Human Resources CE Courses Online

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Designed for the Human Resource (HR) professional seeking to stay current within the industry, these online, self-paced, Continuing Education (CE) courses will provide a foundation in the HR management sector to keep your organization's most valuable assets–its people–working as smoothly as you do.

These online courses will teach you the basics of managing the benefits and policies that support an effective staff. What does an employer need to know about anti-discrimination regulations? What are the key aspects of pay policies? How can employers avoid the traps of the employee selection process? In these courses, you will discover the answers to these and other important questions.

Each 3 to 5 hour, self-paced course offers an assortment of interactive exercises, videos, selected readings, case studies, and self-assessments that will engage you and structure your learning about human resource management.

Courses Available

  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Compensation 
  • Data and Human Resource Management
  • Employee Selection
  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Performance Management 
  • Talent Management and Career Development

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The following online HR CE courses are SHRM approved for CE credits or PDCs and require no textbooks or prerequisites. The specifics of each course and the package of courses are listed below.

Individual Online Courses

SHRM approved for PDCs: 3.5
Estimated Hours to Complete: 3-5
Access: 30 Days

In this course, students will consider the many issues surrounding the key aspects of pay policy: legal requirements, pay equity within an organization, competitive pay within the relevant industry, how and when to grant raises, and different ways payment can be structured.

Data and Human Resource Management
Estimated Hours to Complete: 3-5
Access: 30 Days

Big data and data analytics are changing how businesses run and managers do their jobs. In this course, you will explore how human resource managers use data to provide better support to the employees they manage and to contribute to the strategic practices of their organizations. You will learn about different kinds of data and analyses, and you will consider how data collection and organization may factor into problem-solving processes. We will also review issues pertaining to data collection and employee privacy and confidentiality.

Employee Selection
SHRM approved for PDCs: 3
Estimated Hours to Complete: 3-5
Access: 30 Days

In this course, students will learn about the process of selecting the best candidate from a large, diverse pool of high-quality applicants. Based on D. Quinn Mills' book, Principles of Human Resource Management, the course discusses how to conduct an effective job interview, asking questions that elicit relevant information, and avoiding questions that might be seen as discriminatory. Students will also consider how to discover more about a candidate through the use of reference checks, background checks, and testing.

Equal Employment Opportunity
SHRM approved for PDCs: 2.5
Estimated Hours to Complete: 2-4
Access: 30 Days

In this course, students will learn about many of the major employment laws, Equal Opportunity issues, and the anti-discriminatory regulations employers must be aware of in hiring, promoting, and firing employees.

Introduction to Human Resource Management
SHRM approved for PDCs: 0 (There are no SHRM credits offered for this course.) 
Estimated Hours to Complete: 3-5
Access: 30 Days

Human Resource Management includes the vital tasks of recruiting, screening, interviewing, training, appraising, disciplining, rewarding, and developing the employee—both for business and non-profit enterprises.

Since all managers (especially line managers) have HR responsibilities, it is important that they have an understanding of the key concepts of this increasingly important function, especially since many decisions they make about employees have possible legal ramifications.

The course draws on material from Harvard Business School professor D. Quinn Mills' book, Principles of Human Resource Management.

Performance Management
SHRM approved for PDCs: 3
Estimated Hours to Complete: 3-5
Access: 30 Days

This course considers the different elements of performance management. In its broadest sense, "performance management" is what every good manager does every day: Makes sure employees know what they need to do to achieve the organization's goals, checks to make sure the employees are doing those things, praises employees for doing the right things, and uses constructive criticism when that is not the case. A formal performance management system simply makes sure all those management tasks get done consistently across an organization.

Talent Management and Career Development
SHRM approved for PDCs: 2
Estimated Hours to Complete: 3-5
Access: 30 Days

Drawing on material from Harvard Business School professor D. Quinn Mills' book, Principles of Human Resource Management, this course covers the challenges and issues that organizations face in developing and retaining their employees.

