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HR Certificate Program - Tier Two

Strengthen your human resources game with HR training for seasoned District government human resources professionals.
The HR Certificate Program series is structured to ensure that District HR Professionals are utilizing industry best practices and cutting-edge knowledge while providing the District’s workforce with first-class customer service. Our Human Resources Certificate Tier 1 program equipped District HR Professionals with a broader and deeper understanding of HR Fundamentals. In Tier 2,  we supplement Human Resources professionals and their HR knowledge with deeper diver into Recruitment and Interview, Talent Management, HR Policies, Performance Review, etc.

Virtual Information Session (March 9th or March 10th)

Pre-registration is required and will end 3 hours before each session begins.

virtual information session (March 6th or March 7th)

Application Process/ Timeline

Date Stage
March 9 - 10, 2023 Info session
March 10 - 17, 2023 Submit online application
March 17 - 31, 2023 Screening
March 27 - 31, 2023 Supervisor Endorsement /Agencies submit recommendation
April 3, 2023 Notification of the Interview
April 17 - 21, 2023 Interview and Assessment
April 24 - May 5, 2023 Evaluation
May 10, 2023    Notification of Selection
May 11 -17, 2023 Distribute and collect Commitment Letter
May 22, 2023 Program starts (Orientation)
May 23, 2023 First class


Cohort Model: Each cohort 15 people.

Eligibility Requirements:
Employees need to have:
  • Human Resources position grade 12 or above (Required by all); and
  • 5+ years of human resources experiences;
  • Previous participation in human resources training and/or possessing an HR-related certification is a plus but not required.

Note: HR certificate refers to the certification achieved through an HR-related program from organizations such as, but not limited to: DCHR, the Graduate School USA, SHRM, IPMA, and HRCI. A HR degree refers to a Bachelor's or Master's degree obtained from a university/college. DCHR reserves the right to review credentials submitted for compliance with program guidelines.


The application has been extended to March 24th, 2023. Applicant must log into their PeopleSoft account to view the application. The Job ID #21222

Please use the following link:

  • Submit the online application
  • Agency Endorsement
  • Interview
  • Knowledge assessment and writing assignment
  • Selection and Notification


Course Name Duration
Retirement, Medicare and Social Security 1 day
Strategic HR Recruitment and Interviewing Techniques 1 day
Review HR Policies 1 day
PeopleSoft course 1 day
Conducting an Effective Performance Review 2 days
Creating a Top-Notch Talent Management Program 2 days
Employee Dispute Resolution: Mediation through Peer Review 1 day
Hiring for Success: Behavioral Interviewing Techniques 2 days
Presentation Skills & Capstone Preparation 1 day
IPMA Training & Certification 15 weeks


  • Successful completion of an assessment will be required at the end of each training topic.
  • Each participant is required to submit an individual Capstone project.
  • Each participant must successfully complete IPMA training and sit for the IPMA certification exam.