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Program Overview

This nine-month program is designed for human resources staff who want to develop skills to take on more responsibility or those with supervisory experience who want to begin a career in HR. Designed by an advisory board of UW faculty and human resource professionals, this program emphasizes how disciplines of human resources can be integrated to address workplace effectiveness. The courses cover all major areas of human resources as identified by the leading national certifications in human resources. Students participate in case studies, group projects and discussions of practical, real-life work situations that make the program relevant to today's workplace issues and environment. You'll benefit from the experience and insights of course instructors who are leading human resource professionals and network with a distinguished peer group of human resource professionals, making contacts you'll value throughout your career.


The Human Resources Manager

This first course lays the foundation for the certificate by presenting a comprehensive overview of the role of the human resources professional, and by examining the scope of HR as a strategic business partner within an organization. In this course you will:

  • Identify the role of human resource generalist in an organization.
  • Discuss career opportunities.
  • Examine strategic or value-added HRM practices.
  • Discuss the advantages of working with local/national affiliations and resources (LWHRA, HRCI, SHRM).
  • Examine the impact of technology on human resources processes and procedures.
  • Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of outsourcing.
  • Discuss future HR trends and developments.

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Employee Relations

Emphasizes human resource compliance with employment laws and regulations, as well as practical skills for managing the employee relations function.Course covers privacy in the workplace, employee assistance programs, harassment, substance abuse testing, employee handbooks, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. In this course you will learn how to:

  • Apply State and federal employment laws governing the need for family and medical leave.
  • Understand anti-discrimination laws governing the employment relationship.
  • Investigate discrimination and whistleblower complaints.
  • Learn processes for handling grievances.
  • Apply progressive discipline techniques.
  • Learn techniques for crisis intervention and dispute resolution.
  • Discuss the role of HR in labor relations.
  • Discuss the use and content for employee handbooks.

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Employee Benefits

This course covers characteristics of employee benefits including life, disability and health care insurance, retirement plans and healthcare reform updates.

Topics include:

  • Cost of benefits
  • Statutory coverages
  • Design of medical benefit programs
  • Funding employee benefit plans
  • Employee benefit rights
  • Tax considerations
  • Current issues in employee benefits
  • Health reform updates
  • Supreme Court ruling on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  • Regulations pursuant to the FMLA

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Strategic Staffing

Intensive introduction to workforce planning, sourcing and recruiting, matching, selecting, acquiring, deploying, and retaining talent.  Delivered in a hybrid format with some classes online. In this course you will:

  • Discuss how strategic staffing differs from traditional staffing
  • Examine the HR manager's role in strategic staffing/workforce forecasting and planning
  • Understand the impact of the changing demographics of today's applicants/employees -- generation x, millennial, approaching retirement, cultural and ethnic diversity etc.
  • Utilize multiple recruiting venues.
  • Write and critique job descriptions/competency-based position profiles.
  • Examine a variety of sourcing and selection tools.
  • Identify the phases of the employment life cycle.
  • Understand employment relationships and compliance with ADA and Affirmative Action issues.
  • Utilize tools to measure the success of the talent management process
  • Discuss workforce planning and management systems and technologies

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Training and Staff Development

Master the concepts, knowledge, and skills necessary to manage a training and development function. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

In this course you will learn to:

  • Understand the relationship between organizational strategy and training and staff development.
  • Utilize multiple needs assessment techniques.
  • Recognize and write strong and clear training objectives.
  • Apply theoretical concepts and models to training design.
  • Develop training interventions using a variety of methods.
  • Use a variety of tools and tactics for implementing training.
  • Identify appropriate training metrics for desired training outcomes.
  • Create a strategic training plan.

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Compensation, Reward Systems and Performance Management

Compensation plan structure and design; incentive compensation systems and non-economic rewards; and development of criteria and standards for performance review. In this course, you will learn how to:

  • Examine compensation plan structure and design.
  • Review job pricing and salary surveys.
  • Incorporate incentive compensation systems and non-economic rewards.
  • Develop criteria and standards for performance review.
  • Link pay plans to strategic/business objectives.
  • Incorporate effective appraisal systems that link to management objectives and compensation.

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Who would benefit from this program?

This program is designed for early-career or uncertified human resources professionals and individuals who want to transition from other job roles into the human resources field. Certified human resources professionals may use these classes to earn professional development credits for continued certification.

Program Schedule

Term Course Dates Time Early Bird Deadline
Fall The Human Resources Manager Mon 10/05/2020 - 12/14/2020 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 09/20/2020
Fall Employee Relations Wed 9/30/2020 - 12/16/2020 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 09/15/2020
Winter Employee Benefits Mon 01/11/2021 - 03/29/2021 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 12/28/2021
Winter Strategic Staffing Wed 01/13/2021 - 03/17/2021 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 12/30/2021
Spring Training and Staff Development Wed 04/14/2021 - 06/16/2021 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 03/31/2021
Spring Compensation, Reward Systems and Performance Management Mon 04/12/2021 - 06/21/2021 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 03/29/2021

Recommended Qualifications

No application required.

Some college experience recommended. Two years of experience in an HR and/or a supervisory role in another industry recommended.

Experience using Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. Internet access required.

Open Enrollment

Unique to UW Tacoma is the ability to start a certificate with any course in the program - whether it starts Fall Term, Winter Term or Spring Term. You have two years from the start of your first course to complete the certificate program. Upon successful completion of all program requirements, participants earn a Certificate in Human Resources Management from the University of Washington Tacoma and 150 hours or 15 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Participants must meet the minimum standard of 80% for attendance and completion of coursework.