Package Courses

Online HR CE Course Package
SHRM approved for PDCs: 14
Estimated Hours to Complete: 21-25
Access: 180 days

An effective human resource management strategy is a valuable asset to any company, but those running small businesses often cannot justify designating a full-time HR professional to manage employee relations, compensation, policy-making, performance management, and employee appraisals.

This package of seven courses will teach students the basics of managing the benefits and policies that support an effective staff. What does an employer need to know about anti-discrimination regulations? What are the key aspects of pay policies? How can employers avoid the traps of the employee selection process? In this package, students will discover the answers to these and other important questions. 

Online courses included in this package:

  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Compensation
  • Data and Human Resource Management
  • Employee Selection
  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Performance Management
  • Talent Management and Career Development


  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Possess word processing and internet skills.
  • Be fluent in the English language (including reading and writing).
  • Have a familiarity with how online programs work and comfort in using them.
  • Be computer literate, have reliable internet access and a valid email account.  (Please note personal email accounts are preferred as they are less likely to trigger fire walls and spam filters.)
  • Meet the computer technical requirements specifications listed below..

Admission is discretionary. The office of Duke Continuing Studies, Professional Certificate Programs, requires students be a least 18 years of age and meet minimum suitability standards. Students are not matriculated Duke University students and university student privileges do not apply to Continuing Studies students.

Duke Continuing Studies reserves the exclusive right, at its sole and absolute discretion, to withhold registration or require withdrawal from the program of any student or applicant.

Certificate requirements

In order to earn a certificate of completion from Duke Continuing Studies and qualify to receive IACET CEU credit from learners must achieve an average test score of at least 70% and complete the program in the timeframe allotted for that course/package.  Learners will have a maximum of three attempts at all graded assessments.  Upon successful course completion, a printable certificate from Duke University Continuing Studies will be available for download for up to six months.

No extensions will be granted.  Courses/package not completed within the allotted access timeframe must be repurchased and started again.

Technical requirements

Operating System
  • Windows XP SP2 or newer
  • Mac OS 10.4.11 or higher
  • Linux/Unix (any recent version)
  • 1 Ghz or faster CPU
  • 512 MB RAM
  • video card
  • sound card and headphones or speakers (some assignments have audio components)
  • Microsoft Office 97 (or newer) or comparable office suite such as Open Office (free download available at
  • Adobe Flash Player 9 or greater (free download available)
  • Adobe Reader/Acrobat Reader 7.0 or greater (free download available)
Web Browser
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 or greater
  • Firefox 3.6 or greater (free download available)
  • Netscape, Safari, Opera, Chrome, and other web browsers may work, however may not render all features of the course(s)
  • Cookies must be enabled
  • JavaScript must be enabled
  • Reliable internet connection
  • E-mail account (to be able to register and to receive e-mail from the system regarding registration, course status, etc.)


Registration is ongoing; therefore students can begin the program when it is convenient for them. Registration is not available June 24 - June 30 annually due to the close of the fiscal year for the university.

Note: our enrollment/registration system is a separate external system from that used for your online training and therefore access to online materials is not an automated process upon your registration and subsequent payment. Please allow a time delay of up to 5 business days to receive details via email regarding online access. This delay will not impact your “allotted” completion time for the program.

Enrollment steps

  1. Register for course, courses or package using the links provided below.
  2. Receive an email from the program manager within five business days containing details about how to access the MindEdge web portal.
  3. Log-in and begin coursework.

Registration Methods

  1. REGISTER ONLINE: choose one or more individual courses or the package of courses and register using a credit card with our secure, real-time registration system. Add the course to your shopping cart and follow the instructions for checking out.
  2. Register by Phone at 919-684-6259 during our business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm EST).

Is this program offered online only?

Yes, this program is exclusively offered online and is self-paced.

Do I have to log on a certain times on certain days?

No, these courses are completely self-paced so students may schedule their coursework as they so desire within the allotted access time.

When is registration open?

Students may register anytime except between June 24 and June 30th annually due to the close of the fiscal year for the University.

Is access to a computer required during this program?

