Human Resource Management Certificate Program

About The Program

Schedule & Location

Courses are scheduled on Tuesday evenings, 6:45pm-9:45pm, on the Sonoma State University campus. See courses for detailed information.

Offered in Fall and Spring Semesters

The Fall 2014 certificate program will be held on 12 consecutive Tuesday evenings from September 2 - November 25 , from 6:45pm-9:45pm. The course fee is $690. Current SSU faculty, staff and students receive a 10% discount.

The Human Resource Management Certificate Program teaches the skills and knowledge required to successfully manage the human resources in today's complex business environment. The program is a 12 week intensive course covering all aspects of Human Resource Management. Rather than using only one instructor for the course, multiple instructors with significant professional expertise lead each of the weekly topics to impart professional knowledge and practical application of HRM concepts. This program will be of value to a range of individuals, including the HR professional preparing for the PHR or SPHR exam, a prospective HR professional seeking to establish a career in the HR field, or those with HR responsibilities such as small business owners or managers. The program combines technical knowledge with skillbuilding in the following areas:

  • Management Practices
  • Managing a Diverse Workforce
  • The Legal Context
  • Selection and Placement
  • Training and Development
  • Compensation
  • Benefits Administration
  • Conflict and Dispute Resolution
  • Employee and Labor Relations
  • Employee Development
  • Health, Safety, and Security

Please note that while there are no tests in this program, attendance is required as are weekly assigned readings . Students will also benefit from participation in the HRM online class forum on SSU's Moodle. For more information, please attend the informational meeting on Tuesday, August 19th at 6:45 pm or contact SSU Extended and International Education at 707.664.2394

Resource book required

Casico, Wayne, Managing Human Resources, 8th edition, 9th edition, or International edition, McGraw Hill are all acceptable. Available at North Light books in the shopping center on E. Cotati Ave. immediately across the street from Campus, or on line at or

The program is sponsored jointly by the Department of Business Administration and Extended and International Education at Sonoma State University. It is endorsed by the Personnel Association of Sonoma County (PASCO).

Faculty Coordinator: Susan Adams, MA, SPHR, has worked in human resource management for over 18 years in a variety of non-profit and corporate environments. Currently, she teaches in the School of Business and Economics at SSU and serves as the Director of HR at PNI Sensor Corporation.

Enrollment is limited.

Information Meeting

Information meeting times and locations can be found here.

Courses By Term

Fall 2014