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Online Classes

The program begins every fall and spring.
Spring begins

Each class runs one night a week for six weeks from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
Full schedule listed in the Curriculum tab.



Judy Ratcliffe

Human Resources Professional Certificate (Bundled Option)

Bundled Option

In Partnership with the Human Resource Association of Central Connecticut (HRACC)

The Human Resources (HR) Professional Certificate consists of six comprehensive classes that offer a detailed overview of the Human Resources functions.  All six classes are required to complete the certificate.   You can register for all six here, or for each class separately in separate options.



Our certificate is taught by highly-experienced experts in their fields, classes include:

*Strategic Staffing & Talent Acquisition


*Learning & Organizational Development


*Employment & The Law

*Integrated Human Resources (Capstone class:  must be taken last)

The program begins every fall and spring.

Learning & Organizational Development Mondays 9/16/24 – 10/21/24
Benefits Thursdays 9/12/24 – 10/17/24
Strategic Staffing / Talent Acquisition Tuesdays 10/28/24 – 12/2/24
Compensation Wednesdays 10/23/24 – 12/4/24
Employment & the Law Thursdays 10/22/24 – 11/26/24
Integrated Human Resources (Capstone Course) Saturdays 6/1/24 & 6/8/24 OR 12/7/24 & 12/14/24

Attendance is mandatory, one excused absence is allowed per course. 100% attendance is expected for the Capstone.

Who Should Enroll

The certificate is designed for professionals entering the HR field, entry- to mid-level managers, small business owners or anyone needing to brush up on their HR skills.  New supervisors or managers looking to gain knowledge might benefit too.


Please visit each class for instructor information.


This is an online program, with the exception of the Capstone which is offered in person for two Saturdays.
Students will need a computer with video and microphone.


The program was a great experience, learned a lot of information, met some amazing people, and got to exercise my knowledge, skills and experience in a case study presentation! Highly recommend! -Sherry
Fall, 2022

“If you are looking for something to jumpstart our HR career, look no further. Central Connecticut State University’s HR Professional Certification Program is amazing and you will not regret investing in your future.” -Abby S Fall, 2022

“This program enhanced my knowledge in the Human Resources field and motivated me to seek positions of higher responsibilities.  The professors were true experts in their fields and I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to attend these courses.”  Elizabeth R.

“I am now working in the Human Resource Department as the HR Associate.  In this role, I assist the department in onboarding and recruitment, training, benefits administration, and day to day operations.  It was a temp to hire position, and I started in June. As of next week, I will be an official employee! I am really enjoying it, and credit my studies at CCSU in helping me land this job; the courses were informative without being overwhelming, and the professors truly cared about students’ understanding and success. I keep in touch with many of the professors and my classmates!”  Andrea M.

“I’m very grateful to have completed the HR Professional Certificate program at CCSU who works in conjunction of HRACC. Thank you to Judy Ratcliffe and all the teachers that take the time out of their busy schedules to share their passion and knowledge of the Human Resources field. Up Next, SHRM-CP.” Alyssa C.

The CCSU HR certification classes are a great introduction to the world of Human Resources. The courses complement each other and cover a variety of concepts. I would recommend this certification to anyone looking to become an HR professional.  – Heather