Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management (E-Learning): A Guide

It goes without saying that employee retention is good for business. What a high employee retention rate also shows is that a business is good to its people.   

Keeping both employee and employer happy is no easy task, but one that is crucial. In steps the human resources (HR) department: often the unsung hero, and whose responsibilities are myriad and ever-evolving with the times. 

At Singapore Institute of Management (SIM), we train our students, including HR professionals, to overcome modern-day challenges with new and improved, creative, and innovative solutions. Our Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management (E-Learning) equips students with a nuanced understanding of business culture and people management skills to foster a healthy work environment, as well as nurture personal growth. 

Vital Skills for HR Professionals

According to Indeed, these are among the top skills to include in an HR resume:1



Training and Development




Business Management


Strategic Thinking


Mastery of these skills will allow you to thrive in an HR role and confidently climb to management positions, in addition to making you a well-rounded individual. 

Career Opportunities in HR Management 

With our Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management (E-Learning), you can apply for a variety of positions in Singapore, including:

HR Manager 

Average salary: SGD 75,346 per year2

The HR manager holds a key position in any organisation, as they oversee the workforce’s well-being. As an HR manager, you are responsible for hiring and onboarding new employees, developing compensation strategies, spearheading employee retention programmes, and ensuring the organisation’s compliance with labour laws, among others.

Recruitment Manager

Average salary: SGD 90,920 per year3

People are the backbone of every organisation, and recruiting the right talent is of utmost importance when it comes to driving growth and revenue. As a recruitment manager, you work closely with hiring agents to ensure quality hires that are a great fit for the role, and that the recruitment process complies with the latest hiring practices and laws.

Payroll Manager 

Average salary: SGD 98,129 per year4

Another crucial position is that of payroll manager, who is responsible for accurately updating and maintaining the company’s payroll, and ensuring the timely processing of salaries for disbursement. A payroll manager trains payroll specialists, works with finance and HR departments to update payroll processes, and manages employee benefit programmes and insurance plans.

* The salaries cited are accurate as at January 2, 2023.

Our Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management (E-Learning) is designed to mould you into an HR professional ready to step up to the plate in today’s fast-changing work environment.

Core Modules: Develop Essential People Skills  


The business world of the Digital Age calls for quality leaders to spearhead efforts in innovation, strategy, and management. Effective leaders are those who can identify and hone the talent and skills of each team member and encourage them to achieve a common goal. In this module, students will learn to master the core competencies of leadership in the modern era.

People, Organisations and Teamwork

Companies are made up of people from all walks of life. One challenge lies in an organisation’s ability to foster a sense of belonging among its workforce to cultivate the spirit of teamwork. This module is designed to enhance students’ understanding of organisational dynamics and communication so that they can bring teams together and encourage effective collaboration. 

Talent Acquisition and Management

People are an essential resource for any business. To find, hire, and retain the right talent, companies invest in talent acquisition and management to boost employee performance and capabilities. In this module, students will learn to leverage and apply modern HR practices and techniques to manage talent in a globally connected, digitally engaged business ecosystem.

Elective Modules: Branch Out of Your Comfort Zone

Accounting and Finance for Managers

Financial literacy is an essential skill to have, regardless of your field or specialisation. However, a whopping 55.2% of adults in Singapore say they are not financially literate.5 This module is designed to ensure SIM E-Learning graduates have a firm grasp of fundamental accounting and financing concepts, and can expertly analyse data to make well-informed financial decisions.

Data Privacy, Data Ethics and Governance 

HR professionals often have access to private and confidential information on employees and the company. This module trains you on ethical methods and good governance in handling data, teaching students how to evaluate and demonstrate best practices in managing sensitive information.

Emerging Technologies

According to the PwC Global Workforce Hopes and Fears Survey 2022, half of Singapore’s workforce is worried about not getting sufficient training in digital and technology skills from their employers.6 This module is developed to prepare students for a digital-first business ecosystem, teaching them to adapt to and adopt emerging technologies, as well as to identify tech-related opportunities to solve challenges in the modern workplace.

Lead the Way in HR Best Practices

SIM E-Learning readies you for the challenges and opportunities of the workplace of the future. With our Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management (E-Learning), you will be well equipped to lead the HR charge with confidence, on top of boosting your personal development.

Wondering if you qualify for this programme? Get a free, no-obligation eligibility check from our Student Advisors today!