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Human Resource Management Online Undergraduate Certificate Program

can be completed in as little as

3 terms*

*2 terms per semester; each term is 7 weeks



$1,005 3-credit course

Active Duty Military

truED Preferred Tuition

Credit Hours Required


Application Deadline

Fall A: Aug. 15

Upcoming Start Dates

Fall A: Aug. 26

New students start this program the first term of each semester only

Explore Human Resource Management

Designed for both current human resources professionals and those looking to enter the field, Champlain's online human resource management certificate will help you hone your business and people skills, and give you an introduction to the everyday requirements of managing an HR department.

This certificate of undergraduate HR courses online can be taken as a stand-alone program, or can be used as a stepping stone on the way to obtaining your online associate degree in business management or online bachelor's degree in business management. HR professionas should know that our HR degree programs are aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. 


Build Your Career Future

We understand how important it is for busy working adults to gain knowledge and expertise quickly, which is why our human resource management certificate coursework is applicable to the workplace from day one whether it's about recruiting, hiring, retention or other HR skills. Whether you've already earned an undergraduate degree or you're currently pursuing your bachelor's degree, a human resources certificate is a great way to earn a credential in the field, get your resume noticed, and demonstrate proficiency in a focused area of knowledge.

Fast Start Formula Career Bundle

Propel your career even further by upgrading your certificate with our Fast Start Formula Career Bundle designed to get you noticed and get you hired. Gain access to the Fast Start Formula Career Course, the Landing A Job You'll Love Ebook, and live webinars with "hot seat" coaching by Executive Career Coach Jen Morris. 

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Academic Excellence and Recognition

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Regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education

US News & World Report Best Online Bachelor's Degree Programs

Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report

Military Friendly Badge

Designated as a Military Friendly School for our commitment to the military community

Intelligent.com ranks Champlain College Online among best schools with accelerated bachelor's degrees

Named the among the best schools with accelerated bachelor's degrees by Intelligent.com

Gain New Skills with a Certificate

Employment in human resources occupations is projected to grow by 10% percent from 2020 to 2030.*

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2020

Top Reasons to Pursue a Certificate

  • Enter a new field
  • Build new skills
  • Gain knowledge on your way towards a degree
  • Differentiate your resume
  • Earn a credential
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a focused area of learning
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Program Details

Learn more about Champlain's 100% online human resource management undergraduate certificate, designed for working professionals.

Champlain's online human resource management courses encompass the top skills needed by today's HR professionals.


Required Courses (16 Credits):

Students identify and analyze the myriad legal issues surrounding the workplace, employment relationships, human resources, and federal and state regulation of employment. Topics include employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, health and retirement benefits, occupational health and safety, competition and trade secret agreements, sexual harassment, and privacy rights.

Human Resource professionals have to be keenly aware of the employee lifecycle (ELC) - a method used to visualize how an employee engages with a company. The first stage of the ELC is attraction. Regardless of how strong your company is, without attracting great talent, your company will fail.?The second stage, recruitment, is the period where you seek out and recruit the best talent to join your organization.

Occurring after human resource professionals have recruited top talent, the onboarding period is critical to getting new hires well-adjusted to the organizational environment and performance aspects of their new job. During the development period, HR professionals begin to consistently encourage professional development among?their teams, which acts?as a catalyst in their skill development?and also helps provide them with a future career path within the company.

Compensation and Benefits will provide students a detailed understanding of how to develop a Total Rewards Program (TRP), and the strategic choices employers make when selecting TRP financial terms. The course covers the implementation of compensation strategies, benefits packages, work-life balance programs, performance and service recognition strategies, and career development strategies.

Employee retention is focused on keeping top employees, and ensuring they're happy and sufficiently challenged in their respective roles within the organization. The influence of company culture goes a long way in this lifecycle stage. If the culture in the organization is poor, it inevitably leads to high employee turnover rates. In the event an employee leaves the organization, approaching the separation process strategically is critical. When a team member leaves, it has an effect on other members.

