Online course in Business & Management

HR Fundamentals

Get an introduction to the practice of Human Resources, and develop the skills you need to become an HR professional.

  • Duration 5 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
  • Learn Free
  • Extra benefits From $59 Find out more

Find out how good HR practice supports organisations and their people

HR professionals look after the greatest creators of value (and risk) in organisations: their people.

On this course, you’ll get an introduction to the practice of HR, and develop skills you need as an HR professional.

You’ll learn how HR helps organisations achieve business goals and strategic objectives.

You’ll explore the basic principles of workforce planning, employee recruitment and retention.

Finally, you’ll find out about performance management, and how to support people in achieving goals.

What topics will you cover?

  • Why HR matters
  • HR Professionalism in practice
  • Enabling an organisation’s strategy through HR
  • Data, and how to use it effectively
  • Workforce planning, recruitment and retention
  • Workforce engagement and managing performance

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Describe HR Professionalism and demonstrate an understanding of its importance to people and organisations
  • Apply basic principles of workforce planning, including recruitment and retention
  • Demonstrate understanding of performance management and how to get the best out of people
  • Describe the role of HR in supporting an organisation in meeting its strategy and objectives

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at new and aspiring HR professionals, but may also be of interest to people responsible for people operations.

Who will you learn with?

Sarah Davis

I'm Head of Partnerships for CIPD Middle East. A Chartered CIPD Member with an MBA from Henley Business School the scholarship for 2003 and a MA in Personnel & Development from Westminster University

David D'Souza

Described as “one of the UK’s most influential HR and workplace commentators”, David is the CIPD’s Membership Director and a respected speaker, writer and expert on progressive HR & business practice.

Steve George

Steve is the CIPD’s HR Content Manager and has over 15 years’ experience in developing online training for some of the world's top brands and HR teams. Twitter: @steveglearning

Stuart Haden

Working with individuals, teams & organisations to develop optimal performance (flow states) & be up to 500% more effective. Author of It’s Not About the Coach.

Warren Howlett

Warren is the CIPD’s Head of HR Content. Responsible for professional development and learning products, digital content, tools, resources, platforms and qualifications. Twitter: @warrenhowlett

Who developed the course?

The CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development. The not-for-profit organisation offers professional training and accreditation for those working in HR and learning and development.

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