SHRM Essentials

Course Details

September 19 - October 24, 2019
6 sessions/12 hours

5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

JMU Ice House - Harrisonburg

Meghan Schaeffer, SHRM-CP

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

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Human resource issues impact every company in some way. That’s why it’s important to understand the fundamental issues surrounding HR today. Whether you are new to human resources, or it’s one of the many roles you perform at your company, this course provides a solid foundation and the tools necessary to succeed!

Small investment, big payback

Key HR topics you need to know and giving you the tools you can immediately put to use in your organization:

  • Employment law
  • Selecting qualified employees
  • Compensation
  • Orientation and training
  • Performance management

The content is newly updated with the latest HR regulations, trends and best practices. Case studies, competency connections and SHRM Body of Competencies and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK) principles are incorporated into the material to illustrate how HR helps drive your overall business success!

Build a solid HR foundation

By covering a breadth of practical HR topics, the SHRM Essentials of Human Resources course provides the knowledge to perform daily tasks. Through this course, you will also:

  • Review key pieces of federal legislation on sexual harassment, age discrimination, and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
  • Gain insights into employee recruitment and selection while avoiding legal pitfalls.
  • Enhance your skills related to total compensation systems, pay increases and incentives, and employee benefits.
  • Increase your knowledge of employee orientation, onboarding, professional development, and training.

Time-efficient and comprehensive: One training program covers vital HR topics in less than 20 training hours.

Exceptional instruction: Learn from an HR expert who provides insight and one-on-one guidance.

Networking and peer interaction: share experiences, discuss topics, and gain real-world insights into HR. 

Stay on track: Structured times, dates and assignments help keep you motivated and on track.

Expertise from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM): SHRM is the world’s largest association and leading advocate for HR professionals

Can I Benefit?

Designed as a thorough introduction to HR basics, the SHRM Essentials of Human Resources course provides a solid foundation in human resource management 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

Registration Information

Admission Requirements: There are no admission requirements to take this class.

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 CEU

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

How To Register

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 Professional & Continuing Education
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.

If registration deadline is applicable, registrations submitted by mail or in-person must be received in our office no later than the deadline. Registrations received after the deadline may not be accepted. Registration is not final until registration form and payment are received. Spaces may fill prior to receiving mailed registrations therefore, registration is not guaranteed.

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

Waitlist Option:  Space is limited and on a first-come basis. Once the program is full, you will have the option to be added to the waitlist and you will be notified if a space becomes available.

Payment Options

Additional payment options may be available. Visit the payment options page for more information.

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

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