A government's most valuable asset is its people. Many government employees and elected officials are involved in the personnel functions in their governments. Human Resources: An Online Course for Governmental Officials will familiarize you with supervisory fundamentals and the legal environment of the Human Resources Management function.


Format: Online 

Hours: 6

Credits: 0.6 CEUs / 7.2 CPEs

When: Start anytime 

Cost: $219 - $259 

This NASBA-approved online course is a dynamic program written by an outstanding academic and governmental human resource professional. The course explains the role of the human resource manager in establishing and adhering to sound personnel policies and procedures. You'll get many example documents in class that can be used in your home jurisdiction.

What does the course cover?
The course has six lessons:

  • Human Resources and Risk Management
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Performance Management and Appraisal
  • Discipline and Discharge
  • Legal Environment of Human Resource Management 

This dynamic course has a detailed curriculum consisting of 6 lessons:

Lesson 1 — Human Resources and Risk Management

  • Define human-resource management;
  • Distinguish between a vision statement, a mission statement, and a values statement;
  • Recognize the benefits and challenges of building a “risk-fit” organization; and
  • Identify the reasons for documenting HR matters.

Lesson 2 — Recruitment and Selection

  • Differentiate between an applicant and a candidate;
  • Identify the basic information included in an employment application form;
  • List common types of employer-administered tests and selection procedures as well as the requirements for those procedures;
  • Recognize the importance of a written job description;
  • Recall the two types of employee files and the contents of each type; and
  • Recall the law governing the purging of public employee files.

Lesson 3 — Compensation and Benefits

  • Define compensation philosophy and describe why all organizations should develop a compensation philosophy;
  • Describe the components of a pay scale in a compensation program, including the annual wage survey and benchmark jobs;
  • Distinguish between the various types of health-care insurance plans;
  • Recognize the need to address increasing health-care costs and ways of managing these costs; and
  • Identify the types of employer-provided benefits

Lesson 4 — Performance Management and Appraisal

  • Differentiate between performance appraisal and performance management;
  • Define the three key elements of performance management;
  • List the different types of feedback that an employer can give to an employee;
  • Recognize how to evaluate and document employee performance and maintain a performance diary;
  • Define the various performance levels; and
  • Recall the steps in conducting a performance appraisal interview, including what to do if an employee refuses to sign a document.

Lesson 5 — Discipline and Discharge

  • Identify unacceptable employee behavior;
  • Recognize the key aspects of progressive disciplinary measures, including the purpose of reprimands;
  • Determine what to ask when it comes to dealing with difficult employees;
  • Review the elements of discharge, including the need to involve HR and the importance of the termination decision meeting;
  • Recognize the rights of terminated employees; and
  • Relate the concepts of discipline and discharge to real-world scenarios.

Lesson 6 — Legal Environment of Human Resource Management

  • Identify wage and hour issues implicated by the Fair Labor Standards Act, including special application to government employees;
  • Recognize impermissible work place discrimination based on age, disability, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), or national origin;
  • Understand the application of the First, Fourth, And Fourteenth Amendments to government employees; and
  • Determine when an employee is entitled to job-protected.

Who Should Attend?

  • Government Employees who work for a City or a County in the State of Georgia
  • Elected Officials
  • Council Members
  • Commission Members
  • City or County Manager
  • City or County Clerk
  • City, State, Municipal or Federal Employee with Human Resource/Personnel Responsibilities
  • Anyone who wants or needs or would benefit from general Human Resource information
  • Any government employee (local, state or federal) who wants to gain governmental human resource knowledge

Course Information

Course Number: 


Course Date Info: 
  • Enroll at any time
  • Complete the course's required online quizzes and final examination within 30 days of issuance of course access details (i.e., a Welcome email containing the course URL, username and password)
  • View Frequently Asked Questions for more details about the course.

Field of Study: Personnel/Human Resources Delivery
Method: QAS Self Study
Advance Preparation: None
Program Level: Basic
Prerequisites: None

Course Fee(s): 

$219 (US Funds) — Residents of Georgia
$259 (US Funds) — Non-Residents of Georgia
$50 (US Funds) — One-Month Extension (Only one extension is granted per participant)

Prepayment is required to be registered. Prices listed are per person. Prices are subject to change.

Cancellation/Refund Policy:
You may cancel your enrollment within the first seven days and receive a refund less a $50 administrative fee, provided that you have not accessed the online course material at all. Written requests for course cancellation must be sent to student@georgiacenter.uga.edu in ordered to be processed.