Human Resource Management
Certificate Program

Human Resource Management

Inspired talent management

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certificate Description

Source, develop, and lead a diverse workforce

Impact your organization's overall success

In today’s ultra-competitive economy, you need to know how to recruit and retain top employees, particularly those from underrepresented groups. You need to communicate powerfully, maximize the impact of total rewards programs, and understand how technology and people analytics are changing human resources management.

In each UCSC Silicon Valley Extension course, you will update your skills to effectively source, onboard, engage, develop, and support employees in any field. Learn systems and processes to align with business objectives, develop effective leaders, and create work environments that enhance productivity.

Select electives from four specialties
  • Talent Acquisition and Workforce Planning
  • Leadership Development
  • Employee Relations
  • HR Business Partners/Generalist

Human Resource Management certificate program objectives

  • Design, assess, and evaluate employee benefits programs
  • Recruit talent and plan a strategic workforce
  • Train, facilitate, and design instruction for employees
  • Evaluate performance management approaches and techniques
  • Navigate organizational development, design, and change management to assure high employee engagement and productivity


We are an Approved Educator

• HR Certification Institute

The official seal of the HR Certification Institute® confirms that the following UCSC Silicon Valley Extension courses meet the criteria for pre-approved recertification credits for HRCI’s eight credentials, including SPHR® and PHR®.*

*The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

• Society for Human Resource Management

UCSC Silicon Valley Extension is recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to offer professional development credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.



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Program Overview

Estimated Cost: Starting at $6,285. (You pay only for courses you enroll in.) | International Tuition Cost
Program Requirements: 9-11 courses (minimum 15 quarter units). Take 8 required courses (13.5 quarter units) and 1-3 elective courses (minimum 1.5 quarter units). End with the certificate review.
Minimum Hours of Instruction: Minimum 150 hours of instruction.
Estimated Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 9–12 months.
Modality: You can complete this program fully online, in person, or choose a mix of course formats.
Special Programs: This program is approved for workforce and international students.
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Course Quarter Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
1. Required Course(s):
Benefits Management: A Comprehensive Study of Employee Benefit Programs 2.0 Winter Flexible Summer Flexible
Compensation Management 2.0 Fall Flexible Spring Flexible
Effective Employee Relations 1.5 Fall Flexible Spring Flexible
Finance for the Business Professional 1.0 Winter Flexible Spring Flexible Summer Flexible
Human Resource Management 1.5 Fall Flexible Winter Flexible Spring Flexible
Law and Human Resource Management 2.0
Managing the HR Staffing Function 1.5 Fall Flexible Spring Flexible
Organizational Development and Change 2.0 Fall Flexible Winter Flexible Summer Flexible
2. Electives: Recruiting and Staffing
Effective Performance Management 2.0 Summer Flexible
Interviewing for Success: Using Structured Interviewing Techniques 0.5 Fall Flexible Spring Flexible
3. Electives: Leadership Development
Business Communications 2.0 Winter Flexible Summer Flexible
Facilitation Skills 2.0 Fall Flexible Winter Flexible
Leading People Through Change 1.0 Winter Flexible Summer Flexible
People Analytics - Delivering Measurable Business Impact 1.5 Fall Flexible Spring Flexible
Strategic DEI Initiatives for HR Professionals 1.5 Fall Flexible Spring Flexible
4. Electives: Employee Relations
Workplace Conflict Resolution and Mediation 1.5 Summer Flexible
5. Electives: HR Business Partners/General
Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) Excellence 1.0
6. Completion Review:
Human Resource Management Certificate Completion Fee None

Meet Our Instructors

Craig A Harrison
Professional Speaker, Trainer, Consultant, Coach, Expressions of Excellence
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Employment and Labor Lawyer/ Founder, Mouser Law Firm
Dianne V Conry
Consultant, Kranz & Associates | Program Chair
Jill A Hosmer-Jolley
MBA Faculty: Human Capital, DEI, ESG, CSR, HR, OB, Service Learning; & more
Judy A Lacroix
Talent Management & Development | Leadership & Organization Development
Julius   F Schillinger
Senior Advisor to CEO, Kyo
Kris Hamner
Chief People Officer | CHRO | Consultant
Leon J Bezdikian
Vice President / Consultant - Human Resources
Linda S Gunther
HR Consultant/ Author/ Instructor
Marco F Rosa
HR Exec Consultant & Coach | Search Consultant
Michelle Deneau
Head of Employee Insights and Technology, Adobe
Philip H Ziman
Program Chair & Instructor | President, Zi-Tech Professional Services
Stephanie Evans-Wemusa
Director, DEI & Belonging, Mindbody | Advisor, UCSC Ext. HR Management
Teresa R. Chapman
Chief People Officer, Santa Clara Family Health Plan
Tram Nguyen
Organizational Learning & Leadership Development Consultant
Yvette Durazo
Principal Consultant, Unitive Consulting

