How to become a human resources assistant
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
- specialist courses run by professional bodies
There is no set entry route to become a human resources assistant but it may be useful to do a relevant subject like:
- Level 3 Award in Human Resources Essentials
- Level 3 Certificate in Human Resources Practice
- Level 3 Diploma in Skills for Business Human Resources
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
You can get into this role through an advanced apprenticeship in HR support.
This will typically take 18 to 24 months to complete.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You could start as an office assistant or business administrator in a company's HR department, and work your way up through training and promotion.
You could apply directly to work as a human resources assistant. You should have a good standard of general education, good computer skills and previous experience of office work.
Employers may prefer you to have, or be willing to work towards, qualifications in human resource management.
You can study for qualifications in human resources, either online or at a training centre, approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Professional and industry bodies
You can join the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development for professional recognition, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.
You can find out more about careers in human resources from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.