Human Resource Degrees and Certifications
Protect and advance your HR career. Earn a nationally respected certification.
The current economic climate has many people asking themselves some tough questions. Is my job secure? Do I have the skills to move up or move on? How do I measure up to my peers? While no one knows for certain what the future holds, having a competitive advantage is critical to survival in today’s job market.
Create your competitive advantage.
In a turbulent economy, companies will seek and rely on their most effective and dedicated employees. Certification is a reliable measure of both. Preparing for and earning the PHR® (Professional in Human Resources) or SPHR® (Senior Professional in Human Resources) credential will help you earn the knowledge and respect to stand out from your peers.
Review your options and realize your opportunities.
Studies consistently show that education and specialized skills translate into higher salaries, increased job security, and career flexibility. Whether you’re looking to safeguard your career, seeking a promotion, or wanting to break into the growing field of human resources, education from a respected source like SHRM and credit programs from Penn State can open a variety of doors, regardless of the economic climate.
HR Programs at Penn State
Certificates and Professional Development
Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Human Resources and Employment Relations
With our postbaccalaureate certificate program, you have the opportunity to earn an academic credential after only three courses—while you continue working as a professional in the field. The classes are held in the late afternoon and early evening to help you fit them into your schedule.
Certificate in Labor Studies and Employment Relations
Take the first step to obtain the skills and knowledge you need—and move your career into the field of human resources. Gain an understanding of workplace and employment issues from both the employee’s and the employer’s perspectives. With just four courses, you can complete the 12-credit certificate program in labor studies and employment relations—and put a career-enhancing credential on your résumé.