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Professional Development

HR Certification Institute-Approved

HR Certification Institute’s® ( official seal confirms that UCSC Silicon Valley Extension meets the criteria for pre-approved recertification credit(s) for any of HRCI’s eight credentials, including SPHR® and PHR®.

SHRM Recertification General Provider

As a SHRM Recertification General Provider, UCSC Silicon Valley Extension is able to award SHRM professional development credits (PDCs) for HR knowledge and competency programs related to the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (TM) (the SHRM BoCK). Each course is valid for a designated number of PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

Licensure and Certification Policy

Certification is optional to practice in this field. Please see our Licensure and Certification Policy to learn more.

Requisite Knowledge

Please review the course descriptions to ensure that you have taken necessary prerequisites or meet the requirements through job experience or previous education.

Advisory Board

Philip Ziman, Instructor & Chair, Human Resource Management

Certificate Program Chair

PHILIP ZIMAN, MBA, enjoyed a 30-year human resources career in global high tech. He most recently held the position of vice president of Global Human Resources at Nanometrics. Previous senior-level HR positions include working at Bazaarvoice, Taleo, and Cypress Semiconductor. Read his full bio.

Certificate Program Advisory Committee

Executive Director, Society for Human Resource Management SHRM-Northern California

Board Member, Advisor, Investor, HCM Sales, Global HR, Change Management, Strategy, Future of Work, Training

Principal Consultant
Unitive Consulting
Instructor & Former Co-Chair, Human Resource Management Program
UCSC Silicon Valley Extension

Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
Instructor, Human Resource Management Program
UCSC Silicon Valley Extension

KAT HSUEH, B.S., HRM Certificate
Director, Talent and Technology
ROI Communication

Talent Management & Development | Leadership & Organization Development
Instructor, Human Resource Management Program
UCSC Silicon Valley Extension

HR Executive Consultant, Search, Executive Coach
Heritage Partners International
Instructor, Human Resource Management Program
UCSC Silicon Valley Extension

State Director, California State Council of SHRM | Human Resource Management Consultant, Author | Former Program Chair and Instructor, Human Resource Management Program at UCSC Silicon Valley Extension

President Zi-Tech Professional Services
Chair and Instructor, Human Resource Management Program
UCSC Silicon Valley Extension

Establish Candidacy

Who should establish candidacy?

  • People who are pursuing a certificate (and have enrolled in a course in the program).
  • People who want to lock in the current requirements of a certificate or specialization.
4 Simple Steps to a Certificate or Specialization
  1. Complete a course in your selected program.
  2. Establish candidacy. Click on the Establish Candidacy button on your program page.
  3. Take all required courses for certificate completion.
  4. Once your grades are posted on your final course, enroll in the certificate review fee.
A Benefit of Establishing Candidacy

Program requirements may change. Once you commit to a program by establish your candidacy, you will not have to change your plans to meet new requirements. They are locked in for you. Timeline: 4 years to get it done (or 3 for a specialization) You must complete all the necessary units in a certificate within a four-year window. The clock begins on the first day of your first course in the certificate program. For example, if you started a course on Sept. 5, 2023, you would have to finish by Sept. 4, 2027.

Note: Establishing candidacy does not trigger the beginning of the four-year window. It begins the first day of the first course in your chosen certificate program. The Certificate Completion Review process does not have to occur within the four-year timeframe.

Exceptions to the four-year requirement
  • If you Established candidacy prior to Jan. 1, 2024, you will have five years to complete a program.
  • Students participating in a special program, such as workforce, international, or our curriculum partner programs, such as the Legal Studies courses (CLS by Barbri) and sales and business courses (Ziplines Education) have shorter completion requirements.

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Grade Requirements

Please note that only letter grades of C or higher may be applied to a certificate, and in some programs, students may have more stringent requirements. Students in most employer- and government-sponsored payment programs, such as workforce development, as well as international students on F-1 visas, need to maintain a B average to meet their requirements. Personal Financial Planning students have additional grade requirements for individual courses to attain a certificate.

See Grading and Credits Policy for further information.