Boot Camp

Boot Camp – FREE

This course is free of charge to CUPA-HR members ($295 for nonmembers). Course access requires a one-time registration. After registering, use the “Access Course” button to log in. Closed captioning available.



What Is CUPA-HR Boot Camp?

CUPA-HR Boot Camp is a self-paced e-learning course that offers a higher ed perspective on essential HR topics.

Who Should Take Boot Camp?

It’s ideal for anyone who could benefit from a basic understanding of higher ed HR — young and early-career professionals, HR staff who are new to higher ed and others.

“I really enjoyed CUPA-HR Boot Camp because I am new to higher education and it helped me understand structure, faculty classification and HR’s role in the institution.”

— Boot Camp User

What Will I Learn?

The course offers a convenient way to get the basic knowledge needed to be successful in any HR role in higher education.

When you take the course, you’ll:

  • Work through scenarios to become familiar with FLSA job classification in higher education, including classification of support staff and faculty.
  • Find out how you can avoid employment and labor law mistakes related to Title IX and other laws.
  • Become acquainted with the sources of funding that drive an institution’s budget.
  • Explore issues related to crisis management and workplace violence policies on a college campus and learn how the higher ed environment differs from other industries and sectors.
  • Learn which discrimination laws can and cannot be applied to expatriate workers, plus other considerations for foreign nationals recruited and employed by colleges and

Boot Camp Content

The 12 modules contain content related to each subject area as well as explanations and examples of their practical application to higher education. View a full list of modules and topics.

Each module also contains a knowledge assessment to ensure participants have achieved a basic understanding of the content. Those who complete the course and obtain a score of 70% or higher on each of the assessments will receive a certificate of completion.

Participants also have access to a glossary of terms specific to higher education as well as employment law and labor relations terms.

CUPAHR Boot Camp was developed in conjunction with the association’s learning framework, which guides all CUPA-HR education and programming.


Building Capabilities

4.0 General Credit Hours

4.0 General Credit Hours

HR Certification Institute's® (,) official seal confirms that CUPA-HR meets the criteria for pre-approved recertification credit(s) for any of HRCI’s eight credentials, including SPHR® and PHR®.

CUPA-HR is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. This program is valid for PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit