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Human Resource Management

Organizational success is increasingly a function of effective human resource management. Structure and technology can be duplicated, but recruiting and retaining talented employees can create potent competitive advantage. The certificate in human resource management examines the impact of employee recruitment and training on organizational strategy, and provides concrete skills you can use to manage, motivate, and negotiate with individuals and labor groups.

In the certificate program, you will study the evolving role of human resources in driving the value of an organization, and learn the dynamics of the grievance process and alternative dispute resolution methods. Upon completion of the certificate, you will be able to lead strategies for compensation and benefits and be able to create and manage a basic compensation plan that you can apply immediately to your business.

Through a course schedule that can be completed 100% online or with a combination of online and face-to-face classes, the program’s flexibility and affordability will allow you to complete your certificate in as little as 12 months, giving you a valuable credential to add to your resume as you advance your career. All certificate courses can also be applied toward a degree, such as a master of human resource management or MBA.

Your human resources classes will be taught by experts in the field, both full-time and adjunct faculty, including a vice president for human resources at a large insurance firm and a City of Chicago deputy commissioner in the Bureau of Human Resources. Through small class sizes, respected professional faculty, and real-life applications for your coursework, our certificate programs are one of the options that the School of Business and Nonprofit Management offers to students committed to becoming successful, ethical business leaders.


These five classes are required for the certificate in human resource management. Click on a course title to read its description.
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This course examines current theory and practice as it applies to the management of human resources within organizations. Specific focus is given on the effects of organizational mission and culture on human resource management. The processes of recruitment and selection, training and development, performance evaluation, compensation and motivation, and legal influences are examined. The course takes the viewpoint of human resource management as a key responsibility of every manager within the organization.

This course provides an understanding of the essential elements of human resource planning processes in organizations and the implementation of those processes within the organization's overall staffing function.

This course presents valuable tools and methods that assist with recruitment and retention of the most qualified people that are also a good fit with the organization. Exercises provide experience in selecting the right employees and in coaching and counseling for current and future performance improvement that emphasizes the capacity to provide feedback in a way that it will actually be heard. Finally the ethics of termination will be discussed together with looking when and under what circumstances termination should occur. Additionally, this course will assist with the construction of individualized career plans for each student.

This course assists students in becoming knowledgeable about the legal principles that affect employment law in the United States. The course examines various employment laws with which organizations must comply and the legal rights and responsibilities of employees and employers.

This course involves students in the application of compensation principles to organizational objectives. It includes the strategic use of compensation systems for attracting, motivating and retaining highly qualified employees. Both direct and indirect compensation are discussed in the context of organizations. The course offers an opportunity to develop competence in making informed and strategic compensation decisions.

Gainful Employment Information

North Park University is required to provide detailed information about the gainful employment of our students who enroll in School of Business and Nonprofit Management certificate programs. These disclosures will assist students in making informed enrollment decisions with regards to the possible employment opportunities that accompany each of the certificate programs.

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