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Human Resource Essentials   

An introduction to the challenging and ever-changing field of human resources, this overview class will use real-life case studies as a basis for discussing HR’s role and its potential impact on an organization. The class will cover acronyms and jargon used in the profession; the competencies required to be successful as an HR practitioner; an explanation of available HR certifications; and an overview of the HR Certificate program. This course is a recommended prerequisite to attending other HR certification courses.

At the completion of this course, students should know and be able to:

  • Identify HR acronyms and jargon
  • Define human capital and explain its importance to the organization
  • Define and explain the role of HR in the following areas and the challenges in each, including:
    • Strategic Management
    • Workforce Planning and Employment
    • Human Resource Development
    • Total Rewards
    • Employee and Labor Relations
    • Risk Management
  • Explain the key competencies needed by HR professionals and why certification is important.
  • Discuss current challenges facing HR
  • List common ethical issues faced by HR professionals
  • Identify industry certifications

Individuals seeking to enter the field of human resources; non-HR professionals in supervisory roles who have the responsibility for interviewing, training, evaluating, or disciplining employees; and new or experienced managers interested in learning more about efficient employee management skills.


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