Human Resources Leadership Microcredential

Our four-session Human Resources (HR) Leadership Microcredential aims to bolster the HR professional's strategic competency, assisting them in becoming a more influential business partner.

This microcredential combines real-world experience, discussion, and instruction in an interactive format that allows participants to leave with the skills needed to have an immediate impact on their day-to-day influence and performance.

In addition to the in-person sessions, participants will complete a capstone project over the course of the program. Each participant will select a relevant business challenge or opportunity, research and apply course concepts to create an action plan to address the challenge, thereby demonstrating competency with the course learning objectives.

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Ambrose Advantages

  • Earn 16 SHRM-approved PDCs
  • Learn from Qualified Faculty and Industry Professionals
  • Network with Local HR Professionals

More Information About the Human Resources Leadership Microcredential

What Will I Learn?

Each of the four courses focuses on a specific skillset.

Math versus Myth: Creating Data-Informed Solutions
Sept. 16, 8 a.m.-Noon
The term data-driven decisions has continued to gain traction at organizations across the globe. HR is increasingly called upon to join the data-driven trend as well as be a solution provider to the organization. Therefore, this session will provide participants with tools to develop better solutions to the challenges faced by modern organizations.

Life in the Fast Lane: Drive and Thrive Through Change
Oct. 14, 8 a.m.-Noon
Change is constant, fast and sometimes furious. History has highlighted the challenges spontaneous and disruptive change can have on organizations. Even in the absence of large-scale or disruptive change, the fact is that HR must deal with change on a daily basis. With increasing calls for organizations to have HR involved in change processes it is imperative for HR professionals to have the tools to help their organization drive and thrive through change.

The 3 Cs: Coaching, Collaborating and Consulting
Nov. 18, 8 a.m.-Noon
It's imperative that business leaders have dedicated time to think, debrief, strategize and plan. One of the best ways to do that is to utilize their trusted HR confidante as a sounding board. That safe place can result in pro-active collaboration and action-planning to achieve even better business results.

Learning a New Language: Business and Financial Acumen for the HR Professional
Dec. 16, 8 a.m.-Noon
Understanding business financials can be a challenge for any HR professional, and using financials in decision making can present even bigger challenges. The goal of this program is to de-mystify the relevant business and financial acumen for HR professionals to increase confidence in using financial information. Whether a seasoned HR pro or moving through the HR ranks, this program will help guide participants to becoming strategic partners in their organizations.

Skillset Assessment

Math vs. Myth: Creating Data-Informed Solutions

Learning outcomes include:

  • Develop the ability to determine appropriate situations to be informed by data
  • Recognize biases that may hinder decision processes and the use of data
  • Determine appropriate sources of data for analysis
  • Develop an understanding of predictive modeling and its relevance to HR
  • Increase confidence in using data to both arrive at solutions and justify decisions

Life in the Fast Lane: Drive and Thrive Through Change

Learning outcomes include:

  • Develop an understanding of the change process, including the psychological aspects impacting employees
  • Recognize the forces that impede change efforts
  • Understand strategies to solidify changes, including processes and norms (e.g. reward systems, managerial support, etc.)
  • Create processes for identifying change breakdowns and overcoming barriers to change

The 3 Cs: Coaching, Collaborating, and Consulting

Learning outcomes include:

  • Listen intensely for what's said and what's not said such that you can summarize and replay for the leader.
  • Develop and refine your list of smart questions to use and collaborative moves to make in 1/1s or in group sessions.
  • Put words into actions, follow-up and follow-through.
  • Identifying and creating strategies to navigate a variety of leadership styles
  • Leveraging traditional HR skills and relationships to overcome obstacles in implementing HR initiatives
  • Develop and maintain strategic relationships to collaborate in pursuit of stronger business results

Learning a New Language: Business and Financial Acumen for the HR Professional

Learning outcomes include:

  • Develop an appreciation for the use of financials in HR
  • Create a deeper understanding of the most important accounting and finance terms, formulas, and statements
  • Develop the ability to recognize, use, and evaluate important financial measures
  • Increase overall financial intelligence to elevate HR as a strategic business partner in any organization
Course Requirements


  • 4, 4-hour in-person sessions; 1 session per month
  • Complete a capstone project during the 4-month course

After completing all sessions and the capstone project, a digital badge will be awarded. Participants will receive PDCs for session participation, regardless of the capstone project completion.

About the Capstone
Participants will be required to select and address a workplace challenge based on the program competencies. The project will be due at the end of the program and evaluated based on a defined rubric.

Cost and Fees

Per Student Cost: $800 

Registration Deadline: August 9

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Alyssa Rice

Professional Development
McMullen Hall
Davenport, IA 52803

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