Essentials of Human Resources

The newly updated, SHRM Essentials of Human Resources provides foundational HR Knowledge and incorporates components of the SHRM BoCK.  It provides insights into the standards for knowledge, strategies and competencies required of effective HR professionals around the world.  Due to the high demand for this course, multiple cohorts are offered. Please select a section that best meets your schedule's needs.

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Managing any organization requires knowledge of the rules and regulations of human resource management. In this course, gain a broad overview of human resources, learn the foundational knowledge about recruiting, hiring, performance management, compensation and legal impact; understand the behavioral competencies that improve judgment and decision making; and learn practical experience through tools and resources to improve your job performance. Once you successfully complete the course, earn a Rice Certificate of Achievement. No prior HR experience required.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
PHRD1001.S18.2 Kathleen M. Fenninger On-campus 8 a.m.-noon Friday, April 13, 2018

INSTRUCTOR: Kathleen M. Fenninger
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 8 a.m.-noon
START DATE: Apr. 13, 2018

Instructor: Kathleen M. Fenninger

Kathleen M. Fenninger, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, GPHR, - SHRM-CP and Essentials of HR Instructor - has more than 25 years of experience in human resources both as a generalist and an employment specialist, primarily in the energy and financial services industries in Houston and New York City. She has served as president of the Houston Human Resource Management Association and was awarded the Distinguished Professional in Human Resources award in 1998. Ms. Fenninger holds an MBA in organizational behavior and marketing, an M.S. in education and a B.A. in English from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. She has been an instructor for the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies since 1996.

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: Apr. 13, 2018

End Date: Apr. 27, 2018

Schedule: 8 a.m.-noon

Length: Three Fridays

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $649 Fee includes the most recent edition of the SHRM Essentials of Human Resources Learning System.

Group Fee: $629 per person

CEUs: 1.2

SHRM PDCs: 14.75

  • Anyone new to HR
  • Employees who have HR responsibilities as part of their job description
  • Individuals who want to expand their HR knowledge
  • HR professionals who need recertification credits
  • Those seeking a stepping stone before earning the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP designation

Continuing Education Hours Include

  • Approved by HR Certification Institute for 12.25 hours of HR (General) recertification credit towards PHR and SPHR recertification requirements
  • Approved by SHRM for 14.75 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) towards SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification requirements

Financial assistance information can be found on Rice Financial Aid's Visiting and Continuing Education Students page.

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