SHRM ® Essentials of Human Resource Management

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The SHRM®  Essentials of Human Resources program is an intro course offering a comprehensive overview of the key aspects of HR. It gives participants foundational knowledge and an introduction to behavioral competencies that are essential for business success. This course is ideal for those who are just starting out in the human resources profession, or those who are looking for an effective way to boost their employee management skills.  No pre-req.  Includes all SHRM online materials and textbook. Materials are developed by the Society of HR Management. Taught by a SHRM certified HR professional, Dr. Carla Patalano

Who Should Attend? 
-- HR staff who need a review/overview of HR functions
-- Managers and supervisors who hire, train, or evaluate staff 
-- Entry level HR professionals or those just starting out in HR
-- Business owners and office managers
-- Employers looking to create a stronger alignment with organizational goals and HR goals
-- HR professionals who are SHRM-CP/SCP certified seeking PDCs through SHRM.  This course will award up to 14.75 PDCs through SHRM.

HR Topics Covered: The HR Function; Talent Acquisition; Compensation and Benefits; Learning and Development; Performance Management; Employment Law. 
In cooperation with SHRM®, students can download a certificate upon successful completion of all module quizzes (80% or above required for a certificate). 

Note: This is an intro to HR course, not a SHRM CP/SCP Certification exam prep course.  For info on our SHRM exam prep class visit our website

Choose from either Online or On Campus section:

Online Class Via Zoom (Live): Course Number CAR 775-75.
Dates:  March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7 from 6:30p - 8:30p. Prior to each Zoom class meeting, you will review your instructor pre-recorded topic lecture/assignments (self-paced) prior to the online class discussion meeting.

Enrollment:  December 7 - February 24. 
Call 1-800-818-3434.  Course Number:  CAR 775-75. Please provide date of birth, preferred email, mailing address and cell phone for course communication. Texts will be shipped the week of March 1.  

OnCampus Class.  Course Number CAR 775-30.  Location:  Bedford, MA campus. 
Dates: Friday: May 13 and May 20. 9a - 4:30p.  Room TBA. 
Enrollment:  December 7 - April 29.  Texts will be distributed the first class meeting date.  Call 1-800-818-3434.  Please provide date of birth, home address, cell phone, preferred email.  

Questions:  Email Middlesex Community College:

Tuition:$620 which includes all SHRM® materials.  SHRM texts will be shipped to the address provided upon enrollment. Texts are non-refundable. Note:  For Commonwealth of Mass. Employees: Course is eligible for Commonwealth of MA employee tuition waivers for tuition fee only.  SHRM text/materials are student paid.  Submit your HR signed tuition waiver to MCC student accounts office. 

Refund Policy:
7 or more business days prior to start of course=100% tuition refund.
Less than 7 business days prior to start of the course=50% tuition refund. 
After course begins $0.  Transfers not accepted.
The SHRM texts/materials are non-refundable once distributed or shipped.

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Last Modified: 10/18/21