Human Resource Management (HRM):
Fundamental Issues Program
- Human Resource Management Certificate Application
- Human Resource Management Curriculum
- Length of Program
- Course Cycle
- Professional Credit: Continuing Education Units
- Program & Graduation Requirements: Certificate of Completion
- Cost of Program
- Register Early
- Background Text
- Summer 2014 Tentative Schedule
Download the application below, or call 415.817.4247:
- Application for HRM Certificate
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The curriculum consists of eight core courses and eight elective courses. Four out of the eight electives must be taken in order to complete the 12-course certificate requirement. Designed to meet the needs of working people, the entire program can be completed in as little as one or two semesters or as long as three years.
Required Courses (eight)
- HRM: An Overview
- Recruitment & Selection
- Legal Aspects of HRM
- Diversity Management: Planning & Managing a Multicultural Workforce
- Performance Management
- Total Compensation and/or Employee Benefits (if both of these courses are taken, one may be counted as an elective)
- Discipline & Termination
- HRM: An Integrated Perspective
Electives (choose four out of eight)
- Supervision: People Skills (fulfills requirements for HRM Associate Certificate and elective requirement for HRM: Fundamental Issues certificate.)
- Introduction to Conflict Management/Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Organizational Development
- Training & Development
- HR Management Systems
- Employee Relations
- Employee Communications
- Formal Complaint Handling & Resolution
All courses are 14 hours long, scheduled on four weekday evenings or two consecutive Saturdays. Occasionally, there are some exceptions to the above format, so course times and dates should be read carefully. Students who wish to earn the certificate will have to take both weeknight and Saturday courses. All coursework must be completed within a three-year period.
All required courses are offered every semester (fall, spring and summer). Electives are offered at least once a year on a rotating basis.
Our faculty are practicing professionals with extensive experience in all aspects of the field, including work with major corporations,
small businesses, government, and non-profit agencies.
HRM courses carry continuing education unit (CEUs) credit, nationally recognized units of measurement for professional development and training. CEUs may be used when employers, agencies, and other authorities require a specified number of hours of study and where non-academic credit is acceptable. One CEU is equal to 10 hours of instruction.
Courses are graded on a credit/no credit basis, usually requiring in-class participation, group projects, or short assignments. You must attend all class sessions of a course in order to earn a grade of Credit.
There are no academic admission requirements to the program, however, advanced fluency in English for non-native English speakers is required. Intermediate level ESL speakers who wish to increase their fluency may take courses in the English for Professional Purposes (ESL) program before enrolling in the HRM program.
Participants may complete the entire program or attend just those classes that are of particular interest. Participants may elect to earn a Certificate of Completion for the Fundamental Issues Program after successfully completing 12 courses (eight required and four electives; a total of 168 instructional hours) within a period of three years. While it is possible to complete the entire Fundamental Issues program within a single semester, most participants complete it within two to four semesters. Participants who wish to earn the Associate Certificate in HRM for Non-HR Managers and Supervisors must complete a total of four required courses (56 hours of instruction) within a two-year period.
Participants may elect to receive both certificates; however, a separate application and application fee is required for each certificate. Courses taken for the Associate Certificate may be applied toward the Fundamental Issues Certificate, if completed within the three-year time limit.
Deadline: An application for a certificate of completion, along with a $50 application fee, is due to the Program Coordinator approximately four weeks before participants attend their final course in the program. Participants may download the certificate application forms above.
The tuition for each course is $365 (which includes a materials fee), so the total cost of all 12 courses needed to complete the Fundamental Issues certificate requirements is $4,380.
See Associate Certificate for details about that program.
Courses often fill several weeks before they begin. To guarantee your enrollment, early registration is advised. Learn how to register here.
Although no formal texts are required for this program, the following text is recommended reading for those who would like a comprehensive review of the HR field: Managing Human Resources, 16th ed., Bohlander & Snell (South-Western Publishing; 2012). Books can be obtained through any bookstore that has a business section, or through the SF State Textbook Order Desk 415.338.2650, which will ship your order to you.
Required Courses: All
- Supervision: People Skills
- HR Management Systems
- Training & Development
- Introduction to Conflict Management / Alternative Dispute Resolution