HR Leadership Certification
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Strategic HR Leadership | Certificate Program

As the HR function gravitates towards the center of organizations, HR Leaders are being called upon to make big-picture decisions for the business and create HR strategies that impact the bottom line. To be successful, you need to develop a broader set of skills, including organizational design, lean management, business administration, and a deep understanding of HR operating models.



Online Self-paced

study 2 hours/week to finish in 10 weeks


12 Months

12 months to obtain your certificate


5 Courses + Capstone Project

41 video lessons + assignments + quizzes

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What you will do

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Whether you're a new or an aspiring HR Leader, with this program you will develop the skills to make decisions for the entire organization, drive an impactful HR strategy, and get the best out of your team(s). By learning from practical case studies, you'll empower yourself to become an influential and effective HR Leader who knows how to guide the HR organization towards better results, greater impact, and ultimately happier people through better employee experiences.

“Big-Picture” Perspective

Establish your credibility as a strategic HR leader with a deep understanding of business, organizational design and HR operating models.

Business-Driven HR Strategy

Position HR as a strategic pillar at the heart of the organization by aligning HR strategies with business goals and clearly contributing to the bottom line.

Leadership Skills

Establish yourself as an influential leader by becoming a culture champion and driving change, getting buy-in and building trust.

Design an Agile HR Function

Optimize the flexibility, and efficiency of your HR team(s) by designing and implementing an agile and project-based approach to HR.

+ program structure


HR Management

From becoming a culture and change champion, to establishing credibility and trust within the organization, or bridging the gap between business and people, a leadership role is complex and dynamic. In this course, you’ll learn how to approach the role, what competencies you need to develop, and how to navigate the challenges and responsibilities of HR leadership.


Mini MBA

This course will give you the business foundations you need to gain strategic insight into business operations and create an HR strategy that contributes to the bottom line. You’ll develop a solid understanding of how your organization creates value, learn how to spot opportunities both within the company and in the larger business context, and how to navigate changes in the market.


HR Strategy

Position your HR department as a strategic pillar of the organization through a carefully designed HR strategy that aligns with business goals. Learn how to analyze the HR customer, identify strategic priorities, design an HR Services Delivery Model, and measure effectiveness through metrics & KPIs.


Lean Management

Ensure you’re always ready to adapt and evolve in a rapidly changing business environment by designing an agile HR organization. In this course, you’ll learn how to apply agile principles to your HR function, teams and processes to deliver maximum value, flexibility and efficiency.


HR Operating Models

Learn how to design the HR function to most efficiently attain the goals of your department and the business with the help of Operating Models. This course will take you step by step through the process of designing an HR Operating Model, and help you understand what works best for your organization.


Capstone Project

The capstone project will help you put your newly acquired knowledge and skills into practice. The project covers a wide range of topics included in the certificate program, meant to ensure that you are ready to excel in a leadership position.

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

+ meet your instructors

Eugène Hoogstad

Lecturer & Education Entrepreneur


Eugène Hoogstad is a creative and forward thinking entrepreneur at heart. He’s a lecturer and researcher at the University of Amsterdam. His expertise lies in organizational learning and innovation, and how this can help businesses increase performance.

Julie Moore

HR Consultant & People's Advocate


Julie Moore is an expert in understanding human behaviors in a corporate environment. At the Trium Group, she consults leaders and their teams to shape impactful strategies, improve team alignment, and increase their ability to work together.

David Creelman

HR Management Consultant


David Creelman is the person organizations turn to when they are planning to implement a new operating model for HR. He is internationally recognized for his clear and pragmatic insight on the function of HR in business.

Neelie Verlinden

HR Strategist


Neelie Verlinden is an HR Digital & HR Tech thought leader, speaker, and entrepreneur. In her role as Co-Founder of AIHR Digital, she advises on HR topics such as strategic HR management, future-proofing HR, and building HR leadership capabilities. She is an expert in combining new technologies with traditional HR practices.

Vince Conte

Strategic Management Consultant


Vince Conte is a seasoned management consultant, specializing in organizational development and agile HR. He consults organizations on building lean cultures and implementing agile ways of working. He also teaches at New York University and Hofstra University, where he gives lectures on organizational theories, human relations, and multinational business management.

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Why should I enroll?

In order to become the strategic powerhouse that HR should be, we need a new generation of HR leaders. To become influential and impactful, today's HR leaders need a crash course in business administration, a thorough understanding of the principles of organizational design, and of the effectiveness of various HR operating models.

Whether you're a new or an aspiring HR Leader, the Strategic HR Leadership Certificate Program will empower you to make the right decisions, drive an impactful HR strategy, and get the best out of your team(s).


+   How effective is this online course?

This certificate program has been built on a rigorous academic foundation based on the latest academic research, proven theories, and leading models. To ensure that you can translate new knowledge into practice, each 'passive element' such as a video lesson is followed by an 'active element' like quizzes and assignments. Throughout the program, you will also learn from dozens of real-world examples and inspiring case studies that showcase the practical applicability of the information taught.

+   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 22 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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