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About the Certification Program
Certification Process
Testing Information
Adjunct Faculty
Maintaining Your Certification


Falmouth Institute's Indian Country Human Resource Certification Program provides HR professionals working in Indian Country an opportunity to become trained in human resources topics, issues, laws and regulations unique to tribal organizations and enterprises.

Advance your career by demonstrating that you're qualified to employ key human resource practices in Indian Country. Become certified and use your Indian Country Human Resource Certification to:

  • Differentiate yourself from others in the HR field
  • Stay competitive
  • Demonstrate your expertise in day-to-day workplace experiences
  • Advance your career
  • Be sure to bring copies of your personnel policies and procedures, funding contracts, resolutions that have affected your employment process, compacts, job descriptions, ordinances and other employment law documents so you can get personalized feedback from our expert faculty on the last day of the program.

    T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
    Employment Law for Tribes and Tribal Organizations
    • Tribal sovereignty and civil jurisdiction
    • Application of tribal, state and federal laws
    • Fundamentals
    • Sexual harassment
    • Workers with disabilities
    • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
    • Drug- and alcohol-free workplace
    • Fair Labor Standards Act
    • Practical suggestions
    Grievance and Appeal Procedures for HR Professionals in Indian Country
    • Granting and limited due process
    • Before, during and after hearings
    • Grievances basics
    • Grievance policies
    • Appeals
    • Tribal gaming issues
    • At-will employment
    • Scope of review
    • Indian Civil Rights Act (ICRA)
    • Jurisdiction
    Managing Human Resources Departments for Tribal Organizations and Enterprises
    • Establishing a personnel management system
    • Developing position descriptions
    • Developing personnel policies and procedures
    • Compensation
    • "New pay" model vs. "old pay" model
    • Pay-for-pay performance plans
    • Effective performance appraisal and evaluation program
    • Employment recruitment and selection
    • Applicant evaluation process
    • Do's and don'ts of interviewing
    • Diversity in the tribal workplace
    Assessing and Revising Personnel Policies and Procedures for the Tribal Organization
    • Defining the terms and conditions of the employment relationship
    • How policies are organized
    • Standard policies
    • Policies unique to tribal employers
    • The employee handbook
    • Due process and the employee handbook
    • Tribal preference
    • Using a template
    • Assessing your own policies and procedures


    Become certified by completing these simple steps:

    The Falmouth Human Resource Certification Program can also be delivered as an Onsite Program for organizations seeking to certify at least seven participants. To discuss onsite training opportunities, please call Falmouth at 800-992-4489, ext. 119.


    To receive your Human Resource Certification, you must pass the online qualifying exam.*

    *Testing accommodations are available to those with a documented disability. Please contact Basla Andolsun at 1-800-992-4489 or basla.andolsun@falmouthinstitute.com to discuss your particular situation. You must request accommodations when you register for the Certification Program for accommodations to be guaranteed.


    Falmouth takes pride in its exceptional faculty. We only work with outstanding trainers who have years of specialized Indian Country experience and who are experts in their fields. You can expect your instructor(s) for this program to deliver top quality training suited to your unique needs as a tribal human resource professional.


    Your certification is valid for one year from the date it is issued. To maintain certification, you must:

    Qualified classes include any of the following Falmouth Institute trainings (2 or 3 days):