Human Resource Management
Certificate Program

Human Resource Management

Inspired talent management

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Certificate Description

Recruit, train, and lead a diverse workforce

Our Human Resource Management program helps you identify, motivate, develop and support employees in any field. In today’s ultra competitive economy, you need to know how to recruit and retain top employees, communicate effectively, decode compensation and benefits, and understand how technology is changing the landscape. Learn systems and processes that support business objectives, develop effective leaders, and create supportive work environments. Pick and choose electives from four specialties:

  • Talent Acquisition and Workforce Planning
  • Leadership Development
  • Employee Relations
  • HR Business Partners/Generalist

Human Resource Management certificate program objectives

  • Design, assess and evaluate employee benefits programs
  • Recruit talent and plan a strategic workforce
  • Train, facilitate and design instruction for employees
  • Evaluate performance management approaches and techniques
  • Navigate organizational development, design and change management to assure high employee engagement and productivity

Required Credits: Total Required: 11 courses/ 15–19.5 units. Take 8 required courses (13.5 units) and 3 elective credit courses (1.5–6 units). End with the certificate review.
Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 6–12 months.


Course Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
1. Required Courses
Benefits Management: A Comprehensive Study of Employee Benefit Programs 2.0
Compensation Management 2.0
Effective Employee Relations 1.5
Finance for the Business Professional 1.0
Human Resource Management 1.5
Law and Human Resource Management 2.0
Managing the Staffing Function 1.5
Organizational Development and Change 2.0
2. Elective Courses: Recruiting and Staffing
Effective Performance Management 2.0
Interviewing for Success: Using Structured Interviewing Techniques 0.5
Talent Acquisition 101 1.5
3. Elective Courses: Leadership Development
Business Communications 2.0
Facilitation Skills 2.0
Leading People Through Change 0.5
Learning Theories and Styles 1.0
People Analytics–Delivering Measurable Business Impact 1.5
4. Elective Courses: Employee Relations
Cultural Proficiency 2.0
Effective Negotiations: Principles, Strategies, and Techniques 1.5
Terminating and Managing Problem Employees 0.5
Workplace Investigations 0.5
5. Elective Courses: HR Business Partners/Generalist
HR Technology - What You Need To Know To Be A Technology Proponent 1.5
Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) Excellence 1.0
Role of the Project Manager 1.5
6. Required Certificate Review
Human Resource Management Certificate Completion Fee None

Requisite Knowledge

Please review the course descriptions to ensure that you have taken necessary prerequisites or meet the requirements through job experience or previous education.

Professional Development

Earn MCLE credit

Many of our CPA Prep courses qualify for minimum continuing legal education credit.

HR Certification Institute-Approved

Most of our HR courses are reviewed approved by HRCI for recertification credit for PHR®, SPHR® and GPHR® credential holders.

Program Chair

HR Chair David Swanson

Certificate Program Chair 

DAVID SWANSON, M.A., SHRM-SCP, is a human resource management consultant, author and keynote speaker with more than 30 years’ experience. Most recently he was executive vice president of HR for SAP SuccessFactors, following previous posts as chief HRO for SAP North America and global head of HR for its products and innovation organization. He has held executive HR positions at a number of other technology companies as well. Swanson, president of the Bay Area Human Resources Executive Council (BAHREC), speaks widely on the future of HR, focusing on how the industry can impact business through analytics and big data. He is active with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA), has served on the innovation advisory board of the HULT International Business School. He just published The Data Driven Leader: A Powerful Approach to Delivering Measurable Business Impact Through People Analytics.

Certificate Program Advisory Committee

Board Member, Advisor, Investor, HCM Sales, Global HR, Change Management, Strategy, Future of Work, Training

KAT HSUEH, B.S., HRM Certificate
Director, Talent and Technology
ROI Communication

HR Executive Consultant, Search, Executive Coach
Heritage Partners International
Instructor, Human Resource Management Program
UCSC Silicon Valley Extension

Vice President, Human Resources
Gateway Learning Group

Human Resource Management Consultant, Author
Chair and Instructor, Human Resource Management Program
UCSC Silicon Valley Extension

Vice President, Human Resources
Infineon Technologies North America Corp.

Enroll in Program

You are invited to declare candidacy in your certificate program as soon as possible so you can lock in the curriculum requirements and not be impacted by any subsequent program changes. Once you’ve declared candidacy, you have five years to complete the program.

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