Human Resources Management Certificate

Earn Your Certificate in About 1 Year

The 21-credit hour Human Resources Management Certificate can increase your success in any industry and positively impact your career goals. This certificate will enhance your ability to manage talent, an organization's greatest asset.

While pursuing the certificate, you will explore all critical human resources functions including HR planning, job analysis, recruitment and selection, employment law, training and development, performance reviews, and compensation and benefits.

This program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. For more information, see the Business Administration Program page.  

Space is limited for the February 2022 program start.

Benefits of This Fast Track Certificate

  • Full-time workers will enjoy a fixed schedule of one-night-per-week classes that map your path to a Human Resources Management Certificate (classes are currently online).
  • Earn college credit that can be applied toward an accredited Associate's degree.
  • Get support from academic counselors throughout the program.
  • Apply concepts and ideas to your job instantly with in-class activities and assignments on real-world applications.
  • Bring your current job knowledge to class interactions as you learn and work toward quick completion.
  • Learn from industry professionals with extensive experience in HR.

What You'll Learn

  • Gain new knowledge and skill in numerous key areas of Human Resources Management.
  • Understand strategic human resources planning.
  • Review effective employee training and management development programs.
  • Create more effective job descriptions.
  • Identify key employment law issues including diversity and equal employment opportunity.
  • Explore recruitment and selection processes to ensure the hire of the best employees.
  • Understand effective employee termination practices.
  • Explore innovative compensation and benefit programs.
  • Critically analyze business and HR management issues.
  • Write and speak more effectively in business situations.

Sample Course Schedule - Human Resources Management Certificate

Your actual schedule may be different. Classes held at the main Palatine campus (classes are currently online).

Timeframe Course # Credit Hours Course Name


Attend a mandatory orientation focused on your success in the program.

Semester 1

MGT 111


Introduction to Business Organization


MGT 280


Organizational Behavior

Semester 2

MGT 270


Principles of Management


ACC 216


Employment Law

Semester 3

MGT 265


Human Resource Management


MGT 204


Training and Development


MGT 266


Compensation and Benefits

21 credits: Human Resources Management Certificate earned.

Job Outlook and Wage Information

As a Human Resources Certificate graduate, there are plenty of career directions in the field for you to consider, such as:

  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Recruiter/Staff Trainer
  • Compensation/Benefits Administrator
  • Employment/Pay Equity Consultant
  • Health and Safety Coordinator
  • Labor Relations Coordinator
  • Employee Relations Specialist

You’ll typically begin your career as a human resources assistant, working as a generalist, or in one of the areas of specialization. You could be employed by a wide variety of organizations, ranging from financial services and manufacturing to government and education.

Next Steps

For more information about Harper's Fast Track Program, please contact us at 847.925.6438 or, schedule an appointment or attend an info session.

Last Updated: 10/6/21