Enroll in our Greensboro College’s Associate Professional in Human Resources program

If you’re exploring or just beginning a professional career in human resources, Greensboro College’s Associate Professional in Human Resources™ is the perfect program for you. Also, if you are serving in a non-HR leadership role and manage people this nationally recognized designation is extremely beneficial.


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What is a Human Resources Specialist and what do they do?

A Human Resources (HR) specialist ensures job candidates are qualified and current employees are properly trained in order to maximize a business’s performance. 

They also have expertise in employee rights, equal pay, sexual harassment and equal employment opportunities. HR specialists serve as mediators for disputes, support employees’ rights and enforce disciplinary measures when an employee violates company policy.

Where does a Human Resource Specialist work?

HR specialists can work in a variety of industries, such as healthcare, cybersecurity, finance, government agencies, and many others. Most HR specialists work full time during regular business hours in an office setting. Some work more than 40 hours per week.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the job outlook for HR specialists is projected to grow 10% through 2030. About 73,400 job openings for HR specialists are projected for each year. 

The BLS reports the median annual wage for an HR specialist in 2021 was $62,290, and the highest 10% earned more than $108,160. 

The top industries in which they work include:

  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Government
  • Manufacturing
  • Healthcare and social assistance  

Certificate and Licensing

Greensboro College has joined with the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), the governing body of the SPHR and PHR exam, to offer this program. The aPHR™ is the only HR certification created for individuals who are just launching their professional HR careers. Upon successful completion of this 30-hour program and passing the aPHR™ exam, the student will be certified. 

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Program information


Fall 2022 Session: 

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturdays, 8/27, 9/10, 9/24, 10/8, 10/22, 11/15 (Fall class dates are subject to change due to NC COVID-19 restrictions)

Cost and Inclusions

 $800 (Includes books and materials)

Program Benefits

The benefits to this program are:

  • Enjoy interactive classroom discussions and be a part of a team environment.
  • Attend classes every other Saturday, which enables you to continue to work full time.
  • Earn an impressive credential to add to your resume and social and professional media accounts.
Suzanne Suddarth, director of The Center for Innovation and Workforce Development at Greensboro College

If you have questions about our aPHR™ program, please contact Suzanne Suddarth, MA., director of the Center for Innovation and Workforce Development at Greensboro College.

To register for this program, click here.

336-272-7102, ext. 5760


Ideal candidates for this program include recent college and high school graduates, career changers, professionals wanting to expand their current HR roles, individuals looking to launch their HR careers and military members transitioning to a new profession.

Communication skills, decision-making skills, interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence and great attention to detail are a few qualities a successful HR specialist possesses.

HR managers oversee all aspects of human resources, such as compensation and benefits, training, workplace safety and compliance, and crafting personnel policies and procedures.


HR specialists, on the other hand, often focus on one specific area of human resources. Some examples include compensation and benefits specialists; training and development specialists; employment, recruitment, and placement specialists; and risk management specialists.

HR specialists can use their training and expertise as a stepping stone to other career opportunities inside and outside the field of HR, including HR managers, compensation and benefits planners, compliance managers, recruiters and organizational development consultants.