For many, education ends upon college graduation but the truth is, we should never stop learning! Times are changing, industries are evolving at unprecedented speeds, and there’s always something new that can add value to your life and career. In fact, continuing education can make a world of a difference when it comes to changing jobs or seeking promotions in the future. This has led many to seek professional development courses to keep their skills marketable and up to date. In fact, 74% of workers say they are willing to learn new skills or re-train in order to remain employable – and 56% of human resources managers consider training and development essential to business.1 That’s where DE Academy comes in!

DE Academy is DirectEmployers’ on-demand learning platform that offers expert training on a range of topics pertinent to not only your role in human resources but your career in general. Let’s take a look at the many reasons to choose DE Academy!


Trusted Experts

From our in-house experts to external subject matter experts, we go the extra mile to ensure that our content is curated by trusted sources. That means we reach out to our most valued partners that we have deemed to be experts on the topics our Members request the most. That way you can rest assured that you are getting the most accurate and competitive information out there.


Ease of Use & Convenience

Attending classes and participating in in-person training programs isn’t always feasible, for a variety of reasons! This may lead many professionals to forgo continuing education altogether. That’s why we made DE Academy! Our goal is to provide on-demand, self-paced learning that you can do from anywhere, and that fits into your schedule whenever works best for you. Take courses as quickly as you want or spread it out as you see fit!


Wide Range of Topics

Over the years, we’ve gotten pretty good at uncovering the areas that would best support our Members’ needs. By narrowing down the most relevant and pertinent topics facing HR professionals today, we’ve created programs that are exactly what you need in order to face (and overcome!) any challenges your organization may encounter. Currently, these topics include:

  • DE Academy on laptop, tablet, and mobile phoneSexual harassment – including specific courses for managers, California managers, and multi-state employees!
  • Diversity recruiting, hiring, and retention
  • Disability recruiting, hiring, and retention
  • Affirmative Action
  • Job listing vs. Job posting
  • Professional development – including a course on presentation skills

HRCI & SHRM Credits

Many of our HR professionals are PHR and SHRM-CP certified and we understand the importance of accumulating the required number of credits per year in order to maintain your certification. A number of our courses are approved for HRCI and SHRM credits, offering you plenty of opportunities to expand your knowledge and renew your professional certifications at the same time!


Affordable at Any Budget

As a nonprofit trade association, we understand the importance of keeping costs low. We’ve priced our courses accordingly to ensure that you have the option to continue in your personal and professional growth without breaking your budget. (Psst! You may even see a course or two being offered for free!)


Whether you do it for the benefit of your organization or just for yourself, investing in your education can prove beneficial long term, and in ways you didn’t expect! Take a peek at the courses in DE Academy and keep an eye out for more to be added in the future (spoiler alert: we have an entire course dedicated to affirmative action led by employment law expert John C. Fox). Have questions or content ideas? Reach out to

Kacie Koons
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