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SHRM Essentials of Human Resources

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This course is a true introduction to human resource management. The primary focus of this program is to provide participants with a broad overview of the human resource function. The course includes readings, lectures, class discussions, and application activities. The discussions will help students make connections between the readings and the lectures, while the application activities assist in applying new concepts to their workplace.

The Essentials of Human Resources Certificate Program offered by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM®) is designed to commence your career and increase your HR effectiveness.  As an introductory course, this program offers a comprehensive overview to human resource management. This course is specifically designed to challenge you and provide the skills you need to confidently face today’s complex HR situations and compliance issues within your  organization. Through interactive case studies you will benefit from learning a variety of techniques for handling HR challenges.

Offered in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the curriculum provided in the SHRM Essentials of Human Resources is designed by global subject matter experts and incorporates six key topics from the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK). Our course is designed to help you learn and retain the material effectively and efficiently by combining learning materials with expert instruction and peer discussion.

Developed by leading HR experts, HR practitioners, and legal counsel, the SHRM Essentials® of Human Resources covers introductory HR topics in a condensed, easy-to-understand format. Topics include; employment law, selecting qualified employees, compensation, orientation and training, and the performance management process. This program is ideal for those who are new to HR or those who perform HR tasks as a part of their many roles. Access to the web-based software is valid 18 months from the date of purchase.

Who Should Take This Course


Designed as a thorough introduction to HR basics, the SHRM Essentials of Human Resources course provides a solid foundation in human resources concepts and is effective training across multiple job responsibilities and career paths.

  • New and junior HR practitioners who need to increase their knowledge base
  • Small business owners or office managers who perform the HR function for their company and business managers who want to learn basic HR best practices to avoid costly litigation
  • New or experienced managers interested in learning more about employee management skills
  • Representatives selling or supporting HR systems and services
  • International HR personnel wishing to increase their knowledge of U.S. HR practices
  • Job seekers who are investigating HR as a new career option or want to enhance their resume with HR skills

Benefits To You

You’ll benefit from:

  • An experienced, SHRM-certified instructor.
  • A solid HR knowledge foundation to build on as you advance in your career.
  • A structured learning experience that keeps you on track.
  • Opportunities to network and learn from your peers.
  • It sets the stage for further professional development with the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certification.
  • Professional Development Credits (PDCs) or recertification credit hours and a certificate upon completion.

Benefits To Your Employer

SHRM Essentials benefits your entire organization:

  • Reduces the company’s risk of high-cost litigation.
  • Promotes a consistent understanding of the HR function to non-Human Resources.
  • Offers professional development for divisional or departmental supervisors to ensure HR compliance.
  • Develops a common dictionary of HR terms for the entire organization.
  • Enhances the importance of the HR function within your company.
Why You Should Take This Course

Student Testimonials

“The best instructor I have ever had.” “Very personable and engaging speaker. Very open to connecting to our individual situations. Very generous in providing resources for continuing learning and support.” “Excellent teaching style; places responsibility of content knowledge back on students; connects the dots.” “Great instructor, Encourages everyone to participate, listens really well. Follows the practice that no question is silly. Answers everyone’s questions positively.”

Course Outline

Module 1: Human Resource Management

  • Define human resource management
  • Explain the roles and responsibilities of human resource professional
  • Assessing the Internal Environment
  • Explain and strengthen the alignment between strategic planning and HR planning

Module 2: Employment Law

  • Explain the key provisions of legislation that affects HR activities, including:
    • Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964
    • Pregnancy Discrimination Act
    • Age Discrimination in Employment Act
    • Americans with Disabilities Act
    • Civil Rights Act 1991
    • Fair Labor Standards Act
    • Equal Pay Act
    • Immigration Reform and Control Act
    • Family and Medical Leave Act
    • Fair Credit Reporting Act
    • Drug-Free Workplace Act
    • Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
  • Explain the role of the EEOC and how it conducts investigations
  • Describe the purpose and elements of an affirmative action plan

Module 3: Recruitment and Selection

  • Evaluate recruiting methods and their effectiveness
  • Explain the selection process and identify key selection tools
  • Analyze and evaluate job applicants
  • Reconizge biases in the interview process an how to elimante them

Module 4: Compensation and Benefits

  • Explain the basic elements of a total compensation system
  • Understand the role of base pay, incentives and differentials in employee compensation
  • Explain the four key steps of the compensations system design process
  • Provide an overview of benefits commonly offered by employers

Module 5: Employee Development

  • Explain the purposes of orientation, development, and training
  • Explain the importance of learning styles and adult learning principles in developing training
  • Identify key career development tolls
  • identify on-the-job and off-the-job training strategies
  • Explain the four levels of evaluation

Module 6: Performance Management

  • Describe the performance appraisal process and systems
  • Identify common appraisal errors
  • Conduct effective disciplinary meetings
  • identify legal issues to consider during employee terminations
Is there a discount available for current students?

UMBC students and alumni, as well as students who have previously taken a public training course with UMBC Training Centers are eligible for a 10% discount, capped at $250. Please provide a copy of your UMBC student ID or an unofficial transcript or the name of the UMBC Training Centers course you have completed. Asynchronous courses are excluded from this offer.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

Student will receive a refund of paid registration fees only if UMBC Training Centers receives a notice of cancellation at least 10 business days prior to the class start date for classes or the exam date for exams.

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