Certificate in

Human Resource Management

Sharpen your skills and gain a working knowledge of all evolving aspects of the human resource field with a flexible, all-purpose program designed for working adults.


A Program Tailored for Your Career Goals

Whether you’re interested in a career change and new to the human resource field or looking to advance your career and enhance your skills as a HR professional, Cal State East Bay’s Human Resource Management program can be tailored to fit your educational and professional goals.

Gain expertise and set yourself apart from other HR professionals by choosing from three different certificate options based on your unique needs and experience: Basic, Advanced, and Executive. Regardless of the certificate option you choose, you’ll enjoy courses that focus on practice over theory and provide you with training that’s highly relevant to the current job market. You’ll be able to apply what you learn directly into your planning and implementing of policy and procedure in your workplace.

HR Certification Institute Approved

Approved HR Certification Institute® provider

ETPL listed

Listed on the Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) for Alameda County

6 Hours recertification

Each course counts as six recertification hours for PHR, SPHR and GPHR credit

Set Your Own Pace

Unlike traditional programs with restrictive class schedules, you can start the program anytime and pick and choose from a variety of courses that best apply to you and your organization. Courses are offered both in an asynchronous online format and in an interactive, one-day seminar format, enabling you to complete each course quickly and efficiently while offering you the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with other like-minded professionals.

This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to tap into the diverse field of Human Resources. I highly recommend this program.

Paula GarciaHuman Resource Management Graduate

This program is one of the most cost-efficient ways to continue to pursue higher-level certifications and is well worth the time and effort. It is done at your own pace to accommodate both your schedule and your financial circumstances.

Michelle TalfordHuman Resource Management Graduate

Find out more about the career options that await you. »

An Exciting Opportunity to Focus on What Matters Most

Human resource management is the functional area within for-profit, public sector, and nonprofit organizations that is responsible for the utilization of human resources, such as employees of the organization, to achieve organizational objectives. As a result, human resource managers play an essential role in the success of a company, making them valuable employees in nearly every industry imaginable.

As a HR manager, you will serve as a vital link between management and employees within your organization and oversee key aspects of human resources function including:

Human resource planning, recruitment, and selection

Human resource development

Compensation and benefits

Employee safety and health

Employee and labor relations

Occupational Trends

$126K+ Salary

The median annual wage for human resources managers in 2022 was $126,235 nationally and $164,695 in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Labor Market Analytics – Lightcast

12.5% Growth

Employment of human resources managers is projected to grow 12.5 percent from 2022 to 2032.

Labor Market Analytics – Lightcast

Top Employers

The largest employers of human resources managers in 2021 were management of companies and enterprises; professional, scientific, and technical services; and manufacturing.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Since starting the program, I have used the knowledge and skills I've learned to step up to the HR Generalist position at my company.

Amber MaugeriHuman Resource Management Graduate

As a graduate, you’ll be equipped with the most up-to-date strategies and principles in human resource management, making you an invaluable employee in any organization.

In fact, many Cal State East Bay graduates have secured positions as senior personnel clerks, human resource directors and managers, and benefit specialists at major corporations and non-profit organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

This is what some graduates had to say about CSUEB’s Human Resource Management Certificate Program:

Employers tell me that when they see the program on my resume, it demonstrates my dedication to being a part of the Human Resources field.

Michelle TalfordHuman Resource Management Graduate

The HR Program was instrumental for me. I was transitioning and preparing myself for a career change due to a work injury. I have just been hired as Senior Personnel Clerk to deal with contract negotiation, termination, grievances, and other disciplinary issues. The classes prepared me to deal with worker’s compensation ADA processes.

Marisa LottHuman Resource Management Graduate

Because of this program, I am more confident in the recommendations that I give to other managerial staff. That's because the program is geared toward placing students in real-life situations by addressing problems that arise in the workplace and the required processes to resolve them.

Robyn MossHuman Resource Management Graduate

The HRM program provided me with additional knowledge and resources that were catalysts in furthering my career, after many years in the profession.

Diana SouzaHuman Resource Management Graduate

Program Format

The Human Resource Management program offers courses in many different and relevant areas of human resource management. There are no “required” or “elective” courses -- you simply pick and choose the topics of most interest and relevance to you. You may start at any time, during any term, with classes of your choice.

