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Upcoming dates for this program:

  • 09/26/2017 - 10/10/2017
  • 10/17/2017 - 10/31/2017
  • 11/30/2017 - 12/14/2017
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Essentials of HR Certificate Program

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Today’s HR professional has more responsibilities and faces higher expectations than ever before. In order to meet the challenges of the modern day HR world it is critically important that you establish a solid HR foundation.

In this three-day crash course you will learn the essential elements of the human resources function. You will discover the fundamental regulatory and compliance knowledge that you need to protect yourself and your organization. You will discuss hiring, new employee orientation, record keeping, ADA, EEO, discrimination, harassment, safety, FLSA, COBRA, HIPAA, FMLA, compensation, benefits, disciplinary issues, and much more.

The Essentials of HR Certificate Program is structured to take place one day a week over three weeks. As a participant in this program, you will receive a free copy of CAI’s North Carolina Employers’ Desk Manual.

Who Should Attend

  • New and junior HR professionals who would like to increase their knowledge of fundamental HR practices
  • Other professionals with HR responsibilities who need to know how regulatory and compliance issues affect their organization
  • International HR personnel who would like to increase their knowledge of the fundamental HR practices in the United States

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Describe the four steps in a successful hiring process
  • Avoid discriminatory hiring practices
  • Understand immigration requirements of employers 
  • Understand record and retention requirements
  • Understand how key legislation like ADA, EEO, GINA and the Civil Rights Act affects employers
  • Develop harassment and discrimination policies
  • Identify best practices in workplace safety
  • Understand compensation-based legislation including FLSA and the Equal Pay Act
  • Understand benefits-based legislation including Workers Comp, COBRA, HIPAA and FMLA
  • Communicate performance standards and expectations
  • Apply a fair and consistent progressive discipline process
  • Understand the key considerations when conducting layoffs/reductions in force

Topics Covered:

  • Role of HR
  • Recruiting and Selection
  • Employment Discrimination    
  • New Employee Paperwork   
  • Sexual Harassment   
  • Personnel Files and Record Keeping
  • Workplace Violence   
  • Compensation   
  • OSHA   
  • Job Descriptions
  • Benefits Administration
  • Counseling, Discipline, and Discharge


CPE Field of Study(s): Personnel/HR

16.5 HR HRCI Credits


16.5 SHRM PDCs


CLE Credits: None

CPE Credits: 20