Human Resources 101: HR Essentials (Virtual)



This course has been approved for 3 SHRM continuing education credits.

Taking on a role in Human Resources is no small feat. Whether someone is new to human resources or needs a refresher on the fundamentals, our Human Resources 101 program covers the basic components for success in any HR role.

This virtual, instructor-led training course helps employees build the right set of skills and knowledge that they need to help them grow in their specific roles. 

Employment Laws You Need to Know is the second module of the Human Resources 101 program and can be purchased separately.

The cost of the HR Essentials module is $200 per person. Are you an ERC Member? Members get 10% off with Coupon Code: ERCMEMBER10

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This introductory level human resources program covers the basic components necessary to succeed in a human resources role. Whether you are new to the workforce, taking on a new role within human resources, or simply need a refresher, this course will provide a general view of the HR function and the essentials to get you through the employee lifecycle.

General course topics include:

  • Current workplace requirements (updating workplace posters, workers compensation and safety programming, COBRA & employee handbooks)
  • Overview of creating job descriptions, resume screening, interview essentials and extending an employment offer
  • What to know about background and other employment screening
  • Best practices for onboarding new employees
  • How to set up employee files and recordkeeping schedules
  • Trends in performance management and goal setting
  • Best practices for employee discipline and termination

Please note that HR Essentials is not designed to offer state-specific guidance.