Human Resources Certificate

(60 days—2 months) 12 hours per week meeting time (Virtual)

Description: The HR Certificate coursework will give you a well-rounded foundation in the human resource management sector to keep your organization’s most valuable assets–its people–working as smoothly as you do. This program is designed for the professional who wants to stay current in the HR industry but has limited time. Persons wanting to study Human Resources Management are also encouraged to apply to get hands on training and experience.

These online courses will teach you the basics of managing the benefits and policies that support an effective staff. What does an employer need to know about anti-discrimination regulations? What are the key aspects of pay policies? How can employers avoid the traps of the employee selection process? In these courses, you will discover the answers to these and other important questions.

Each course offers an assortment of interactive exercises, videos, selected readings, case studies, and self-assessments that will engage you and structure your learning about human resource management.

Student Learning Outcomes.  Upon completion of the program, you’ll be able to:


  • Understand the essential roles and responsibilities of human resource professionals.


  • Learn to manage employee relations, compensation, and performance management.


  • Become familiar with human resource-related laws and compliance and liability issues.


  • Develop strategies for recruiting the best employees as well as training and development

Courses Available

  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Compensation
  • Data and Human Resource Management
  • Employee Selection
  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Performance Management
  • Talent Management and Career Development

Curriculum & Course Details


In this course, students will consider the many issues surrounding the key aspects of pay policy: legal requirements, pay equity within an organization, competitive pay within the relevant industry, how and when to grant raises, and different ways payment can be structured.



Data and Human Resource Management

Big data and data analytics are changing how businesses run and managers do their jobs. In this course, you will explore how human resource managers use data to provide better support to the employees they manage and to contribute to the strategic practices of their organizations. You will learn about different kinds of data and analyses, and you will consider how data collection and organization may factor into problem-solving processes. We will also review issues pertaining to data collection and employee privacy and confidentiality.

Employee Selection

In this course, students will learn about the process of selecting the best candidate from a large, diverse pool of high-quality applicants. Based on D. Quinn Mills’ book, Principles of Human Resource Management, the course discusses how to conduct an effective job interview, asking questions that elicit relevant information, and avoiding questions that might be seen as discriminatory. Students will also consider how to discover more about a candidate through the use of reference checks, background checks, and testing.

Equal Employment Opportunity

In this course, students will learn about many of the major employment laws, Equal Opportunity issues, and the anti-discriminatory regulations employers must be aware of in hiring, promoting, and firing employees.

Introduction to Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management includes the vital tasks of recruiting, screening, interviewing, training, appraising, disciplining, rewarding, and developing the employee—both for business and non-profit enterprises.

Since all managers (especially line managers) have HR responsibilities, it is important that they have an understanding of the key concepts of this increasingly important function, especially since many decisions they make about employees have possible legal ramifications.

The course draws on material from Harvard Business School Professor D. Quinn Mills’ book, Principles of Human Resource Management.

Performance Management

This course considers the different elements of performance management. In its broadest sense, “performance management” is what every good manager does every day: Makes sure employees know what they need to do to achieve the organization’s goals, checks to make sure the employees are doing those things, praises employees for doing the right things, and uses constructive criticism when that is not the case. A formal performance management system simply makes sure all those management tasks get done consistently across an organization.


 Talent Management and Career Development

Drawing on material from Harvard Business School Professor D. Quinn Mills’ book, Principles of Human Resource Management, this course covers the challenges and issues that organizations face in developing and retaining their employees.


Possible employment options upon completion of the certificate:

  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Recruiter/Staff Trainer
  • Compensation/Benefits Administrator
  • Employment/Pay Equity Consultant
  • Health and Safety Coordinator
  • Labor Relations Coordinator
  • Employee Relations Specialist