Human Resource Management Certificate


Certificate (Eligible for federal aid as a stand-alone certificate or if combined with AS degree).


As employees are a company’s most valuable resource, employers seek to hire those with a deep understanding of people, policies, legal requirements, and career development. The objective of the human resource management certificate is to prepare students for entry-level jobs in human resources. Upon completion of the certificate, students will be prepared to certify as an associate professional in human resources (aPHR).

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the certificate, students will be eligible for entry-level human resources positions such as human resources specialist or human resource generalist. It is strongly recommended that students apply and take the aPHR certification exam upon completion of the certificate to further enhance their employment opportunities.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the certificate, successful graduates will be able to:

  • Create policies to ensure compliance with relevant employment laws
  • Develop strategic workforce planning, recruiting, and retention initiatives
  • Design and evaluate compensation and benefit structures
  • Plan effective training, development, and performance management programs
  • Prepare to take the aPHR certification exam offered by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).

Course Requirements

Students are responsible to examine the course description of each course listed below for details of prerequisites, which must be satisfied before registering for the course.

Course NumberTitleCredits
BUS 205Human Resource Management

3 credits

HR 140Employment Law

3 credits

HR 160Recruitment and Selection

3 credits

HR 225Training and Development

3 credits

HR 250Compensation and Benefits

3 credits

HR 301aPHR Certification Preparation Course

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:16

Graduation Requirements

• Minimum of 16 total semester credit hours as outlined
• Grade of C- or higher in all program-specific courses
• Certificate grade point average of 2.0 or higher

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Depending upon the number of preparatory courses required, additional semesters may be required to complete the program.

First Semester

BUS 205, Human Resource Management, 3 credits
HR 140, Employment Law, 3 credits
HR 160, Recruitment and Selection, 3 credits

Total Semester Minimum Hours 9

Second Semester

HR 225, Training and Development, 3 credits
HR 250, Compensation and Benefits, 3 credits

Total Semester Minimum Hours 6

Third Semester

HR 301, aPHR Certification Preparation Course, 1 credit

Total Semester Minimum Hours 1

Total Human Resource Management Certificate Minimum Credit Hours 16