HR Essential Skills

Explore and enhance the necessary skills required to excel as an HR professional.

There are many skills an HR professional will utilize throughout their career and are the key foundation for every Human Resources professional.

Topics covered in this class include emotional intelligence, developing positive relationships, personal branding, influencing others and managing difficult conversations.


  • Understand what emotional intelligence is and start using this skill to “read the room” and anticipate potential issues between people before they arise
  • Understand the importance positive relationships have on your career, including utilizing an empathetic style when dealing with people’s concerns
  • Use your personal brand to enhance approachability and relationship building
  • Use your influencing skills to steer others towards an outcome you desire that is beneficial to the organization or preserving positive employee relations
  • Have difficult conversations with others, while focusing on facts, outcomes and managing emotions


For individuals pursuing their certificate, this course satisfies one out of the six course program requirements. For HR professionals seeking SHRM recertification, this course earns 24 professional development credits (PDCs).

Course Format: Online, Self-Directed
Schedule: Begin your course on the first Sunday following enrollment.
Tuition: $799
CEUs: 2.4
Registration Opens:


Additional Resources

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Anticipate 4-5 hours per week working through the 5-week program.


Discussion posts due on Mondays and all other deliverables due on Saturdays.

Getting Started

Begin your class on the Sunday following successful enrollment.

Josh Varone

Mr. Varone is currently the Chief Human Resources Officer at Rhode Island Medical Imaging (RIMI). Mr. Varone has spent the last 18 years working in Human Resources in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Prior to his role at RIMI, he spent 8 years as the Human Resources Director at AAA Northeast. He has global experience, overseeing Talent Acquisition while at Swarovski. Mr. Varone holds a B.A. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth; M.A. Providence College; Professional in Human Resources (PHR); SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP); Professional Recruiter Certification (PRC).

Josh Varone

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