About our Certificate in HR Management

“HR professionals need to be able to manage a broad spectrum of people management issues. This is particularly important in an environment of rapid change – ‘but this needs to be overlaid with a degree of specialist knowledge in key areas which can be tuned up or tuned down as the business requires’ (CIPD, 2015:33)”.

The current human resources and industrial relations environment places many demands on HR managers and managers who have responsibility for managing people. The reform and introduction of new HR policies, and changes in employment law, have created significant obligations for HR managers to ensure that their organisations comply with law and implement policies in relation to workforce planning, performance management, employee engagement and well-being. The CIPD professional map of HR roles (www.cipd.co.uk) highlights the need for HR professionals to:

  • focus on outcomes to make sure that their work delivers talent (workforce competence, commitment and contribution)
  • ensure integrated customer-focused HR service delivery across the entire employee lifecycle
  • provide the organisation with meaningful data to enable business improvement
  • offer creative ways to build agility and innovation in their organisations.

Against this challenging background, Public Affairs Ireland has redesigned its Certificate in Strategic Human Resource Management. This high quality, cost-effective and intensive course is designed for civil and public sector HR managers to help them meet these many challenges and to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfil their roles and advance their careers in HR. The course will also be very useful for line managers who have devolved responsibility for HRM or significant people management responsibilities.

The course is highly practical, grounded in best practice in HRM, and based on the extensive experience of our trainers in professional HR practice in the public sector. Multiple learning interventions, including case studies, self-assessment and evaluation, group exercises, role plays and presentations are used throughout the course and customised to meet the specific needs and experience of HR managers in the public sector.

On completion of this course, participants will have:

  • a sound knowledge of best practice HR strategies, models and structures
  • a very good practical understanding of all the functions of HR – workforce planning, recruitment and selection, performance management, employee relations, employee wellbeing, learning and development and change management
  • developed experience in using a range of tools to develop HR strategies, plans and policies to support their organisations in delivering on their objectives.
  • an enhanced knowledge and understanding of the policy and legal framework governing HR in the public sector.

Further reading

CIPD (2015b): 2015 Findings: Beyond the organisation: Realising HR’s vital role in the success of partnering arrangementsavailable here.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will develop knowledge, skills and techniques that will give them the ability to perform better in their often complex, sensitive, and demanding role.

On completion of this course, participants will have:

Intended Audience

The intended audience is not just HR managers and staff of HR units. It is also orientated to officials who manage staff in the public sector and line managers who are expected to be able to deal with HR issues that arise in their areas. Anyone with personnel responsibilities, including line managers and corporate services, who would like to update their personnel/HR knowledge and skills and achieve a qualification in this area will also benefit. No previous training or special skills in human resources is required.


This course is endorsed by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). Attendees will receive an ILM continuing professional development (CPD) certificate on successful completion of the course, including a single assignment to be completed after the taught aspect of the course has ended.

Register your interest.

To register your interest in upcoming cohorts of this programme, email info@pai.ie

For further information on having this course delivered inhouse, either online or in-person, email inhousetraining@pai.ie

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