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Certificate Program in Human Resources Management

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.

Additional Details

Federal Financial Aid Available:

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 3.9 or higher (effective to those who register beginning Sept. 1, 2016). All coursework must be completed within five years of registering for the certificate. 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.

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 $8,900 (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.

Advising Services

Special Instructions for International Students

There are no admission requirements for international students who wish to complete a course or certificate online. You may register for any online course available for enrollment. Follow the registration and enrollment process for the online course you have selected.

If you are an international student who would like to study in the U.S. and require a student visa, you must apply and be officially accepted into UC Berkeley Extension's Evening Certificate Programs before enrolling in any courses associated with this certificate. Apply now.

Please review our International Student Policies for additional information.

Additional Information

Interested in Taking the PHR or SPHR Exam?
We highly recommend first completing the certificate program before taking either exam prep course through the HR Certification Institute. Certification requires you to sit for a three-hour exam, which tests knowledge in six core areas of Human Resources. The PHR exam has a pass rate of about 65 percent, and the SPHR exam has a pass rate of about 55 percent. Certification lasts for three years. In order to recertify, you have to either complete 60 hours of approved ongoing education/professional development in HR or take the exam again. Refer to the HR Certification Institute for details.

Recertification Through HR Certification Institute

The required courses in this certificate have been approved for recertification credit hours toward Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) recertification through the HR Certification Institute. The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute's® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

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

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