Human resources professionals are responsible for human capital of an organization, and help fit the skills and talents of employees to the mission of the enterprise.
Throughout this certificate, participants develop a rich understanding of the roles, responsibilities and technical requirements of serving as a leader in human resources management.
While this is not a test prep program, it does cover all the discipline areas required for Professional in Human Resources Management (PHR®) or Senior Professional in Human Resources Management (SPHR®) certification examinations.
Required courses include (18 credits):
Human Resources Management (4 credits) [HRCS 310] Theory and practice of human resources management in organizations, including labor relations. Current issues in human resources will be addressed.
Legal Aspects of Human Resources Management (3 credits) [HRCS 311] Reviews state and federal regulations governing human resources management including labor law, discrimination, sexual harassment, occupational safety and health (OSHA), unions and labor relations, and current legal trends in human resources.
Employee Recruitment and Selection (3 credits) [HRCS 312] Exploration of recruitment and staffing processes including analyzing position requirements, preparing job descriptions, recruiting candidates, selecting finalists and orienting new employees. Additional attention is given to hiring standards, legal requirements and best practices
Compensation and Benefits Administration (3 credits) [HRCS 313] Exploration of the design, development and administration of common employee compensation and benefit programs. Topics include pay strategies, administration of healthcare benefit plans, review of retirement plans, using work-life benefits in-lieu of pay, and bonus and rewards systems.
Performance Management (3 credits) [HRCS 314] Reviews best practices in measuring, analyzing and monitoring job performance. Topics include managing performance standards, job performance metrics, proactive and reactive performance management, and conducting reviews. Elective courses include (2 online units required):
Ethics in Human Resources Management (1 credit) [HRCS 316] Review ethical issues and ethical dilemmas human resources professionals face in the workplace. Explore organizational culture, legal constraints, and rights and responsibilities of employees and employers
Risk Management and Workers Compensation Administration (1 credit) [HRCS 317] Explore the identification and management of risk from a human resources perspective, including workers compensation liabilities, workplace health and safety concerns, inadequate or inappropriate insurance coverage and hostile work environments.
Training and Development (1 credit) [HRCS 318] Examine current trends and issues in workplace training and development with special attention to the design, development and application of training programs to improve productivity, safety and quality.