Courses are conveniently offered in an asynchronous online format or in-person at the Hayward campus or the downtown Oakland Center, making it easy to choose courses that fit into your busy schedule.

There are three Human Resource Management Certificates available to you:

Basic Certificate:

Requires completion of 8 classes

Advanced Certificate:

Requires completion of 12 classes

Executive Certificate:

Requires completion of 16+ classes

Over 25 different topics are offered throughout the year, and you are free to choose from any of the courses offered in this program in order to complete the certificate(s) of your choice.

Through this program, I learned about the different sub-functions of HR and how to work more effectively with my partners to achieve results. I have a better understanding of the value of my role with the HR function and, more importantly, within my organization.

Bahar AbullaradeHuman Resource Management Graduate

Available Courses

Course listings, including the terms courses are offered in, are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information on courses currently being offered, visit the Courses page.

Course Units Fall Spring Summer
EXTX 500: Overview of Human Resource Management 0.7 CEUs X X X
EXTX 501: Organizational Behavior
0.7 CEUs
EXTX 502: Employment Law
0.7 CEUs
EXTX 503: How to Value Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
0.7 CEUs
EXTX 504: Employee Discipline and Effective Termination
0.7 CEUs
EXTX 505: Health and Safety for Workers: Laws and Regulations
0.6 CEUs
EXTX 506: Leadership in Human Resource Management
0.7 CEUs
EXTX 507: Dealing with Workplace Conflict
0.7 CEUs
EXTX 508: Developing Management Skills for the Human Resource Professional
0.7 CEUs
EXTX 509: Discrimination Law
0.7 CEUs
EXTX 510: Career Development
0.7 CEUs
EXTX 511: Meeting Management and Facilitation Skills
0.7 CEUs
EXTX 512: Legal Issues Surrounding Wages and Hours
0.7 CEUs
EXTX 513: Employment Disability and Medical Leave Law
0.7 CEUs
0.7 CEUs
EXTX 515: Recruitment and Selection
0.7 CEUs
EXTX 516: Training and Development
0.7 CEUs
EXTX 517: Employee Relations
0.7 CEUs
EXTX 518: Compensation Management
0.7 CEUs
EXTX 519: Benefits Administration 0.7 CEUs X X X
EXTX 520: Labor Relations 0.7 CEUs X X
EXTX 521: Performance Management
0.7 CEUs
EXTX 522: Job Analysis
0.7 CEUs
EXTX 523: Mastering Immigration Concepts for Employing Foreign Nationals
0.7 CEUs
EXTX 524: How to Develop a Motivated Workplace
0.7 CEUs
EXTX 525: HRIS/HCM for Human Resource Professionals
0.7 CEUs
EXTX 526: Intro to Workplace Influence and Power 0.7 CEUs X X
EXTX 527: E-Discovery for the HR Professional  0.7 CEUs X
EXTX 528: HR Assessment Tools  0.7 CEUs X
EXTX 529: Organizational Design: Aligning Structure, Jobs and Skills 0.7 CEUs X
EXTX 532: Talent Management  0.7 CEUs X
EXTX 533: Perception and Personality; How to 
Understand Others Better 
0.7 CEUs X
EXTX 534: Become a Great HR Business Partner: Learn to Adapt Through Crisis 0.7 CEUs X
EXTX 535: Employing Equitable AI 0.7 CEUs X X X
Donald Davis


MBA in Human Resource Management

MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Professional designations and certifications: 

Senior Professional in Human Resource (SPHR)

Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) 

Certified Benefits Professional (CBP) 

Training and Development

Safety and Workers’ Compensation Management

Donald Davis


I consider my teaching philosophy is to facilitate information exchange between students and me as lifelong adult learners. I believe adults learn by sharing their experiences and knowledge as well as the information presented by me, the facilitator, to enrich their learning experience.

Donald Davis is a senior human resource generalist with 30 years of experience as an individual contributor, manager, and director in the medical device, healthcare, and manufacturing industries for start-up and fortune 500 companies that includes leading acquisitions due diligence, transition, integration, and facility closure.

