HR Professionals at NC State

The role of HR professionals at NC State is integral to the success of the university.  It requires a blend of technical expertise in multiple areas, an understanding of human behavior, knowledge of governing laws, and the ability to provide strategic guidance.  HR professionals demonstrate leadership skills at every level within the university even if they are not in a formal leadership role.


Connecting Red, White, and You! The 2023 annual conference will be held on July 27, 2023 at the McKimmon Conference & Training Center.

Training Courses and Videos

This is a reference sheet to help guide you through some of the core and common training courses recommended for HR Professionals at NC State.  This is not an all-inclusive list of the professional development opportunities available, but is intended to help kick off your training journey. (Stay tuned for a more defined HR professional training program from our Learning & Organizational Development group in the future.)

Human resources professionals aren’t required to earn HR certifications, but in many cases, getting certified is a valuable investment in your long-term career. Obtaining HR certification is a personal decision, below are some resources to help determine if/which HR certification is right for you.

Understanding Certification
Certification Comparison Chart

HR Certification Institute (HRCI)–Offers seven accredited certifications to accommodate multiple stages of HR careers. (ex: PHR, SPHR)

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)–Offers a couple of options for certification (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP)

SAMPLE STUDY MATERIALS AND CLASSES (this is not a comprehensive list nor an endorsement of the products by UHR):
Introduction to PHR Certification Exam (LinkedIn Learning)
Certification Prep: Professional in Human Resources (PHR) (LinkedIn Learning)
SHRM Certification Handbook
–Study Materials on Amazon
LinkedIn Learning
Duke Continuing Studies course
Raleigh Metro SHRM Chapter (Study classes)
Valdosta State Career Development–Certification Prep Courses

As the association for HR professionals in higher education, CUPA-HR provides leadership on higher education workplace issues in the U.S. and abroad. They monitor trends, explore emerging workforce issues, conduct research and promote strategic discussions among colleges and universities.

NC State University is a member of CUPA-HR and all HR Professionals are welcome to be added to the roster and create your account to receive CUPA-HR communication and resources.