2023-2024 Pierce College Catalog 
    Feb 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Pierce College Catalog

Human Resources Management Certificate Course Map

Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field. It provides you a clear path to complete your certificate by listing a specific set of courses relevant to your program and career. The map is designed with the appropriate number of credits and meets certificate requirements. Courses are organized in a recommended sequence; please schedule accordingly. If a course is unavailable, select the next appropriate course within the sequence. For each course, a purpose statement explains how the content relates to your career field. On this map, there may be instances when you will be required to select a course from several options. Use these purpose statements and notes to choose the course that best aligns with your interests and needs. You will also find action items to complete to assure you progress and graduate on time.

While this map is a great guide to courses required to complete the Human Resources Management Certificate, you are responsible for fulfilling all certificate requirements. Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you!

Graduation Requirements:

  • 2.0 minimum grade in all courses
  • Meet all other Pierce College graduation expectations

1. College Success

  • Course purpose: A foundational course to explore and affirm a career choice and build upon the skills, knowledge, and resources that will support you at Pierce College and beyond.


  • Note: The College Success course you select will depend on the Career Pathway Map you are following. Your advisor will assist you in selecting either the 3- or 5- credit version of the course. Should you choose to repeat a College Success course you must enroll in a College Success course with the same credit amount as the original course; a COLLG 110 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 110 course and a COLLG 115 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 115 course. 

2. English Composition I

  • Course purpose: Clear and strategic communication with others is a central feature of all careers connected to Business. The skills learned in ENGL 101 are foundational for later coursework and beyond.


  • Note: Your advisor will assist you in reviewing your Guided Self Placement and selecting either the 5-credit or the 7-credit co-requisite ENGL& 101 + ENGLC 101 course.

3. Human Relations in the Workplace

Action Item: Meet with Advisor

Use your Success Network!  In your first quarter, meet with your advisor to revisit your career and transfer path, make adjustments to your goals as needed, and plan for your next steps.  

4. Math Course Recommendation

Choose one

  • Course purpose: Business Mathematics offers applications in banking, merchandising, inventory, depreciation and promissory notes. You will also be introduced to simple statistics and the metric system.

  • Course purpose: Today’s business world relies on data to make sound business decisions. Introduction to Statistics will orient you to the art and science of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data. By the end of the course, you will see how data can be used in powerful ways.


  • Note: The math course you select will depend on the Career Pathway Map you are following, the transfer institution/degree that you select, and your math placement guidance. Your advisor will assist you in selecting the relevant 5 or 7 credit course(s) based upon co-requisite options. 

5. Productivity Software

  • Course purpose: Required technological skill sets in the world of work include word-processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, and cloud storage at a minimum. And technology is continually changing. We need to know how to work in and problem-solve with technology.

6. Accounting Course Recommendation

Choose one

  • Course purpose: Basic knowledge of accounting is critical for all aspects of business as financial misunderstanding is one of the leading causes of business failure. This course explores the fundamental theories and concepts of accounting.

  • Course purpose: Basic knowledge of accounting is critical for all aspects of business as financial misunderstanding is one of the leading causes of business failure. This course will introduce you to accounting concepts and procedures. 

Action Item: Apply for Graduation

Way to go! It is time to apply for graduation. Visit the Pierce College Graduation website for details. https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/graduation

7. Employment Law

  • Course purpose: This course will provide you with an overview of major common employment-related laws, workplace legal issues, statutory, and regulatory concepts governing the employment relationship, and development of skills supporting legal actions pertaining to that relationship.

8. Principles of Management

  • Course purpose: A successful business professional is able to effectively address management problems. Through this course you will learn how to apply the principles and practices of management in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. 

9. Small Business Planning

10. Human Resource Management

11. Current Trends in Human Resources

  • Course purpose: Explores current human resource issues including local, state, and federal labor laws; effective recruitment and selection techniques using behaviorally-anchored structured interview format; training and development strategies using competency-based individual development plans; 360-degree performance review; and how to write employee policy manuals and job descriptions.

12. Payroll and Business Taxes

Total Credits: 58

Program Code: 545C