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Human Resources Certification Program

What is Human Resources Certification Program?

The Human Resources Certification Program (HRCP) is designed to develop well-trained human resources practitioners in the Mississippi state government by providing a comprehensive training program specifically tailored to human resource professionals at both the technical and managerial levels. HRCP focuses on the application of key human resources rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and practices.

Who should attend?

Participants must either work in the field of human resources in state government or be selected by their agency to participate as part of the agency’s succession, retention, and talent management efforts.

How do I register?

HRCP is offered once a year (October - April).  Click here to view the current course schedule.  Learn how to register here.

What are the requirements?

In addition to completing Levels I - V, participants must:

  • Receive a passing score on the written test at the completion of Levels II and III.
  • Submit two sections of the Application Report after Level III.
  • Complete an HR-related project from one section of the Competency Report and present it to agency management between levels IV and V.
Course Agenda
Level I

Human Resources Overview (4 days)

  • Overview of the state workforce
  • History of state government employment
  • History of human resources
  • Top trends in HR
  • Overview of MSPB, PERS
  • HR Competencies
  • Records Management
  • Crucial Conversations®
Level II

The Employee Life Cycle (3 days)

  • Recruitment/interviewing/selection/orientation/employee separation/onboarding
  • Effective interviewing skills
  • Federal regulations
  • Injury/illness leave administration
  • Workplace investigations
  • Myers-Briggs in Organizations
Level III

 MSPB Processes (3 days)

  • MSPB Classification
  • Defining the individual job
  • Determining job classification
  • Position Management
  • Understanding appropriations bills
  • RIFs/Furloughs
Level IV

Budgets and Law Updates (3 days)

  • Acquiring and Managing Government Resources
  • Human Resources and Agency Budget Process
  • Personal Services Contract Review Board (PSCRB)
  • Joint Legislative Budget Office (JLBO)
  • Joint Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER)
  • Department of Finance and Administration (DFA)
  • Employment Law updates
  • Title 7
Level V

Essential Tools for Human Resources Successes (3 days)

  • Ethics for Human Resources Professionals
  • PRS
  • Legislative Updates
  • Identifying Fraud and Deception
  • Succession Planning
  • Panel Discussion on Career Success in HR
Contact Information

For more information on the Human Resources Certification Program, contact Jennifer Jasper at 601-359-2761 or via email at