Highline College’s Online Human Resources Certificate program provides a sound conceptual foundation and practical approaches and methods for new and experienced human resources professionals. Get the training you need to enter and advance your career in human resources and office administration.
The program’s course curricula are based on the bodies of knowledge of the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and are enhanced by the knowledge and professional experiences of our faculty of human resource practitioners. Although not a test preparation program, students who achieve the Online Human Resource Certificate should be well prepared to take the HRCI aPHR and PHR examinations. Highline College is an HRCI approved provider and designated courses are eligible for HRCI recertification credits.
Visit the local South King County (SHRM) chapter for information about local meetings, job opportunities, and SHRM test preparation.
The Online Human Resources Certificate program can be taken for college credit (total of 49 credits)* or taken for non-credit at a reduce tuition cost. Credit students will have the Online Human Resources Certificate placed on their transcript. Non-credit students will receive a Certificate of Completion upon successfully completing the program.
*Note: Credit students must register for the three classes below to complete the program: Class Schedule
The WES department at Highline College can provide tuition assistance and support services for some CE short-term certificates and professional/technical AAS programs if a student meets funding and program eligibility criteria. Please visit Start Next Quarter to see if you pre-qualify for an invitation to attend Highline’s free education planning workshop through the WES department. If invited, it will be determined at the workshop whether you are eligible for funding. For general information, please visit WES online or call 206-592-3802. WES funded students must complete the certificate program for college credit.
Many companies offer generous reimbursement and some even pay up front for your tuition. Please contact your HR department for more information about your company’s unique reimbursement plan.
Students can begin the program any quarter. However, students must complete the BUSN 224: Capstone after all other required courses have successfully been completed.
Highline College Human Resources Certificate Program Class Schedule
|BUSN 209: Human Resource Recruitment (4 credits)|
BUSN 204: Introduction to HR Management (4 credits)
|BUSN 221: Compensation Plans/Employee Benefits (5 credits)|
BUSN 223: Employee & Labor Relations (4 credits)
|BUSN 208: Employment Laws (4 credits)|
BUSN 226: HR Technology & Data Analytics (4 credits)
|BUSN 213: Workforce Development (4 credits)|
|BUSN 224: Capstone (after all required courses have been successfully completed)|
|Related Instruction: ***Credit Students Only***|
BUSN 135: Business Math
CMST& 101: Introduction to Communications
BUSN 207: Cultural Awareness
Offered Most Quarters
Human Resources Certificate Course Descriptions
(for course outlines and learning objectives, please visit Highline's academic catalog)
BUSN 204- Introduction to HR Management
This course describes the role of human resources and its practitioners in organizations and the specific disciplines within the human resource career field.
BUSN 208- Employment Laws
This course is a survey of the federal and state statutes, regulations, and case law affecting the workplace. Topics include unlawful discrimination, employment at will, equal pay, wage and hour, workplace safety, union organizing and employee rights and the agencies that administer employment laws and regulations.
BUSN 209- Human Resource Recruitment
This course discusses workforce planning in support of the organization goals and the activities and techniques necessary to recruit and select new employees and existing employees for promotion or transfer and to retain those employees in a competitive employment market. Topics include sourcing applicants, candidate selection, interviewing techniques and other selection tools, background investigation, required documentation, and onboarding practices.
BUSN 213- Workforce Development
This course explores the processes and techniques by which organizations assure that their employees have the requisite skills and maintain performance standards to accomplish the organization's business. Topics include workforce skills assessments, performance assessments, training and development activities, talent management, supervisory and management development and succession planning.
BUSN 221- Employee Benefits & Compensation Plans
This course covers employee benefits and compensation plans, their uses and the administrative issues related to both programs. Discussion includes insurance such as health and disability, leave programs, retirement plans, cafeteria plans, and applicable tax and legal implications and the use of such benefits for employee recruitment and retention.
BUSN 223- Employee & Labor Relations
This course examines employer/employee relations and the balancing of the employer's need to manage its workforce for the benefit of the organization and the employees' rights and sense of fairness. Issues discussed include the laws governing labor relations and employee rights, workplace safety, employee performance management, conflict and dispute resolution, and union organizing.
BUSN 226: HR Technology and Data Analytics
Part of HR Certificate Program. This course explores the use of technology to address human resources administrative processes for service delivery and to acquire, access and analyze data that are used to assess business and organizational issues.
BUSN 224- Capstone
***Note: To be enrolled after all HR required courses have been successfully completed*** Only offered Summer/Winter quarters.
Successful completion of the required seven courses is a prerequisite for this course. The course integrates all of the subject matter learned in the preceding courses of the Human Resource Management Certificate program using real world case studies that require application of the concepts, principles and practices the various HR functions consistent with the expectations of an HR generalist practitioner.
How do I register?
Step 1 –
Please begin by Applying for Admission to the College.
Step 2 –
Once you have completed the Application for Admission and received your Student ID Number (SID), please activate your myHighline account.
Once your myHighline account is activated, you can call Continuing Education at (206) 870-3785 to register or visit Highline’s website.
If you are not looking to receive college credit (only a Certificate of Completion), please see below for available course offerings or call us at (206) 870-3785.
Graduates of the Highline College HR Certificate Program are prepared to perform HR generalist duties as well as having the foundational knowledge to pursue other HR specialties. These are some of the jobs that program graduates may pursue:
Human Resources Assistant: Entry level position that provides administrative support for human resources operations, distributes and receives employment applications, performs data entry for human resources information systems, maintains personnel files, and assists in benefits administration.
Human Resources Generalist: Professional level position that performs activities in talent acquisition, employee relations, workforce training and development, performance management, benefits administration, onboarding, human resources related policy development and administration, and employment related compliance. Examples of activities include developing and implementing recruiting plans to fill staffing vacancies, counseling employees, conducting exit interviews, communicating benefits plans, and maintaining logs and filing reports to comply with affirmative action regulations.
Human Resources Specialist: Professional level position that administered specific human resources functions, such as benefits, talent management, compensation, and workforce development. Examples include administering the benefits open enrollment process, analyzing recruitment process effectiveness, assessing and implementing workforce training, and analyzing and modifying compensation schedules.
Human Resources Administrator/Coordinator: Often the job titles for a one-person human resources department. Performs the professional level functions of a Human Resources Generalist and in addition, advises management on the development and administration of human resources policies, organizational structure, workforce development, and the human resources related effects of the organization’s business plan.
Human Resources Manager: Program graduates who also have significant operational supervisory or management experience may be qualified for management-level human resources responsibilities. Human Resources managers plan, direct, and allocate resources for human resources programs, analyze the effectiveness of those programs, and provide advice to organizational leaders and supervisors. They may manage specific human resources programs in large organizations or they may manage the entire human resources function and supervise human resources staff in small organizations.
For more information, please call Continuing Education at (206) 870-3785.
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