Human resource management is a dynamic field that has been rapidly evolving. Today's professionals are moving into more proactive roles as human resource planners and organizational consultants, earning recognition at the highest levels of the organization.
UC San Diego Extension's Professional Certificate in Human Resource Management has helped hundreds of individuals expand their knowledge of HR management to enter or progress in the field. The certificate program is designed to provide participants with the latest information and practical insights in order to become responsible and effective professionals.
Managing Human Resources: An Overview is a mandatory prerequisite for several courses in the program. Many students take more than one course per quarter, and complete the program sooner than the usual 24 months.
There will be a $60 fee upon acceptance into the program
Complete the following course prior to taking other required courses.
Discover emerging trends and new regulations in personnel management practices. This comprehensive course covers: human resource planning, staffing, performance management, training and development, compensation and reward systems, benefit design and administration, employee and labor relations, health and safety, state and federal legislation, productivity and organizational effectiveness. You will benefit from this course whether you are active in the field, exploring a career transition, or managing a business.
Complete all 7 courses.
Review the practical application of state and federal employment law. Topics include at-will employment and wrongful discharge; discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; ADA; employee rights and intellectual property; wage and hour benefits; occupational health, safety, and workers’ compensation; reductions-in-force; alternative dispute resolution; labor relations; and corrective action and terminations.
Effective talent acquisition strategies take a multi-year view of the workforce necessary to execute an organization’s business strategy today and well into the future. This includes recruiting with agility for skills that may not be necessary today, but may become critical to future organizational success. Through this course, students will learn how to: effectively source positions that drive business outcomes; analyze retention and attrition data to understand critical position drivers; and, ultimately, how to engage with stakeholders to optimally execute the recruiting plan. Students will also explore how enlightened HR professionals create talent pipelines that leverage their employment brands and enhance business outcomes as organizations adapt to ever-changing market conditions. Topics include aligning the HR function with business strategy, developing a talent profile, deploying talent acquisition techniques and tools, and identifying and measuring sourcing success.
In exchange for their time, talents and efforts, workers expect fair and motivating pay. This class covers the basics of compensation theory and practice. Job analysis and job evaluation, pay equity considerations, market rates and surveys, the various types of compensation, and other related topics of interest to human resources professionals will be explored. Students will be introduced to incentive pay concepts and to major pay regulations. Understanding will be reinforced with exercises and applied learning activities.
Benefits, especially employee health plans, are an important part of any total rewards package. Benefit costs are increasing rapidly and unpredictably, creating a challenge to HR professionals. Learn the basics about how to design, evaluate, implement, and administer employee benefits that are relevant to employees, cost-effective for the company, and competitive enough to attract and retain workers. This class will cover the many types of benefits available, the regulatory environment, compliance requirements, selecting the best partners to meet your benefit goals, and important trends in the marketplace.
The training and development function is often responsible for designing, conducting, evaluating and/or recommending programs to meet the training needs of the organization. Learn to accurately assess organizational training needs and identify priority training topics, learning objectives, instructional approaches and evaluation techniques. Explore techniques for overcoming resistance to change. Practice establishing and justifying a training budget and critiquing training products and services offered by vendors and consultants. Learn to quantify training results and their impact to the organization's bottom line.
Effective performance management is the key to leveraging employee talent and creativity in a dynamic 21st century workplace. When done correctly, it becomes fundamental to an organization's ability to select, train, retain, reward, and motivate the right talent in the right ways to execute strategy. This course focuses on performance management as a contribution to organizational strategy, linking all the elements of organizational success into a single, aligned approach. Students will learn how to design practices and administer a system that fully engages, and optimizes the performance of employees in the success of the enterprise.
Apply all the skills you have learned through the Professional Certificate in Human Resources Management. Work with an advisor who will coach you through a hands-on research or experiential learning project. This resume-enhancing project will result in either a completed white paper or a final project and presentation.
Strong workplace ethics, or the lack thereof, have had far-reaching consequences for companies and corporate leaders. This class will explore regulations that specifically address ethics in the workplace, and it will differentiate between compliance and ethics. You will be challenged to think through the relationships and impacts of your decisions on your organization, as well as to consider the impact on shareholder value and other stakeholder effects from unethical behavior.
Not required for the certificate.
In this six-hour program, participants will ride together to visit two outstanding workplaces in the San Diego area. This is a unique opportunity to learn best practices from local HR and business leaders.
Discussion topics and practical examples related to HR practices may include:
Attracting, developing and retaining high-performing millennials and talent across generations by designing an integrated rewards system
Optimizing performance through innovative methods that align people and business needs
Transforming the HR function to fuel the company’s growth and sustainable business achievements
Achieving results through synergistic compensation and incentive practices
Planning and executing HR strategic goals that evolve along with company goals
Participants will meet in the lobby at our University City Center location (Address: 6256 Greenwich Dr, San Diego, CA 92122). Participants will board the bus by 7:45am to leave for the first location.
