Become a Confident HR Leader
Next start date:
October 1, 2018
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 five-course 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. Prepare for industry certification, 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 adhering to the program's attendance policy and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Earning the Certificate.
Nicole Bowers, a graduate of the Certificate in Human Resources Management, explains how the program helped her reboot her career after a layoff and find a job she loves.
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
Workforce Planning & Analytics
Training & Staff Development
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.
Jennifer Buck, SPHR, Director, Human Resources, UW Continuum College
Kelly Cameron, SPHR, Director, Human Resources, LDC, Inc.
Rick Coffey, SPHR, CEBS, CPC, CPCM, PI,
Madonna Cole, Director, Strategic Talent Management, Amazon.com
Patty Cumming, Human Resources Director, KING 5 Television
Suzanne LaBossiere Ebling, SPHR, Vice President, 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, Human Resources, Girl Scouts of Western Washington
Karen Kort, Director of Human Resources, Microsoft
Sean Madian, Senior Director, HR and Facilities, Impinj, Inc.
Carrol Ogden, Staffing Director, North America Sales, Microsoft
Jenna Powers, Human Resources Director, Amazon.com
Greg Sisson, Manager, Learning Strategies, Puget Sound Energy
Ashley Smith, SPHR, SHRM-CP, CPC, VP of People Strategy, Vera Whole Health
Pam Taylor, Vice President of Human Resources, Homestreet Bank
Darlene Thomas, Director, Human Resources, Commercial Airplanes Group Offices, Boeing
Larry T. Yok, Ph.D, Faculty, Human Resources Management, San Francisco State University, College of Extended Learning
"Because of all the growth that's happening here in our backyard, companies are hiring like crazy. That creates a lot of opportunity for people in the human resources field."
Attend classes part time at one of our convenient locations in the Puget Sound region. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Learn More »
Download the application form (PDF)
Complete your application and submit the materials listed in step 1, along with your $50 nonrefundable application fee.
We’re currently accepting applications and will be reviewing them in the order they’re received. We’ll accept applications until two weeks before the first class meeting or until the program fills, whichever comes first.
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 how to register and pay your course fees. Payment is due no later than two days before your 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.
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Vice President, Human Resources, Genoa Healthcare
Attorney, Law Offices of Richard H. Kaiser
Rebooting your career after a layoff can be tough. But Nicole Bowers turned this stressful situation into an opportunity to discover her true calling — with a helpful boost from the Certificate in Human Resources Management.
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