Revised and Updated HRM Certificate

Human Resource Management 13-credit certificate delivered fully online

The Business department at Inver Hills Community College has revised and updated the Human Resource Management (HRM) certificate curriculum. Hamid Kazeroony, SPHR, business faculty at Inver Hills, reported that the 13-credit HRM certificate is delivered fully online, adding that students earning the certificate are obtaining the HR operations knowledge they need to pursue rewarding careers in human resources, a field rich with a wide variety professional opportunities.

“Our revised and updated HRM certificate provides the opportunity for students to complete the certificate program in two terms,” Dr. Kazeroony said. “Students completing the certificate are prepared to sit for the Associate Professional in Human Resources® (aPHR®) exam offered by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).”

HRM Certificate Core Curriculum

BUS 1100: Introduction to Business Application and Computing — 4 credits

Introduces software applications designed to increase personal and organizational productivity. Applications include Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Other topics include a survey of open-source content management systems, relational databases, web analytic tools, computer security, safety, ethics, and privacy concerns.

Course Outline for BUS 1100

BUS 1119: Human Relations in Business — 3 credits

Examines human behavior and interaction in the organization. Emphasis is placed on developing more productive working relationships, and achieving desired results. Topics include: employer/employee relations, communication techniques, conflict management, work force diversity, and developing and managing effective teams, motivation, training, and development, talent management, developing leaders, and performance management.

Course Ouline for BUS 1119

BUS 1131: Legal Environment of Business — 3 credits

Introduces business students to legal topics that impact business. This course addresses legal reasoning, legal procedures, constitutional law, torts, contracts, the sale of goods under the uniform Commercial Code, business organizations, unfair competition, consumer protection, bankruptcy and employment law.

Course Outline for BUS 1131

BUS 1122: Human Resource Management — 3 credits

Presents the evolving nature of Human Resource professionals’ role in organizations. Topics include the strategic, administrative, and operational roles of Human Resource professionals, the strategic planning process, assessing internal and external environment of organization, measuring HR strategic contributions, examining ethical challenges, and formulating policies and creating implementation process in responding to legislative and regulatory environment.

Course Outline for BUS 1122

Total credits: 13

More about Business and Accounting at Inver Hills…

The Business and Accounting departments provide a collaborative and diverse environment designed to enrich student learning. Our faculty deliver vigorous curricula with a global mindset that encourages our students to lead value-driven and ethical lives.

The Business and Accounting mission is crystalized in two key ways:
  • Membership in the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a leading specialized accreditation association for business education
  • Active participation in DECA, a student business organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in colleges around the globe

Business and Accounting offer three degree and eight certificate programs:

  • Business Transfer Pathway Associate of Science (A.S.) — 60 credits
  • Contemporary Business Practice Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) — 60 credits
  • Accounting Transfer Pathway Associate of Science (A.S.) — 60 credits

  • Business Analytics — 15 credits
  • Customer Service — 12 credits
  • Human Resource Management — 13 credits
  • Marketing And Sales — 16 credits
  • Office Technology — 15 credits
  • Project Management — 13 credits
  • Small Business Development — 17 credits
  • Supervision — 12 credits

Human Resources Managers

Oversee the hiring, firing, and staffing activities of an organization.


This is a very high-wage career that pays well above the statewide median of $21.49/hour


Median: $55.75/hour
High: $74.15/hour

Seven-county Twin Cities metro

Median: $58.04/hour
High: $76.92/hour


In Minnesota, there are 4,560 workers employed in this medium-sized career, which is seeing high growth compared to other careers. Growth rate in the Minnesota is 5.9 percent.

There will be a need for about 4,192 new Human Resources Managers to meet market demand between 2018–2028. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

Minnesota State CAREERwise Education
Learn more about the revised and updated HRM certificate and Business department at Inver Hills by contacting:

Hamid Kazeroony, SPHR
Business Faculty

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