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Human Resource Management
Certificate Program

Human Resource Management

Inspired talent management

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Certificate Description

Source, develop, and lead a diverse workforce

Impact your organization's overall success

There is no more exciting time to consider a career in human resource management or to enhance your skills in the profession than right now. In today’s ultra-competitive economy, you need to know how to recruit and retain top employees, particularly those from underrepresented groups. You need to communicate powerfully, maximize the impact of total rewards programs, and understand how technology and people analytics are changing the field.

The UCSC Silicon Valley Extension provides skills to effectively source, onboard, engage, develop, and support employees in any field. Learn systems and processes that are aligned with business objectives, develop effective leaders, and create work environments that enhance productivity.

Select 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

HRCI Approved Provider 2021 - HRCI.ORG

We are an Approved Educator

• HR Certification Institute

The official seal of the HR Certification Institute® confirms that UCSC Silicon Valley Extension meets the criteria for pre-approved recertification credit(s) for any of HRCI’s eight credentials, including SPHR® and PHR®.

• Society for Human Resource Management

UCSC Silicon Valley Extension is recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to offer professional development credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.



Career opportunities in Human Resources

Hear David Swanson, M.A., SHRM-SCP, chair of the UCSC Silicon Valley Human Resources Management certificate program; Stephanie Evans-Wemusa, diversity, equity and inclusion director, and HR instructor talk with recent alumni about becoming a human resources leader. (Dec. 17, 2020)

Estimated Cost (You pay only for courses you enroll in): $7,500 | International Tuition Cost
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 Course(s):
Benefits Management: A Comprehensive Study of Employee Benefit Programs 2.0 Fall Flexible Winter Flexible Spring Flexible Summer Flexible
Compensation Management 2.0 Fall Flexible Winter Flexible Spring Flexible
Effective Employee Relations 1.5 Spring Flexible
Finance for the Business Professional 1.0 Fall Flexible Spring Flexible Summer Flexible
Human Resource Management 1.5
Law and Human Resource Management 2.0
Managing the HR Staffing Function 1.5 Fall Flexible Spring Flexible
Organizational Development and Change 2.0
2. Electives: Recruiting and Staffing
Effective Performance Management 2.0
Interviewing for Success: Using Structured Interviewing Techniques 0.5
Talent Acquisition 101 1.5
3. Electives: Leadership Development
Applied Organizational Behavior and Coaching 3.0
Business Communications 2.0 Winter Flexible
Facilitation Skills 2.0
Leading People Through Change 1.0
Learning Theories and Styles 1.0
People Analytics - Delivering Measurable Business Impact 1.5 Fall Flexible Spring Flexible
Strategic DEI Initiatives for HR Professionals 1.5
4. Electives: Employee Relations
Conflict Resolution and Mediation 3.0
Cultural Proficiency 2.0
Effective Negotiations: Principles, Strategies, and Techniques 1.5
Terminating and Managing Problem Employees 0.5
Workplace Investigations 0.5
5. Electives: HR Business Partners/General
Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) Excellence 1.0
Role of the Project Manager 1.5 Spring Flexible
6. Completion Review:
Human Resource Management Certificate Completion Fee None
7. Related course(s): These courses are not part of the certificate program
Final Project: Preparing Your Job Search 1.5 Winter TBD
Redesigning Your Career - Accelerated Weekend Career Workshop 1.5 CEUs Fall Flexible Winter Flexible Summer Flexible

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Professional Development

HR Certification Institute-Approved

HR Certification Institute’s® (www.HRCI.org) official seal confirms that UCSC Silicon Valley Extension meets the criteria for pre-approved recertification credit(s) for any of HRCI’s eight credentials, including SPHR® and PHR®.

SHRM Recertification General Provider

As a SHRM Recertification General Provider, UCSC Silicon Valley Extension is able to award SHRM professional development credits (PDCs) for HR knowledge and competency programs related to the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (TM) (the SHRM BoCK). Each course is valid for a designated number of PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.

Licensure and Certification Policy

Certification is optional to practice in this field. Please see our Licensure and Certification Policy to learn more.

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.

Advisory Board

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.

Establish Candidacy

Establish candidacy in a certificate or specialization

Once you create your student account, you can establish candidacy in a certificate or specialization program any time during your studies.

The benefits of enrolling early
  • Lock in your certificate requirements.This means that even if program requirements change, the requirements to complete your certificate will remain the same for you
  • Receive program updates
  • Set your intention
  • It’s free

To complete a program, you must enroll in the certificate program before enrolling in the Certificate Completion Review.

You have five years to complete all necessary courses in a certificate program or three years to finish up a specialization program.

All the necessary units in a certificate must be completed within this window.* The clock begins on the first day of your first course in the certificate program. For example, if you started a course on Sept. 5, 2017, you would have to complete all of the required units in this certificate by Sept. 4, 2022.


Enrolling in a certificate program does not trigger the beginning of the five-year window. It begins the first day of the first course that applies to a certificate program. The Certificate Completion Review process does not have to occur within the five-year timeframe.

For more information: How do I get my certificate or specialization?

* Students participating in a special program, such as workforce, international, Personal Financial Planning, or curriculum partner programs (Udacity, Microfacturing Institutes) may have a shorter completion requirement.

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Grade Requirements

Please note that only letter grades of C- or higher may be applied to a certificate, and in some programs, students may have more stringent requirements. Students in most employer- and government-sponsored payment programs, such as workforce development, as well as international students on F-1 visas, need to maintain a B average to meet their requirements. Personal Financial Planning students have additional grade requirements for individual courses to attain a certificate.

See Grading and Credits Policy for further information.

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