Forsyth Technical Community College Offers New Foundations of HR Certificate

Program Addresses Growing Need for Human Resources Managers and Employees

Starting this fall, Forsyth Tech will be offering a new certificate program, Foundations of HR.

Leaders with the program say it was born out of necessity. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of human resources managers is projected to grow nine percent through 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. The employment of human resources specialists is expected to grow five percent during the same time period.

“HR is a continually growing field,” says Rob Hinshaw, Director of Corporate Education at Forsyth Tech. “This program gives students that firm foundational layer of knowledge they need as they go into the industry, as well as helps meet the needs of potential businesses employing and hiring HR professionals.”

It’s designed for:

  • Entry-level HR professionals who are exploring HR as a career field
  • Professionals who perform HR tasks as part of their daily role
  • Line managers who have HR responsibilities
  • HR professionals whose experience has been in a single functional area

“The Foundations of HR certificate lays the groundwork and is a great fit for entry level professionals Hinshaw says. “It’s also ideal for those already working in HR who are trying to make a lateral move within a company or organization and need to take on more responsibilities as part of their job. For example, someone may only have experience in one area – like recruiting. This is a fantastic way to round out their knowledge, and give them key insights into all parts of the HR field, which include benefits and employment laws. In addition to making them more competitive for those types of moves, it gives them support in key functional areas so they’re more marketable.”

Students could previously get an HR certificate from Forsyth Tech. The college changed it to a Foundations of HR certificate to realign the objectives of the program with the industry’s changing needs.

“The college crafted the program with the help of an advisory committee made up of its HR instructors who also have full-time HR positions in other fields, along with HR professionals from other organizations in the Triad to get their perspective and feedback,” Hinshaw explains.

The first course that’s part of the certificate requirement—Essentials of Human Resources—starts this fall. The certificate can be completed within a semester or two, and is made up of five courses. Students can register right now by calling the college. Prices for each course vary based on the number of hours.

For more information, Contact Rob Hinshaw, Director of Corporate Education, at 336-757-3707 or You can also visit the Foundations of HR Certificate webpage.