While some human resources certificate programs are offered exclusively at the graduate level, others are available through extension programs and at two-year colleges throughout Orange County. Coursework covers training, management, hiring, and organizational issues for individuals interested in or already working in the field. Some programs offer the option of online courses for some of the required curriculum.
The following are more detailed profiles of five of the Orange County schools that offer certificate programs in human resources, as well as a comparison table that gives the institutions' tuition costs and locations.
Irvine's Brandman University offers a 6-CEU Certificate in Human Resource Management as an online option. Students will study topics like leadership, business management and strategic management. Classes will be delivered in a self-paced format with videos, case studies and the chance for self-assessment.
California State University, Fullerton
California State University's Fullerton campus offers a human resources management certificate through its continuing education department. Students will engage in five courses that add up to 68 hours of material. The 6.8 CEUs of required classes include topics like the fundamentals of human resource management, employee relations and compensation and benefits.
Saddleback College in Mission Viejo is a 2-year school that offers undergraduate programs in over 190 areas. This college offers a 9-credit program leading to a Human Resources Management Occupational Skills Award. The curriculum provides an overview of human resources to help students seek entry-level positions. Courses touch on employment law, business and human relations.
University of California, Irvine
Located in Irvine, UC Irvine Extension offers an array of business and management programs, including a course of study leading to a certificate in human resources management. This program is geared toward individuals working in the field or those who wish to make a career change. To obtain the certificate, students must take six required courses covering organization, law, training and compensation. Students also take two elective courses, choosing from topics in business writing, management, ethics and communication. The program is delivered via a combination of online and classroom instruction.
University of Redlands
The University of Redlands is a 4-year school with nine campuses, including a Santa Ana location. An 18-unit certificate program in human resources management is available through the continuing studies program at the Santa Ana campus. Students learn about recruiting and hiring, employee compensation and benefits, employee performance analysis, legal aspects of human resources and current issues in the field. Students must also take elective courses and can choose from topics in risk management, training and ethics.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Human Resources Certificate Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)|
|Brandman University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Certificate in Human Resource Management||$12,360 (undergraduate)*|
|California State University, Fullerton||4-year, public; large suburb||Human Resources Management Certificate||$1,805 (cost for all courses in program)**|
|Saddleback College||2-year, public; large suburb||Human Resources Management Occupational Skills Award||$1,328 in-state; $10,568 out-of-state (undergraduate)*|
|University of California, Irvine||4-year, public; large city||Certificate in Human Resources Management||$13,738 in-state; $41,752 out-of-state (undergraduate)*|
|University of Redlands||4-year, private not-for profit; small city||Certificate in Human Resources Management||$425 per unit, $7,650 for certificate***|
Source: *NCES College Navigator; California State University, Fullerton**; University of Redlands***