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Human Resources Certificate   

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The Human Resources Certificate is an online certificate program that provides a sound conceptual foundation, practical approaches and methods for new and experienced human resources professionals.  Get the training you need to enter and advance your career in human resources and office administration. The program’s course curricula are based on the bodies of knowledge of the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and are enhanced by the knowledge and professional experiences of our faculty of human resource practitioners.  Although not a test preparation program, students who achieve the Online Human Resource Certificate should be well prepared to take the HRCI aPHR and PHR examinations.  

***Students interested in an AAS in Human Resources, please contact Cathy Cartwright at to find out more information.


Program Requirements

BUSN 209: Human Resource Recruitment
BUSN 204: Introduction to HR Management
Fall & Spring
BUSN 221: Compensation Plans & Employee Benefits
BUSN 223: Employee & Labor Relations
BUSN 208: Employment Laws
BUSN 226: HR Technology & Data Analytics
BUSN 213: Workforce Development
BUSN 224: Capstone
Completed during last quarter

For course outlines and learning objectives, please visit Highline's academic catalog. 


Related Instruction: Required***

BUSN 135: Business Math
Offered most quarters
CMST& 101: Intro to Communications
Offered most quarters
BUSN 207: Cultural Awareness
Offered most quarters
***Contact Cathy Cartwright ( for advising if you already have completed the above or similar related instruction courses.


Estimated Cost:

For estimated tuition costs, visit the College Cost webpage, scroll to the bottom, and click on "Tuition Costs" and "Fees".  

Tuition is based on residency classification information students provide during the admissions process.


Funding Eligibility (optional):

Funding Available for Qualified Students:  We strongly recommend that you check if you qualify for funding through our Workforce Education Service Department (WES).  See below for more information.  If you do qualify and are awarded funding through the WES department, you do not need to pay it back.

The WES department at Highline College can provide tuition assistance and support services for some CE short-term certificates and professional/technical AAS programs if a student meets funding and program eligibility criteria. Please visit Start Next Quarter to see if you pre-qualify for an invitation to attend Highline’s free education planning workshop through the WES department. If invited, it will be determined at the workshop whether you are eligible for funding. For general information, please visit WES online or call 206-592-3802.

Many companies offer generous reimbursement and some even pay up front for your tuition. Please contact your HR department for more information about your company’s unique reimbursement plan.


When can I start?

Students can begin the program any quarter.  However, students must complete the BUSN 224: Capstone course during their final quarter.


How do I register? 

Step 1 

  • Please begin by Applying for Admission to the College. When choosing your Academic Program, for HR Certificate only, select "Human Resources--CC C45".

Step 2  

  • Once you have completed the Application for Admission and received your ctcLink ID number, please activate your myHighline account.  

Step 3


What other pathways are available once I have completed my certificate? 

Following the completion of this certificate, you may apply all of the credits towards a modified AAS in Business (Emphasis in Human Resources). Email the department coordinator for details.


Why Get a Certificate in Human Resources from Highline College?

Graduates of the Highline College HR Certificate Program are prepared to perform HR generalist duties as well as having the foundational knowledge to pursue other HR specialties.  These are some of the jobs that program graduates may pursue:

Human Resources Assistant: Entry level position that provides administrative support for human resources operations, distributes and receives employment applications, performs data entry for human resources information systems, maintains personnel files, and assists in benefits administration.

Human Resources Generalist: Professional level position that performs activities in talent acquisition, employee relations, workforce training and development, performance management, benefits administration, onboarding, human resources related policy development and administration, and employment related compliance. Examples of activities include developing and implementing recruiting plans to fill staffing vacancies, counseling employees, conducting exit interviews, communicating benefits plans, and maintaining logs and filing reports to comply with affirmative action regulations.

Human Resources Specialist: Professional level position that administered specific human resources functions, such as benefits, talent management, compensation, and workforce development. Examples include administering the benefits open enrollment process, analyzing recruitment process effectiveness, assessing and implementing workforce training, and analyzing and modifying compensation schedules.

Human Resources Administrator/Coordinator: Often the job titles for a one-person human resources department. Performs the professional level functions of a Human Resources Generalist and in addition, advises management on the development and administration of human resources policies, organizational structure, workforce development, and the human resources related effects of the organization’s business plan.

Human Resources Manager: Program graduates who also have significant operational supervisory or management experience may be qualified for management-level human resources responsibilities. Human Resources managers plan, direct, and allocate resources for human resources programs, analyze the effectiveness of those programs, and provide advice to organizational leaders and supervisors. They may manage specific human resources programs in large organizations or they may manage the entire human resources function and supervise human resources staff in small organizations.


For more information, please call Continuing Education at (206) 592-3785 or email


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