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Schedule & Fees

Courses below designate a Tuesday track of classes. Courses are held on the CSUSM campus and meet from 6:00-9:00pm. It is not recommended to double up on course offerings.


Date (Tuesdays)


Performance Management

Jan. 8 - Feb. 19, 2019

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Training and Development 2.0

Mar. 5 - Apr. 16, 2019

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Benefit Fundamentals

Apr. 30 - June 11, 2019

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Compensation Fundamentals

June 25 - Aug. 6, 2019

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Strategic Role of Human Resource (Capstone)*

Aug. 20 - Oct. 1, 2019

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HR Role in Today's Workplace Oct. 15 - Nov. 26, 2019
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Legal Issues for HR Professionals*

Jan. 7 - Feb. 18, 2020

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Talent Acquisition and Retention Strategies*

Mar. 3 - Apr. 21, 2020

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Fee: Entire certificate $4,552*, or individual courses $569* each
*Includes course materials and parking permit. Does NOT include required textbooks.
*CSUSM alumni & students receive a 15% savings. Call to register and receive your savings!
*MyCAA funding approved  

Human Resources' Role in Today's Workplace

This foundation course provides you with an overview of the human resource function and the key roles and responsibilities for helping an organization become an industry "employer of choice". Class discussions focus on a variety of topics, including recruiting and retention; managing a diverse workforce; legal issues; compensation; safety issues; performance management; and future trends in human resources.

Workplace Applications:

  • Understand the purpose of Human Resources Management within the organization
  • Demonstrate an understanding of employment and labor law
  • Develop a successful recruiting strategy
  • Understand the value of the training process
  • Create an environment that retains top talent
  • Implement a successful safety management program

Course Prework: Read Chapter 1: Human Resource Management in Organizations, and Chapter 3: Equal Employment Opportunity 

Required Textbook: Human Resources Management 15th Edition. Authors: Robert L. Mathis & John H. Jackson & Sean R. Valentine. This book is available through Cengagebrain or Amazon.

Legal Issues for HR Professionals*

Each day, HR professionals interpret a variety of state, federal and local laws associated with various employment-related situations. This course will assist you in becoming better informed about how your role and responsibilities can impact the organization’s overall bottom line. You’ll also learn how written policies and procedures impact employees and the organization, and how you can minimize the company’s exposure to costly employee lawsuits and administrative fees.

Workplace Applications:

  • Realize the various legal considerations of hiring, promotion and termination issues
  • Correct structuring employee handbooks, documentation and employment policies
  • Distinguish between state and Federal regulations and guidelines for anti-discrimination laws
  • Conduct workplace investigations and effectively dealing with employee privacy issues

Course Prework: Read Chapter 3: Recruiting and Hiring, and Chapter 5: Verfiying Eligibility to Work

Required Textbook: 2019 California Labor Law Digest. Order the text book online or call 800-331-8877 to receive a student discount. Please request the newest version available.

Talent Acquisition & Retention Strategies*

In this course, you will learn about legal considerations in employment to keep your company safe.  We will discuss the importance of company culture and ideas on how to create a talent acquisition strategy.  You will learn how to develop a recruiting plan that quickly and efficiently attracts and retains the workforce talent that your organization needs to succeed in today’s competitive workplace.  In-class discussions and projects will incorporate your own work-related situations and highlight ways to simultaneously increase the candidate selection pool, heighten employee loyalty and improve retention rates.

Workplace Applications:

  • Awareness of legal considerations in employment
  • Crafting a talent acquisition strategy
  • Developing a recruiting plan that efficiently attracts top talent
  • Incorporating various assessments to increase your selection success rate
  • Creating a culture to retain top talent

Course Prework: Read Chapter 3: Equal Employment Opportunity

Required Textbook: Human Resources Management 15th Edition. Authors: Robert L. Mathis & John H. Jackson & Sean R. Valentine. This book is available through Cengagebrain or Amazon.

