Human Resource Specialist

Duration of programme:
2 years
Study Load::
120 ECVET credit points
Type of programme::
Level 5 vocational education, initial vocational training (EstQF, level 5)
Programme format::
Part-time programme. Lessons take place in the evenings from Monday to Thursday from 17:15 to 20:30 and are suitable for an employed person.

NB! A minimum level of Russian (A2) is required to start studies.

As a personnel specialist, you like dealing with people, helping them along in their development and career.

At the Tallinn School of Economics, you will learn to work independently with both numbers and documents. You will learn to know the labour market, to prepare personnel strategies based on it, and to implement those, incl. assessing job positions, hiring employees, evaluating and developing them. You will acquire the necessary principles of economy and tax accounting and the skills of conducting personnel surveys.

After completing school, you will be able to work in different enterprises. You will have a general understanding of all fields of personnel management as well as about their relations with each other while knowing well at least one narrower field of personnel work. Depending on the enterprise, you will work either independently or in a personnel department. You will help bind the people working in the organisation into a coherent well-functioning collective.

Modules of the programme:

  1. Career planning and entrepreneurship (5 ECVET points)
  2. Compilation and implementation of organisational and human resource strategies (9 ECVET points)
  3. Internal communication, collective labour relations and social partnership (6 ECVET points)
  4. Administration of employment relationships and organisation of occupational safety and health (17 ECVET points)
  5. Personnel planning, job analysis, assessing positions (6 ECVET points)
  6. Recruitment and selection (6 ECVET points)
  7. Performance appraisal (4 ECVET points)
  8. Managing pay and benefit systems (5 ECVET points)
  9. Development and training of employees (5 ECVET points)
  10. Staff surveys (4 ECVET points)
  11. Practical training (37 ECVET points)


  • Accounting
  • Adult Learning
  • Business Ethics
  • Preparation of Company Administrative Documents
  • Team and Project work
  • Rhetoric
  • Labor Market and Labor Market Services
  • Personnel Policy and Strategy
  • Change Management
  • Internal communication for employees and crisis communication
  • Personnel Work of an International Organisation
  • Career Planning and Talent Management
  • Professional Russian or English (A2)

An 8-week practical training period in an enterprise must be completed in the first year and a 14-week practical training period in the second year.

Requirements for admission

The admission is based on an interview to get to know the applicants, their suitability for the profession and learning motivation.

1 ECTS corresponds to 26 hours of student work, including contact learning, independent work, practical training and e-learning and, as well as a learning test.