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Higher Certificate in Supervisory and HR Practice

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:

Tel: +353 61 202872

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

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)

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.

Higher Certificate in Supervisory and HR Practice FAQs 2019:

  1. When do I register my modules?

Registration takes place in Week 1 of both the Autumn and Spring Semester of each academic year

  1. How do I register for my modules?

All students register their modules on line. For information on how to register online, see details here

  1. What happens if I do not register?

Students who fail to register during week 1 of each semester will:

  1. Incur a fine of €200 by Student Academic Administration.
  2. Be denied access to:
    • Computer Account
    • SULIS
    • Student Results
    • Not be included on Module Class list and Grading Sheets / reports for faculty
  1. Where do I get my student ID card?

Student ID cards are issued to students at Orientation, Week 1.  It is recommended to attend Orientation; however, if you cannot attend, your ID card will be posted to you.

  1. What do I do if I lose my student ID card?

If you lose your student ID card, contact 

  1. How do I get a form stamped i.e. for Social Welfare?
    You can send the form by email to, by post or call to Student Academic Administration, E0-001- University of Limerick.  Please give your student ID number on the form to enable SAA to locate your records easily. Upon receiving your request, SAA will endeavour to process it within 5 working days.  During peak times, i.e. Week 1-3 of each semester, the turnaround time may be longer. 


  1. What do I do if I forget my PC password details?

Details to reset your password can be found here    

  1. How do I access library eresources off campus?

Details found here

  1. How do I renew library books online?

Details found here

  1. How do I get access Google Scholar from home?

Details found here 

  1. Finding and Using Information: Tips on how to find information as you begin your assignment.

Here are some helpful tips

  1. How to book study rooms in the Library?

Details found here 


  1. How to book study rooms in KBS?

KBS have five ‘breakout’ study rooms – KBG-18/19/20 and KB1-23/24. The bookings sheets are generated every Friday for the following week (Monday to Friday).  You can email in advance with your preferred day/time and your Student ID Number.  The slots are every two hours from 08.00 – 22.00. Please note that these rooms take up to six students.

  1. How do I access help from the Regional Writing Centre, UL?

To view their weekly timetable with peer tutoring times, as well as Writers' Groups and any other Writing Centre activities, click here for further details
Any of the slots mentioning social sciences or arts type subjects such as economics or politics should provide helpful assistance. They usually focus on writing style rather than specific content of a module. Students can book an appointment by registering for an account with the Centre 

  1. How do I reference?

Details found here  

  1. How do I get my end of semester results?

The end of semester results are available through
To log on to - Input your Username (ID number) and password.
**Tip – ahead of the ‘release of results’ date log in and check that your password is working. If not, follow the instructions to get it changed.  That way you can ensure you will have easy access on the day of results!
See the Academic Calendar for information on ‘release of results’ and other important dates. 


  1. CIPD networking and events in the Mid-West

Details found here

  1. How do I join CIPD?

Send your details to  including; full name, DOB, home address, personal email address and phone number.  Your information will be passed on to CIPD, who will send you an email with instructions on how to pay online.