis and provides an introductory qualification in people management.  The 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 accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Students who successfully complete the Higher Certificate can apply to do the Diploma in HRM.

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

Email: HRMProgrammes@ul.ie

The Higher Certificate in Supervisory & HR Practice is a two year programme.  Students do not attend first year but instead are required to produce evidence of work experience and prior learning with their application which meets the standards required for gaining accreditation for first year.  Students undertake one year's study in the University of Limerick and are required to successfully complete 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.  Applicants are required to have a minimum of two years work experience with at least six months supervisory experience.  Applicants are required to complete a recognition of Prior Learning portfolio containing evidence of the requisite prior learning.

Please note applications for current cohort commencing September 2018 is now closed.

One evening per week (Wednesday 6-10pm) plus 6 weekend classes between September 2018 and May 2019. An induction evening for accepted students will take place at 6.15pm on 10th September 2018 with class starting at 6pm on 12th September 2018.
The first 3 weekend classes will be in the Autumn as follows: 9-5pm on Sat 22nd Sept; 6-10pm on 5th Oct, 9-5pm on Sat 6th Oct; 6-10pm on 19th Oct and 9-5pm on 20th Oct. The remaining 3 weekends will be in the Spring semester in 2019