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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
  • T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
    Tribal Sovereignty
    • Sovereignty
    • Indian Preference:
      • P.L. 93-638, section 7b
    • Tribal Employment Code
    • Indian Civil Rights Act and other tribal specific laws
    Federal Employment Laws and their Applicability in Indian Country
    • Which laws apply
    • Which laws are silent
    • Which laws are exempt
    • Overview of major laws:
      • Sexual Harassment
      • Family and Medical Leave Act
      • Drug- and Alcohol-Free Workplace
      • Fair Labor Standards Act
      • Occupational Safety and Health Act
    HR Functions and Employee Life Cycle
    • Recruitment and selection
    • Onboarding:
      • Consent
    • Employee development:
      • Engagement
      • Training supervisors and managers
    • Conduct and discipline:
      • Separation
      • Effective documentation
    • Records management and retention
    Overview of Due Process in HR
    • Overview of employee grievances
    • How due process strengthens sovereignty
    • Handling grievances and appeals
    • Nuts and bolts of a typical hearing
    • Tips for a successful hearing
    • Rules for conducting grievance hearings
    • Exploration of different grievance models:
      • What works, when
      • What doesn't work, when
    Critical Record Keeping
    • Confidentiality and audit issues:
      • How to maintain your I-9
      • Drug and alcohol testing
      • Criminal history and background checks
    Developing Policies
    • Review of sample policies and how to adapt them
    • Indian Preference and Tribal Preference
    • Drug- and Alcohol-Free Workplace
    • Wage and hour administration
    • FLSA
    • Social media
    HR Strategic Planning
    • Working with tribal council effectively
    • Eliminating ambiguity
    • Steps to leading your team where it needs to go
    • Developing an action plan

    *Topics subject to change.


    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):