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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 developoment plans, undertaking recruitment and selection and conflict management and developing their skills in interviewing, conflict management, computer software, 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:

Julianne O'Brien, P&ER Department Coordinator
Email: julianne.obrien@ul.ie
Telephone:  +353-(0)61 202380

Please note applications for current cohort commencing September 2017 is now closed.

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.

One evening per week (Wednesday 6-10pm) plus 6 weekend classes between September 2017 and May 2018. The first class begins Wednesday at 6pm on 6th September 2017 (induction at 6pm on 4th September). The first 3 weekend class dates are as follows: Saturday 16th Sept (9-5pm); Friday 6th October (6-10pm) and Saturday 7th Oct (9-5pm); Friday 20th Oct (6-10pm) and Saturday 21st October (9-5pm). The remaining 3 weekends will be in the second semester in Spring 2018.