Davis has experience in HR administration, total rewards, compensation and benefits planning, HRIS, payroll, training and development, management development, talent management, succession planning, OD, strategic planning, conflict resolution, employee relations, staffing, AAP/EEO, and safety and workers’ compensation management.

Dwight Dickerson


What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.

Dwight Dickerson, Esq., sincerely believe as professionals that we have a duty to bring along the next generation of professionals. The joy of teaching is to inspire students to move forward with the desire of learning and doing and not be afraid to take risks. Life is not about the ultimate destination but the journey getting there and what we experience and learn along the way.

Dickerson is the Director of the Paralegal Studies Program at California State University, East Bay and a former member of the ABA Standing Committee on Paralegals Approval Commission and an active member of and presenter for The American Association for Paralegal Education.

He has been a member of the faculty of the CSUEB Paralegal Studies Program since 1991, and is an instructor of Contract Law and Nonprofit Law. Dickerson graduated from Brandeis University with honors majoring in American & Urban Studies and received his JD from the University of Michigan Law School. He has been an active member of the State Bar of California since December 1977, specializing in real estate, consumer, business, and non-profit law related matters.

Michael Greathouse


I use an interactive style with students in which legal questions and issues are resolved through the active participation of the class.

Michael Greathouse, JD is a 1981 graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law. He has been a practicing attorney in the State of California since 1981. Greathouse has tried approximately 20 criminal and civil jury cases to completion in state and federal court. He has prepared and argued numerous motions in state and federal courts in real estate, personal injury, business, and employment cases. Greathouse is an experienced appellate attorney who has handled appeals in state and federal court. Greathouse has also worked as General Counsel for a nutritional and high technology map company.

Greathouse has been teaching on a part-time basis for the past nine years in CSUEB’s Paralegal Studies and Human Resource Management programs. He teaches Legal Research and Writing and Electronic Discovery in the Paralegal program. He teaches Discrimination Law and Wage and Hour Practice in the Human Resource program. His teaching philosophy is teaching students practical skills that will help them succeed as paralegals. Students learn through direct participation, writing exercises, and visual presentations that teach the basics of research and writing.

Michelle Gomez

MA Education and Organizational Leadership, Holy Names University

BS Business and Marketing, California State University, East Bay

Certificate Integral Coaching, New Ventures West, San Francisco

Credential Professional Certified Coach, International Coaching Federation

Certificate Six Sigma Orange Belt, AT&T University

Executive Certificate Human Resource Management in progress, California State University, East Bay in progress

Michelle Gomez


Executive Coach & Business Leader dedicated to enabling success in others; Living to create, contribute and inspire.

Michelle Gomez is an enthusiastic, passionate, and inspiring business leader and coach with over 25 years of experience creating and driving people strategies for 100 to 10K person organizations. She has experience working at all levels of leadership and personally leading teams through change in fast-paced, complex environments, using strong influence, communication, facilitation, collaboration, and coaching skills.

Her professional experience spans business and HR operations including executive coaching, training design and delivery, organizational development, sales management, call center operations, and project management for Pacific Bell, SBC Communications, AT&T, and in her own coaching and consulting business.

Gomez is driven by the core value to help people be the best version of themselves every day and is excited to be a faculty member sharing her experience with future HR leaders.

Alex Lubarsky


I enjoy bringing real world legal research problems directly from my law office into the classroom to allow the students an opportunity to tackle an actual 'live' legal matter. I am proud to say that on many occasions, my students have sharpened their legal skills while helping a client in need at the same time.

Alexander H. Lubarsky, LLM, Esq. is a practicing litigator and a legal technology enthusiast. Upon graduating from law school, Lubarsky co-founded Community Legal Centers in East San Jose to provide low cost immigration, bankruptcy, family law, and criminal defense representation to low income immigrant communities. He also consults on litigation software solutions and e-discovery practices to corporate legal departments and law firms of all sizes.

