Human resources is the human side of business - take yourself and your employees to new heights by obtaining a Professional Certificate in Human Resource Management. This program helps you advance your career, acquire new knowledge and skills, and provides practical experience for those in or new to the field of HR management, personnel, industrial, or employee relations.

Customize Your Certificate

A minimum of 25 units is required. 10 Units/4 courses of Required Courses include: Introduction to Human Resources (highly recommended to take this course first), Human Resource Management and the Law I, Human Resource Management and the Law II, and Capstone: Applying Human Resource Management.

To fulfill 25 unit requirement select 15 units from Elective Courses: Talent Acquisition, Human Resources Training and Development, Performance Management, Compensation, Health and Safety Management, Emotional Intelligence, Business Writing, Ethics, and Diversity & Inclusion. No application process required.

This certificate is separate from the HRCI or SHRM-CP exam. For more information on those certifications, please visit or

Total Program Cost: $4,575. Textbooks not included.

Required Courses (Must Complete All Four)* Units Cost 18SU 18FA 19SP
BA 0020 Introduction to Human Resources 3 $549 7/12-9/27 9/27-12/13
BA 0021 Human Resource Management and the Law I 2 $366    
BA 0029 Human Resource Management and the Law II 2 $366   9/19-12/8  
BA 0028 Capstone: Applying Human Resource Management 3 $549   9/19-12/8
Elective Courses (Select 15 Units)*          
BA 0022 Talent Acquisition 3 $549    
BA 0023 Human Resources Training and Development 2 $549    
BA 0027 Performance Management 3 $549 7/9-9/17 10/4-12/20  
BA 0033 Compensation 3 $549    
BA 0035 Health and Safety Management 3 $549   9/4-11/27  
BA 0058 Emotional Intelligence 1.5 $275   10/29-12/3  
BA 0059 Ethics in the Workplace 1.5 $275   9/10-10/22  
BA 0060 Business Writing for the Workplace 1.5 $275    
BA 0061 Diversity and Inclusion 3 $549    

*Prices and dates subject to change

Enrolling in the Program
Enroll in the program at any time, even before registering for a course. It’s free, and offers many benefits:

  • Secure your curriculum (should the requirements change in the future).
  • See upcoming courses when you log into your student account.
  • Track your progress.

Enrolling in a program doesn’t mean you’re registered for courses. You still must register and pay for each course you wish to take.


San Diego Workforce Partnership - Creating Workforce SolutionsThe College of Extended Studies is a State-approved provider for the Federal Workforce Investment Act for this program.


Workplace Benefits

  • Identify the core competencies needed for human resources
  • Build processes and procedures for a diverse workforce, recruitment, and ROI
  • Learn how to communicate policies to employees
  • Create an environment that attracts and retains top talent
  • Understand the role of OSHA, safety, and compensation issues in the workplace

Textbook Required: Find textbook/course material information at
HR Certification Institute (HRCI) approved provider.

Approved Provider for the HR Certification Institute


Location of Classes
SDSU Extended Studies/Gateway Centers, Hardy Avenue entrance, unless otherwise noted.

For additional information or advising questions, please email or call (619) 594-3946.

Core Courses

2018 Summer2018 Fall2019 Spring
2018 Fall
B A 0020 Introduction to Human Resources

HR professionals play a key role in making sure employees are individually and collectively able to achieve the goals and mission that define an organization – a broad mandate which covers a wide range of functions. This course will provide you a comprehensive view of HR responsibilities, including strategic and HR planning and international HR management. You’ll explore the connection between HR and organizational improvement, and learn foundational skills in policy formulation and handbook design and preparation.

Course Date(s)
September 27 - December 13
Dawn Myers
B A 0021 Human Resource Management and the Law I

This course will outline the legal environment affecting HR management. Students will learn from practical examples about the federal, state, and local laws which regulate and define the employment relationship. Areas covered include: laws governing union organizing; EEO and affirmative action law; health, safety and workers compensation regulations; leaves of absence and the ADA; and compliance with employee pay and benefit rules.

Course Date(s)

Megan Winter
2018 Fall
B A 0029 Human Resource Management and the Law II

This introduction to California labor and employment law will cover a wide variety of workplace topics including wage and hour law, employee classification, minimum wage and overtime laws, meal and rest period requirements, and other Labor Code requirements. Additional topics include vacation, PTO and sick leave; personnel records and privacy; drug testing and background checks; and confidentiality and company trade secret protection.

In addition to understanding how California employment law interacts with the work environment, you'll learn how reduce the risk of employment-related claims and lawsuits. Guest speakers – specialists in California labor and employment law – will provide a broad perspective on how specific legal topics affect HR professionals, managers, and employees.

This course may be taken prior to HR Management and the Law I.

Course Date(s)
September 24 - December 3
Megan Winter
2018 Fall
B A 0028 Capstone: Applying Human Resource Management

Propose and carry out a guided project that will allow you to demonstrate the HR skills learned and create a tangible product that will be useful on the job. For example, students completing this course have drafted new policies and compliance plans for their companies, developed compensation programs to motivate sales people in their organization, planned new employee orientation programs, and created green plans to promote sustainability throughout their companies.

