Human Resources Management Certificate (HRMC)

Human Resources Management Certificate (HRMC)

Human Resources is a dynamic and rewarding career opportunity arena. HR professionals advise their organizations and employees on a very wide range of issues. This certificate gives learners significant HR knowledge through practical, applied, and research-based lessons. Earning this certificate will help you become a trusted HR generalist and business adviser. Taught by HR executives and business leaders. There are six topic classes plus a capstone review and project class required to earn the certificate. You can take up to three years to complete the requirements. It is also possible to complete it in nine months depending on when you start. There is no application process. You can start anytime.

Individual classes in this certificate are open to anyone interested in the topics.

Ready to Get Started?

Pay the one-time $60 fee to register for the certificate > or register by phone at 608-262-2451.

Print this Planning & Progress Worksheet to plan your class schedule and track your progress >

Register for your first class by visiting any of the class pages listed below.

List of Seven Required Classes

Usually offered in the fall

Usually offered in winter/spring

Offered at various times

Who Should Enroll?

The HRMC is designed to be a series of topics that explore most of the critical knowledge / skill areas that an aspiring or early-career HR generalist should know. Individuals who are interested in HR but  are considering specializing in one or more areas can learn the fundamentals of each area and also learn how they fit together to serve organizations and their employees.

In addition, leaders/managers within organizations can benefit from taking individual topic classes or potentially the entire certificate.

Additional Details

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The certificate is open to anyone who has interest in the subject areas. There are no formal requirements or eligibility limits for the certificate other than proficiency in English. In general, learners are supported by their organizations to engage in the series, so if language proficiency is not strong, your organization may be able to assist.

Earning this Human Resource Management Certificate is NOT the same as earning a Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) certification. The required classes earn you an HR Management Certificate from UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies. To earn a “SHRM-CP” or a  “SHRM-SCP”designation, learners need to take an exam from SHRM.  We are an approved provider of SHRM recertification credits—meaning learners who already have one of the SHRM certifications can take our classes to help them earn the continuing/professional education credits they must earn every three years to remain certified.

Individuals who have already completed one or more of the required classes needed for the certificate but were not registered as working on the HRMC at the time may request credit toward the certificate. Individuals must initiate the request. Only classes that were completed up to two years prior to the request will be counted. Contact the HRMC program director to discuss any exceptions to the certificate requirements.

The certificate’s classes are not transferable to for-credit courses at UW-Madison or other UW for-credit programs. Credit for attendance at similar classes offered by institutions outside of the Division of Continuing Studies are not transferable to the HRMC. Any request for exceptions to this policy must be made directly to the HRMC program director.

Because certificate classes are only two days, missed days must be made up. Classes within the certificate are offered annually, so makeup dates can be reasonably scheduled.

Completion/Award Requests

Once learners have completed what they believe are all the requirements, they should notify the HRMC program director and send in their completed tracking form. University records will be reviewed. After verification, official records will indicate successful completion and an official statement letter and framed certificate will be sent or delivered to the recipient. If at all possible, celebratory acknowledgement will be arranged for during the learner’s capstone or final class.

Estimated Costs

Each class is priced individually. Payment is generally made at the time of registration, class by class. However, organizations can be invoiced if requested. Class prices are subject to change without notice other than in official class listings and promotions.

The total cost for certificate completion is currently approximately $3,400-$4,100, depending on the profit/nonprofit status of the learner’s organization paying for the fees. Classes in the certificate have standard prices and govt./nonprofit prices that are somewhat lower. Consult the individual class listings for exact prices.

Generally, cancellation of a registration without sending a substitute learner carries a $25 administrative fee. Cancellation less than three business days before the start of the class or non-attendance requires full payment. See individual class listings for exact cancellation fees. There is no additional “graduation” or “final” fee added when the certificate is completed.


Have Questions?

Contact Program Director Laura V. Page at laura.page@wisc.edu, or Program Coordinator Ann Geocaris at ann.geocaris@wisc.edu.



At a glance


What: The Human Resource Management Certificate consists of six required topic classes plus a capstone review and project class which must be completed within a three-year period.

When: Currently all classes are in-person programs. All are two days in length and most run from 9am to 3:45pm. Check individual class listings for times.

Where: Locations vary by individual class; all in Madison, Wisconsin.

Cost: The total cost for the certificate is typically approximately $3,400-$4,100, depending on the profit/nonprofit status of the learner’s organization paying for the fees. Classes in the certificate have standard prices and govt./nonprofit prices that are somewhat lower. Consult the individual class listings for exact prices. In addition, there is a one-time $60 fee to register for the certificate.

Continuing education credits: CEUs for the total certificate are 4.2 based on 42 hours of class time.

Need additional information? Contact Program Director Laura V. Page at laura.page@wisc.edu.