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Falmouth Institute was the first to offer Tribal Human Resources Certification (THRP) training – both basic and advanced – through programs we created and continue to improve and update with the most current information and practices in the HR field. With more than 30 years of service to Indian Country, our reputation for providing quality THRP certification programs is unsurpassed in Indian Country and our HR faculty are knowledgeable professionals with “hands on” expertise to enhance your learning experience.

The Advanced Human Resource Certification Program has been thoroughly revamped to focus on advanced applied concepts which are useful to ALL tribal HR professionals in their day-to-day tasks. We’ll explore employment law fundamentals; ways to address bullying, harassment and sexual harassment; timekeeping and compliance issues; writing job descriptions strategically; honing leadership and communication skills; strategies for improving employees' work-life balance; and many other important topics.

This program is designed for tribal HR professionals who have successfully completed Falmouth Institute’s Human Resource Certification, or who can demonstrate at least 6 years of employment in the tribal HR field. If you’ve already earned the Advanced HR Certification, join us again for new topics and hands-on solutions to common problems in tribal HR.

Participants who successfully complete Falmouth Institute’s Advanced Human Resource Certification for Indian Country will receive the ATHRP designation.

T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
Applied Employment Law
  • Review of tribal employment law fundamentals:
    • What laws apply to tribes?
    • Tribal sovereign immunity
    • Preserving and enhancing sovereignty through sound employment practices
  • The Employee Handbook:
    • Recommended policies
  • Indian Preference - setting, communicating and applying your policy
  • Preventing and addressing bullying, harassment and sexual harassment
  • Drug and alcohol policies that reflect the needs of Indian tribes
  • Wage and hour scenarios
  • Conducting an I-9 audit
  • Understanding when COBRA applies to tribes
  • Timekeeping and compliance issues for tribal HR
  • Is the Davis Bacon Act part of the HR department's duty to track?
  • Do tribes have to follow the Americans with Disabilities Act?
Advanced Employee Recruitment, Retention and Development
  • Conducting a compensation study/establishing a compensation strategy
  • Writing job descriptions strategically
  • Strategies for recruiting for overcoming hiring challenges:
    • Recruiting in rural areas
    • Recruiting millennials
    • Online recruiting techniques
  • Orienting employees to the tribe's values
  • HR techniques for building your tribal organization's brand
  • HR's role in performance management
  • Creative ways to motivate and reward employees
  • Strategies for improving work-life balance
Hiring, Developing and Promoting Tribal Employee Members
  • Establishing a tribal member mentorship or succession program
  • Getting management buy-in for your tribal member program
  • Recruiting tribal members:
    • Indian Preference in Hiring under Title VII
    • TEROs
    • Current policies and procedures
    • Application of Indian Preference to hiring practices
    • P.L. 93-638, 7a, b, c
  • Best practices for conducting the interview
  • Onboarding tribal member employees
  • Building and maintaining support systems for the new hire
  • Tools to ensure success
Interpersonal Skills for HR Leaders
  • Leadership skills for tribal HR
  • Understanding what motivates people
  • Honing your communication skills
  • Cultivating your emotional intelligence
  • Dealing with difficult people
Special Issues in Tribal HR
  • Diversity in the tribal workplace
  • HR strategies for a multigenerational tribal workplace
  • Handling change in tribal governance (and other changes):
    • Change management techniques for tribal HR
    • Best practices for setting, communicating and implementing policy changes
  • Violence in the tribal workplace
  • HR's role in handling employee conflict:
    • When should HR get involved?
    • Teaching employees to handle conflict on their own

*Topics subject to change.


Become certified by completing these simple steps:

The Falmouth Advanced 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.


In addition to five days of intensive training with Indian Country's leading HR professionals, participants must pass an online exam* that requires them to apply their advanced knowledge to HR challenges common in Indian Country. You must take the exam within seven days of completing the Advanced Human Resource Certification Program.

*Testing accommodations are available to those with a documented disability. Please contact Falmouth at 1-800-992-4489 or info@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 have years of human resources and employment law experience and 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):