Whether you’re new to HR or a seasoned veteran, there are plenty of ways to enhance your HR knowledge and drive growth within your business. That said, finding the right resources and quality learning content online can be quite the challenge.

To help you out, we’ve compiled this list of courses and professional development resources for HR pros. Our aim is to simplify your search so you can get started and learn faster.

From complete, four-week courses to 20-minute podcasts, this list of HR learning resources covers all of your bases.

Learning platforms for HR professionals

Here’s an overview of some of the most popular learning platforms that offer free and paid courses and the most HR-related content. You may wish to get familiar with these platforms to decide which is right for you.


As LinkedIn’s official eLearning platform, Lynda has a huge volume of consistently high-quality video courses on a wide range of business topics. Although you need to pay to access the platform, we suggest you try their 1-month free trial. Most of their courses only take an hour to complete, so you can cram a lot of learning into that 30-day period.


One of our favourite online learning platforms, Coursera is free to join and includes hundreds of courses from major and reputable institutions like Stanford and the Wharton School. While it costs money to submit assignments and receive a certificate for your course, you can audit video lectures and some course content completely free.


The Alison eLearning platform emphasizes professional development and workplace skills. Their courses tend to be shorter than Coursera’s and they give you a free certificate upon completion. It’s free to become a member, and you don’t pay for courses.


EdX is a massive open online course (MOOC) platform similar to Coursera, except that it operates as a non-profit. As such, membership and all courses are free. EdX was founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012 and includes courses from some of the world’s leading universities, nonprofits, and institutions.


Udemy is slightly different than other online learning platforms because anyone can create a course, so a lot of their content is user-generated. Courses are charged on a per-course basis. Check it out if you’re looking for shorter courses on specific topics, especially related to general business knowledge.

Looking for more online learning platforms? In our next post, we provide a list of the top places to educate yourself online, with options that offer HR-specific content along with general knowledge and skills development.

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