Advanced Human Resources Management Certificate

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The Advanced Human Resources Management Certificate program emphasizes detailed understanding of processes, systems, and practical and applicable knowledge for administering HR programs and moving into strategic positions on the company management team. Students will also be prepared to take and pass PHR, SPHR, or SHRM-CP exams, the most widely accepted human resource professional credentials.

The 3 courses within the program are results-oriented and cover a series of specific topic areas that focus on today’s important HR management challenges. Human resources management topics covered in the program include advanced employment law, labor and employee relations and HR certification Exam preparation.

Students may also register for classes individually rather than the full certificate program.

Certificate Application Fee $25.00

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This certificate program provides participants with excellent, innovative, fundamental, human resources management training. It prepares students to serve in human resource management positions in any type of organization.

Who should take this certificate?

This certificate is design for the the following individuals

  • Current HR Managers who want to enhance their skills and knowledge to fundamentally improve their organization’s talent retention and relationships with employees.
  • It’s recommended that students have at least 2 years’ experience in managing people or as an HR representative.

Required courses:   3

Total hours of instruction:   50

Schedule: Classes are held during the day from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Format: Classes are held in an in-person format with experienced instructors from local organizations. Classes can be taken as part of the certificate or individually.

Location: Classes are typically held at our Sandy Campus located at:
One Sandy Center
10011 Centennial Parkway, Suite 100
Sandy, UT 84070


Frequency of classes:
Required courses Held in: Fall Spring Summer
Advanced Employment Law - PROED 323
Labor and Employee Relations - PROEA 324
Human Resources Certification Exam Preparation Course - PROEA 321


All certificate students will receive a satisfactory or unsatisfactory grade at the conclusion of each class and the certificate program. Requirements to achieve a satisfactory grade will be detailed in the class syllabus.

Attendance Policy

Students are expected to be engaged for the full length of each class.

More information including drop policy here.

Advanced Employment Law - PROED 323

This course expands upon themes of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 examined in previous courses, such as Sexual Harassment, the American's with Disabilities Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and other Title VII topics. This course provides insight into the passage of Title VII and its impact on the American workforce, and discusses the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the role it plays in the enforcement of Title VII. Learn how companies can comply with Title VII and avoid lawsuits, including proper paperwork and investigation procedures, and how employees can effectively respond to any improper workplace conduct.

Labor and Employee Relations - PROEA 324

This course provides in-depth information about key labor and employee relations legislation. It also helps participants understand how to develop an appropriate relational and organizational culture, create employee involvement strategies, handle discipline and formal complaint resolution, understand union organization and collective bargaining needs and issues, and establish appropriate public sector and international employee labor relations.

Human Resources Certification Exam Preparation Course – PROEA 321

This 12-week course, taught by HR-certified instructors, is focused on preparing HR professionals to take and pass the PHR, SPHR, or SHRM-CP exams, the most widely accepted human resource professional credentials. This class will give you confidence in your HR knowledge as well as a strong foundation for passing HR certification exams. In-class sessions are augmented with audio, video, and test prep activities to promote learning faster and retaining more than any lecture and study guide model.

Certificate Instructors

Instructors for this certificate have been selected based on their professional experience, education, and ability to teach in a dynamic and engaging manner. Each of the instructors brings unique experience from coaching, management, executive management, and marketing professions. These instructors are all engaged in their fields and will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to this program. Instructors are subject to change.

Jeanine Wilson
Director of Human Resources- Sutter Physicians Service

Jeanine WilsonJeanine Wilson has worked in the Human Resources field for 25 years. She has worked in hospitality, finance, benefits management, broadcasting, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and medical device industries.

Jeanine is currently owner of Corporate Talent Advisors, a full service HR consulting, training, and recruiting company.

Jeanine has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human & Organizational Development from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, a Masters in Human Resources from Utah State University, and she has achieved an SPHR certification from SHRM and HRCI. Jeanine was the 2005 President of the Salt Lake SHRM Chapter and currently sits on the Utah SHRM State Council. Jeanie is also director of our Foundations of Human Resource Management Certificate and consults broadly with Professional Education across many of our certificate programs.

