Professional Development Programs

Certificate Program in Human Resource Management



Taught by highly experienced human resource professionals, this certificate program offers a comprehensive view of professional development in the practical application of concepts of compensation, performance management, training and development, personnel law, recruitment, fringe benefits, and labor relations.

This program is designed for entry- to mid-level managers of human resource departments, recruiters and staff specialists, small business owners, and individuals looking to enhance their skills in human resource management.


Program Requirements:

Consisting of six required courses and twelve hours of electives, this program allows participants to customize the curriculum to match their career and organizational needs.

Required Courses: (79 total hours)

Required courses may be taken in any sequence

  • Introduction to Human Resource Management (4 hours)
  • Performance Management Systems (15 hours)
  • Recruitment and Employment (15 hours)
  • Personnel Law (15 hours)
  • Managing Training and Development (15 hours)
  • Compensation Concepts (15 hours) 

Elective courses (minimum of 12 hours): select any combination of Professional Development Programs. Browse our courses.



This certificate program is offered during both the fall and spring semesters. 

  • Spring 2015  (Registration for spring begins in November)
    • Managing Training and Development- begins 3/4 
    • Compensation Concepts- begins 4/1 
    • Personnel Law- begins 5/13 

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Contact Hours/CEUs:

91 contact hours/9.1 CEUs



Total cost of required courses is $2,020 – includes all course materials. Elective course fees vary. Participants register and pay per course.  

  • Refund policy:
    • 100% refund if you withdraw from a class five or more business days before the class starts.
    • A course voucher for 50% of the course fee if you withdraw four or fewer business days from the start date.
    • There are no refunds once a class begins.
  • Gi BillGI Bill Benefits: This program is currently approved for use of GI Bill Benefits. To use your U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits, please contact USM Veterans Services at / 207-780-4826 after you have registered for the certificate program. You can register online, over the phone, or in person. 

    Learn more about our other approved verteran certificate programs.


Certificate Progress Tracking:

Track the progress of your certificate program with this form.


Receive Your Certificate:

After you have met all certificate program requirements, complete the certificate completion form, and we will award your certificate.



Each course within this certificate program is taught by industry professionals. Click on the course descriptions above to view instructor biographies.

Sue Knapp

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Student Profiles

Julie Brown- Compensation & Benefits Supervisor, Acadia Insurance
Julie BrownAs Julie Brown progressed through the curriculum of the Human Resource Management Certificate Program at USM, she consistently “brought questions back to work,” asking her co-workers “What do you think about this?” Her questions became such a regular occurrence she grew to expect “grins playing at the corners of her colleagues’ mouths” when she returned from class. Her persistence was well received and led her to gain a deeper understanding of the teamwork that was required to provide HR and Training support to the entire company. Read more.

Susan Bassi Brown- Chief Financial Officer, Garrand
Susan Bassi BrownWhen Susan Bassi Brown graduated from Colby College, she and a friend started a small business. Her friend handled sales and Susan was the “everything else” person. Read more.



Professional Resources:

  • Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)
    The world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession.
  • Human Resources Association of Southern Maine (HRASM)
    An affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management. Whether you are new to the HR field or have many years of experience, this is a local starting point for networking, information, professional development and continued support of excellence in Human Resources.

  • SHRM Maine State Council
    Affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management. Chartered in Lewiston, ME. Great site for resources, networking opportunities, and events.


Customized Training:

Learn how your organization can take advantage of this program at a reduced cost.