Pitman Training

Get into HR

Course Outline

HR training (Human Resources) is a vital part of gaining entry to the personnel department. Unlike other HR training courses, ours is flexible, giving you the opportunity to continue your training at a time and in a place which suits you and your family.

You’ll look at the importance of the Personnel Department, methods of recruitment and applying for jobs, legal responsibilities for interviewers, preparations for new employees, the need for training, contracts of employment and the rules of disciplinary action.

Your introduction to Human Resources includes a workbook, which is yours to keep once the training is complete. You’ll also gain the advantage of being able to put the invaluable Pitman Training name on your CV.

This course is also a stepping-stone to CIPD professional qualifications. You may also consider other essential functions of the HR department – payroll, for which we can recommend two courses: Payroll Level 2 and Sage Payroll. Or you could consider our secretarial or Executive PA diplomas, which have the potential to transform your career.


The objective of this course is to teach you the basic principles of HR (Human Resources).

This course is designed for those who wish to gain an introduction to the work of the Personnel/Human Resources Department.

Prior to starting this course it would be preferable if you had experience of using Windows, Word, Excel and Access to proficient level. Some experience of using Mail Merge would be advantageous.

There are four lessons in our Get into HR course: - 

Lesson 1: The importance of the Personnel Department, company case studies, methods of recruitment, methods of applying for jobs, reviewing application forms.

Lesson 2: Legal responsibilities as an interviewer, preparing for interviews, setting up an interviewee database, questioning techniques.

Lesson 3: Preparing for a new employee, inducting a new employee, understanding the need for training, what to include in a training session.

Lesson 4: Contracts of employment, personnel records, terms and conditions of employment, disciplinary action, procedures for dealing with leavers.

This course will take around 10 to 12 hours to complete.

Our Get into HR course is part of our distance learning range – which can be accessed online via our distance learning portal. 

This means that you have the flexibility to study our Get into HR course:

  • In centre, with our friendly course advisors available for support and guidance as and when you need it.
  • At home or from work – with support via email or telephone during working hours.
  • On a blended mix – in-centre for the modules you need help with, at home or from work for those you are gliding through.

Once you’ve decided to go ahead, all you’ll need to do is contact your nearest Pitman Training centre that offers and supports our distance learning platform, and they will arrange for you to have an induction to show you around the system and talk you through how our online training works. After this, you can learn in your own time and at your own speed, but with the knowledge you have support at hand if required. 

To find your nearest centre that offers and supports our online Get into HR training, click here.




The best way to make sure your training programme suits you, your skills, your ambitions and your busy schedule, is to get in touch with us for a free, friendly expert career consultation.