Become a Confident HR Leader
Next start date
October 2, 2017
Human resources professionals make a difference — their role is a mission-critical aspect of any organization. Whether it’s recruiting the best talent, coordinating staff training, developing and enforcing employment policies or shaping compensation and benefits, HR specialists perform vital functions that directly impact a company’s health and success.
In this certificate program, you’ll expand your human resources skill set and go from process-focused practitioner to business-enhancing partner. We’ll cover how to effectively identify and manage workplace challenges and sensitive issues. You’ll develop your strategic thinking and planning abilities and sharpen your presentation skills. Discover how to increase your value and visibility in your current organization and network with industry leaders to advance your career.
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Human resources professionals and others with managerial experience who are interested in the HR field.
All applicants need to have completed of at least two years of college-level coursework and meet one of the following requirements:
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
To enroll, international students must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed internet connection.
You earn the certificate by regularly attending class and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
This program covers material required for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification exam.
Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.
The HR Business Partner
Training & Staff Development
Workforce Planning & Analytics
Total Reward Systems
Certificate in Human Resources Management
Approved by the UW Foster School of Business.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Mariah Bettise, SPHR, President, Bettise H.R. Consulting, Inc.
Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, University of Washington Continuum College
Jennifer Buck, SPHR, Director of Human Resources, UW Continuum College
Kelly Cameron, SPHR, Director of Human Resources, LDC, Inc.
Rick Coffey, SPHR, CEBS, CPC, CPCM, PI,
Suzanne LaBossiere Ebling, SPHR, Vice President of Human Resources, Seattle Goodwill
Tracey Fugami , HR Strategic Partner, Swedish Medical Center / Providence Health Services
Vandra L. Huber, PhD, Professor of Human Resources and Management, UW Foster School of Business, Department of Management and Organizations
Ted Hawksford, Head of Human Resources, Americas, Booking.com
Douglas Kimura, Vice President of Human Resources, Girl Scouts of Western Washington
Sean Madian, Sr. Director, HR & Facilities, Impinj, Inc.
Carrol Ogden, Staffing Director, North America Sales, Microsoft Corporation
Roxanne Ray, Assistant Director, Academic Programs, UW Professional & Continuing Education
Ashley Stack, SPHR, SHRM-CP, CPC, VP of People Strategy, Vera Whole Health
Pam Taylor, Vice President of Human Resources, Homestreet Bank
Kimberly D. Washburn, MM/HRM, SPHR, CHHR, SHRM-SCP, Human Resources Director, Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District
Matthew Willden, Customer Experience Leader, HR Services, Amazon.com
Larry T. Yok, PhD, Faculty, HR Management, San Francisco State University, College of Extended Learning
Download the application form (PDF)
Apply online, or submit an application packet that includes:
The program begins in October 2017. We’re currently accepting applications and will be reviewing them in the order they’re received. We’ll accept applications until the program closes.
We’ll contact you within two weeks of receiving your application materials to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.
If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on paying your course fee. Your course fee is due four weeks before the first class.
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.
Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.
Not available for this program
Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.
Senior Director, People Analytics, Expedia
Organizational Development Consultant, Puget Sound Energy
Director, Compensation-PSMS, Providence Health & Services
Vice President, Human Resources, Genoa Healthcare
Attorney, Law Offices of Richard H. Kaiser
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