Advanced HR Certificate Series

As an HR practitioner, you are a strategic business partner supporting your organization’s people-related initiatives. You play a critical role as change agent, problem solver, and relationship builder. AIM HR Solutions Advanced HR Certificate Series provides an in-depth and strategic review of HR topics designed to empower practitioners like you.

Who should attend?

If you would like to offer this series or specific classes at your company location, please contact Beth Yohai at

HRCI & SHRM Credits 
3.5 credits per class and 35 for completion of series. Contact Nicole Barrett for details at ‚Äč

Note: The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

Series Dates & Locations - 
New 2020 Dates Added!

By registering for the Advanced HR Certificate Series you will attend ten half-day modules over the course of five weeks. The dates and locations are as follows: 

  • West Bridgewater: Classes will take place on the following dates: 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9.
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  • Burlington: Classes will take place on the following dates: 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11.
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If you send three people to the full series from the same company, you will only pay for the price of two.
For more information, contact Beth Yohai.

To register for an individual class, please contact Nicole Barrett at 


Class 1 | The Business Partner Relationship

The building of effective and sometimes targeted relationships in and outside your organization is the foundation for success and satisfaction for every HR professional. In this class, you will: 

  • Strategize how to build credibility and trust with internal individual contributors, HR teams, and senior leadership throughout the organization
  • Review influencing practices and how to provide skilled and sought-after counsel in people-related matters
  • Discuss the vital importance of proactivity and personal ethics and accountability

Class 2 | Driving a Diverse & Inclusive Workforce

HR’s role in encouraging awareness and understanding of cultural and generational influences on points of view, interactions, and decisions is essential. During the session, we will explore the impact surrounding the phenomenon of unconscious bias and its potential influence on our judgments and reactions. In this class, you will:

  • Discover best practices for leading an increasingly diverse workforce regarding generations, cultures, genders, backgrounds, and experiences.
  • Explore methods for inclusion that provide employees with encouragement and opportunities to make the most of their strengths
  • Review a variety of language, generational, and cultural issues that may affect recruitment, retention, and teambuilding.
  • Define unconscious bias and explore its impact on our behavior and decision making and investigate strategies to enhance interactions and communications with people from diverse backgrounds.

Class 3 | Total Rewards Compensation

One top priority for most organizations is creating a compensation plan. Creating an effective plan requires tailoring it to your business needs while remaining competitive with your industry’s market.  In this class you will: 

  • Explore legal aspects of compensation
  • Identify compensation program trends
  • Align pay and performance
  • Recognize incentive compensation trends
  • Implement total compensation strategies

Class 4 | Performance Management Excellence

Performance management is a never-ending process. Whether you want to implement a formal or informal performance management process, gain insight into building a system that works for your organization. In this class, you will: 

  • Review reasons for performance management systems
  • Discuss and develop core competencies
  • Practice writing SMART goals and objectives. 
  • Review legalities of performance appraisals
  • Practice delivery and feedback on performance systems

Class 5 | Employment Laws & Organizational Compliance

Understanding critical federal and state laws that impact your workplace is imperative. Virtually all risk related to employment law violation lies with uneducated or undereducated management, and HR is essential to helping businesses understand compliance. In this class, you will: 

  • Review federal and state employment laws impacting work today 
  • Explore and practice how to effectively advise on compliance concerns to leadership teams 
  • Gain a better understanding of addressing real-world issues that have the potential for legal challenges. 

Class 6 | Workplace Incident Investigations Strategies 

HR plays a unique role when it comes to investigating and resolving workplace investigations. The process can be demanding and complicated, but with the right knowledge and training, you’ll be able to avoid common mistakes that can cost your company both time and money. In this class, you will:

  • Explore the various types of workplace investigations and the process
  • Acquire the skills needed to plan, conduct, and conclude investigations
  • Learn about the impact of ineffective investigations and what to do to avoid them

Class 7 | HR's Role in Strategic Planning

The role of today’s HR leader demands broad responsibilities that include organizational leadership and strategic thinking. HR departments are being called upon to make bigger-picture decisions and to execute well-defined HR strategies that align with broader organizational strategies. In this class, you will:

  • Explore HR’s role is as a strategic partner
  • Discover how to align your HR tools and expertise best to support strategy
  • Identify workforce strategy and key elements for success
  • Recognize how using metrics can build on your ability to influence decisions


Class 8 | Harnessing HR Metrics

Data-driven HR begins by defining and implementing the right HR metrics to track and report. Metrics help determine the effectiveness of existing decisions and programs and help to influence HR strategy. In this class, you will:

  • Learn to determine which metrics are relevant to your strategic business goals and how to implement those successfully
  • Understand the different types of HR metrics and realize their respective applications and impact on the overall business
  • Determine the right data to collect for your organization, explore the tools available to develop usable data, and how to best communicate the information in a functional way

Class 9 | Developing Organizational Talent

Development and education initiatives are essential to a thriving culture and are proven to improve the retention of talent. In this class, you will:

  • Learn keys to securing management support for employee development initiatives
  • Explore a training needs assessment unique to your company
  • Gain funding ideas toward your initiatives through grants
  • Discuss the best approach and forum for your organizational and educational needs

Class 10 | HR's Role in Managing Change

Change can be complicated and multi-faceted. Whether the change happens because of external or internal reasons, HR plays a vital role throughout the process. For employees to embrace change, they must understand leadership’s vision and how the change will benefit the organization. HR is a driving force behind this. In this class, you will: 

  • Learn how HR leads change and reasons why managing change often fails
  • Identify steps to maximizing the positive and minimizing resistance
  • Practice techniques for leading through transitions and develop a personal plan to thrive

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