Human Resources Management

Professional Certificate in Human Resources Management

Professional Certificate in Human Resources Management

Classroom or Online Program


9-12 months


UCR Extension

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Gain a thorough understanding of the most current human resources theories and then put them into practice. Learn how to establish policies, programs, and procedures that resolve legal or staffing issues, advise managers, create training programs and provide a wide variety of other support for your organization and its most valuable resource. Use special projects, case studies, and role-playing opportunities to dig deep into areas of particular interest to your professional or company environment.

Created in partnership with SHRM.


Designed For

Ideally suited for those who may already have human resources-related responsibilities including, but not limited to:

  • Human resources managers
  • Lead supervisors
  • Operations managers
  • Staffing agencies
  • Consultants and others who commonly work with staff in union or non-union environments.

What You'll Learn

Examine common issues facing today's employers and the core principles of human resources management, including:

  • Hiring
  • Recruitment
  • Compensation
  • Supervision and retention of staff
  • Employee benefit administration
  • Insurance and risk management
  • Human resources law
  • Labor relations
  • Workers' compensation

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Positions are available in a variety of industries all over the world, and can be found in private companies, government or nonprofit organizations. They might include:

  • Human Resources Manager
  • Labor Relations Coordinator
  • Payroll Manager
  • Staffing Manager

If you are a professional preparing for a management-level position, you will benefit from this program as well.

Program Overview


12 Units


3 Units

Real People. Real Results.

“After I was displaced from my previous employer, I knew obtaining my certificate would help me in my job search and keep me engaged in my field of work.”

Jennifer Padilla

San Gabriel Children's Center
Glendora, CA

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • High school education or equivalent

Master's Degree

Upon successful completion of your certificate program, you may be able to apply credit from your Human Resources Management coursework toward a specialized M.B.A. at La Sierra University.

Industry Connection

Endorsed by:

  • Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA), which maintains districts in Riverside, Temecula and Coachella Valley
  • Inland Empire Chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Human Resources Management

MGT X452.1

3 units

Labor and Employee Relations

MGT X452.3

3 units

Quarter 2

Employee Recruitment, Selection and Retention

MGT X452.2

3 units

Compensation Administration

MGT X452.4

3 units

Quarter 3


Instructor Spotlight

“Successful careers in the private and public sectors, and now in the academic world, allow me to contribute where my strong mentoring skills and passion for student achievement and employee empowerment are valued. The classes I teach afford me the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, and help students identify their unique skills and learn how to make a difference.”

Lee A. Fenstermaker III

Fenstermaker & Associates Training and Consulting
Hemet, CA

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