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NOVA Workforce offers numerous programs to provide you with focused training in specific areas. This training allows you to develop new skills or enhance skills to become more productive on your job. Our career-oriented programs provide updated skills in high-tech areas and business management. As skills are gained, you develop a competitive spirit to seek advancement in the workplace. Invest in yourself today to advance your career tomorrow.    

This 132-hour program series provides a general overview of the dynamic and growing field of HR management. Courses address human resource fundamentals and provide practical techniques that you can immediately apply to the work setting. You may take Individual courses without pursuing the overall program. Please check class descriptions for prerequisites. All courses are approved for SHRM Professional Development credits. 

This certificate* program is designed for HR professionals at all levels who have limited time to pursue a degree but want to stay current in their field and/or advance their careers.  Our HR Certificate Program combines instruction from outstanding adjuncts who infuse courses with real-world application with the opportunity to earn SHRM Professional Development Credits (PDCs).  To obtain recognition for the HR Management Series Certificate*, you must successfully complete the ten required courses and pass a short comprehensive exam at the end of the program.  To earn individual course completion certificates, you must attend at least 70% of the scheduled class hours for each course and complete all requirements set by the instructor. 

* The NOVA Workforce Human Resources Management Certificate is not the same as having an official SHRM-CP or SHRM-SPC Certification. Only SHRM can award SHRM-CP or SHRM-SPC Certification, which requires passing the SHRM exam and meeting other criteria. NOVA Workforce also offers a SHRM Exam Preparation Course.

Prerequisite: Students must be proficient in spoken and written English to be successful in this program.  

Please refer to the Student Checklist to keep track of your program completion status.

Required Courses:
  • Principles of Human Resource Management  (1040001)
  • Introduction to Employee Benefits  (1040006)
  • Successful Recruiting, Selection & Placement  (1040003)
  • Performance Management  (1040004)
  • Training & Employee Development (1040012)
  • HR’s Role in Organizational Development & Change Management  (1040007)
  • Human Resource Law, Recordkeeping & Compliance  (1040023)
  • Intro to Compensation  (1040005)
  • Ethics in Human Resource Management  (1040021)
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace  (1040024)

Northern Virginia Community College is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is valid for 132 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

Program Details

Classes offered: 10

Classes required for completion: 10

Mandatory Classes: 10

A passing grade is required to receive credit for the classes in this Program.

Classes in this Program may be taken in any order.

Price:  $3,294.00


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