HRCI, NAAAHR, and HR Certified to Launch HBCU HR Certification Pilot Program

Jun 2, 2024

HR Certified, LLC has teamed up with HRCI and NAAAHR to introduce a pioneering program designed for HBCU students. The program is dedicated to equipping students with valuable professional development and networking opportunities, and to guiding them towards a successful career in the HR industry.

HR Certified, LLC is proud to announce a strategic partnership with the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) and the National Association for African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) to launch a pilot program for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

This program aims to empower HBCU students by providing opportunities for professional development, networking, and personal growth and positioning them to be competitive in the HR industry with its Associate HR Masterclass.

The Associate HR Masterclass incorporates a program developed by HRCI specifically for higher education institutions. It is designed for institutions offering business or human resources degrees and wanting to add HRCI certification as a capstone course or professional certification.

Students will complete the program (on campus or virtually) to earn their Associate Professional in Human Resources (aPHR) certification in addition to their college degree. This will allow them to stand out among their peers and apply their classroom knowledge to real-world situations.

The program aligns with NAAAHR's vision and mission to provide a forum for the career development of Black and African American HR professionals. It creates pathways for underrepresented talent from HBCUs, with a focus on achieving diversity at all levels of the HR sector. The program targets undergraduate and graduate students at HBCUs.

The initial cohort will feature students from Morgan State University, Coppin State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Howard University, and Hampton University.

HR Certified is dedicated to becoming the premier supplier of diverse talent in the HR industry. They leverage resources to cultivate a diverse and inclusive workforce through award-winning programs like the Associate HR Masterclass, which is open to anyone with 0-2 years of HR experience looking to enter or grow in the industry.

For more information about the Associate HR Masterclass program and how to apply for future cohorts, please visit

About HR Certified LLC

HR Certified LLC was founded in 2018 and serves the Human Resources Professionals industry. It is award-winning for providing comprehensive test preparatory courses for those looking to pursue and earn Human Resources credentials from HRCI (Human Resources Certification Institution) and SHRM (Society of HR Management).

HR Certified, LLC prides itself in activating its students' highest level of potential through its signature learning journey in which knowledge, best practice solutions, and strategies can be applied in the real world while preparing the sit for the exam. A team supports its students which includes a test coach who will provide touchpoints throughout the course.


The National Association of African Americans in Human Resources exists to provide a unique global forum for the career development of Black and African American human resources professionals. NAAAHR is an inspirational and unique career development and networking powerhouse for Black and African American human resources practitioners and those who are aligned with goals to provide: Networking, career opportunities, educational

and professional development, mentorship and coaching and tools, tips and resources. These opportunities enhance the careers of NAAAHR members and position them to be key contributors of the strategic direction of their organizations. Visit to learn more.

About the HR Certification Institute

HR Certification Institute is the leading certification provider for the global HR profession. It is an independent organization committed to advancing the HR profession through developing and administering certifications that have long been recognized as rigorous, meaningful, and grounded in real-world, practical skills and knowledge. Together with those who have earned these certifications, HRCI sets the highest standard for the HR profession, advancing the discipline to be more strategic, relevant, and focused on business objectives. More than 135,000 HR professionals in 100 countries worldwide display their HRCI certifications as evidence of their expertise and abilities. Visit to learn more.

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