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5 courses + capstone project
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HR Generalist

Certificate Program
The HR Generalist Certificate program gives you the knowledge, tools, and templates you need to succeed as an HR team of one. From setting up policy frameworks to managing payroll, this online training course helps you build and execute key HR processes, navigate challenging conversations, and add value to the business. With the combination of bite-sized on-demand video lessons and practical downloadable guides, the HR Generalist Certificate Program is the go-to resource for ambitious HR generalists looking to make an impact.

What you will learn

Learn how HR processes keep your organization running
Get hands on by developing your own strategic HR function
Create HR end-to-end HR process, from recruitment to employee engagement
Earn your certificate with the capstone project by completing a real-world case


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Program structure

Driving Business Value & Measuring Success
2 modules
• 4 lessons
8 hours
Enhance your HR Generalist toolkit with strategic HR management
Discover how you can take HR’s value-adding ability to the next level as an HR Generalist. In this online course, you will learn about the key responsibilities of the HR Generalist and the role you play in ensuring the success of the organization. You will also learn how to use the HR Canvas model — a strategic HR management tool — to simplify the HR strategy creation process and effectively communicate HR’s contribution to business leaders.
Download the syllabus for a detailed overview of all lessons, assignments, reading materials, and bonus content.
Learn to use the HR Canvas Model, drive value, and create impactful HR strategies
Understand how HR Generalists can create unique competitive advantages for organizations
Discover the crucial skills every HR Generalist needs to successfully drive business value
Use the three-brick model to strategically organize operations and long-term goals
The HR Generalist in Context
Using the HR Canvas
The Employee Lifecycle
12 modules
• 30 lessons
10 hours
HR in a Scaling Business
2 modules
• 5 lessons
4 hours
HR Communications Toolkit
2 modules
• 5 lessons
3 hours
HR in Practice: Daily Operations & Strategy Design
3 modules
• 7 lessons
5 hours
Capstone Project
Exam + Project
1.5 hours

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HR Canvas Guidebook
Learn how to populate the HR Canvas for your organization
Developing KPIs & Targets
Measure KPIs and targets in your own organization
Key Stakeholder Discussion Template
Document your conversation with your stakeholders
Elevator Pitch Template
Craft your own elevator pitch
Low Cost Solutions Guide
Low-cost HR solutions for scale-ups
From Start-Up to Scale-Up Guide
Learn about the transitional stages between start-up and scale-up
Character Assessment
Understand and leverage your character strengths
Conversation Guide
Prepare for your difficult converstaion
Project Initiation Guide
Get your HR projects started and running smoothly
HROS - HR Metrics Glossary
Learn about the most relevant HR metrics
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Why should I enroll in this HR Generalist Certification Program?

As an HR generalist, you have a broad set of responsibilities, from setting up policy frameworks to navigating difficult conversations. This demands a solid and diverse skill set, as well as strong foundational knowledge of various areas of HR. All of these can seem overwhelming when you're new to the role of HR generalist — or when you’re the only HR professional in an organization. And that's where the HR Generalist certificate program comes in. This online HR generalist certification was created to help you master this challenging and dynamic role. It is 100% online and self-paced, so that you can learn whenever and wherever that works for you. The bite-sized lessons, quizzes, and downloadable materials help you understand the theory and translate it into practical new skills and competencies. After completing the HR generalist certificate program, you won't just have a certificate to add to your profile — you will have a robust set of skills that will set you up for long-term success.

Will this online training help me get started in HR?

The HR Generalist certificate program covers many topics you need to be familiar with in order to become an HR professional: recruitment and onboarding, the payroll process, performance management, policy frameworks, soft skills, and more. That makes this a good online HR course for beginners, and a good fit if you're taking your first steps in Human Resources Management. Thanks to the module dedicated to HR in a scaling organization, this is a particularly good fit for people who have just joined a growing business as their first HR hire, or who are transitioning into an HR role.

Is there a fixed schedule?

No. This program is 100% online and self-paced! When you learn and how much time you spend each day, week, or month is up to. In total, you will need to invest approximately 35 hours to finish the program and obtain your certificate.

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Which languages are the courses conducted in?

All courses are conducted in English with English subtitles available.

Is this program the right fit for me?

If you’re not sure if this program is the right fit, we are here to help you determine which program is the right fit for your goals and needs! Simply talk to one of our admissions advisors or send them an email at [email protected].

Do I need any software tools to complete this program?

No special software tools are required to complete this program. All materials needed are provided in the training platform.

What alumni say about this program

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Emilie Donohoe
Dover, United States
Verified Alumni
1 day ago
Brian Muscat
Marsa, Malta
Verified Alumni
5 days ago
Excellent Course
Tathiana Conte Peixoto
United Arab Emirates
Verified Alumni
3 weeks ago
It was an amazing and very useful course! I will aplly in my carrer.
Nikki Clayton
Verified Alumni
3 weeks ago
In-depth and thorough course with a final exam that really tests your knowledge.
Amy Greenwood
Waynesboro, United States
Verified Alumni
3 weeks ago
Great program! It kept me interested and challenged. I came away with an abundance of new and helpful information to help further my career.
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