For information, contact Alisa Watjara or Cláudia Schwartz.
Considering a career in human resources? As the world of work evolves, so will HR. At this free event, an HR business leader will share her insights on the future of HR. Whether you are contemplating a career as an HR generalist or thinking of specializing, this informative session will provide a chance for you to ask questions, explore professional options, and learn about the latest workplace trends that impact HR.
Once a pool of job applicants has been identified, the next step is selection. Selection is the process of screening job applicants to determine and ensure that the most qualified candidates are hired based on skills and organizational fit. Understand how to navigate the selection process and accurately evaluate job candidates using various selection tools, such as interviewing, tests, assessments, and background checks. Learn how to: engage with other stakeholders involved in the selection process to develop selection criteria; recognize the legal and regulatory impact on employment testing and assessment; screen applications; prepare and conduct interviews; assess candidates against the selection criteria; and provide input about the final selection. This class will help you to understand why assessment tools work, how to use them, and how to successfully contribute to the selection process.
An organization must be able to attract top talent and the right cultural fit in order to achieve its strategic goals and optimal profitability. When an organization leverages the combined power of its culture, branding, marketing, technology, and people, it finds that profits and overall performance skyrocket. Discover how to look at sourcing strategically and learn how to utilize social media and other technical platforms to attract the best people. Explore hiring for cultural fit as the most important deciding factor in acquiring the right talent.
New employee onboarding and orientation programs are critical initiatives to immediately engage new employees in company culture, avoid turnover during the first few months of employment, and lay foundation for employee success. When done right, onboarding and orientation programs can improve the long-term success of new employees as well as their employers. Onboarding and orientations do not only involve new-hire paperwork and explaining organizational policies; these practices are also designed to effectively assimilate new employees and provide them with the tools to navigate their new surroundings. In this capstone course, learn how to build effective onboarding programs that will help new employees feel comfortable, connected, and productive in their work environment. Evaluate onboarding and orientation practices to continuously increase the effectiveness of the programs.
Apply all the skills you have learned through the Professional Certificate in Human Resources Management! Directed Studies in Human Resources will provide an experiential learning environment that will guide you to the Next Steps in HR Professionalism.
As 'Next Steps' experience, you will work with an advisor on a one-on-one basis to produce a research paper or experiential learning project. The final presentation will reflect one of a variety of HR topics, and it's intended to be customized to your educational goals. This course will be like an independent study - enhanced by the opportunity to create a resume-ready result involving high-profile employers and verified veterans of Human Resources practice around the greater San Diego area.
Note: Certificate students are eligible to apply. Those with less than two years of work experience in HR must first complete all core classes; those with two or more years of work experience must complete at least nine units of HR coursework in the HR certificate program. For details and information, contact HRPrograms@ucsd.edu
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Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits.
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Business, Professional & Legal Programs. Call 858-534-8148 or Email: HRPrograms@ucsd.edu
UC San Diego Extension programs are designed to best serve college-prepared working professionals. Although programs are open to all adult learners, where program capacity is limited, applicants with this profile will receive preference for admission. Complete the application and pay application fee.
This program is endorsed by the Society for Human Resource Management.
County of San Diego
PHR, SHRM-CP, IPMA-CP
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To earn the Professional Certificate in Human Resource Management, you must successfully complete 8 courses. If you took one class every quarter consecutively, then it would take you 8 quarters (or 24 months) to complete the certificate. On the other hand, many students take more than one course per quarter, and complete the program sooner than the usual 24 months. Keep in mind that students have up to five years to complete all certificate requirements.
Yes, all certificate student must successfully the complete prerequisite course, Managing HR: An Overview, prior to enrolling in the other required courses. You may not take this course concurrently with another advanced HR course.
After you’ve completed the prerequisite course, you may take more than one course at a time if your schedule permits it. You may even take online courses and in-class courses concurrently if you wish.
Online classes are held asynchronously, which means class sessions are not held live and you do not need to login at particular days or times. Instead, students will be required to complete assignments, participate in discussion board forums, and review lecture recordings at their own pace each week on Blackboard, which is our online learning management system.
While our program does not directly lead to earning an HR certification, such as PHR , SPHR, SHRM-CP, or SHRM-SCP, this program can help you prepare for the certification exam by building on the foundations of HR. For more information about HR certification testing and eligibility requirements, visit HCRI or SHRM.
If you are interested in a course and do not intend on completing the certificate, please contact the Program Manager at HRPrograms@ucsd.edu or 858-534-8148 to find out if you meet the prerequisites or equivalent.
If you have taken a course from an accredited university in the last five years that covers the learning objectives of a program course, you may be able to transfer your previous coursework to Extension. Please contact the Program Manager at HRPrograms@ucsd.edu or 858-534-8148 for more information.
You can find a downloadable document, titled “Frequently Asked Questions” under "Related Documents" on the right side of the top of this page. If you need further information, please contact the Program Manager at HRPrograms@ucsd.edu or 858-534-8148.
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