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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 nearly 40 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.

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.

In this updated and refreshed program, we'll explore new topics, such as tribal sovereignty, the employee life cycle, due process and more.

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
  • This program is perfect for human resources personnel, including human resources managers and directors, assistants, TERO officers, benefits coordinators and recruitment specialists.

    Participants who successfully complete Falmouth Institute’s Indian Country Human Resource Certification Program will receive the THRP designation.

    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
    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
    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 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 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):