Corper James
Mabey Wright & James PLLC Attorneys at Law

Corper JamesCorper James practices in the areas of general business and employment law with an emphasis on employment discrimination and litigation. Corper advises clients regarding federal and state employment laws, and also specializes in providing training and prevention programs for businesses and organizations focusing on effective management techniques. Corper is the co-author of The Opportunity of Workplace Diversity: Theory, Cases, and Exercises published by Prentice Hall. Corper is also the author of several training programs designed to assist businesses and organizations in preventing and dealing effectively with workplace conflicts.

Corper has litigation experience in general civil litigation, employment contracts, Title VII protected classes, the American's with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and employment-related state law tort claims. Corper is an experienced trainer and speaker on such issues as Title VII sexual harassment, employee handbooks, proper interview, discipline and termination procedures, workplace diversity, and the Family Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, ADA and ADEA. Corper represents state and national employers, as well as plaintiffs in employment cases. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah, where he teaches a Civil Rights Law/Employment Discrimination class.

Corper is a partner at the firm of Mabey Wright & James in Salt Lake City. Prior to joining his current firm, Corper was a shareholder at the firm of Woobury & Kesler.

Program Cost - Noncredit tuition for the full certificate is $1853.

Tuition for individual courses is as follows:

  • PROED 323: Advanced Employment Law $279
  • PROEA 321: Human Resources Certification Exam Preparation Course $1295
  • PROED 324: Labor and Employee Relations $279
    • Tuition is due at the beginning of the course. Textbooks are not included in the costs. Tuition listed above is for the 2018-2019 academic year and subject to change without advance notice.
    • Payment Plans are available for this certificate. Visit or contact us for more information: 801-585-1780.

Why choose the University of Utah?

We understand that you have a choice when it comes to taking professional development courses and we work hard to earn your trust with each and every class!

By selecting the University of Utah, you’ll enjoy the following benefits whether you’re coming to us as someone new to the job market, a career changer, a seasoned professional or a lifelong learner.

Resume Power - Benefit from the University of Utah reputation for credibility and quality. Choosing the University of Utah for your certificate program makes a clear statement about your commitment to excellence.

Instructor Excellence - Learn from instructors with real world experience and professional credentials.

The Power of the U Network – Students have access to a valuable University of Utah peer and faculty network.

Networking – Meet and network with other students pursuing or working in the industry.

Student Support – Count on the ongoing support of a dedicated student services staff that will assist you every step of the way.

#1 - Register for the Certificate

Registration for this certificate, and payment of the $25 nonrefundable fee, signifies the intent to complete all courses associated with this certificate program. Fees cover additional student services provided for our certificate students.

#2 - Register for your Certificate Classes

Once you’ve registered for the certificate and received a confirmation from our team, you may begin to register for individual certificate classes.

  • Certificate students will register themselves for classes.
  • You may take as many classes during a semester as desired.
  • Students have two years to complete all certificate classes.
  • Payment for classes is required at the time of registration.
  • Classes may be taken individually or as part of the certificate.
  • Students may also enroll in the certificate after they’ve begun taking classes but must register as a certificate student to receive their certificate of completion.

Certificate Completion Requirements

Students must receive an “S-Satisfactory" grade in all classes for successful completion.

How is my accomplishment recognized?

  • A certificate is awarded upon satisfactory completion of all required courses.
  • The completed certificate will appear on University of Utah official transcripts.
  • Students will be awarded a University of Utah digital credential (badge) Digital Credentials / Badges.

Digital Credentials / Badges

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Are there exams? Am I graded?

There are no exams. Certificates are graded with a "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory" at the end.

Can I apply these classes to a degree at the University of Utah?

This certificate is noncredit and cannot be applied to any for-credit degree.

Does this prepare me to take the SHRM Certification exam?

Yes, this certificate program includes the human resources exam preparation course.

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Professional Education is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRMSCP professional development credits (PDCs).

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