In the culminating course for the certificates, students will reframe knowledge and competencies from their certificate into a workable model that is applied through experiential learning models to a professional opportunity. Students will apply these competencies as professional best practice in a project that incorporates relevant research findings from the field.


Completion of certificate content courses before enrolling in this course.

Graduates of the online human resource management certificate program will demonstrate the following industry-specific skills, knowledge, and competencies:

  • Relate the functions of human resource management (HRM) to the organization and how HRM both differentiates from and integrates with other business units.
  • Apply the fundamentals of the Employee Lifecycle to current, real-world workplace scenarios in order to improve employee performance and well-being.
  • Use data and HR analytics to improve human resource outcomes.
  • Compose internal and external communication strategies that support a thriving organizational culture and help to engage potential employees.
  • Practice and apply DEI approaches to build diverse teams, build an equitable culture, and support employee retention.

Champlain College Online's business faculty, led by Department Chair Dr. Albert Orbinati, are expert practitioners in the field. Their industry expertise ensures that our business management curriculum is aligned with the needs of employers, and reflects the skills today’s business professionals need for success. Classes led by our seasoned experts will give you real-world insight into the business world, and create a rich community of career-focused learning.

Alumni of the Champlain College Online undergraduate certificate in human resource management program work in corporations, small businesses, government organizations, and nonprofits nationwide, including:

  • AT&T
  • Cabot Creamery
  • Comcast 
  • Community Bank 
  • Dealertrack Technologies 
  • General Dynamics
  • Grand Valley State University
  • IBM
  • New London Hospital 
  • People's United Bank
  • U.S. Postal Service 
  • Textron Systems 


Titles our alumni hold include:

  • Assistant Manager
  • Contracts Administrator 
  • Education Coordinator
  • Human Resources Assistant 
  • HR Director 
  • Human Resource Administrator 
  • Human Resources Specialist 
  • Manager
  • Payroll and Benefits Administrator
  • Recruiter 
  • Staff Assistant 
  • Supervisor

Many certificate students come to us seeking ways to get noticed at their current employers or to get hired in a new field. Given that, we are hyper focused on increasing the career mobility of our students and that's why we developed the Fast Start Formula Career Bundle, a suite of career offerings designed to help our students get noticed, get hired and land jobs they'll love.

Valued at over $1,000, the career bundle is offered to Champlain College Online students and includes: 

  • Fast Start Formula Course: The Fast Start Formula Course for getting noticed and getting hired is taught by Jen Morris, an executive career coach that we've developed a partnership with to support our students in their job search journeys. This course is online, self-paced and full of tips and tricks to land a job you'll love.
  • Live Webinars: Log-on to ask your specific job search questions, get live “hot seat” coaching and gain valuable insights from leading career coach, Jen Morris.
  • Landing A Job You'll Love Ebook: Download this ebook full of tips and tricks for standing out from the competition. From how to optimize your LinkedIn profile, to insider information on how recruiters work and bypassing the automated application websites, you’ll be sure to learn how rise to the top. 

Upon enrollment in a degree or certificate, your access to the Fast Start Formula Career Bundle will made available to you. 

Tuition & Costs

Online Undergraduate Tuition Fall '23 - Summer '25

$335 per credit
$1,005* per course
$290** per credit for Champlain alumni or associate degree graduates from any college or university
$250 per credit for military service members (family members see truED tuition)
$150 One-time graduation fee

*Based on a 3-credit course; cost will vary if course is a different number of credits

** Starts Summer 2024, not retroactive 

See the undergraduate cost of attendance and fees here

What To Expect at Champlain Online

Expect Convenience

Go to school wherever and whenever is best for you, on the device of your choice.

Expect A Career Focus

Relevant and immediately applicable coursework gets you ready for your next career move

Expect Support

Your dedicated academic advisor provides the support you need to meet your academic goals

Expect Superior Faculty

Learn from practitioner faculty working in the field, with real-world experience and knowledge.

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