HR Essential Skills

Excel as a Certified HR Professional with Our Human Resource Management Certificate Program

In the ever-changing landscape of human resources, HR professionals must rely on a unique set of skills to foster success within their organizations. Not only do you have to understand policies and procedures, but you also need to understand interpersonal dynamics and emotional intelligence. These foundational skills are essential to make a meaningful impact in your field.

By taking this course as part of your Human Resource Management Certificate program, you will master emotional intelligence, develop skills for positive relationships, understand personal branding, and learn how to influence others and manage difficult conversations for better outcomes.

Key Knowledge Areas in Human Resource Management

Through this HR Essential Skills course — part of Bryant’s larger Human Resource Management Certificate program — you will:

  • Fully understand the meaning of emotional intelligence and predict potential conflicts between people before they arise.
  • Understand the influence that positive relationships have on your career and incorporate an empathetic style when dealing with people’s concerns.
  • Enhance approachability and relationship building through your personal brand.
  • Develop the skills to influence others towards a desirable outcome that is beneficial to the organization and maintains positive employee relations.
  • Have difficult conversations with others, while focusing on facts, outcomes, and emotion management.


  • Individuals completing the Human Resource Management Certificate
  • HR professionals seeking SHRM recertification 

Highlight: SHRM Recertification

Current HR professionals can earn 24 professional development credits (PDCs) for SHRM recertification with this course.

Course Requirements

This five-week, self-paced course includes guided learning with multimedia, interactive modules, and curated readings. Discussion posts are due on Mondays and all other deliverables are due on Saturdays. Expect approximately 4-5 hours of work per week.  

First-time online learner? “Strategies for Success” is a one-week module that will familiarize you with our learning system before you begin your program and ensure you are ready to participate. Required for all first-time, self-paced Bryant learners.

Course Format: Online, Self-Paced
Schedule: 5-week course, 4-5 hours/week
Begin the Sunday following enrollment
Tuition: $799
CEUs: 2.4
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Certificate Requirements

This course is part of the Human Resources Management Certificate. In order to receive the certificate, you must complete six courses from the list below: 

Bryant Value

Preferred Provider

Bryant is an SHRM preferred provider and an HRCI approved provider.

Higher-Caliber Faculty

Our courses are taught by top-notch experts and faculty who are leaders within their field.

Interactive Learning

Spend 4-5 hours per week on guided learning, interactive modules, and curated reading.

Meet Your Instructor: Josh Varone

Josh Varone is currently the chief human resources officer at Rhode Island Medical Imaging (RIMI). He has spent the last 18 years working in human resources in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Prior to his role at RIMI, he spent eight years as the human resources director at AAA Northeast. His experience spans across the globe, including overseeing talent acquisition while at Swarovski. He holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and an M.A. from Providence College, and he is a Professional in Human Resources (PHR), SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), and has his Professional Recruiter Certification (PRC).

Meet Your Instructor: Josh Varone

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