Human Resources

Whether you're relatively new in your human resources career or a seasoned expert, USF's Office of Corporate Training and Professional Education offers in-depth HR training programs that can help you take the next step. Our programs deliver the skills and credentials that qualify you for a leadership role in this high-demand field.

Human Resources Management Certificate

Gain a comprehensive, practical foundation in human resources with our Human Resources Management Certificate. This program is ideal for new HR professionals transitioning into the field, managers with HR responsibilities, experienced HR professionals seeking to update their skills and SHRM-certified professionals who want to earn recertification credit.

Get the professional training that sets you apart as a leader in the HR field. This comprehensive, 10-course certificate program is made up of courses that address all the HR responsibilities you'll face:

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  • SHRM Essentials of Human Resources
  • HR Law I
  • HR Risk Management
  • Business Acumen for HR Professionals
  • Fundamentals of Compensation
  • HR Performance Management
  • Project Management for HR Professionals
  • Performance Appraisal Systems
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Capstone for the HR Professional

In just three months, you can earn this certificate that will help take your career to the next level. Instruction is delivered in a hybrid learning format of both live online (instructor-led) and self-paced courses.

Advanced Human Resources Management Certificate

Set yourself apart as an HR leader with the Advanced Human Resources Certificate. This program is designed for professionals who have already completed the Human Resources Management Certificate and want to take the next step in their career. This certificate also supports SHRM CPs and SCPs who need to earn SHRM Recertification credit.

Our convenient, five-course program provides a comprehensive, practical foundation in human resources and the skills required for advancement. No matter your career goals, you'll gain HR benefits that will help you get there:

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  • Earn a credential that sets you apart from your colleagues.
  • Boost your earning power and increase your chances of landing a new job or promotion.
  • Earn SHRM Recertification credit.
  • Become a recognized expert and leader in the field.
  • Keep yourself and your organization more competitive in today's economy.
SHRM Essentials of Human Resources

Gain a comprehensive overview of human resources roles and responsibilities in this introductory course. SHRM Essentials of Human Resources covers a wide range of HR topics that provide the industry-specific skills and knowledge you need to advance:

  • Acquire a solid foundation of the skills critical to a successful HR career.
  • Master HR concepts and apply them to everyday situations and issues.
  • Increase your on-the-job confidence and become a better leader.
  • Understand your organization's complex HR issues.
  • Stay up to date on the latest HR laws and regulations.
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  • Boost your earning power and increase your chances of landing a new job or promotion.
  • Keep yourself and your organization more competitive in today's economy with skills and knowledge that boost your productivity.
  • Master HR skills that will help you boost employee retention and engagement.

This convenient course is held in live online sessions on Saturdays. No trips to campus and no interruption to your Monday through Friday role.

SHRM Certified Professional or Senior Certified Professional

Get the in-depth training you need to sit for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam. This exam prep course is ideal for HR professionals who want to earn the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) certificate and become a trailblazer in their field. Gain the credentials, knowledge and skill set that magnifies your value as an employee, enhances your income and supports your employer.

We are an approved SHRM provider, and our experienced instructors lead you through the SHRM Learning System, historically ranked as the best HR certification prep tool. HR professionals who earn this certificate reap benefits to elevate their career now and over the long run:

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  • Stand out from your colleagues with an internationally respected certification.
  • Boost your earning power and chances of landing a new job or promotion.
  • Become a recognized expert and leader in the human resources field.
  • Stay more competitive in today's ever-shifting economy.

Take advantage our flexible exam prep classes. You can choose between the live online, in-person or the self-paced, online course.

Why USF?

SHRM and USF: A 25-Year Partnership

For over 25 years, SHRM and USF have helped Tampa Bay area HR professionals achieve their full potential through certification and recertification credit. And in 2021, SHRM ranked USF #1 in SHRM Essentials Enrollments and #8 in Top 20 Education Partners.


I really enjoyed USF's intensive SHRM prep class. It was such an impactful course that covered all the relevant material in a very short period, Also, my classmates shared great examples that helped reinforce the learning materials.

Why USF?

Expert Instruction

Taught by industry veterans and consultants with hands-on experience.

Why USF?

Flexible Options

Choose from individual classes or the full certificates.

Why USF?

Convenient Courses

Live online courses make it easy for working professionals.

Take Advantage of Cohort Options

The Office of Corporate Training and Professional Education offers a cohort option for many of our programs. When participants attend with colleagues, it allows them study and learn together, reinforcing course concepts. Our cohort services also help foster team cohesion. Whether you're interested in a program cohort for your team or yourself and colleagues, find out why this training could be a cost-effective, powerful option for your organization.

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