Approval is needed to enroll in capstone. Please contact for more information.

Course Date(s)
September 19 - December 8

Elective Courses

2018 Summer2018 Fall2019 Spring
B A 0022 Talent Acquisition

The ability to recruit and retain talent is a key success factor in business today. This course will lead you through the three stages of strategic staffing, teaching you the practical, work-ready skills you need to accurately assess the needs of your organization, navigate the selection process, and lead interviews that allow you to identify and recruit the best candidate.

Course Date(s)

Dari DeSousa
B A 0023 Human Resources Training and Development

Maintaining a highly productive workforce through the use of training will be covered in this course. Students will learn about the training function and its relationship to a high performing organization. Also included will be an examination of teambuilding techniques as part of the human resource function.

Course Date(s)

Walter Watts
2018 Fall
B A 0027 Performance Management

This course explores HR's role in establishing a credible performance management system to help an organization maximize productivity. Students will learn strategies and methods for developing assessment tools, evaluating performance, diagnosing performance problems, coaching and counseling, improving employee communication, and offering career guidance.

Course Date(s)
October 4 - December 20
B A 0033 Compensation

Each major foundational aspect of employee compensation will be reviewed in this class. Students will learn a practical approach to building a sound compensation program through lectures, case studies, and team projects. Topics will include job analysis, job descriptions, job evaluation, salary surveys, salary structures, pay for performance, benefits administration, and incentives.

Course Date(s)

Silvia Flores
2018 Fall
B A 0035 Health and Safety Management

Learn the fundamental components of a comprehensive health and safety program to protect the employees in your organization and avoid costly liability. You’ll learn about Cal-OSHA requirements, risk management and loss prevention, workers’ compensation claims, employee assistance plans, preventative health issues, ADA compliance, and more.

Course Date(s)
September 4 - November 27
2018 Fall
B A 0058 Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence for Advanced-Problem Solving in the Workplace. In this interactive online course, learn the meaning and purpose of emotional intelligence (E.I.) with regard to personal and social competence. Through instructor mentoring, group discussions, in-class and out-of-class assignments, and personal journaling, you will learn:
• The four critical skills of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.
• How to recognize, understand, and manage your emotions; take an emotional intelligence test for a comprehensive view of your E.I.
• How to identify behaviors that are hallmarks of high emotional intelligence, and explore its connection to advanced workplace performance.
• How to increase your E.I. skills and your ability to influence others.
• A variety of skills to address workplace conflict, and improve communication and interpersonal relationships.
• How to be strengths-focused, and how character and competence build credibility and trust in the workplace.

Course Date(s)
October 29 - December 3
2018 Fall
B A 0059 Ethics in the Workplace

HR professionals today are responsible for adding value to the organizations they serve and contributing to the ethical success of those organizations; HR professionals function as a key source of ethical awareness for managers and employees. This course heightens awareness of when integrity and an understanding of ethical issues are required, not only when advising others, but also when addressing the issues HR professionals face. Students learn to recognize the parts of their jobs in which ethical issues are most likely to be experienced, to develop solutions, evaluate their impacts, and decide on a course of action. Additionally, students understand the impact of cultural and organizational pressures to conform; identify when to escalate issues and to whom; know the early warning signals of conflict between personal and work values; and assess how to maintain personal integrity.

Course Date(s)
September 10 - October 22
Dari DeSousa
B A 0060 Business Writing for the Workplace

The digital workplace is a writing intensive environment. From internal office email to building a social media brand, writing has become a leading form of communication across industries. Professional reputations are built on how effectively a staff member conveys ideas in writing. This four week course will arm the learner with the basics of style, grammar, & diction, as well as introduce the primary forms of written communication necessary for workplace success: emails, memos, reports, and presentations.

B A 0061 Diversity and Inclusion

In today’s workplace Diversity and Inclusion is vital. Recruiting from a diverse pool of candidates means a more qualified workforce. A diverse and inclusive workforce helps businesses avoid employee turnover costs. Diversity fosters a more creative and innovative workplace. Businesses need to adapt to our changing nation to be competitive in the economic market. Studies show that teams or organizations made up of individuals with a more diverse mix of qualities, experiences and work styles tend to have available a richer set of ideas, perspectives and approaches to a business issue.



2018 Summer2018 Fall2019 Spring

"SDSU's College of Extended Studies is a gift toward my future. I am approaching the culmination of my studies in the Human Resource Management Certificate Program and the caliber of instruction has exceeded my expectations. I have been so thrilled with the program that it has motivated me to excel in every course. The qualified instructors are professionals who currently work in the field. They give you up-to-date perspectives as well as information on job referrals. Every student is respected and treated like an adult and our input is greatly appreciated. I've made great friends and the time goes quickly. In the time it takes to make up your mind you could be done. Don't hesitate. Enroll today!" ~ Marie Nakashima, former HR Student