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HR Business Partner 2.0 | Certificate Program

HRBPs are at the frontline of the business, fulfilling the key role of integrating business strategy with people management practices. This role is rapidly shifting to a more strategic level, where business acumen is as important as HR knowledge.

This training program is designed to help human resources professionals prepare to become a truly strategic partner to the business, by acquiring essential skills, ranging from consulting and data literacy, to employee experience and business acumen. Take your rightful seat at the table with strategic business partner skills.



Online Self-paced

Study 3 hours/week to finish in 10 weeks


12 Months

12 months to obtain your certificate


7 courses + 3 skills tracks

19 modules + capstone project

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What you will do

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Every business challenge has a human capital component. As an HR Business Partner 2.0 you’ll have the strategic, analytical, and communication skills needed to proactively provide leaders with fact-based people solutions to business challenges. Throughout this online training program you will learn the practical skills and techniques you need to succeed as a well-rounded strategic HR business partner.

Boost your business acumen

Boost your business acumen by understanding how you can add value to the business by identifying strategic challenges.

Learn essential skills

Develop essential consulting skills such as research & analysis, networking & communication, and storytelling & presenting

Become a data-driven partner

Develop data literacy skills and learn to use data to drive fact-based people decisions.

Employee experience

Learn to apply employee experience techniques to improve interactions between the business and HR.

+ program structure


Business Partner Skills

In this introduction, you will get an overview of the knowledge and skills a Strategic HR Business Partner requires and understand how this program helps you acquire them.


Strategic HR Metrics

Metrics help determine the efficiency and impact of the workforce and the human resources department. The Strategic HR Metrics modules teach you to identify which metrics are relevant to your organization's business goals and how to use these in your work.


Business Acumen, Strategy & Basic Finance

Fundamental business skills that will enable you to actively engage in business-related discussions. You will learn about business strategy, develop an understanding of finance, get familiar with key terminology, and understand how HR can contribute to a customer-centric culture. You will also learn how words, tone, and body language impact the effectiveness of your communication.


Consulting Skills

Understand how current and future business challenges link to people-challenges and learn to use scientific knowledge and data to provide evidence-based support for decision making. You will also develop the ability to connect and communicate effectively with key stakeholders.


HR Data & Analytics

These modules focus on the strategic side of human resources analytics by teaching you how to use insights from data to guide business leaders in the decision-making process.


Employee Experience

Human resources management (HRM) has always been about people and, in the digital era, this is more important than ever. Employee experience (EX) is crucial for the success of any company. In these modules, you will take the first step in understanding your employee experience by mapping an employee journey!


Future of Work

Fast-moving, important trends are impacting the world of work around us. Learn to prepare the workforce for the future, how to respond to the Digital Agenda, and how to design HR processes to generate profit for the business.


Capstone Project

With the capstone project, you will be applying your learnings to complete a series of assignments and create practical deliverables that you can apply in your job.

Download the syllabus for a detailed overview of all lessons, assignments, reading materials, and bonus content.

+ meet your instructors

Erik van Vulpen

HR Thought Leader


Erik van Vulpen is an expert in connecting human resources processes to business results through qualitative and quantitative methods. He’s a regular speaker at HR tech events and conferences around the world. Erik also teaches at Utrecht University, The Netherlands and as the founder of AIHR, he provides training to dozens of senior HR leadership teams. Erik graduated in Law, Psychology (hons.) and Business Administration (hons.).

Omar Ismail

Impact & Influence Facilitator


Creating HR influence can be challenging & emotionally draining. You’re already in a senior HR position, but do not have the energy, time and critical insights on how to create the influence you need to achieve your goals. Omar's purpose is to inspire people to think differently in a way that moves them towards getting what they want in their personal & professional lives.

Mark Lawrence

Data-driven HR Leader


Mark Lawrence has a proven track record in the field of HR and Learning & Development. With a background in Management Consultancy, he was part of IBM’s ‘Top Talent’ community. He served as an advisor for numerous professional HR research bodies and is regularly called upon to speak at conferences on topics such as HR analytics and data visualization. He currently works as the Global Head of People Analytics at GSK.

Ben Whitter

Mr Employee Experience™


Ben Whitter is an Employee Experience expert. He authored the book Employee Experience, and he is Chief Experience Officer at the World Employee Experience Institute (WEEI), an independent employee experience company. Recognized as one of the World’s leading authorities on employee experience, Ben has pioneered and popularized the concept of EX worldwide. Ben shares his work & research through popular keynotes, advisory services and executive coaching.

Rob van Dijk

Digital HR & Analytics Consultant


Rob van Dijk is an expert in HR innovation, People Analytics and People Strategy. He is the owner of OrgVision, an independent people analytics consultancy. He consults organizations to develop and execute workforce strategy by leveraging analytics, HR innovation, and digital HR capabilities. In his previous role he was People Analytics Lead at Bright & Company, where he assisted organizations like ABN AMRO and Ahold Delhaize in building their people analytics capabilities.

Dave Millner

HR Futurist


Dave Millner is on top of everything digital in HR. With the HR Curator, he provides consultancy advice with a focus on organizational based interventions that transform the way leaders and employees feel about their workplace experience. In his previous role as Executive Workforce Partner with IBM’s Workforce Science division, Dave has been responsible for establishing consultancy practices -balancing work, psychology, and the business realities that organizations face today.

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Why should I enroll?

You are looking to increase your impact on business results by becoming a trusted partner and contributing to solving critical business challenges. The HR Business Partner 2.0 program teaches you practical skills to become a strategic and influential partner of the business. After completing the online training, you'll have become a business partner who has the skills, insights, and influence to achieve business goals and drive strategic decision-making.


+   Is this course only for HR Business Partners?

No. This program is designed for human resources professionals who want to learn the skills to follow, lead, and contribute to the business conversation in a strategic and value-adding way. If your role involves any degree of business partnering, this course will help you become even more successful in your job. You will gain essential business, consulting and data literacy skills that help you drive business value and take part in the decision-making process.

+   What do I need to complete the capstone project?

All resources that you need to complete the capstone projects will be provided in the program.

+   Are there any pre-requisites?

No specific prior knowledge is required but HR-related experience will be helpful to draw upon.

+   Is there a fixed schedule?

No. This program is 100% online and self-paced! When you learn and how much time you spend each day, week, or month is up to.

In total, you will need to invest approximately 33 hours to finish the program and obtain your certificate.

+   How long do I have access to the program?

In total, you will have 12 months of access to the student portal, all lessons, and learning materials. On average, members complete their (first) program in 3 - 4 months.

+   Is this program the right fit for me?

If you’re not sure if this program is the right fit, we are here to help you determine which program is the right fit for your goals and needs! Simply talk to one of our admissions advisors or send them an email at [email protected]

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the best course so far!
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Very informative, skills and character builiding. Requires for you to think outside the box
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