HR Skills: SMART Goals for Performance Evaluation, PDUs, CEUs, HRCIs, SHRMs


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Using SMART goals is widely considered a best practice for setting targets and measuring employee progress. SMART goals are goals that include the valuable details that help make them attainable. They provide employees with a sense of direction, keep them motivated, and let them know how and when their progress will be evaluated.

In this course, we describe the five characteristics of SMART goals: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. You will learn to recognize whether or not a goal is SMART and to outline the process for developing effective SMART goals. Finally, you’ll learn how SMART goals can be evaluated and how they can be used to create an action plan that helps employees set and meet their unique targets.


Leadership PDUs: .75

Technical PM PDUs: 1.25

IACET CEUs: 0.2 (Contact Hours: 2 hours)

HRCI Credits: 2 (Type: General)


Access: 90 days

Learning Outcomes

  • Define the five characteristics of SMART goals
  • Explain the relationship between SMART goals and performance evaluation
  • Outline the basic process for developing SMART goals
  • Describe how to meet each of the five SMART criteria when setting goals
  • List best practices for meeting with employees to evaluate performance and discuss SMART goals
  • Outline the key parts of a SMART goal action plan
Key Features

  • Mobile-friendly
  • Audio-enabled
  • Badge and credit-awarding
  • Fully accessible
  • Games & Flashcards
  • Expert-supported
  • Video content
  • Real-world case studies

Estimated time to complete: 2 hours

This course includes an “Ask the Expert” feature. You can use this feature to submit questions about course content. A subject matter expert will provide guidance or point you to additional resources for the topics you’re studying. Questions are answered as quickly as possible and usually within 24 hours.

Learners must achieve an average test score of at least 70% to meet the minimum successful completion requirement and qualify to receive IACET CEUs.

Code: M1205SP
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