Human Resources

One-Year Certificate


Students who choose to study human resources within the business program at COTC gain knowledge and skills to prepare them for employment as a human resource generalist. Human resource generalists handle the daily operations of a human resource department which can include screening applicants for employment, administering pay and employee benefits, and managing policies and procedures. 

License/Credentialing Eligibility

The human resources courses in the business program align with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) certification. Students can test and obtain SHRM certification if they choose, in addition to earning the human resource certificate from COTC.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take classes online or face-to-face?

The human resources certificate can be completed fully online. Students can also choose to take some classes face-to-face. 

How quickly can I complete the human resources certificate?

Students can complete the human resources certificate in just two semesters.

Where can I find a list of classes (plan of study) for the program I want to study?

Each program at COTC has a plan of study that lists the courses students take to complete a certificate or degree. 

What type of financial assistance is available to help me pay for college?

COTC awards $1 million in scholarships to students each year

Every student is encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for grants, scholarships and loans. 

Students who complete a FAFSA are automatically considered for some scholarships. Other scholarships require an application. 

Connect with the Office of Student Financial Services at 740.366.9435 or email

Can I pursue an associate degree after I complete the certificate?

Students are encouraged to continue with COTC and complete an associate degree in business.

How do I get started at COTC?

Help us learn more about you by visiting our Future Students webpage, then follow the COTC Steps to Enroll to get started.