"A good mix of theory and application. Very much 'real world' with knowledge ready to take home and take to work."

- Wayne, UK Provost Resource Management

The Essentials of Human Resource Management


The SHRM Essentials of HR Management is a 2-day workshop introductory course offering a comprehensive overview of the human resource function. Offered in partnership with the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), this cost-effective course covers today's most vital and timely topics, including employment law, selecting qualified employees, compensation, orientation and training, and the employee performance process.

The SHRM Essentials course is specifically designed to challenge you and provide the skills you need to confidently face today's complex HR situations and compliance issues within your organization. You will participate in interactive case study activities designed for you to practice real-life HR situations in a non-threatening atmosphere.

You'll benefit from the shared experiences of your instructor and peers, while learning techniques for handling HR challenges through interactive case studies designed to make you feel comfortable dealing with HR issues. In addition, you'll receive a Certificate of Completion from our institution and have the opportunity to earn 1.5 continuing education units (CEUs) for completing this course. 

It consists of six modules and is offered at the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky.

This course is ideal for:

This program is designed for entry-level HR professionals, small business owners responsible for the HR function in their companies and people looking into HR as a career-change possibility.

These are typical job titles of students who've completed the program:

              HR specialist            Small Business Owner Manager
              HR generalist           Executive assistant Recruiter
              Office manager        HR administrator Trainer
              Staffing specialist     Administrative assistant

Participants will learn:

The six learning modules cover broad spectrum of topics and provide important knowledge and skills you can use immediately in your day-to-day job:

Resource Management: Gain a clear understanding of the HR function 

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Important steps and outcomes in the HR planning process

Employment Law: Enhance your ability to apply key HR legislation

  • Civil Rights Act
  • EEOC, Affirmative Action, and elements of the affirmative action plan 
  • Pregnancy, Age and Disability legislation 
  • Many other employee protection laws

Recruitment and Selection: Gain important skills for selecting employees

  • Recruiting methods and their effectiveness
  • Key selection tools 
  • Adverse impact calculations 
  • Interview biases

Compensation and Benefits: Learn the key elements of a total compensation system

  • Framework for base pay, incentives, differentials and increases
  • Job analysis and documentation 
  • Methods for job evaluation 
  • Benefits commonly offered by employers

Employee Development: Gain an understanding of orientation, development and training

  • Effective adult learning, both on-the-job and off-the-job
  • Four levels of evaluation

Performance Management: Discover the purpose and process for performance appraisals

  • Common appraisal methods and errors
  • Legal concepts surrounding the disciplinary process 
  • Guideline for conducting disciplinary meetings

Participants will receive:

  • Certificate of Completion
  • 1.5 Continuing Education Units upon completion


Marsha P. Collins, SPHR, is a HR consultant and specialist in workplace learning and performance, with 30 years of experience in Human Resources. She travels throughout the United States, providing HR consulting, training and mediation services for public and private organizations. Mrs. Collins received her SPHR certification in 1992, and is a regular instructor for the SHRM certification course offered twice a year through UK's Gatton Business Management Center. She has served as President of the American Society for Training and Development, Bluegrass Chapter, as well as President of the Kentucky College and University Personnel Association.


Program Information:

Date: June 15 - 16, 2011

Fees: $525.00 (Materials, Parking, continental breakfast included in fees)

For further information call the Executive Education Center
at the Gatton College of Business and Economics at eec.ed@uky.edu, or  800-284-6407 or (859) 257-8746.

This course is HRCI Approved!

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