Human Resources Management Certificate Programs in Oregon

Oregon has five schools that offer human resource management certificate programs. Learn about the degree programs, tuition info and program options for these schools to make an informed education decision.

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Human Resources Management Certificate School Options in Oregon

There are five schools in Oregon that offer certificate programs in human resources management. Prospective students that complete a certificate program in human resources management and have four years of relevant work experience are prepared to take the Professional in Human Resources Certification (PHR) exam that is offered by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). Certification is also available to applicants having a bachelor's degree and two years of relevant experience as well as holders of a master's degree that have worked in the field for at least one year. The earned degrees do not have be in the field of human resources but do provide applicants with the advantage of acquired industry knowledge and skills in preparation for taking the certification exam. Below are detailed overviews of each school including program information and a comparison table that includes program costs for tuition.

Clackamas Community College

Clackamas Community College (CCC) is a two-year, public school that offers human resource management certificate programs at the Oregon City campus location. The Career Pathway Certificate in Human Resource Management Essentials is a 16-credit program designed for prospective students interested in a human resource (HR) career and professionals looking to enhance their working knowledge of the discipline. Contemporary personnel procedures are covered, which include hiring practices, working conditions and the duties of a personnel director. Employee benefits and compensation are covered as well.

The Certificate in Human Resource Management curriculum is designed for HR professionals interested in acquiring the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification. Students begin with an overview of the components that comprise American business, which include marketing and finance. Additional coursework explored within the program includes hiring practices, management fundamentals, employee labor relations, basic compensation and benefits and business laws. An instructor-approved cooperative work experience is also included in this 53-credit program.

Linfield College - Adult Degree Program

Linfield College - Adult Degree Program is a 4-year, private not-for-profit school that offers a Human Resource Management Certificate at the school's McMinnville campus location. The program, which is administered online, is designed for prospective students interested in a career in the field as well as working professionals that wish to acquire additional skills or advance in their present jobs. The program consists of 16 credits requiring the completion of two core courses and two electives.

Students will learn about management and decision-making practices and explore human resource functions that include recruitment and staffing, job performance appraisal, administration of wages and benefits, and labor relations. Electives include industrial organizational psychology and organizational behavior. Students must meet or complete a proficiency in mathematics, the required course of which is offered by the school.

Marylhurst University

Prospective students interested in human resource training programs may want to explore Marylhurst University's certificate program available at the school's Marylhurst campus. The 4-year, private not-for-profit university offers an 18-quarter credit Certificate in Human Resources. Students can choose from flexible training sessions and can attend classes during the day or evening, pursue their studies online, or attend classes during the weekend.

Program coursework focuses on human resource management functions including employee labor relations, compensation and benefits, employment law, performance appraisal and information systems. Additional coursework includes organizational development, legal issues, and business accounting and finance. Professional development seminars are required and students must complete a total of three that are selected from available offerings each term.

Portland State University

Portland State University (PSU) serves more than 28,000 students annually and offers a variety of programs that include a Human Resources Generalist Certificate administered through the Professional Development Center located in Portland. Consisting of six courses, the program includes classes focusing on management of human resources, employee and labor relations, basic principles of equal employment opportunity (EEO) and compensation. Students have the option of selecting two courses from benefits management, performance-management systems, corrective action for performance issues or talent acquisition, selection and retention.

PSU also offers an Advanced Human Resources Certificate with concentration options in conflict resolution and organizational development. Students that wish to pursue one of the Advanced Human Resources Certificate programs are required to have earned the Human Resource Generalist Certificate prior to application for admission. The conflict resolution concentration requires the completion of two courses - conflict resolution for HR professionals and culture, and communication and conflict. The organizational development concentration includes classes in organizational development: partnering for success, and change management.

Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University (SOU) offers a Certificate in Management of Human Resources through the School of Business in Ashland. The program focuses on the dynamics of behavior, including both group behavior and individual behavior. Coursework also explores communications, organizational behavior, conflict resolution and decision-making within the workplace. The curriculum provides lessons on performance appraisal and management, employee compensation and the interviewing process.

An advisor-approved practicum and internship is included in the program. The certificate is awarded after 36 credits of study. Positions for graduates include HR assistants and HR managers. To take part in this program, prospective applicants must meet one of the following requirements: students currently enrolled at SOU that are meeting the required guidelines for a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree program; students that currently have a 4-year undergraduate degree.

School Comparison Table

School Name School Type & Setting Human Resources Management Certificate Programs Offered Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)
Clackamas Community College 2-year, public, college; fringe rural Career Pathway Certificate in Human Resource Management Essentials
Certificate in Human Resource Management
$3,908 in-state*
$10,883 out-of-state*
Linfield College - Adult Degree Program 4-year, private not-for-profit, college; distant town Human Resources Management Certificate $7,160 program cost for tuition and fees**
Marylhurst University 4-year, private not-for-profit, college; large suburb Certificate in Human Resources $18,945*
Portland State University 4-year, public, university; large city Human Resources Generalist Certificate
Advanced Human Resources Certificate - Conflict Resolution Concentration
Advanced Human Resources Certificate - Organizational Development Concentration
$7,653 in-state*
$22,863 out-of-state*
Southern Oregon University 4-year, public, university; midsize suburb Certificate in Management of Human Resources $7,109 in-state*
$18,978 out-of-state*

Source: *NCES College Navigator, **Linfield College - Adult Degree Program

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