Human Resources

SHRM Essentials of Human Resources

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How can you distinguish yourself and stay ahead of the curve in the competitive human resources field? One of the best ways is to complete a continuing education course such as SHRM Essentials of Human Resources.

HR is one of the fastest-growing fields in the United States. Employment of human resource managers is projected to grow 7 percent by 2031, faster than the average for all occupations (5 percent).

This convenient introductory course offers a comprehensive overview of HR roles and responsibilities and covers a wide range of topics in a condensed, straightforward format designed for busy professionals.

In just a few sessions of live online classes, you can earn a credential certifying your expertise and readiness to take the next step in your HR career. Or you can join our self pace course. Whether you want to enter the HR field, advance to an HR leadership role or learn the latest industry skills and concepts, this course is for you.

How Can the COURSE Benefit You?

  • Gain a solid foundation of the HR skills critical for success.

  • Master HR concepts and apply them to everyday situations and issues.

  • Stay up to date on the latest HR laws and regulations.

  • Boost your earning power and increase your chances of landing a new job or promotion.

  • Keep yourself and your organization more competitive in today’s economy with skills and knowledge that boost your productivity along with your employer’s bottom line.

  • Develop a mastery of HR skills that will help you boost employee retention and engagement.

  • Become a better leader.

Participant Testimonial

The wealth of information covering compensation, benefits, employee development, and performance management was wonderful. Since my specialty area has always been in recruitment and placement, I had a hard time getting my supervisors to approve training outside that area. The SHRM Essentials course was a great way to gain education in other HR disciplines. 

- LaShawn Douglas-Green, HR Specialist

Why Choose USF’s SHRM Essentials OF HUMAN RESOURCES?

  • Earn a résumé-enhancing credential backed by a major research university with more than 25 years of experience training HR professionals.

  • Learn from industry experts who have lived what they teach.

  • Earn continuing education contact hours (CEUs) or SHRM recertification credits.

  • Register on an open-enrollment basis — no application required.

  • Learn conveniently through 4, live online sessions on weeknights, or weekends. A self-pace option is also available.


  • Convenient live online format. No trips to campus. This course is designed to fit the lives of busy working professionals.
  • Self pace format. No trips to campus.


  • $595


While the SHRM Essentials of Human Resources course is a proven way to gain the knowledge necessary to be successful, we also understand the importance of being able to showcase practical skills that you will utilize daily in the workplace.

We are excited to share that USF is now offering our HR Portfolio course for free when you enroll in SHRM Essentials of Human Resources. During this complimentary program, you will develop a comprehensive HR portfolio that can continue to grow with you throughout your career. Crafting an HR portfolio is a great way to provide tangible proof of your newfound HR skills and abilities.

COST: FREE (Usually $595 per course)

FORMAT: Self-paced


Ready to advance your career and learn HR skills you can put to work immediately? Register for SHRM Essentials of Human Resources today, or download our brochure and speak to an advisor for more information!

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USF Corporate Training is an official 2023 partner with SHRM

USF Corporate Training is an official 2023 partner with SHRM

Top 20 education partners in 2022


Number 1 in enrollments of SHRM Essentials of HR


The University of South Florida Office of Corporate Training and Professional Education is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification activities.