This is an exclusively online program and access to a reliable computer is required for the duration of the program. 

How long do students have access to each online course?

Students will have access to each individual course for 30 days from the date they receive an email with their passcode.  Students who register for the entire course package will have access to the entire package for 180 days.

How long does each course take to complete?

Each individual course is estimated to take between 3 and 5 hours to complete.  The entire package of courses is estimated to take between 21 and 25 hours to complete. Completion time will vary by student.

After registering, when will students receive additional program details?

Registered students will receive web access information via email from Duke Continuing Studies within five business days from the date of their registration (excluding Duke holidays). 

Are extensions granted to students who request them?

No.  Sufficient time to complete coursework has been given, and therefore no extensions will be granted. If a course is not finished and a student wants to re-enroll to complete it, they will have to purchase the course/package again and restart the training from the beginning of the course. 

What are the technical requirements for this program?

See the Requirements section.

How do students earn a certificate of completion from Duke Continuing Studies?

Students who complete all assignments with a average minimum score of 70% within the given time frame and pay tuition in full (upon registration) will receive a certificate of completion from Duke Continuing Studies. The certificate is downloadable, for up to six months, after the course is completed.

Upon completion of one or more courses how do students get verification of their CE credits?

Duke Continuing Studies will issue a downloadable certificate of completion when a student completes the course they are enrolled in.  The certificate will state the SHRM PDCs earned and can be used as proof of completion when submitting paperwork to SHRM for recertification. The student, not Duke Continuing Studies, is responsible for submitting CE credits/PDCs to either organization.

Will the Duke Continuing Studies staff assist me in finding a position?

It is incumbent upon the student to seek his/her own employment through their own endeavors. Duke Office of Continuing Studies provides no assistance with job search, career placement and/or internships nor make any claim or warrant this program will result in obtaining a position of a result of completion.

While we can’t guarantee you a position will be obtained, we can assure you that you will receive excellent training.

What is the refund policy for these courses?

There are no refunds given for online courses.

Tuition: $95 per course, $549 for course package

Duke Employee Discount

  • $40 off the fee of $549; Duke employee pays fee of $509
  • Student must register and pay tuition in full prior to receiving program access
  • Questions? Email

Discount must be requested and applied during the registration process and cannot be applied in addition to any other discount that may be offered. You may be asked to verify your status as a Duke employee.

Group Discount

Do you have a group (Duke or non-Duke entity) interested in training? Email for details.

Duke Hospital Employees

Duke University Hospital employees may be eligible for support from the Employee Development Initiative (EDI), which helps employees pay for short-term career-related programs, workshops, and seminars. For more information, visit the Employee Development Initiative site or call Duke Hospital Human Resources at (919) 668-2170.


AmeriCorps Education Awards are available only for AmeriCorps volunteers and can be used for educational expenses for non-degree courses, such as Continuing Education courses offered by qualified schools. For more information on qualified schools and programs, contact the National Service Trust at 1-800-942-2677, or visit the FAQ page of the AmeriCorps website.


The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program provides up to $4,000 (over 2 years) of Financial Assistance for military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification, or Associates degree in a portable career field and occupation. For more information, please visit the MyCAA website.

Wire Transfers

Contact our registration office at for details on how to send wire transfers. Very specific instructions must be followed in order for our office to receive a successful transfer.

Online Refund Policy

There are no refunds or cancellations for online courses.

Extension Policy

No extensions will be granted. Students who require additional time to complete the course(s) they registered for will be responsible for re-registering and paying for the course in full for a second time.

Tax Deductions

Course fees and expenses are sometimes tax deductible. Please consult an accountant concerning this matter. Non-credit programs at Duke Continuing Studies do not generate 1098-T forms, in accordance with the following IRS guideline:

  • Instructions for Forms 1098-E and 1098-T published by the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, states “You do not have to file Form 1098-T or furnish a statement for: Courses for which no academic credit is offered, even if the student is otherwise enrolled in a degree program…”


This course was very informative and will help me achieve the goals I'm working towards.

– Felicia, 2020