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With the Certificate Program in Human Resource Management, you can develop the knowledge, methods and skills necessary to meet the human resource challenges of today's changing workplace and workforce. With courses developed by top HR professionals and approved for recertification credits by the HR Certification Institute, the certificate gives you a strong foundation in current HR best practices. It also prepares you to lead the strategic deployment of human capital in today's corporations, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and small businesses. The curriculum is overseen by an advisory board of business and education leaders and approved by the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, ensuring your education is relevant and up-to-date. Courses are taught by working human resource professionals with many years of practical experience. Join our email list to stay informed about this certificate, or attend a free in-person information session.


Required CoursesBegin the program with Aligning Human Resource Initiatives With Business Success BUS ADM X493.5.
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
BUS ADM X493.5 Aligning Human Resource Initiatives With Business Success 1 Classroom Available
BUS ADM X452.3 Effective Performance Management 2 Classroom Available
BUS ADM X450.8 Employee Recruitment, Selection and Placement 2 Classroom Available
BUS ADM X454.4 Employee Relations 1 Classroom Available
BUS ADM X482.2 Human Resource Systems and Technology 2 Classroom Available
BUS ADM X417.5 Introduction to Human Capital Analytics 2 Online, Classroom Available
BUS ADM X493.9 Talent Management and Workforce Development 2 Classroom Available
BUS ADM X493.8 Total Compensation 2 Classroom Available
ElectivesYou may choose any UC Berkeley Extension course offered in Business and Management to be taken for elective credit, but you must first check with the department for approval.
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
BUS ADM X413.7 Consulting With Influence: A Workshop for Internal and External Organization Consultants 2 Not Available
BUS ADM X490.7 Designing Training Programs 2 Classroom Available
BUS ADM X450 Employee Benefit Plans 2 Online Available
BUS ADM X455.2 Employment Law 2 Classroom Available
BUS ADM X450.1 Essentials of Human Resources 2 Online, Classroom Available
BUS ADM X434.1 Internal Workplace Mediation for the Human Resources Professional 2 Classroom Not Available
BUS ADM X491.2 Organization Development and Change 2 Classroom Available
BUS ADM X491 Performance Analysis and Needs Assessment 1 Classroom Available
BUS ADM X499.1 Training and Learning in Organizations 2 Not Available

Course availability is subject to change. Courses offered in both online and classroom environments are interchangeable; if both delivery options are available, you may choose either option.

To enroll, click on a course title above and choose a section. You may enroll in individual courses without registering for a certificate or program.

Prerequisites for Admission

Essentials of Human Resources BUS ADM X450.1; bachelor's degree highly recommended.

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum consists of 8 required core courses (14 units) and 4 semester units of electives (usually 2 courses) for a total of 18 semester units (273 hours of instruction). Candidates must pay a nonrefundable certificate registration fee.

All courses must be taken for a letter grade. To receive the certificate, you must maintain an overall minimum 2.5 grade point average, with a grade of C or better in each course. A Certificate with Distinction will be awarded to those who complete the certificate with a GPA of 3.7 or higher. All coursework must be completed within five years of enrolling in the first required course. By taking two courses per term, you can complete the certificate within five semesters (one to two years).

How to Register

By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum. To register online for the Certificate Program in Human Resource Management, complete these two steps:

  1. Submit the online registration, and complete your student account profile if you are a new student.
  2. Pay the nonrefundable registration fee through your shopping cart.

You may also send the mail-in registration form with your credit card information or personal check.

We recommend that you register for the certificate before you begin your second course in the curriculum.

Estimated Cost

Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fee at the time of enrollment. The certificate has an estimated total cost of $7,700 (not including course materials or registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.

Certificate and Award Request

Once you have completed the certificate coursework, notify UC Berkeley Extension that you have completed the curriculum and request your certificate. Send an email to or call (510) 642-4231. After your records have been reviewed, verified, and approved, your certificate will be sent to you in the mail. The review of your records is usually completed within six to eight weeks after you request the certificate.

Advisory Board

Melissa Albers
HR Manager

Program Graduate Student Representative

Dr. Cristina Banks, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer and Campus Adviser
Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Group
Haas School of Business
UC Berkeley

Allan Brown
Vice President, Rewards, Systems and Analytics
UC Berkeley Extension Instructor

Larry Daniel
Marin County Department of Human Resources

Jason Jimenez
HR Supervisor
Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Brian Kundert
Division HR Director

Resa Peay-Wainwright
Senior Human Resources Practitioner
UC Berkeley Extension Instructor

Stacia Sherman Garr
Lead Analyst and Senior Manager
Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting

Paul Emery
Director, Business, Technology, and Engineering
UC Berkeley Extension

Tom McGuire
Program Director, Business, Technology, and Engineering
UC Berkeley Extension

Rebecca Roos
Program Coordinator, Business, Technology, and Engineering
UC Berkeley Extension

On-Site Training

UC Berkeley Extension offers customized programs tailored to your corporate training specifications and delivered where and when you choose. Designed to fit your needs, time frame and budget, our convenient on-site training aims to increase employee performance and retention without losing precious work time. Learn more.