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Target Audience

  • Global professionals from for-profits, NGOs, and governmental agencies
  • Line-level HR professionals
  • Anyone who performs HR functions
  • Aspiring HR professionals


Human Resources Essentials Certificate from Cornell ILR School

48 Professional Development Hours (4.8 CEUs)

15 Professional Development Units (PDUs) toward PMI recertification

42 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification

Certificate Description

Human resources is a broad topic that touches on many facets of an organization. But there are some core concepts that all HR practitioners should know.   This certificate in Human Resources Essentials will discuss those concepts and give you the set of skills you need to get started.  Whether you are new to HR, perform the HR function in addition to other roles, or need to have an understanding of the HR role, this certificate will give you a strong foundation to make a difference in your organization.  Equipping you to hire the right team, communicate effectively and handle any workplace issues, this series is essential for anyone touching the HR role.

The courses in this certificate will equip you to:

  • Train managers to deliver effective performance feedback, rate employees accurately, and mitigate legal risk

  • Critically assess whether organizational and HR practices are likely to exacerbate or reduce the negative outcomes associated with unconscious bias

  • Familiarize yourself with the employee development landscape at your organization

  • Diagnose the root causes of a situation and determine who in the organization will be the primary focus of an intervention

  • Assemble the different dimensions of interpersonal communication and apply them to difficult conversations

  • Determine current workforce needs with an eye to future changes and skills that might be needed

  • Develop a hiring plan that maximizes your likelihood of a good hire and communicate effectively with job candidates

  • Create a workplace atmosphere that reduces the occurrence of behavior issues and learn how to resolve issues as they arise

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