Learn to Manage Business’ Most Important Resource!

Designed For
Professionals currently working in human resources who want to improve their practices, advance their organization and/or more effectively manage personal processes and policies. Additionally, individuals looking for a career change or advancement.
Human Resources Business Risk Management 
Human Resources: Fundamentals
Human Resources: Employee Recruitment and Retention
Human Resources: Legal Aspects
Human Resources: Data-Driven Decision Making
Human Resources: Strategies for Business Success
Online | Instructor-led
Each course takes 5 weeks to complete
The full certificate can be completed in 36 weeks
Plan for 3-8 hours of work per week.
12.0 Units | 120 Hours
Course Textbooks
Required textbooks will be listed on individual course pages.

Ask us about Corporate Training.
We can customize this program to fit your organization's specific needs.

Our Human Resources Management Certificate gives you the skills and training necessary to serve as a leader for your organization in recruitment, benefits, employee relations and more. Today’s workplace brings new human resources challenges and it’s more important than ever that organizations are well-prepared to leverage their most valuable assets. Knowledge and insight on all things HR and this experience will help you advance your organization, engage employees and accelerate your career in HR.

This expert-led online course series gives you a strong foundation in essential HR skills and prepares you for a successful career in human resources. After completing this certificate, you will be prepared for success as an HR leader in corporate, government, non-profit or small business settings.

Earn a Digital Credential and Certificate from Oregon State University

Once you have completed this six-course certificate, you'll receive a prestigious Human Resources Management Certificate from Oregon State University to highlight your accomplishment. In addition, you will receive a digital badge, which you can share via Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media platforms to highlight this industry-leading credential.

SHRM Re-Certification-Eligible Online Courses

Oregon State University is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information, please go to our SHRM recertification page for more details.


College Partner

This course is a collaboration between OSU College of Business and Professional and Continuing Education.

  • How to manage and mitigate risks in hiring and exiting employees.
  • Identify the benefits derived from effective HR measures and analysis.
  • Utilize HR programs that have a positive financial impact on business and methods to help businesses better manage HR practices.
  • Linda Marcot

    HR Training

    Linda is President of LMC Partners, Human Capital Consulting and has over 30 years of human capital management experience.  Prior to starting her own business, Linda served as a Principal at Mercer Consulting, an international Human Resources consulting firm.  Over the years she has worked with thousands of companies across a variety of industries and sizes.  Her work focuses on the enhancement of the HR function to meet business goals and the effective management of human capital to drive business results.  Linda has a Masters degree in Education from Cal State University, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts and teaching credential from UCLA. Linda has taught within the UC Extension’s business and management program for over 15 years and been a speaker both nationally and internationally.

  • Alexander A. Wheatley

    Human Resources Training

    Alex Wheatley is an associate with Fisher Phillips in Portland, OR. Alex defends employers in employment-related administrative claims and lawsuits and has litigated several jury trials and argued numerous motions in both state and federal court. He also advises and provides training to company owners and supervisors on issues relating to workplace discrimination, family leave, wage and hour laws, and noncompetition, nonsolicitation, and nondisclosure agreements.

    Alex graduated from the University of Alabama and The Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College. He graduated magna cum laude from Lewis & Clark, where he received the Legal Analysis and Writing Honors Award and served on the Editorial Board of Environmental Law as the Editor for the online journal.

    Alex has been admitted to the bar in both Oregon and Washington

  • Spencer Waldron

    hr training and development

    Spencer Waldron is an associate at Fisher Phillips in Irvine, California. He is an aggressive litigator who has successfully represented clients in mediation, arbitration, in front of governmental agencies, as well as state and federal court proceedings.  Spencer has special experience in the areas of wage and hour laws, employee compensation plans, laws regulating drug testing and background checks, and harassment/discrimination claims. 

    Spencer has litigated numerous multi-plaintiff cases and class-action cases, including wage and hour claims, claims brought under the California Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and analogous state laws, state and federal prevailing wage laws. 

    Spencer has also successfully defended employers against cases brought by individual plaintiffs, including claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.  Likewise, he has handled audits conducted by the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), the United States Department of Labor (DOL), and the Employment Development Department (EDD).

    Additionally, Spencer provides preventive HR training and development to clients on various personnel issues, including background checks, drug testing, employee classification issues, strategic restructuring and layoffs, disciplinary issues, termination, medical leaves, FMLA/CFRA compliance, employee compensation agreements, and general employment policies and procedures.

  • Kathleen Sullivan

    Kathleen Sullivan has over 15 years of Leadership Experience including high-tech, healthcare, engineering and service focused. She holds an M.A. in Organizational Management, is SPHR certified and has an executive coaching certificate. Kathleen focuses on

    • Leadership Development and Coaching
    • Facilitating Leadership Development Programs
    • Strategic Planning
    • Workforce Planning and Development
    • Talent Management Processes and Strategies
    • Succession Planning
    • Consulting HR on M&A/due diligence/integration strategies
    • Improving Employee Engagement
    • Change Management
    • Performance Management
    • Utilizing Assessment Tools to Develop People and Improve Performance