Course Code: GES419
Anna Smith has worked in the field of human resources for 30 years and has taught at university level for over 20 years. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Spalding University, a master's degree in management from Webster University, and a Master Online Teaching certificate from the University of Illinois. She is also a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional. Her experience spans many areas of human resources including recruitment, labor relations, and affirmative action plans.
There are no prerequisites for taking this course, other than basic computer knowledge.
However, if you plan to take the PHR exam after completing the course, you will need one of the following:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:
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Yes, this course prepares you to sit for the Human Resource Certification Institute’s PHR exam. However, you will need experience in the human resources field before you are eligible take this exam. Please reference the Prerequisites section for more information.
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance
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No. You do not need to have experience in human resources to take this course. However, you will need experience as a human resources representative to take the PHR exam, administered by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).
Yes, human resources professionals are currently in demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the employment of human resources specialists will continue to increase 7 percent through 2026. Additional HR professionals will be needed to help companies with increasingly complex employment laws and health coverage.
While there is no specific internship with this course, you will be given instructions and insight on how you can obtain an internship or externship upon the completion of your coursework and financial obligation.
The PHR Exam, or Professional in Human Resources Exam, is a prestigious certificate awarded by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). By achieving this designation, you will effectively show potential employers and those in the industry that you possess the knowledge as well as practical experience in human resource management necessary to pass this thorough exam.
Obtaining certification shows that you are dedicated to advancing in your career. Many organizations consider the certified Human Resources Professional to be motivated and knowledgeable, giving them a competitive edge in the field.
HR specialists can make a great salary in a job where they help fellow employees daily. While a lot of factors will go into determining your exact salary, such as years of experience and location, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that the median salary for HR specialists is over $60,000.
The PHR exam consists of 150 mostly multiple-choice questions requiring you to select the best possible answer using your HR knowledge and experience. There are a variety of test items including workplace scenarios. Each question is weighted the same, and there is no partial credit for answers.
The PHR Exam must be taken at a proctored Pearson VUE testing center. Pearson VUE has testing centers nationwide, and you can search for the one closest to you by visiting www.pearsonvue.com/hrci..
Once you’ve earned PHR certification, it is valid for three years. In order to maintain your PHR certification, you will be responsible for earning 60 recertification credits (continuing education) during that three year period. If you do not earn the required 60 credits, you must retake and pass the PHR exam in order to remain certified.
HR specialists are defined as early career HR professionals. You job duties in this position will typically revolve around recruiting and on-boarding new employees including screening candidates, performing background checks, conducting preliminary interviews, and helping with orientation of new employees. Your overall goal, and the indicator of success in your position, is to ensure that the best possible employees are hired into specific roles within your organization. When you’re not actively hiring or on-boarding a new employee, you will be responsible for current employee satisfaction and ensuring productivity remains high.
A typical day for an HR specialist will involve tasks such as updating employee records related to hiring, transfers, promotions and terminations; explaining policies and procedures to new hires; ensuring new hire paperwork is completed; addressing work complaints; informing applicants of duties, benefits, work hours, etc.; coordinating job postings; reviewing resumes; and conducting background and reference checks. There may also be additional duties depending on the size of the organization you work for and the area in which you specialize.
There is absolutely room for advancement in your career as an HR specialist. You can choose to specialize in an area of HR such as recruitment and hiring or benefits. You can also go the opposite direction and continue to add to and broaden your skillset and HR experience in order to move forward in your career and obtain an HR generalist position. Additional education, certifications and on-the-job experience can help you make the move into a role as an HR manager or HR director, and even beyond.
While HR specialists and generalists often work together, their roles are very different. An HR specialist will typically have a well-defined role, and will focus on the same things each day. For example, an HR specialist in charge of recruitment and hiring is not going to be involved in benefit selection or termination procedures. An HR generalist has a much more varied role. In this type of role, you would be required to wear a lot of hats, and would see a constantly changing daily routine with many different jobs duties encompassing a large portion of overall HR tasks for a company.
Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI)
The Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) is a globally-recognized organization that has been credentialing HR professionals for over 40 years. The organization has developed eight certifications that span all stages of a professional HR career as well as continuing education opportunities to help professionals stay up-to-date on best practices. Each of HRCI’s certifications have been accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCAA).
The facilitator was very knowledgeable. Any support, that I did need, was timely. Because of my work schedule, being able to acquire knowledge and bullets in my resume, on-line is invaluable to me. I would recommend it to anyone."
My experience with the professor was great. I received great insight from here while working in my current position. She was very helpful and gave great advice."
Ms. Smith was a great facilitator. I enjoyed learning and building a foundation for Human Resources."
Anna Smith was very helpful. I enjoyed the fact that I could work on the course at my own pace."
I would like to express my gratitude for this wonderful experience. I am so pleased with the level of knowledge gained and the simple way you developed the content of the course. This was a great learning experience!! Thank you for all the effort and time you spent putting together the whole course. I hope I can meet you in person some day. Thank you again for your commitment to your profession and the community."
This program was great! I loved doing it on my time! In fact, I liked it all. I just loved it."
I like the well rounded approach of the course content. It covered a little bit of everything. My facilitator was very knowledgeable, as well as wonderfully responsive and helpful."
My experience with this course was very knowledgeable I would recommend it to all my friends and family. I love it and I will continue to take more courses in the near future."