HR Essentials
Certificate Series

Learn the nuances of managing human resources

HR Essentials Certificate Series

As an HR professional, you face a variety of challenging issues every day.  Everything from working through employee relations issues, staying current on changing labor laws, managing benefits, addressing performance management concerns, hiring top talent and most importantly, keeping your workforce safe during a global pandemic!  Your senior leadership expects you to be skilled partner in every discipline on the people side of the business. This series will provide participants foundational knowledge and skills needed to navigate the increasingly complex world of HR.

Take one class or take all ten. To register for individual courses, contact Kallee McGraw at

Price for Series: $1,625 AIM Members | $2,025 Non-Members

Scroll below for class titles, descriptions and dates. 

Who should attend this series?

Those in a position that includes human resource responsibilities

New HR professionals seeking to broaden their knowledge

Generalists who need a refresher

Anyone seeking specific training in a particular HR discipline

Series Dates & Locations

There are no series at this time

June 22, 29; July 13, 20, 27; Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31.

Online - 9:30am -1pm


Classes and Descriptions

Class 1 | The Role of Human Resources

This program will review the applicable state and federal laws and offer practical information about how harassment and discrimination happen in the workplace as well as steps that can be taken to avoid these situations.

Understand types of harassment and discrimination

Learn how to avoid problem situations

Understand employer liability and employee responsibilities

Explore real-world examples and scenarios

Understand how to respond to a harassment complaint

Prepare for your role in changing the culture

Upcoming Classes:

June 22

Class 2 | Talent Acquisition Process

Finding the best talent is primarily based on how well you prepare for, source, interview and assess candidates. Performing a well-structured HR interview can help you discover the right candidates for your company.

Explore the essential aspects of sourcing candidates and planning for the interview

Discover how to conduct an efficient and structured behavioral interview

Gain insight on how to control the interview environment for an effective exchange of information

Upcoming Classes:

June 29

Class 3 | Managing Employee Leaves

The laws and legal issues surrounding employee leaves are both complicated and confusing; you need to know what to expect and pitfalls you should avoid. In this class, you will:

Examine how to manage all the state and federal leave laws and to whom they apply

Explore the Paid Family & Medical Leave Law in Massachusetts

Get up to speed on legal issues commonly associated with time off

Consider your culture in terms of the benefits provided

Upcoming Classes:

July 13

Class 4 | Employment Law - HR's Responsibility

When it comes to employment laws, your organization turns to you as their in-house expert. How prepared are you? With laws ever-changing, it is important to refresh your knowledge to remain compliant. In this class, you will:

Become well-versed in the latest state and federal employment laws

Explore the impact of case law and company practices

Walk away with a greater grasp on this essential knowledge base of any HR Professional

Upcoming Classes:

July 20

Class 5 | Personnel Records and Employee Handbooks

HR professionals are no stranger to correct and complete documentation. While it may feel cumbersome, record-keeping is of vital importance for many reasons. In this class, you will:

Discover why proper recordkeeping is necessary

Learn the legal requirements for employee handbooks, and files

Explore methods to ensure compliance on these fronts

Upcoming Classes:

May 17
July 27

Class 6 | Threat Management - HR's Role

It is important that organizations prepare themselves for threats ranging from workplace violence to drugs and alcohol and even potential data breaches. Having a plan in place for handling potential threats is necessary. In this class, you will:

Identify the best ways to develop substance abuse policies

Discover preventive measures regarding workplace violence and bullying

Discuss and practice how to respond to workplace injuries appropriately

Raise your awareness of your responsibilities under the Massachusetts data security laws

Upcoming Classes:

May 19
Aug 3

Class 7 | Compensation Basics

To establish functional job descriptions, a pay policy, and an overall compensation strategy for your organization, you need to know the process and components necessary for success. In this class, you will:

Review the importance of compensation management

Review the impact of the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act on your organization

Learn how to establish the company’s pay philosophy as a first step

Understand the building blocks of a compensation program

Upcoming Classes:

May 24
Aug 10

Class 8 | Employee Benefits Programs

Every employer has a unique set of needs when it comes to employee benefits programs. Knowing what your options are can save your company time and money as you guide them into making the right choices. In this class, you will:

Discuss the importance of “total compensation”

Distinguish between mandatory and optional benefits

Explore the vast array of required and optional benefits programs

Upcoming Classes:

May 26
Aug 17

Class 9: Managing Difficult Discussions

People management is no easy task; it sometimes requires tough decisions and difficult conversations. Learn strategies on how to effectively implement corrective action processes and ensure compliance and respect in the difficult decision surrounding employee discharge. In this class, you will:

Uncover how to coach managers through effective employee conversations

Review how to effectively utilize the performance appraisal process

Explore how to use “corrective action” approach as opposed to “discipline” in many situations

Objectively examine the discharge process

Upcoming Classes:

June 7
Aug 24

Class 10 | Creating an Inclusive Workforce Culture

This program explores sensitive, useful information for any HR professional with employees from different cultural or generational backgrounds – in other words, everyone! It goes beyond understanding differences, to exploring your own unconscious bias. Practical tips are offered to effectively and respectfully embrace your diverse workforce to promote inclusive practices, boost morale, increase engagement, retention, and ultimately the bottom line. In this class you will:

Distinguish between a diverse and inclusive workforce culture

Increase awareness of your own cultural programming and unconscious bias

Learn to increase versatility and influence

Discover commonalities among those seemingly different from you

Identify cultural influences on behavior in the workplace – both positive and not so

Build a cultural framework for inclusivity and respect in your workplace

Strengthen skills for communicating with a diverse staff

Upcoming Classes:

June 9
Aug 31