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HR Management Certificate Program

Gain HR Knowledge and Skills With Prince George's Community College

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Whether you are generalist, specialist or new to Human Resources, the Prince George’s Community College Certificate Program provides a general overview of the dynamic and growing field of HR Management. The curriculum consists of 7 required core courses (78 hours) and 1 or 3 of electives (18 hours).

Core courses address HR fundamentals and provide practical techniques that can immediately be applied to the work setting. 

Elective courses give you the opportunity to focus on specialized areas, enhance particular skills, and explore emerging trends in the HR management field.

Individual courses may be taken without pursing the overall program certificate.


Our Certificate Program is designed for those who are new to Human Resources or would like to establish a career in the HR department. No prior knowledge is necessary.


Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fees at the time of enrollment or a day before the class begins. The certificate has an estimated total cost of $2,720 (not including $25 registration fee per semester).  

Courses may be taken in any order. Not all courses are offered every semester.


To earn the certificate, participants must attend at least 80% of the scheduled class hours for each course. 

Letters of Completion are awarded for each course completed. Students who have completed program requirements should contact program staff to verify completion and request a certificate.


7 Required Courses

  • MGT 728 Principles of Human Resource Management
  • MGT 731 Human Resource Law
  • MGT 668 Introduction to Employee Benefits
  • MGT 667 Introduction to Compensation
  • MGT 648 Successful Recruitment, Selection and Placement
  • MGT 727 Human Resources’ Role in Organizational Development and Change Management
  • MGT 647 Managing Employee Performance

MGT 663 or 3 Electives

  • MGT 735 Managing Generational Diversity in the 21st Century Workplace
  • MGT 338 Managing Conflict: A Professional Approach
  • MGT 564 Ethics in Human Resources
  • MGT 734 HR’s Role in Creating a Positive Work Environment
  • MGT 720 Creative Thinking and Innovation Techniques
  • MGT 663 SHRM Essentials of Human Resource Management



MGT-728 Principles of Human Resource Management

This course will examine the theoretical foundation of the human resource management field and the evolution of human resource management; planning, recruitment, training and development, performance management, and reward and career management. Trends and issues influencing the development and application of these elements within contemporary organizations will be analyzed. Topics include theoretical constructs of human resource management, theories and knowledge to human resource practices in organizations, and performance management issues and processes.

4 sessions, $280* (includes a $45 lab fee) 

42750     T   02/05/19-02/26/19  6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.  Largo  

42934     TH 02/14/19-03/07/19  6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.  Laurel

42751     T    03/12/19-04/09/19  6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.  Largo


MGT-731 Human Resource Law
This comprehensive course condenses the most critical legislation and/or legal obligations that every human resource professional should be aware of. Each session is designed to be highly interactive, incorporating both formal law and applications of the law in real world case studies. Some of the key legislation and topics students can expect to know, with their associated impacts, include: Title VII-Civil Rights Act; PPACA Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act-2010; FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act); FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act); Equal Pay Act; Portal to Portal Act and many other human resource laws.

4 sessions, $280* (includes a $45 lab fee) 

38451    M   11/19/18-12/10/18   6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.  Largo

42935    T   02/19/19-03/12/19   6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.  Laurel

42752    M   02/25/19-03/25/19   6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.  Largo


MGT-668 Introduction to Employee Benefits
This course is an overview of employee benefits including key benefits legislation, Social Security, Medicare, workers compensation, Family and Medical Leave and other government mandated benefits. Retirement, health, disability and other benefits in both the private and public sectors will be covered. Other non-statutory benefits such as vacation, sick time, and paid time off plans will be presented as well as both qualified and non-qualified deferred compensation plans. Students will be presented methods and tools to develop, select, administer and evaluate benefit programs and ensure that benefit programs are compliant with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

4 sessions, $290* (includes a $55 lab fee) 

42936    W    02/20/19-03/13/19   6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Laurel

42753    W    04/17/19-05/08/19    6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Largo


MGT-667 Introduction to Compensation
This 12-hour course is designed to provide an overview of a total compensation system and the skills needed to create one. Topics will include job descriptions, Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) classification, job analysis, job evaluation, defining pay structures, using pay surveys, computing market rates, establishing pay ranges, analyzing employee pay levels, and the use of incentives and other benefits. Course also addresses ensuring fairness in the compensation system and the role of compensation in retention.

sessions, $280* (includes a $45 lab fee) 

42754    W/TH   03/27/19-04/10/19   6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.  Largo 

42937    W    04/17/19-05/08/19  6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Laurel


MGT-648 Successful Recruitment, Selection and Placement
This course is a comprehensive overview of the recruitment function. Participants will study the fundamental principles of workforce development, develop a recruitment strategy; review recruitment methods and identify alternative staffing options, develop and implement selection procedures, (including applicant tracking, interviewing and testing), develop employment offers and conduct negotiations, and evaluate retention strategies and practices.

