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Human Resources Management Certificate

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Learn more about the Human Resources Management Certificate.

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There is a nonrefundable application fee of $50 to declare candidacy in this program.

Professional Certificate in Human Resources Management

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of human resources, training and labor relations managers and specialists is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations in the coming years.

The Human Resources Management Certificate Program is designed to provide a thorough understanding of human resources management concepts and their practical application in the development of policies and programs. Relevant laws and legal issues are examined, and through electives, participants are able to focus on specific aspects of human resources management that may be of particular interest to their professional or company environment. Special projects, case studies, individual and group projects, and role-playing opportunities provide participants with a wealth of knowledge related to specific interests, goals and objectives.

Participants in this certificate program will examine common issues facing today's employers and the core principles of human resources management, including:

  • Hiring
  • Recruitment
  • Compensation
  • Supervision and retention of staff
  • Employee benefit administration
  • Insurance and risk management
  • Human resources law
  • Labor relations
  • Workers' compensation

Who Can Benefit?

This program is designed for human resources managers, lead supervisors, operations managers, staffing agencies, consultants and others who commonly work with staff in union or non-union environments. While the program is ideally suited for individuals who may already have human resources-related responsibilities (e.g. recruiting, hiring, supervising and/or working with personnel policies), the coursework also provides an avenue for other professionals and participants to familiarize themselves with these practices in order to better prepare them for management-level positions.

International Students

If you are in the University Credit Program (UCP) you may take individual courses that have varying start dates but you cannot enroll online. You must enroll through your student advisor or learn more about UCP here.

Completion Information

Completion Requirements

To earn the certificate, students must successfully complete (grade C or better) a total of 15 units: four required courses (12 units) and three elective units.

Completion Time

The program can typically be completed in nine months to one year. All coursework must be completed within five years.


The cost for the program is approximately $3,500. This does not include textbooks or materials unless otherwise noted.

Transfer Credit

Equivalent courses from other accredited colleges and universities completed within the last three years will be considered for transfer, up to a total of 4 units. All requests must be in writing and students must have paid the certificate application fee. Official transcripts required.



  • David Balch, Ph.D., Professor, Rio Hondo College, Whittier
  • Bryan Bradford, M.P.A., SPHR, Senior Human Resources Analyst, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Diamond Bar
  • Lee Fenstermaker III, M.A., President, Fenstermaker and Associates Training Consultant, Hemet
  • J. Michael Horspool, B.A., Human Resources Analyst and Trainer, Riverside County Human Resources
  • Scott J. Minturn, JD, Attorney at Law, Law Office of Scott J. Minturn, Temecula
  • Barry C. Newton, M.P.A., CCP, President, Creative Management Solutions, Inc., Anaheim
  • Maneeya Pinyavatana, J.D., Human Resources Analyst II, County of Riverside
  • Douglas B. Bartlett, B.S., C.P.A., has over thirty years of experience in public accounting, internal audit and government auditing. Starting with a "Big 8" firm, he audited billion-dollar corporations, then moved to local practice.
  • Kathy MacDougall, M.B.A., has served as a VP, Corporate Director and Manager of Human Resources, a General Manager of a multimillion dollar global manufacturer, and a facility project manager for EIMCO, a division of Baker Hughes, Inc., overseeing their enterprise-wide software solution implementation.
  • Marlon G. Ware, M.B.A., Logistics Officer, U.S. Marine Corps, Twentynine Palms
  • Jiles Smith, B.A., Area EH, S Manager, Mira Loma

Instructor Opportunities

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Additional Information

Textbook Information

If a textbook is required, information is provided in the course listing when scheduled, on the confirmation you receive after enrolling, or by e-mail for an online class.

Master's Degree

Students who earn the Human Resources Management Certificate can apply credit toward a specialized M.B.A. at La Sierra University. To learn more, call La Sierra University at (951) 785-2064.

Industry Connection

Endorsed by Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA), which maintains districts in Riverside, Temecula and Coachella Valley, and by the Inland Empire Chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

Contact Information

Tanya Meza
(951) 827-1723

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

UC Riverside Extension Center
1200 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507-4596

UCR Extension Center

Tel: Work(951) 827-4105 or Toll-Free(800) 442-4990 toll-free
Fax: Fax(951) 827-7273