Human Resources Manager (Entry Level), Continuing Education Workforce Certificate

Human Resources (HR) Managers often serve as a link between management and employees by handling questions, interpreting and administering contracts, and helping resolve work-related problems. They frequently advise managers on organizational policy matters such as equal employment opportunity and sexual harassment and recommend needed changes. HR Managers also perform difficult staffing duties, including dealing with understaffing, refereeing disputes, firing employees, and administering disciplinary procedures. They generally plan, organize, direct, control or coordinate the personnel training, or labor relations activities of an organization.

This program features courses that will provide fundamental knowledge of the human resources field and prepare students for the Associate Professional in Human Resources(aPHRTM) Certification exam.

Students entering this program should have good planning and organizational skills, strong oral and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills, and good problem-solving skills.

Careers in this field are available in a broad range of privately held companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.  Additional career information may be found in Career Coach:

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

1. prepare to sit for the aPHR® and PHR® credentialing exam,

2. function more effectively in an entry-level human resources management role,

3. prepare to gain entry-level employment in a human resources role, and

4. assume responsibility for continued professional and personal development through continuing education.

CCBC Pathway

Business Pathway - Pathways are designed to help you meet your academic and career goals by aligning related courses and programs.  Pathway students participate in a variety of activities that help explore career opportunities in their field of study.  You can meet with a CCBC advisor who help align — or realign — your educational plan with the Pathway that best supports you and your goals.

Program Credentials

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential: Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate and have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript). Students will be prepared to sit for the certification exam for Associate Professional in Human Resources (aPHR).
Certifying Organization: HR Certification Institute (HRCI),


Financial Aid and Payment Options

We offer financial aid by packaging public and private funding options to those who qualify, in select Continuing Education courses and programs. Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development.

Length of Training

5 months

Courses start in June, September, and February

Program Requirements

High School Diploma or GED recommended.

This program is eligible for Baltimore County Public Schools Blueprint funding

Application Process

To apply, go to and complete the CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate program application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has no options for obtaining course waiver(s) for prior learning.

Program Course Sequence


Course Number

Course Title



Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)



MGT 346 

Fundamentals of Human Resources aPHR Certification


Materials provided



​MGT 762 ​Human Resources: An Application in Today's Business Climate ​8 ​Materials provided



​Course Series Totals:   ​44 ​* aPHR Exam cost not included



Additional Information

Additional Expenses:
aPHR Exam Cost: Go to HR Certification Institute (HRCI),

Career Coach

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Program Contact Information

Coordinator: Julie Woo | |443-840-4302 | Owings Mills 305D

Administrative Assistant: Sarah Moore|| 443-840-1632 | Essex BESS 116