3 sessions, $265* (includes a $45 lab fee) 

42755 TH 02/21/19 & T 02/26-03/05 6:00 p.m-9:00 p.m. Largo 

42938     TH  03/28/19-04/11/19   6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Laurel


MGT-727 HR's Role in Organizational Development and Change Management
This course will discuss human resource management interventions concerned with managing individual and group performance.In addition, this course will look at organizational development as the process of planning and implementing interventions to create interpersonal, group, inter-group, or organization-wide change.

3 sessions, $265* (includes a $45 lab fee) 

42756    TH    04/04/19-04/18/19  6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Largo

42939    TH     04/25/19-05/09/19  6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.  Laurel


MGT-647 Managing Employee Performance
This course is intended to prepare students to develop and practice effective performance management techniques. Participants will be shown the stages of the performance management process, methods for measuring performance tools to communicate performance feedback, and the legal requirements for performance management.

4 sessions, $280* (includes a $55 lab fee) 

38455    T/TH   11/27/18-12/06/18   6:00 p.m-9:00 p.m.  Largo 

42757    T    04/02/19-04/23/19  6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Largo

42940    T    04/23/19-05/14/19  6:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. Laurel


MGT-338 Managing Conflict: a Professional Approach
In this six-hour course, participants will start to appreciate the differences in opinions that your coworkers have without arguing about them. Discover how to have a healthy conflict without destroying your character, projecting the wrong image of the company, and losing your job. This training session is designed to teach you how to manage conflict effectively. Topics to be covered include how to turn the negatives into positives, how to identify your hot buttons and how to react professionally when conflict arises.

1 session, $260* (includes a $45 lab fee) 

46708    S   04/06/19   9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.  Laurel 

42758    S    04/27/19   9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Largo


MGT-564 Ethics in Human Resources
This one-day class will address ethical issues in the workplace that involve human resource management. This course will explain ethics as the fundamental principles of right and wrong, and behavior that is consistent with these principles. Topics include human resources practices that must satisfy three basic standards: greatest good for the largest number of people, respect for the basic human rights of privacy, due process, consent and free speech, and the equitable and fair treatment of employees and customers by managers.

1 session, $260* (includes a $45 lab fee) 

46709    S   04/13/19   9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.  Laurel

42759    S   04/20/19    9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Largo


MGT-735 Managing Generational Diversity in the 21st Century Workplace
This course will cover ways for managers in the 21st century workplace to understand and consider the pivotal role and challenges associated with the unique values and characteristics of the four generations of employees working side by side. Examine each generation in the workforce based on its management needs and the generational ability to attain organizational goals and objectives. Topics covered include strategies for talent maximization, the impact of generational differences on today's work environment, and an examination of communication essentials for generational managers. Synthesize the unique characteristics of the four generations and integrate key generational diversity tenets with broader HR frames and competency models.

1 session, $260* (includes a $45 lab fee) 

46710    S  02/23/19   9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.  Laurel

42760    S  04/13/19   9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.  Largo


MGT-734 HR's Role in Creating a Positive Work Environment
This course will explain the characteristics of a positive workplace where employees are passionate about their work and exhibit both personal and professional pride in the services they provide to their employees and customers. Employees who look forward to coming to work each day and who interact with their co-workers in a collaborative and collegial manner create a positive workplace, and act on the belief that their working relationships have a positive impact. In addition, this course will look at managing conflict at work as an integral part of good people management. Participants will learn about good communication, providing ongoing feedback and effective coaching and development, and about recognizing and acknowledging good work, effective performance management and being proactive in dealing with issues as they arise in a fair and transparent manner.

1 session, $260* (includes a $45 lab fee)

42711    S  03/09/19   9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.  Laurel  

42761   S    04/06/19   9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.  Largo   


MGT-720 Creative Thinking and Innovation Techniques
This course will focus on developing new ways of thinking, different from those typically learned in society. This course is intended for leaders and change agents who want to enhance their critical thinking and innovation skills in business and other domains. Topics include how to incorporate critical thinking into your analysis of business situations; techniques to build and lead an innovation team; developing critical thinking, innovation and assertive communication methods and tools that can be applied to individual tasks and the entire organization; and methods to optimize every situation and bring out the best in others.

1 session, $260* (includes a $45 lab fee) 

38447    S   12/01/18   9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.  Largo

42762    S    03/02/19   9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m. Largo

42712    S  03/30/19   9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.  Laurel