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Human Resources Center of Excellence (HRCOE)

Delivering Human Resources (HR) expertise—to define, recruit, develop, assign, and retain a highly skilled workforce for the Navy.

Established in October 2007 by the Chief of Naval Personnel, the Human Resources Center of Excellence (HRCOE) serves as a focal point for the lifelong learning for the Human Resources (HR) community. Center activities and efforts—to enrich the professional development and abilities of the HR community—are aligned with the HR community mission of delivering HR expertise to define, recruit, develop, assign, and retain a highly skilled workforce for the Navy.

The HRCOE's mission is four-fold:

  1. Develop and execute the learning continuum for all active duty and reserve HR officers.
  2. Guide the HR Executive Board and Regional Captains.
  3. Maintain an HR resource repository.
  4. Mentor HR officers in the Monterey region.

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Human Resources Introductory Course (HRIC)

This five-day short course provides an overview of the Navy’s Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPT&E) domain and the HR core competencies of development, management, recruiting and requirements. Students also gain an understanding of HR community career management and professional development opportunities.

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Human Resources Intermediate Course (HRNC)

This course serves as a refresher option between completion of the HRIC and HRAC courses. 

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Human Resources Advanced Course (HRAC)

The HRAC provides senior-level Navy HR officers (Commanders and Commander Selects) with an understanding of how HR core competencies influence Navy strategic planning, and how, as strategic leaders, they are to leverage those core competencies to meet the Navy’s current and future challenges.

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Certification Preparation and Examination Program (CPEP)

This course offers the best opportunity to prepare for the very challenging Professional in Human Resources (PHR)/Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) exams.

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With the exception of CPEP, all courses are open enrollment and applications may be submitted at any time. Priority will be given to current or selected HR Officers (1200 / 1205 / 1207).

Unless listed as an online course, HRCOE courses are held at Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. 

The HR resource repository can be found on the HR Community Portal: https://dodlearn.nps.edu/portal. Individuals requiring access to the HR Community Portal can request access from HRCOE by sending an email to hrcoe@nps.edu.

Human Resources officers are encouraged to request course applications or any additional information by email at: hrcoe@nps.edu.