HR Academy Certificate Program

A Certificate Program for Human Resource Professionals.

Learning should last a lifetime, and at Cascade school is always in session.

Develop your skills, knowledge and abilities in the fundamental tenets of HR and the more advanced areas of this important management and leadership function. Graduates of the Academy gain more confidence in their abilities, perform their jobs at a higher level and are simply happier at work. Graduate Icons on Red Puzzle Piece

Academy Orientation

Prior to starting classes, you will receive a webinar introducing you to the program, its instructors and an explanation about each class. You will be asked to complete a brief assessment to help the program’s instructors develop a customized professional development plan and recommendations for your electives.

Choose Your Certificate Series

HR Fundamentals: Perfect for those newer to HR, or those seeking to expand their general HR knowledge. To receive this certificate participants must complete six elective courses, including 101: Employment Law: Minimize Risk and Gain Confidence.

HR Professional: Designed for the more experienced HR professional, this series assumes you have a solid understanding of the fundamentals and are seeking more specialized knowledge. To receive this certificate participants must complete 10 elective courses.

No matter what certificate you seek, choose whatever electives best meet your needs. Take the classes at your own pace. There is no time limit for completing the series.

“ Taking part in the HR Academy program was a great experience. The information covered in the elective and lab courses is relevant and useful on a daily basis. I enjoyed working with the instructors and other participants and getting to hear how their organizations manage difficult and complex issues.”
– Bob Loftis, Human Resources Director, Options Counseling and Family Services

Elective Courses


101: Employment Law: Minimize Risk and Gain Confidence
102: Basics of Family Leave
103: Wage and Hour Basics
104: Discipline: Reduce Stress and Get Results
105: Making Job Descriptions Compliant, Accurate and Meaningful
106: Documentation: Write it Right
107: Developing and Updating Employee Handbooks
108: Advanced Family Leave (Requires completion of 102: Basics of Family Leave or Pre-Approval from Instructor)
109: Americans with Disabilities Act: Doing the Right Thing the Right Way

Engagement, Hiring and Retention

110: Recruiting and Attracting Talent
111: Mastering the Art of Interviewing
112: Employee Engagement: Beyond Satisfaction
113: Attracting, Retaining and Engaging Your Workforce
114: Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Performance Management and Achievement

115: Performance Management: Finding the Best Approach for Your Workforce
116: Coaching Skills Bootcamp
117: Accountability and Delegation
118: Effective Recognition and Rewards Programs
119: “We Need to Talk”: Difficult and Crucial Conversations at Work


Fundamental Certificate – $650 Member Rate/$975 Non-Member Rate
Professional Certificate – $975 Member Rate/$1,450 Non-Member Rate

Get started toward your certification by registering for the HR Academy Certificate Program at today.