Human Resource Specialist Certificate (HRSC)

(CIP Code 521001)

24 Semester Hours

The Human Resource Specialist Certificate program is designed to provide fundamental knowledge and entry-level skills necessary for a generalist in human resources. The certificate is designed as a first step to the Management Associate Degree, as a credential for those seeking a first job in human resources where a degree is not required, or as a complement to those working in the human resources field who have no prior background in the discipline. The program offers a broad foundation of knowledge about organizations and how they operate as well as a basic understanding and introduction to key human resources-related tasks. The program introduces students to a variety of topics, such as an overview of the many functions of human resources, principles of management and leadership, employment law, compensation and benefits, and employee selection and retention. Students may apply courses in the Human Resource Specialist Certificate toward the Associate Degree in Applied Science with a major in Management.

Developmental Courses

This program of study requires that all developmental courses must be completed prior to graduation. These developmental courses may or may not be prerequisites to courses required in the program. Developmental courses are determined by placement tests taken at the time of admission into the college. The developmental courses are MAT 013 and RWR 032. These courses do not count for credit in any program of study.


This program requires that CPT 102 (Basic Computer Concepts) must be successfully completed prior to entry in the program or placement into CPT 101 (Introduction to Computers).

courses required to complete this program

Following is a list of courses required to complete this program. Since some courses are offered once a year, courses should be taken in the following sequence in order to complete the program in a timely manner:


BUS 101 Introduction to Business 303

COL 105 Freshman Seminar 303

MKT 135 Customer Service Techniques 303



BUS 128 Employment Law 303

BUS 136 Compensation and Benefits Analysis 303

MGT 201 Human Resource Management 303



IDS 201 Leadership Development 303

MGT 210 Employee Selection and Retention 303



24024Program Total


This program is aligned with the following career cluster: Business, Management & Administration

Program Contact

Fulcher, Diane M. Department Chair