Performance Management*

Creating effective systems that provide the information necessary to manage employee performance is more critical than ever. You will learn strategies and methods for evaluating performance and diagnosing performance problems, interpersonal skills and competencies for improving communication with employees, and coaching and counseling techniques that make performance interventions more effective.

Workplace Applications:

  • View performance management as a systematic process
  • Link individual performance to organizational goals and objective
  • Effectively design performance appraisal tools
  • Enhance coaching skills to make performance interventions more effective
  • Handle terminations and disciplinary actions with confidence

Course Prework: Read Chapter 10: Performance Management Chapter and Appraisal

Required Textbook: Human Resources Management 15th Edition. Authors:  Robert L. Mathis & John H. Jackson & Sean R. Valentine. This book is available through Cengagebrain or Amazon

Training & Development 2.0

This highly interactive course will provide you with knowledge of current trends in Training & Development (T&D) and give you hands-on experience in applying the major elements of training, including conducting a needs assessment, designing and developing a training module, facilitating training, and applying the best evaluation methodologies to measure the effectiveness of your training. You will be able to link training to your organization’s business objectives, training and development strategy, and employees’ development needs.

Workplace Applications:

  • Use a Performance Consulting approach to determine if training is the right solution to a performance issue
  • Conduct a needs analysis to identify gaps in performance
  • Write measurable learning objectives
  • Design a training module
  • Facilitate an organization development intervention
  • Define four levels of evaluation and use two of them
  • Give constructive feedback in evaluating a training design

Required Textbook: There is no textbook required for this course

Benefits Fundamentals

Explore the use of benefits and services that meet both your employees’ needs and company's vision. Class discussions will focus on various welfare (life insurance, medical, dental, vision), and pension plans, pricing strategies, and employee services, as well as how to administrate them. You will also learn about the latest innovations in benefits and services that other companies have installed as part of their total benefits package.

Workplace Applications:

  • Incorporate appropriate Government Regulations of Benefits Plans
  • Know the difference and applications for health, welfare and retirement plans
  • Administer and communicate of employee benefits
  • Analyze employee benefits programs and identify the critical issues associated with different types of benefits

Required Textbook: How to Series for the HR Professional, Employee Benefit Basics (e-Book). Please purchase this textbook online prior to the first class meeting.

Compensation Fundamentals

In today’s economy, it is critical for an organization to offer a competitive compensation package that is appealing to potential employees as well as cost effective for the company. This course covers the essentials of compensation management, including organizational strategies; program development and design; important terms and definitions; and a review of the related legal environment. You will use examples from your own work environments to immediately integrate your new knowledge and skills into your compensation responsibilities.

Workplace Applications:

  • Identify and use competitive practice information
  • Know applicable government regulations, including reporting and disclosure requirements
  • Review variable pay programs and creating an appropriate pay structure design
  • Understand and apply appropriate job analysis and evaluation processes
  • Realize the importance of identifying the organization’s philosophy, objectives and strategy

Required Textbook: Human Resources Management 15th Edition. Authors:  Robert L. Mathis & John H. Jackson & Sean R. Valentine. This book is available through Cengagebrain or Amazon.

The Strategic Role of Human Resources*(*)

*This is a capstone course for the program. Students must have completed all other courses before enrolling in this course.

This capstone course integrates all of the program courses and provides strategies and skills needed to position HR as a strategic partner in the organization. HR professionals will need to be knowledgeable about addressing issues such as change management, appropriate restructuring options, and essential core competencies needed for the organizations’ employees. In this class, you will focus on measuring HR’s overall effectiveness in implementing initiatives such as change management, restructuring options, and development of core competencies of a successful senior level HR professional.

Workplace Applications:

  • Learn how to conduct and utilize a SWOT analysis
  • Distinguish between the three major business strategies – Low cost leadership, differentiation or customer relationship
  • Prepare an HR Action Plan that is aligned with the business plan
  • Use power and influence to significantly increase the likelihood of getting people to do what you need them to do
  • Address the challenges and strategies for managing a change initiative
  • Developing and leveraging a strategic mind-set

Required Textbook: There is no textbook required for this course

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