Human Resource Specialist Certificate

Human resources play a vital role in how companies work because they help and take care of the most important part of any company – its workers. Studying human resources can lead to many interesting job options in different industries. Oakton's Human Resource Specialist Program teaches you the basics for a career in HR and helps you earn certificates that companies recognize. Even if you already have a bachelor's degree and work, this program can help you gain important skills for starting a career in human resources or improving your existing skills.

Courses in the program cover extensive topics in human resource management, such as:

  • Employee staffing and selection.
  • Training and development.
  • Compensation and benefits administration.
  • Human resource law.
  • Managing diversity.
  • Conflict management.
  • Change management.
  • Organizational behavior.
  • Negotiations.


The certificate is 18 semester credit hours with the following requirements and learning objectives. If you have questions about the certificate program and need some help planning your next steps, contact the Office of Advising, Transitions and Student Success. Review the program requirements and other details in our course catalog:

Human Resource Specialist Certificate

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