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Human Resources Professional

Are you seeking a career in a high-demand field with plenty of opportunity for advancement? In this online program, you'll master the skills needed to advance within your human resources career. 

In this program you'll explore everything from the basics of HR to specific areas such as planning and strategizing, human resource laws, hiring disciplines, and labor relations. You'll also obtain a reference manual of HR documents. By the time you're done, you'll be fully prepared to begin your career in this exciting and challenging field. You will even receive instruction and insight on how to obtain an internship or externship upon the completion of the program. 

This program will prepare you to take the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification exam, with HRCI (Human Resource Certification Institute) as the certifying body. We will also cover much of the information you will find on the (SHRM Certified Professional certification) SHRM-CP exam as well as the new certification (Associate Professional Human Resources) aPHR exam offered by HRCI.

6 Months / 120 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment

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Human Resources Professional

Learning Method

Instructor-led Self-Paced: Study at your own schedule

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Human Resources Professional Details + Objective

Course Code: GES419

You Will Learn
  • Learn everything you need to know to prepare for the PHR Certification Exam
  • Get a comprehensive review of Human Resources practices
  • Learn how to handle recruitment, performance appraisals, and establish training processes
  • Explain the strategic decisions that affect compensation, as well as the different job evaluation methods
  • Learn the technical and operational aspects of HR practices, including U.S. laws and regulations regarding employment practices
  • Understand OSHA rules governing employee health and safety
  • Discover how to implement retention strategies and when to integrate either tangible or intangible rewards programs
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 120 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Learn how to contribute to company strategy planning so you can be a more valuable member of the team
  • Prepare for PHR certification and set yourself apart
  • Open the door to new career opportunities and higher salary after obtaining your PHR certification including jobs such as: HR generalist, Recruiter, HR Representative, HR Assistant, HR Specialist, HR Manager, Compensation and Benefits Manager, and more
Human Resources Professional Outline
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Introduction to Human Resources

Learn about the job opportunities available to you in the field of human resources as well as the skills you will need to be successful in your career including the job duties of a Human Resources Professional and more about the PHR certification exam. Then, discover how Human Resources should be viewed a strategic partner in any company as well as the challenges that HR professionals meet daily while you tackle growth, retrenchment, stability, and diversification in the workplace.

Recruiting, Hiring and Appraising Employees

Learn everything you need to know about the recruitment and selection process to help with good hiring decisions. Then, learn about the hiring process including legal interview questions and the importance of good employee orientation. You’ll also learn all about performance appraisals including good appraisal processes and methods as well as strategies for creating a high-performance workplace. 

Employee Compensation and Benefits

Learn how to match employee compensation with organization strategies as well as both traditional and non-traditional benefit structures. You’ll also learn all about retention including the cost of turnover, reasons employees leave, and succession planning. 

Health, Safety, and Legality

Learn about creating a safe work environment that will meet state and federal standards as well as Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action, managing labor relations and unions, employee rights, discrimination and diversity. You’ll also learn about prevention of accidents and illness through company wellness programs.

Global Human Resources

Discover the reasons companies choose to do business globally and how you can create a workforce to support these efforts. You’ll learn about staffing models, Geert Hofstede’s Five Cultural Dimensions, and selecting an expatriate.

Preparing for the HR Exam

Learn everything you need to know to successfully prepare for the PHR exam including study strategies. You’ll also get valuable information on externships and internships. 

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Human Resources Professional Instructors
Anna Smith

Anna Smith has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Spalding University and a master's degree in Management from Webster University. She also has a SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources Certificate) from the Society for Human Resource Management, SHRM-SCP, (SHRM Senior Certified Professional) and a Masters Online Teaching Certificate from the University of Illinois. Anna has worked in the field of human resources as a human resource representative for more than 25 years. Her experience spans many areas of human resources including recruitment, labor relations, and affirmative action plans. She is also an adjunct professor, teaching college-level human resource courses online.

Human Resources Professional Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for taking this program, other than basic computer knowledge. If you are planning to take the PHR exam, with HRCI as the certifying body, after completing the program, you will need one of the following:

  • One year experience in a professional-level HR position with a master's degree or higher
  • Two years experience in a professional-level HR position with a bachelor's degree
  • Four years experience in a professional-level HR position with less than a bachelor's degree

This program can be taken from either a Mac or a PC. It is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers. There are no specific computer requirements other than an Internet connection and e-mail account. We recommend that you use the latest version of Internet Explorer in place of other Web browsers. Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this program. Click Here to download the Acrobat Reader. Click Here to download the Flash Player.

ed2go will provide the required textbooks for this program:

  • HR 3.0 (with Management CourseMate with eBook Printed Access Card)
  • PHR / SPHR Professional in Human Resources Certification Study Guide
Human Resources Professional Frequently Asked Questions
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Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

How long does it take to complete a program?

All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. This program allows you 180 days, or six (6) months for completion.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee will be charged for an extension. 

Do I have to buy additional materials?

All the materials you'll need are included, and their cost will be covered by your tuition. ed2go will ship all materials ground service upon enrollment.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses.

What happens when I complete the program?

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Who will be my instructor?

Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.

What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?

In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don't have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.

Can I use a Mac?

Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.

How can I get more information about the program?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE chat (click the button toward the top of the page). If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the "Contact Us" form to the right. You may also call us at 1-855-579-2647 FREE. We will answer your questions promptly.

When can I start the program?

Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready. Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

Do I need experience in human resources to take this program?

No. You do not need to have experience in human resources.

What is the job outlook for jobs in human resources?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of human resources specialists is expected to grow from 2010 to 2020, 21% faster than average.

Does this program come with an internship?

No, but you will receive instruction and insight on how to obtain an internship or externship upon the completion of the course. 

What is the PHR Exam?

Professional in Human Resources (PHR) is a prestigious certificate awarded by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), and shows that the individual possesses the knowledge as well as practical experience in human resource management necessary to pass this thorough examination.

Why is certification important?

Obtaining certification shows that you are dedicated to your career. Many organizations believe that hiring HR Professionals who have received certification gives them a competitive edge. The HR Professional is more motivated and knowledgeable in the field of HR.

Does this program prepare for a certification?

Yes, you will be prepared to sit for the PHR exam, administered by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).

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