HR Essential Skills

Explore and enhance the necessary skills required to excel as an HR professional.
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There are many skills an HR professional will utilize throughout their career and are the key foundation for every Human Resources professional.

Topics covered in this class include emotional intelligence, developing positive relationships, personal branding, influencing others and managing difficult conversations.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand what emotional intelligence is and start using this skill to “read the room” and anticipate potential issues between people before they arise
  • Understand the importance positive relationships have on your career, including utilizing an empathetic style when dealing with people’s concerns
  • Use your personal brand to enhance approachability and relationship building
  • Use your influencing skills to steer others towards an outcome you desire that is beneficial to the organization or preserving positive employee relations
  • Have difficult conversations with others, while focusing on facts, outcomes and managing emotions
Course Format: Online, Self-Directed
Schedule: Begin your course on the first Sunday following enrollment.
Tuition: $799

Executive Development Center

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Anticipate 4-5 hours per week working through the 5-week program.


Discussion posts due on Mondays and all other deliverables due on Saturdays.

Getting Started

Begin your class on the Sunday following paid registration.

Josh Varone

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Josh Varone

Mr. Varone is currently the Chief Human Resources Officer at Rhode Island Medical Imaging (RIMI). Mr. Varone has spent the last 18 years working in Human Resources in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Prior to his role at RIMI, he spent 8 years as the Human Resources Director at AAA Northeast. He has global experience, overseeing Talent Acquisition while at Swarovski. Mr. Varone holds a B.A. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth; M.A. Providence College; Professional in Human Resources (PHR); SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP); Professional Recruiter Certification (PRC).

Our Strategies for Success course is the first step in your online educational journey. This is a one-week course that will familiarize you with our online learning system, to ensure when you begin your certificate program you are ready to learn and fully participate.

This course consists of 5 weeks of guided learning, each comprising multimedia, interactive modules, curated readings, Monday Discussions, and Saturday Deliverables.

It is expected that you will spend approximately 4-5 hours per week working through these materials and assignments.

Begin your class on the Sunday following full enrollment.

EDC Badge - SHRMEDC Badge - SHRM ProviderBryant University is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP™ or SHRM-SCP™.

Bryant University's Executive Development Center is a SHRM preferred provider. All of our Human Resource Management classes are approved for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP recertification credits. This program has been approved for recertification credit hours through SHRM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

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