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Human Resource Management Certificate


The U.S. Department of Labor projects there will be about 4,000,000 new jobs by 2018. As such, a human resource management certificate will help you assume an important role in the HR department of the future. The battle for talent in most industries will never go away, and this certificate will help you put your company at the top of the talent success story list. You will be recognized for the value you add to your organization. In addition, the final course you take will help prepare you for the professional accreditation exam in the field of human resource management. That accreditation continues to grow in stature among American business leaders.

Class Formats:

Full-time professionals are available to discuss the human resource management certificate curriculum with you in greater detail. Simply call 800.672.7223 Ext. 25168 or contact our Enrollment Services Staff.

Total credits: 15

Required Courses
HRM 5310 Managing Human Resources  
HRM 5360 Human Resource Development  
HRM 5365 Talent Management  
HRM 5375 Managing Total Rewards  
HRM 5380 Employee Relations  

HRM 5310     Managing Human Resources  (3 cr.)

Students will gain a working knowledge of planning, organizing, and managing human resource systems; and will gain hands-on abilities to design, direct, and assess human resource systems in enhancing relationships with internal and external customers, leading to organizational effectiveness.

HRM 5360     Human Resource Development  (3 cr.)

This course addresses the entire range of topics that have traditionally been included in an organization's HRD function such as designing systems of instruction as well as content that reflects the future of HRD such as job aids and electronic performance support systems. The course will focus on various aspects of a corporate training and development function, training program design and development, various methods and media for training delivery, 17 different training applications, and various resources available for HRD efforts. Students will analyze an aspect of their organization's HRD efforts. Prerequisite: HRM 5310 or HRM 5030.

HRM 5365     Talent Management  (3 cr.)

This course focuses on the strategies and tools that human resource professionals use to create organizational excellence by identifying high quality talent; creation of technological strategies to recruit high quality talent; development of systems that will provide highest levels of both personal and professional development and growth within the organization; creation of promotional and cross-functional systems that will talent strength the organization; development of retention strategies that tie rewards to performance of talent; creation of workforce planning systems that will provide succession planning of best talent within the organization; and utilization of technological systems to support these functions within human resources. Prerequisite: HRM 5310 or HRM 5030.

HRM 5375     Managing Total Rewards  (3 cr.)

This course examines the strategies and options available to maintain employee health, as well as compensation administration. Job evaluation, incentive systems, and work sampling will be considered. A strong course focus will be on pay for performance. Innovative approaches that have been used by a variety of organizations will be studied. Prerequisite: HRM 5310 or HRM 5030.

HRM 5380     Employee Relations  (3 cr.)

An in-depth examination of labor relations, covering collective bargaining, contract negotiation, contract administration, mediation, arbitration, and other types of dispute resolution case problems based on actual situations that are utilized to acquaint students with union-management relations. Prerequisite: HRM 5375.

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