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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
- HR Certification Institute—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—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 www.shrmcertification.org.
Cost: $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.
|1. Required Courses|
|Benefits Management: A Comprehensive Study of Employee Benefit Programs||2.0||Fall Live-Online||Winter Live-Online||Spring TBD||Summer Online|
|Compensation Management||2.0||Fall Live-Online||Winter Live-Online||Spring TBD||Summer Online|
|Effective Employee Relations||1.5||Fall Live-Online||Spring TBD||Summer Live-Online|
|Finance for the Business Professional||1.0||Fall Live-Online||Winter Online||Spring TBD||Summer Live-Online|
|Human Resource Management||1.5||Fall Live-Online||Winter Live-Online||Spring TBD||Summer Live-Online|
|Law and Human Resource Management||2.0||Fall Live-Online||Winter Live-Online|
|Managing the HR Staffing Function||1.5||Fall Live-Online||Winter Live-Online||Spring TBD||Summer Live-Online|
|Organizational Development and Change||2.0||Fall Live-Online||Winter Live-Online||Spring TBD||Summer Live-Online|
|2. Elective Courses: Recruiting and Staffing|
|Effective Performance Management||2.0||Winter Live-Online|
|Interviewing for Success: Using Structured Interviewing Techniques||0.5||Fall Live-Online||Spring TBD|
|Talent Acquisition 101||1.5||Winter Live-Online|
|3. Elective Courses: Leadership Development|
|Applied Organizational Behavior and Coaching||3.0||Fall Live-Online||Spring TBD|
|Business Communications||2.0||Winter Live-Online||Summer Live-Online|
|Facilitation Skills||2.0||Fall Live-Online||Summer Live-Online|
|Leading People Through Change||0.5||Winter Live-Online||Summer Online|
|Learning Theories and Styles||1.0||Winter Online||Summer Live-Online|
|People Analytics–Delivering Measurable Business Impact||1.5||Fall Live-Online|
|4. Elective Courses: Employee Relations|
|Cultural Proficiency||2.0||Winter Live-Online||Summer Online|
|Effective Negotiations: Principles, Strategies, and Techniques||1.5||Winter Live-Online||Spring TBD||Summer Live-Online|
|Terminating and Managing Problem Employees||0.5||Spring Live-Online|
|Workplace Investigations||0.5||Summer Live-Online|
|5. Elective Courses: HR Business Partners/Generalist|
|Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) Excellence||1.0||Fall Live-Online||Spring TBD|
|Role of the Project Manager||1.5||Fall Online Fall Live-Online||Winter Online Winter Live-Online||Spring Online Spring TBD||Summer Online Summer Live-Online|
|6. Required Certificate Review|
|Human Resource Management Certificate Completion Fee||None||Fall Online||Winter Online||Spring Online||Summer Online|
|7. Career Exploration / Special Topics|
|Final Project: Preparing Your Job Search||1.5||Fall Online||Spring Online|
|Redesigning Your Career – Accelerated Weekend Career Workshop||1.5 CEU's||Fall Live-Online||Winter Live-Online||Spring TBD||Summer Live-Online|
Certificate Inquiry Form
Please review the course descriptions to ensure that you have taken necessary prerequisites or meet the requirements through job experience or previous education.
Recommended Course Sequence
Please follow this sequence
Begin with Human Resource Management. After that, courses may be taken in any order.
To receive your certificate
Upon completion of the course sequence you may request your Human Resource Management Certificate Completion Review.
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.
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
JENNY DEARBORN, M.Ed., M.B.A.
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
MARCO ROSA, M.A.
HR Executive Consultant, Search, Executive Coach
Heritage Partners International
Instructor, Human Resource Management Program
UCSC Silicon Valley Extension
JULIUS SCHILLINGER, M.S., Ph.D./ABD
Vice President, Human Resources
Gateway Learning Group
DAVID SWANSON, M.A., SHRM-SCP
Human Resource Management Consultant, Author
Chair and Instructor, Human Resource Management Program
UCSC Silicon Valley Extension
INKA TEWS, M.B.A.
Vice President, Human Resources
Infineon Technologies North America Corp.
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