Lubarsky has consistently been active in legal technology. In 2003, he was elected to the California State Bar Law Technology Executive Committee. He is a certified trainer/consultant in the four major litigation support applications: Catalyst CR , Summation, Concordance, and CaseMap. Lubarsky is EnCase Certified and spent several years as a Director for Guidance Software – the world’s leading computer forensic software manufacturer. Further, he has taught litigation support courses to students at various law schools and paralegal schools throughout California. He has remained a member of the paralegal education faculty at California State University, East Bay for over a decade. Lubarsky is a regular speaker on the topic of litigation support systems and electronic discovery as well as computer forensics. He has presented at multiple legal technology conferences and State Bar events throughout the nation.

He has held past positions with Summation Legal Technologies, ZANTAZ Guidance Software, Catalyst Repository Systems, and TERIS. He assists small law firms and solo practitioners implement technology to allow them to compete ‘head-on’ with AMLAW 200 large law firms. He has authored various articles for legal technology publications such as the electronic discovery chapter of CEB’s Internet Law, Law Office Computing, and The Bottom Line. He is currently authoring the textbook Computer Applications for the Paralegal for Aspen Law and Business Publishers. Lubarsky has trained and consulted to hundreds of law firms, corporate legal departments, and government counsel offices.

Craig Nathanson

MS in Human Development and Telecommunications Management

PhD in Human and Organizational Systems 
Fielding Graduate University in California

Craig Nathanson


I believe students learn best when they know their teacher cares about them as unique individuals full of potential and good ideas. This is what I strive for in my classrooms. I love to teach. My goal is that my students can use what they have learned soon after they leave the classroom.

Craig Nathanson, PhD has been an adjunct faculty member in Continuing Education since 2001 at Cal State East Bay in California teaching in the areas of leadership and human resources.

Dr. Nathanson worked 25 years in various senior management positions in U.S. fortune 50 companies and has written and published six books including his latest, “Joyful work in midlife: The five stages”, which accumulates 20 years of research by Dr. Nathanson in the intersection of work and midlife.

Dr. Nathanson developed and leads a thriving online community at

Ellen Papper

PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Bowling Green State University

Ellen Papper


For me, an important part of teaching is providing practical experiences to help students learn and gain a better understanding of the subject matter.

Ellen Papper, PhD has worked as both an internal and external consultant for more than 25 years. Her consulting has focused primarily on selection system development, talent acquisition, orientation and training, leadership development, effective work environment, program improvement, communications research, and customer satisfaction.

In addition to her consulting work, she has conducted seminars on a variety of topics including job analysis, employee selection, behavior-based interviewing, performance management, survey feedback and action planning, and professional ethics. She has also facilitated focus groups on different subjects with various stakeholder groups.

She is currently an independent consultant based in the San Francisco area with clients throughout the United States.

J.D. Sanders


J. D. Sanders, MEd, SPHR, SPHR-CA, SHRM-SCP is currently a Business, Management and HR Consultant with over 20 years experience and Founder/Owner of JD Sanders Consulting. He is a CEO/Cofounder of CalHRSuccess, LLC. He is a Business and HR Leader with extensive expertise in strategic management, OD, conflict management, performance management, workforce planning and integration both in large and small high tech companies. He has experience with public sector entities and is a qualified Federal, California State and local contractor. He is a Strategic Partner and VP of HR for GoalSpan, Inc. He is known for the successful ability to align human resources with organization business objectives and leadership development.

He was recognized with the 2015 NCHRA Distinguished Service Award, the 2010 NCHRA Leadership Award. He has extensive experience with startups, creating organizational infrastructure and developing HR departments from scratch. He has mentored and coached numerous executives, managers, and HR Professionals. He focuses on helping individuals and organizations grow. He has facilitated organizations through the strategic planning process and developed/implemented complete compensation and benefits systems. He is a poised presenter, instructor and facilitator, able to bring together diverse working groups and project teams – fostering a genuine sense of motivation.

Paul Sheirich


I love what I do for a living, and I try to bring that passion and knowledge to the classroom.

Paul Sheirich, BS has 35 years of IT project and management experience, and brings his 20 years of responsibility for Human Resource applications into the classroom.

He has worked in a variety of industries including outsourcing, government, transportation, and non-profit. His application experience includes NuView, PeopleSoft, EpicHR, Workday, Kronos, and

Sheirich currently works with the University of California, Office of the President, on the UCPath project. UCPath will replace the 30-year-old Payroll/Personnel System (PPS). The project is the largest shared service effort in higher education nationwide. When it is fully functional, UCPath will serve 190,000 UC employees across ten campuses, five medical centers, and other University facilities.

