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Online Human Resources Professional Training Course

The Human Resources Professional course prepares you for a career and professional certification in human resources (HR). This course explores the foundational aspects of HR, including human resource laws, hiring disciplines, and labor relations. You will learn industry-recognized practices that align with the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

By the time you finish the online human resources certification e-course, you will be equipped to start your career in this growing field. Additionally, this course will prepare you to take the HRCI’s Professional Certification in Human Resources (PHR) exam. The PHR certification recognizes that an individual holds the knowledge and experience needed to excel in human resource management.

During this HR training, you will also learn information useful for other certification exams, including SHRM’s Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) exam and the HRCI’s Associate Professional in Human Resources (aPHR) exam.

Course Objectives

What you will learn

  • Comprehensive knowledge needed to sit for the aPHR, PHR, or SHRM-CP certification exams
  • A broad overview of human resources practices
  • Skills for handling recruitment, performance appraisals, and training processes
  • Strategic decision making for compensation and job evaluation
  • Foundational knowledge of U.S. laws and regulations regarding employment practices
  • OSHA rules governing employee health and safety
  • Strategies for implementing retention initiatives
  • Remote work and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) considerations

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 aPHR, PHR, or SHRM-CP certification and set yourself apart
  • Open the door to new career opportunities and higher salaries after obtaining your aPHR, PHR, or SHRM-CP certification, including jobs such as: HR generalist, Recruiter, HR Representative, HR Assistant, HR Specialist, HR Manager, Compensation and Benefits Manager, and more


Registration and Enrollment

This course is 100% online. Start anytime.

  • Getting Started
  • Pretest
  • Introduction to Human Resources
  • HR’s Role in Strategy
  • Affirmative Action
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Making HR Decisions
  • Retention
  • Recruiting
  • Hiring
  • Training Programs
  • Creating a High-Performance Workplace
  • Midterm
  • Appraising and Improving Employees’ Performance
  • Remote Work
  • Workplace Communication, Motivation, and Digital Media
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Employee Health and Safety
  • The Legal Environment
  • Employee Rights and Discipline
  • Investigations
  • Managing Labor Relations
  • Global Human Resources
  • Preparing for the aPHR, PHR, and SHRM-CP Exams
  • Final Exam
  • Resources



There are no prerequisites for taking this course, other than basic computer knowledge.

Certification Requirements:

No HR experience is required to sit for the aPHR exam. You will need a high school diploma, but you don’t need any additional education.

Similarly, no HR experience or degree is required for the SHRM-CP exam; however, a basic working knowledge of HR practices and principles or a degree from a SHRM Academically Aligned program is recommended.

If you plan to take the PHR exam after completing the course, you will need one of the following:

  • A minimum of one (1) year of experience in a professional level HR position with a master’s degree or higher, OR
  • A minimum of two (2) years of experience in a professional level HR position with a bachelor’s degree, OR
  • A minimum of four (4) years of experience in a professional level HR position with less than a bachelor’s degree


Anna Smith

Anna Smith has worked in the human resources field for 30 years and has taught at the 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 Professional in Human Resources from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI), a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources, and an SHRM Senior Certified Professional. Her experience spans many areas of human resources, including recruitment, labor relations, and affirmative action plans.

Ann Nevers

Ann Nevers holds a law degree and a master’s in health law. She has work experience in employee management, hiring, training, and staff development. This includes motivating employees to work to their strengths, preparing new job descriptions, and looking for ways to improve workplace efficiency in a positive work environment.

Ann has used communication, problem-solving, and dispute resolution processes both formally and informally to effectively work through issues. In addition, she has experience both teaching and writing on a number of legal and workplace issues, including health care and employment law.

She is engaged in community volunteer activities, including prior work overseeing a women’s organization with implementation and oversight of new volunteer roles, training, and leadership development. In addition, she has established a newsletter and newsletter team to support the efforts of a local non-profit organization.

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