Human Resource Management Certificate Program

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Program at-a-Glance
Finish in as Few as Six Months
Remote Learning Through Spring

What You'll Learn

Our Human Resource Management Certificate Program gives you foundational skills to manage the complex responsibilities that are central to a successful organizational culture. With its real-world focus and immediate applicability, this program can help you achieve your goals, whether you're interested in acquiring new HR skills or earning hours toward recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).

  • Understand the value of both strategic and operational HR concepts and the positive impact they can have on an organization’s ability to achieve its goals.

  • Identify key HR metrics to align organizational decision capabilities

  • Learn essential strategies, concepts and practices involved in the effective recruitment, selection and on-boarding of talent

  • Develop and influence others regarding recommendations for improvement and ability to conduct performance discussions

How You'll Benefit

Highly regarded as one of the best HR training programs in the area, our training offers:

  • Opportunities for networking with instructors and peers via in-person classes (IMPORTANT NOTE: Classes are currently being offered as remote learning opportunities. We are not holding in-person classes at this time)

  • Opportunities to receive credit for SPHR and PHR re-certification through HRCI

  • Classes taught by instructors with industry experience from prominent companies

  • Finish in as few as six months when you enroll in the Fast Track option.

  • Median pay for Human Resource Managers is $113,300 per year (2018, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Candidates with certification or a master’s degree—particularly those with a concentration in human resources management—should have the best job prospects.”
  • Jobs in Human Resource Management are expected to grow by 9% (12,300 jobs) by 2026 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • California has the highest employment for HR managers in the country, and the annual mean wage in California is $142,870. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Program Requirements
This program requires the successful completion of 4 core courses. Course content is frequently revised to ensure that the program is up to date with the latest industry standards. For this reason, you must complete all of the course requirements of your certificate with a "C" or better and within five years from the day you enroll in the first course. A certificate will not be awarded if the requirements are not completed and your application for candidacy is not received within this timeframe.

Required Courses

Talent Management
Quarter Academic Credit

Talent management is a set of skills to provide continuous talent development to improve morale, company outcomes and personal fulfillment. Designed for new and seasoned human resource professionals, this course provides participants with the insights, frameworks, and tools to effectively manage and develop talent in organizations. Participants will practice best approaches to align talent development with strategic workforce planning goals; review alternative approaches to performance management; conduct and deliver effective performance feedback; and integrate such as leadership development, mentoring and coaching to drive cultures of excellence and improve overall employee performance. By the end of this course, students will understand methods for assessing the effectiveness of talent development programs and the critical role effective communication plays in every process.

Learning Outcomes

  • Recommend effective talent development strategies for workforce planning goals.
  • Design processes for developing, engaging and retaining key talent.
  • Apply best practices in coaching, mentoring and talent assessment.
  • Select effective performance management and preferred feedback methods.
  • Demonstrate effective communication methods to drive talent development efforts.

Skills You Will Gain

  • Culture development
  • Leadership development
  • Performance coaching
  • Performance assessment
Course Code
Total Rewards
Quarter Academic Credit

Human resource professionals must understand how to develop and evaluate employee reward systems, including cash compensation, company equity, health and welfare benefits, retirement and more. In this course, students will learn the fundamentals and strategic management of employee benefits including health and life, dental, vision, employee assistance, disability and medical insurance plans. Topics also include wellness programs, methods for funding employee benefits, consumer-driven healthcare, contribution strategies, and the overall best practices for evaluating benefits and managing costs.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and understand key laws associated with benefits and compensation.
  • Evaluate strategies to develop compensation programs that attract the right candidates.
  • Define key components of a consistent, market-competitive benefits system.
  • Compare and contrast health and welfare benefits plans and develop a summary plan description.
  • Understand common retirement benefits plans and identify the appropriate plan for your organization.
  • Identify current topics affecting compensation and benefits packages in today’s organizations.

Skills You Will Gain

  • Legal research
  • Culture development
  • Project management and structure design
  • Market analysis
Course Code
Employment Law
Quarter Academic Credit

Many professionals require an understanding of the many labor and employment laws that impact the workplace in California. Designed for human resource professionals and labor leaders, this course focuses on labor-management relations, including laws concerning collective bargaining in both the private and public sectors. Through interactive learning focused on student participation, learners are exposed to procedures and regulations governing the filing of unfair labor practice charges and the rights and duties of both labor and management in collective bargaining. By the end of this course, students will understand federal and state laws regarding wages, anti-discrimination, employee leave and other laws applicable to California’s workforce.

Learning Outcomes

  • Examine the history of employment law in the United States and explain the difference between federal and state employment law.
  • Understand various unfair labor practices and identify how to file and defend an unfair practice charge.
  • Comprehend the fundamental aspects of state and federal anti-discrimination laws and their applicability to employer actions.
  • Learn the human resources interface regarding the regulation of drugs and alcohol in the workplace, employee privacy, technology, e-mail and free speech.

Skills You Will Gain

  • Case analysis and legal research
  • Hiring and background checks
  • Lawful termination
  • Labor relations
Course Code
Talent Acquisition
Quarter Academic Credit

An organization’s effectiveness is directly related to the caliber of its employees. Poor hiring decisions result in costly and time consuming problems related to performance management, employee relations, and productivity issues. Examine how to meet the challenge of hiring quality individuals with relevant background and experience, as well as how to source, recruit, and onboard employees for your organization.

This course will introduce you to strategies and practices for successful recruitment and selection as well as the legal requirements with which you must comply. Topics include job analysis, developing marketable job postings, recruitment and selection, onboarding, developing Talent Brand, behavioral interviewing, candidate assessment, background investigations, recruitment technologies, legislative compliance, equal employment opportunity and affirmative action requirements. You will gain hand-on experience using various recruiting tools and industry leading technologies.


  • Identify the relationship of Talent Acquisition to the Human Resources function.

  • Analyze a variety of job descriptions and create recruiting narratives.

  • Create and conduct behavioral interviews.

  • Compare and contrast the types of recruiting strategies.

  • Develop a sourcing plan for specific jobs, including creative posting text.

Demonstrate the ability to develop search criteria and locate candidates using a variety of tools and techniques.

Course Code

Required Courses

Required Courses Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
Talent Management 3 Classroom Classroom
Total Rewards 3 Classroom
Employment Law 3 Classroom
Talent Acquisition 3 Classroom Classroom
  • The cost for the Human Resource Management Certificate is $3,400 ($2,890 with Fast Track option)
  • See each course offering for discount opportunities, including discounts for members of SHRM, SEAC, SAHRA and NCHRA. 
  • Students are expected to pay a one-time, non-refundable certificate application fee of $125.
  • Textbooks are not included in the tuition fee.
  • Get more information about financing your education.

Ready to enroll in the certificate program?

Fill out a brief certificate registration form and pay the registration fee. By doing so, you declare your intent to complete the program and lock in program requirements. Once you register, program staff will be available to answer any questions you may have and assist you with your course plan.

Not ready to commit yet?

  • Enroll in an individual course. Check out individual courses that are currently open for enrollment. Courses will be applied to the certificate program if you later decide to complete your certificate.
  • Sign up for an information session. Learn more about the program by enrolling in a free information session. If an information session for this program is not currently open for enrollment, click on “notify me,” and we’ll contact you when the next one becomes available.
  • Questions? We’re here to help.

    Contact our Enrollment Coach, Kristy Craig, if you would like to schedule an appointment. She can speak with you about our program, answer your questions and help ensure it’s the right fit for your goals. Schedule your 30-minute conversation with Kristy.

    You can also email us or call (530) 757-8777.