Human resources is the human side of business - take yourself and your employees to new heights by obtaining a certificate in HR 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.

The Certificate
The following nine courses are required: Introduction to Human Resources (recommended first course), Human Resource Management and the Law, Human Resources and the Law II, Talent Acquisition, Human Resources Training and Development, Performance Management, Compensation, Health and Safety Management, and Capstone: Applying Human Resources. 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.


Core Courses (complete all 9) Units Cost Day 18SP 18SU 18FA
BA 0020 Introduction to Human Resources 3 $549   1/9-3/13 7/12-9/27  
BA 0022 Talent Acquisition 3 $549 Th 4/12-6/28    
BA 0035 Health and Safety Management 3 $549 Tu 4/3-6/19    
BA 0033 Compensation 3 $549 M 4/9-6/25    
BA 0027 Performance Management 3 $549 M   7/9-9/17  
BA 0023 Human Resources Training and Development 2 $549        
BA 0021 Human Resource Management and the Law I 2 $366 Tu 1/9-3/13    
BA 0029 Human Resource Management and the Law II 2 $366        
BA 0028 Capstone: Applying Human Resource Management 3 $549 W 4/11-6/30    

*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, 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
July 12 - September 27
Dawn Myers
2018 Fall
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)
September 24 - December 3
Megan Winter
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 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
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)

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 Summer
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)
July 9 - September 17
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)

Megan Winter


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