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Essentials of Human Resources Management Certificate

Human Resource (HR) employees often face a wide range of issues each day, ranging from legal matters to selecting qualified employees. Successfully navigating complex HR laws and current regulations regarding compensation, employment law, recruitment, benefits, risk management and more requires significant expertise.

Our core class utilizes SHRM Essentials of Human Resource Management materials -- developed by leading HR experts and legal counsel -- to cover a multitude of HR topics in a condensed, straightforward format. Best practices for performance management and employee development will also be discussed. Emory Continuing Education is an HRCI (Human Resources Certification Institute) Approved Provider.*

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Program Objectives

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Identify best practices in recruitment & selection, performance management, and employee development
  • Obtain latest knowledge of HR laws and acquire diverse strategies for risk management in the workplace
  • Discover different compensation and benefits packages
  • Apply software tools and tips for most efficient execution of HR practices
  • Create plans for resolution of your organization’s challenges



Students interested in this program should have already earned a bachelor's degree or possess equivalent professional work experience.


To receive the certificate, students must:
  • Complete the core course including the assignment, presentation, and SHRM Essentials exam 
  • Complete at least 24 hours of elective courses
  • Attend at least 80% of the class sessions in each course
  • Pass any assignments or end-of-class quizzes that are administered
  • Satisfy all program requirements within 18 months

All courses are also offered open enrollment, meaning anyone can register for them regardless of affiliation with Emory or desire to complete the certificate program.

Required Core Course

Students must complete the following core course:

Essentials of Human Resources Management$179527 hours

Elective Courses

Students must complete 24 hours of electives from the following list before, during, or after the required course. A diamond (♦) indicates a self-paced online course.

aPHR™ Exam Prep$39525 hours
Building Teams - Building Culture$1953 hours
Coaching Effectively$1953 hours
Cybersecurity for Human Resources Professionals$953 hours
Delegating Effectively$1953 hours
Emotional Intelligence$4256 hours
Employee Rights$953 hours
Employee Selection$953 hours
Essentials of Conflict Management$1953 hours
HR Current Topics Series$45 each1.5 hours each
HR Ethics Series$45 each1.5 hours each
HR in Times of Crisis$953 hours
Improving Your Listening Skills$1953 hours
Leading Inclusively and Equitably Across Differences$1953 hours
Leading Through Change$1953 hours
Managing Difficult Conversations and Situations$3756 hours
Managing Diverse Behavioral Styles$1953 hours
Managing Employee Performance$1953 hours
Managing Multi-Generations$1953 hours
PHR/SPHR Certification Review$1,59536 hours
Strategic Communications in the Workplace$3956 hours
Talent Management and Career Development$953 hours
Win-Win Negotiations$3756 hours


In your cart, if a course has a deposit option, you will see an area labeled "Deposit Payment Option". Simply check "Pay Deposit" and then choose "Checkout". 


For Essentials of Human Resources Management, you will be required to put down a $900 deposit. The remaining balance of $895 is due no more than 15 days after the course start date. 

For PHR/SPHR Certification Review, you will be required to put down an $800 deposit. The remaining balance of $795 is due no more than 15 days after the course start date. 

If you are registering with a discount and a deposit, the discount will be reflected on your second payment. You must still put down the deposit amount noted above to reserve your spot.

If full payment for a course is not received, you will be dropped from that course, removed from the roster.


The easiest way to pay for courses with Emory Continuing Education is using any major credit card including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.


Who Will Benefit

The following types of students will benefit from this program:

  • Professionals seeking career advancement
  • Workers in supporting HR roles who want deeper knowledge
  • Managers who want to learn more about HR practices
  • Individuals looking to enter the HR field