Advanced Human Resources for Public Works Certificate

Meet the challenges of managing personnel, employee contracts, and performance measurement with Hamline’s Advanced Human Resources for Public Works Certificate. Covering a range of topics recommended by the American Public Works Association, this certificate provides the knowledge and tools necessary address the complex human resources issues you encounter.

With a certificate in Advanced Human Resources for Public Works from Hamline, you will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the historical and legal foundations of public sector human resource management, from performance measurement to employee development.
  • Discover effective discipline and contract management strategies in the municipal, county, and state levels.
  • Enhance and learn new communication skills to ensure clarity of both written and verbal exchanges and directives
  • Build critical negotiation, mediation, and arbitration skills by examining real-life scenarios.

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Certificate Topics

The program consists of four core module topics recommended by the American Public Works Association and identified by past Leadership Academy graduates as topics of greatest interest.  Some of the topics to be covered include:

  • Foundations of human resource management in the public sector
  • Authority in public sector employee relations
  • Developing employees and measuring performance
  • Effective discipline and workplace investigations
  • Administering the public works contract

Program Overview

Certificate classes meet at Hamline's Minneapolis location. All students must complete 48 hours of training in four monthly sessions. Students who complete the Advanced Human Resources for Public Works Certificate coursework will receive a certificate from the Hamline School of Business Public Administration program and 4 Continuing Studies credits.  Cost for the program is $1,600.


The class meets the third Thursday and Friday of each month from 2 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. Dinner on Thursday and continental breakfast and lunch on Friday are included.

Session 1: January 19-20, 2017
Session 2: February 16-17, 2017
Session 3: March 16-17, 2016
Session 4: April 20-21, 2017 

Degree Candidacy

Participants are eligible to earn graduate or continuing studies credit. Graduate-level elective credits from all certificates may be earned and applied to the Master or Doctorate of Public Administration. Additionally, elective credits may be earned and applied to the Master of Business Administration or Master of Nonprofit Management from the Building Resiliency and Sustainability in the Workplace and Leadership Communication Skills certificates.

About the Instructor

Wally Wysopal is a professional local government manager with more than 26 years experience; he is currently serving as administrator for the City of Fridley. Wally is the former Chair of the Board of Government Training Services and is Chair of the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency and Chair of the Metropolitan Area Manager's Association Labor Relations Committee. He earned a Certificate of Advanced Public Administration from Hamline University, a Master of Arts in Public Administration degree from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. He teaches Public Sector HR Management, Labor Relations and Local Government Management courses.