Online Certified Human Resources Professional Training Course

Online Human Resources Professional Training Course

Human capital is the single most important asset in any business, and human resources professionals are charged with protecting these assets. This 100% online human resources training course will prepare you for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Associate Professional in Human Resources (aPHR) certification exams offered by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). You also will prepare for the Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) exam. By course completion, you will be fully equipped to advance your career as a certified Human Resources Professional in only six months.

Excelsior took all of my credits. I was able to jump right into upper-level courses.

Kevin Feeley
BS in Electrical Engineering
HVCC Class of 2005

Job Outlook for Human Resources Professionals

  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates an 8% job growth for human resources specialists and a slightly higher rate of growth for those in management roles. This will equal an additional 33,000 job openings over the next eight years.
  • The median human resources specialist salary is nearly $62,000, with top earners making more than $105,000 annually.

Online Certified Human Resources Professional Training Course FAQs

While a certification is not required to work as a human resources specialist, the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification is one of the most widely known and respected credentials in the field of human resources. It is also a requirement by most employers before you will be considered for higher-level human resources roles.

Yes. This Human Resources Professional training course will prepare you for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and the Associate Professional in Human Resources (aPHR) exams offered by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). This course also prepares you for the Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) exam. According to, those who have PHR certification get promoted faster and have a median salary that is $20,000 higher than those who do not.

Absolutely. Every organization, large or small, needs someone who can help them with employee relations. A career in human resources can be whatever you make it. There are dozens and dozens of specialties and career paths to fit almost anyone interested in helping others while improving relations between employers and employees.

Online Certified Human Resources Professional Training Course Objectives

  • Learn industry-recognized practices that align with the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
  • Be fully prepared for the Professional in Human Resources or the Associate Professional in Human Resources certification from HRCI. You will also be prepared for the Certified Professional certification by SHRM.
  • Understand human resources practices and valuable skills related to recruitment and training.
  • Gain foundational knowledge of employment laws and regulations.
  • Develop retention initiatives and best practices for strategic decision making.
  • Learn strategies for implementing retention initiatives, remote work, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) considerations.

Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no specific prerequisites for taking this course. However, HRCI requires that you meet one of the following criteria in order to sit for PHR certification:

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


  • Introduction to Human Resources

    Learn about opportunities in the HR field and the skills you will need for success.

  • Human Resources' Role in Strategy

    Learn how to create compelling vision and mission statements, policies, and metrics grounded in business strategy.

  • Affirmative Action

    Learn the full spectrum of affirmative action, how to create an affirmative action plan, and information on the AAP you will need to know.

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Understand what diversity, equity, and inclusion is and why it is a good thing in an organization as you learn to foster inclusiveness in your organization.

  • Making HR Decisions

    Learn how to make decisions based on various company growth strategies and how to use HRIS software as well as job analysis as a tool for decision-making.

  • Retention

    Learn the top reasons employees leave a company and how you can encourage them to stay, as well as the importance of career development, training programs, and succession planning.

  • Recruiting and Hiring Employees

    Understand how to write a job ad that will attract candidates, effectively review résumés, properly prepare for an interview, and formally make a job offer.

  • Training Programs

    Learn the basics of training, including the design, development, implementation, analysis, and evaluation of training programs.

  • Creating a High-Performance Workplace

    Learn how to ask employees for input and act on it, delegate authority, keep communication open, and continuously ask for feedback as you strive to develop a high-performance workplace.

  • Appraising and Improving Employee's Performance

    Learn the purpose of performance appraisals and the key elements. Identify the most common biases and errors that affect performance appraisals.

  • Remote Work

    Understand the current state of remote and hybrid work. Evaluate the best practices and legal considerations for remote and hybrid work.

  • Workplace Communication, Motivation, and Digital Media

    Learn the importance and best practices for networking and relationship building. Identify different ways to improve employee motivation.

  • Compensation and Benefits

    Understand all the things that must be considered when designing a compensation and benefits package.

  • Employee Health and Safety

    Learn the ins and outs of complying with OSHA, protecting against workplace hazards, and investigating, recording, and preventing accidents and employee illnesses.

  • The Legal Environment

    Gain knowledge of employment law as well as an understanding of equal employment opportunity, avoiding discrimination, and what happens when an employee files an EEOC claim.

  • Employee Rights and Discipline

    Learn the laws that protect employee rights and privacy and how to properly monitor and document behavior and discipline employees.

  • Investigations

    Learn why it is so important to investigate problems as well as the steps of an effective investigation, including preparing, conducting, and wrapping it up.

  • Managing Labor Relations

    Get a quick overview of the history of unions as you learn how they work and why employees join them.

  • Global Human Resources

    Understand the basics of staffing strategy, cultural differences, HR in other countries, choosing global employees, and issues faced by expatriates.

  • Preparing for the aPHR, PHR, and SHRM-CP exams Exam

    Review the subjects that the aPHR, PHR, and SHRM-CP exams cover. Identify the testing requirements and prepare for your exam.


Anna Smith
Anna Smith has worked in the field of human resources 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 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.

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