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The Top 5 Free Courses to Boost Your HR Career in 2022

The Top 5 Free Courses to Boost Your HR Career in 2022

With human resources professionals facing more challenges and changes in the workplace than ever before, it can feel overwhelming to keep up. Employer and HR professionals can feel more prepared for 2022 by brushing up on industry knowledge with free online resources—many of which offer continuing education credit. We’ve cultivated a list of the top 5 free online courses for HR professionals at all levels in 2022.



1. All BernieU Courses (BerniePortal)

BernieU is BerniePortal's very own resource for all things HR. The comprehensive courses are free and include videos as well as downloadable resources. These courses include topics such as:

BernieU is perfect for both tenured HR professionals and HR newcomers. You can even earn HRCI and SHRM continuing education credits as a bonus.


2. HR Foundations (LinkedIn Learning)

Human Resources Foundations Course through LinkedIn Learning is an excellent resource for HR generalists or even those new to the HR field. Wayne Cascio—an award-winning author in human resources and business management—teaches the course.

The course covers everything from hiring to internal training to performance strategy. Because LinkedIn is an approved recertification provider for the HR Certification Institute, you can earn credits towards many certificate programs upon completion.


3. HR Fundamentals (FutureLearn)

HR Fundamentals through FutureLearn offers beginners an excellent opportunity to learn essential HR functions that can help you advance your career. Though the course is geared toward beginners, it can serve as an excellent refresher for HR professionals at any level. 

The course is five weeks, consisting of three hours per week. It covers professionalism, planning, performance management, and other HR essentials. 


4. Preparing to Manage HR (Coursera)

Preparing to Manage Human Resources by Coursera is a four-week course geared towards intermediate-level HR professionals. The class covers HR management, talent acquisition, and employment laws

The course is offered in partnership with the University of Minnesota and is taught by John W. Budd, a professor specializing in HR Management. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate of completion as well as CPE credit. 


5. Diploma in HR (Alison)

Diploma in Human Resources by Alison is a self-paced course lasting approximately 10 hours in total. During this course, you will learn about topics such as:

Diploma in Human Resources offers an intermediate-level dive into the foundations of HR, providing extended learning opportunities for professionals looking to boost their current knowledge and skills. You will also receive a certification upon completion. 


Additional Resources

You can also stay informed, educated, and up-to-date with the latest HR trends and other important topics by using BerniePortal’s comprehensive resources:

  • BerniePortal Blog—a one-stop-shop for HR industry news

  • HR Glossary—featuring the most common HR terms, acronyms, and compliance

  • HR Guides—essential pillars, covering an extensive list of comprehensive HR topics

  • BernieU—free online HR courses, approved for SHRM and HRCI recertification credit

  • HR Party of One—our popular YouTube series and podcast, covering emerging HR trends and enduring HR topics 

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