Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply?

  • New managers, new supervisors and business owners.
  • HR professionals seeking Continuing Education units.
  • Individuals seeking to enter into the Human Resource career field.


How do I get started?

call the CE Business department today and create a personal plan to earn a certificate.713.718.7947 or email ce.business@hccs.edu


Do I need to go through the admissions process at Houston Community College?

You do not need to be admitted to Houston Community College to take our Human Resource Certificate series.


How much do the courses and books cost? (All prices subject are subject to change)

Please call the office for Course and Material Information at 713-718-7947.


Are the courses graded?

Courses in this certificate program are graded pass/no pass. If you are taking noncredit courses, your certificate of completion serves as indicator that you passed the course.


Can I use these courses for recertification hours for my PHR/SPHR designation?

Yes, Houston Community College is an HRCI- Authorized Institution. Students that complete this series will receive 4 .0 CEU’s


Will I get my PHR Certification by taking this program?

No. The PHR is awarded by the Human Resource Certification Institute. To obtain their certification, you will need to pass their exam.


How do I request my certificate?

Students who have completed the coursework and passed the five required classes will receive a certificate of completion.


What is the refund policy?

For Continuing Education courses offered through the school of Continuing Education, a full refund can only be awarded if a student withdraws before or on the first class meeting date or if the class is canceled. There are no partial refunds. Refunds are processed as soon as possible. They are generally mailed four to six weeks following the last day to apply for a refund. Any refund mailed to the name and address on record is considered delivered. The Stop Payment Fee to reissue a refund check mailed to an incorrect address is $20.00. Tuition and fees paid directly to the institution by a sponsor, grants, loans, donor or scholarship shall be refunded to the source rather than directly to the student.



Is there Financial Aid available for this program?


Application Process:
Step 1:
Apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) if this is your first time applying for financial aid. Click here if you are a dependent student, your parent/guardian must also apply for a PIN. The PIN is used as an electronic signature to validate your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You do not need to request a new PIN each time you apply for financial aid. If you do not recall your PIN, you can request your PIN information by email or mail. Please keep your PIN in a secure place and do not divulge your information with others.

Step 2:
Complete the FAFSA online at https://fafsa.ed.gov/. In order for Houston Community College to determine your eligibility, you must complete a FAFSA each year you apply for financial aid. Houston Community College’s Title IV Federal School Code is 010422.

Step 3:
Once you have submitted your FAFSA, you will receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) within 3-5 business days via email or mail. The financial aid office will receive the same report within 1-2 weeks.

Step 4:
Contact the CE Business department at 713-718-7947 to discuss your program choice. Be prepared to provide information from your Student Aid Report (SAR).

Step 5: 
Determine your start date.

Step 6: 
Register for classes.


Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) for Continuing Education Students

Important Information

Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) is a grant designed to help Texas resident students cover his/her tuition and fees, when these expenses exceed the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) reported on their Student Aid Report (SAR). TPEG is awarded to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-served basis while funds are available and does not cover the cost of books, material, tools or any other supplies.

TPEG Details

How to Apply