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5 Resources For Free Online HR Courses

5 Resources For Free Online HR Courses




Was your 2019 new years resolution to grow your HR knowledge? Perhaps you planned on taking a few human resource courses, but the year just got away from you (trust us, we know what that's like!). If so, it's not too late! We've complied five different resources offering free online HR courses so that you can skip the googling and get straight to learning. 

For the highlights, watch this quick video. Want all the details? Check out the full post below.




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  • Cost: Free
  • Certificate: Enrollees receive a badge and diploma to certify course completion
  • Are there quizzes/assessments?: Yes, at the end of each course is a 15 question quiz

Brought to you by BerniePortal, BernieU offers convenient, compelling and comprehensive, free online HR courses that are suitable for HR veterans as well as newbies. BernieU is the only resource on our list that focuses solely on human resource courses, and the courses include video classes as well as additional downloadable resources. Registration is currently open for three of their courses: HR PREP 2020, Intro to 1004/1095-Cs and Hiring 101.






  • Cost: Free
  • Certificate: Yes
  • Are there quizzes/assessments?: Yes

In addition to 20+ HR courses, Alison offers hundreds of other online courses across nine distinct categories. There are three different course types: Certificate Courses, Diploma Courses and Learning Paths. Their HR courses range from the hyper-niche (Human Resources in the Food Service and Hospitality Sector) to the more general (Diploma in Human Resources).






  • Cost: Free, but there are additional paid add-ons
  • Certificate: Available with paid option
  • Are there quizzes/assessments?: Available with paid option

Coursera aggregates courses from partner organizations and universities into one place. They over 45+ HR courses that you can take for free, or pay a fee for a more robust version of the course (including assessments and downloadable certificates. Some of their offered courses include Organisational Behavior: Know Your People and Adapt Your Leadership Style.


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  • Cost: Free
  • Certificate: No
  • Are there quizzes/assessments?: No

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers a single HR course, Introduction to Human Resources. The 30 minute course is free and includes a course video as well as a downloadable worksheet. This course was specifically designed to cover HR for entrepreneurs.




  • Cost: Free for 14 days
  • Certificate: Yes, with paid option
  • Are there quizzes/assessments?: Yes, with paid option

Similar to Coursera, FutureLearn aggregates courses, certifications and degree programs from universities and cultural institutions around the world. Also, like Coursera, there are free and paid options for FutureLearn. For the free options, you have access to the course and any materials for 14 days. Some of their HR courses include: Human Resource Management and HR Fundamentals.


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