Paul Wilson

BS in Human Resources 
California State University, Fresno

MBA in Human Resources
MBA in Finance
California State University, East Bay

Paul Wilson


As a human resources professional, my primary mission has always been to develop and realize work that drove success for organizations seeking success in the marketplace and employees who were looking to better themselves professionally.

Paul Wilson brings over 20 years experience in all facets of human resources with special emphasis in the field of employee total rewards to include compensation, benefit, and equity programs. He also brings with him particular experiences in the fields of employee relations, staffing, immigration, and employee metrics and analytics. Over the span of his career, Wilson has been providing training and instruction in all these areas both within the university system as well as within business organizations both nationally and internationally. He holds professional designations as a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and a Global Remuneration Professional (GRP) with World at Work.

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You’re Invited to Enroll

There are no admission requirements for this program. If you can satisfactorily complete the program coursework, you are invited to enroll.

If you’re not quite ready to commit to the full program, individual courses may be taken without formal admission to the certificate program.

*Cal State East Bay alumni: The Forever Pioneer Discount is available for this program. Registration must be processed via this Forever Pioneer form in order to qualify for the discount.

If you’d like to receive additional information before selecting courses, simply request more information and a program coordinator will reach out to you and guide you through the enrollment process.

Common Questions

When can I start the program?
You may start at any time, during any term, with classes of your choice. This is a fully self-paced program.
Are there any required courses in the program?
There are no “required” or “elective” courses; you simply pick and choose the topics which are most interesting and relevant to you. Courses are not sequential and may be taken in any order.
Do I need to purchase any books for this program?
There are no books required for this program. You will receive extensive handouts at every class. 
How do I receive credit for a class?
There are no tests given in this program and no homework assignments are given. Your grade of “Credit” is awarded based on your attendance. You must be present for the entire session.
How long does it take to complete the program?
The program can be completed in 4-8 months depending on the certificate option.
How long is each course?
Each course is a total 6 hours of instructional time.
Is there any work to do outside class time? If so, how much?
All course content is completed during class time. There is nothing to complete outside of class time.
What is the program format?
Courses are conveniently offered in an asynchronous online format or in-person at the Hayward campus or the downtown Oakland Center, making it easy to choose courses that fit into your busy schedule.


What are the program admission requirements?
There are no admission requirements for this program; all students are welcome to participate. This program awards “CEUs” (Continuing Education Units), which are not considered “academic” credit. Because of this, units earned in the HRM program will not be applicable toward a degree program.


Is financial aid available for this program?
Traditional Financial Aid (such as completing the FAFSA, Pell Grants, etc.) is not applicable for certificate programs, but there may be other suitable options to help you in financing your program. Learn more about other financial aid options.
Are any discounts available for this program?
Yes, this program qualifies for the Forever Pioneer discount for Cal State East Bay alumni. You can complete and submit the Forever Pioneer Registration Form to receive the discounted pricing. Advanced registration is required to qualify for the discount.
What are the tuition costs for the program?
Tuition costs: $225 per course (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)

Accessibility Services

Does the university provide accessibility services?
Yes, our Accessibility Services department provides academic accommodations and support services to address the individual needs of students with differing abilities, permanent disabilities or temporary disabling conditions. For more information, including program details and contact information, visit

Certificate of Completion

How do I request my certificate?
To obtain your official certificate, you must complete all requirements of your program and then complete and submit this form. Upon verification of requirement completion, your certificate will be sent to you.

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At a Glance

Area of study: Certificate in Human Resource Management

Ideal for: Human Resource professionals seeking new and updated knowledge, skills, and perspectives that will help them excel at their jobs and advance in the field

Professionals considering a career change into HR and want to explore the field and become more desirable candidates for HR positions

Line managers seeking greater skill in interviewing and hiring, training, and conducting performance evaluations of employees

Program format: In-person or online asynchronous

Number of courses: 8 to 16 courses

Program length: 4 to 8 months

Tuition costs: $225 per course (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.) Forever Pioneer discount is available for Cal State East Bay alumni.


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