Small investment in quality training, big payback

This SHRM Essentials of Human Resources course covers the topics you need to meet key HR challenges that are relevant to you and your company. In 12 hours of training time, you can cover the issues you need to reduce potentially costly litigation.

Developed by leading HR experts, HR practitioners, and legal counsel, the SHRM Essentials of Human Resources course covers introductory HR topics in a condensed, easy-to-understand format. The straightforward format ensures that HR concepts can be mastered and applied to real-life situations. You will:

  • Keep up with key federal laws in areas such as total rewards, equal employment opportunity and harassment
  • Improve employee recruitment and selection
  • Increase your knowledge of orientation, onboarding, development and training
  • Understand best practices for employee handbooks
  • Download and use sample templates like employment applications, job descriptions, disciplinary policies and more

This six-week program combines expert instruction with the SHRM Essentials of Human Resources, so you will learn faster and retain more knowledge to accelerate your future in HR.

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Why Enroll in Our Course?

Offered in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the curriculum provided in the SHRM Essentials of HR is designed by global subject matter experts and incorporates six key topics from the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge™ (SHRM BoCK™). Our course is designed to help you learn and retain the material effectively and efficiently by combining learning materials with expert instruction and peer discussion.

James Madison University's program offers you a strong foundation to advance your HR career.

Benefits To You

You'll benefit from:

  • An experienced, SHRM-certified instructor
  • A solid HR knowledge foundation to build on as you advance in your career
  • A structured learning experience that keeps you on track
  • Opportunities to network and learn from peers
  • Further professional development with the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certification
  • Professional Development Credits (PDCs) and a certificate upon completion
Benefits To Your Employer

SHRM Essentials benefits your entire organization by:

  • Reducing the company’s risk of high-cost litigation
  • Promoting a consistent understanding of the HR function to non-Human Resources
  • Offering professional development for divisional or departmental supervisors to ensure HR compliance
  • Developing a common dictionary of HR terms for the entire organization
  • Enhancing the importance of the HR function within your company
Who Should Enroll In This Course?

Designed as a thorough introduction to HR basics, the SHRM Essentials of Human Resources course provides a solid foundation in human resources concepts and is effective training across multiple job responsibilities and career paths:

  • New and junior HR practitioners who need to increase their knowledge base
  • Small business owners or office managers who perform the HR function for their company and business managers who want to learn basic HR best practices to avoid costly litigation
  • New or experienced managers interested in learning more about employee management skills
  • Representatives selling or supporting HR systems and services
  • International HR personnel wishing to increase their knowledge of U.S. HR practices
  • Job seekers who are investigating HR as a new career option or want to enhance their resume with HR skills
Course Details



Course Fee:
SHRM Members: $549 
Non-Members: $599

Scholarship Opportunity

The Shenandoah Valley SHRM chapter is proud to offer the Emily Sterret Memorial Scholarship - one for SHRM Essentials of Human Resources and one for Certification Prep. You must be a SVSHRM chapter member to apply. Become a member today!


 Interested in Training Your Team?

Ask about volume discounts or offering a custom course for your organization. Contact Elizabeth Sacco at or call 540-568-4038.

Registration Information

Admission Requirements: There are no admission requirements to take this class. We recommend non-native English speakers have a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 250 on the computer-based exam, or 100 on the internet-based exam.

Program Requirements: In order to successfully earn your certificate of achievement from JMU and SHRM, you must attend all class meetings and complete out-of-class reading assignments. This class is approved for 12 Professional Development Credits/1.2 CEUs.

Registration Deadline: Registration closes two weeks prior to the course start date.

Payment Options

Online: Credit card payments (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express) can only be accepted through online registration.

By Mail: Download, complete and print the registration form and mail with check* payment to:

JMU School of Professional & Continuing Education
Attention: Professional Development
127 W Bruce St, MSC 6906
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

In-Person: You may register in person. We are located on the 3rd floor at the JMU Ice House, 127 West Bruce St, Harrisonburg.

You will receive a registration confirmation via email once your registration has been processed.

 *A $50 fee will be assessed for any check returned by the bank.

 For additional information including cancellation and refund policy, see Policies and Notices.

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