About this Program
From startups to corporate giants, the challenge of attracting, hiring and retaining great employees remains a constant. Skilled human resources professionals play an important role in tackling this challenge and are in high demand today. Entry-level roles such as HR specialist, HR assistant, recruiting coordinator and payroll analyst have become pathways to a thriving career in just about any industry.
In this certificate program, you’ll learn the foundational competencies required to succeed as an HR professional. We’ll explore the functional areas connected with this role: operations, recruiting, compensation and benefits, training, employee retention and morale, performance management, payroll, and compliance with all applicable employment policies and regulations. Acquire the range of knowledge and skills needed to break into this dynamic field.
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Those looking to enter the human resources field, including early-career professionals and individuals who want to transition from other job roles into this field.
Experienced HR professionals or those with significant supervisory or managerial experience should consider taking the more advanced
Certificate in Human Resources Management.
Hear from instructor Ranodda DeChambeau about the Certificate in Human Resources at the University of Washington and how it can prepare you to enter the growing field of human resources.
Play WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
The scope of an HR professional’s responsibilities and how to succeed as part of an HR team
Human resources information systems (HRIS) and simple data analysis tools for HR reporting and decision making
How to ensure compliance with organizational policies and regulations regarding sensitive issues
Ways to foster workplace ethics and advance diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging goals
How HR functional areas work and how to apply your HR skills to common problems in each area
GET HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE
Practice what you learn in group-based simulations of various HR cases and scenarios
Analyze data using spreadsheets and practice data-based reporting
Create a project plan that includes communication strategies and measures of success
APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP
You may be eligible to apply for a UW Certificate Scholarship or Rotary Scholarship to cover most of the costs of this program. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the potential of the program to positively impact your career. For more information, see the
Alumni working in field
Amazon, Adobe, Aegis Living, Boeing, Bright Horizons, Microsoft
Projected job growth for HR specialists in Washington state (2018-2028)
Average salary for HR specialists in Washington state
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Connect with an enrollment coach to learn more about this offering. Or if you need help finding the right certificate, specialization or course for you, reach out to explore your options.