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

Approved Educator

  • HR Certification Institute—HR Certification Institute’s® ( 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—UCSC Silicon Valley Extension is recognized by SHRM to offer professional development credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

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 Spring TBD
Compensation Management 2.0 Spring TBD
Effective Employee Relations 1.5 Spring TBD
Finance for the Business Professional 1.0 Spring TBD
Human Resource Management 1.5 Spring TBD
Law and Human Resource Management 2.0
Managing the HR Staffing Function 1.5 Spring TBD
Organizational Development and Change 2.0 Spring TBD
2. Elective Courses: Recruiting and Staffing
Effective Performance Management 2.0
Interviewing for Success: Using Structured Interviewing Techniques 0.5 Spring TBD
Talent Acquisition 101 1.5
3. Elective Courses: Leadership Development
Applied Organizational Behavior and Coaching 3.0 Spring TBD
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 Spring TBD
Terminating and Managing Problem Employees 0.5
Workplace Investigations 0.5
5. Elective Courses: HR Business Partners/Generalist
Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) Excellence 1.0 Spring TBD
Role of the Project Manager 1.5 Spring TBD
6. Required Certificate Review
Human Resource Management Certificate Completion Fee None
7. Career Exploration / Special Topics
Final Project: Preparing Your Job Search 1.5
Redesigning Your Career – Accelerated Weekend Career Workshop 1.5 CEU's Spring TBD

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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

HR Certification Institute-Approved

HR Certification Institute’s® ( 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

Licensure and Certification Policy

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

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.

Declaring Candidacy

You can enroll in a certificate program any time during your studies.

Once you create your student account, you can enroll in a certificate program. Although you can enroll in a program at any time, the benefit of enrolling early is that it locks in your certificate requirements. This means that even if program requirements change, the requirements to complete your certificate will remain the same for you.

  • You must enroll in the certificate program before enrolling in the Certificate Completion Review.

You have a total of five years to complete all necessary courses in a certificate program.

All the necessary units in a certificate must be completed within a five-year 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.

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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