Certified Human Resources Specialist

  • Registration fee: $2,495

  • October 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31, 2017
    East Lansing Marriott at University Place
    300 M.A.C. Avenue
    East Lansing, MI 48823
    Phone: (517) 337-4440
  • Questions?

    Contact Carrie Mejorado, Program Coordinator
    Phone: (517) 355-9592
    Email: comclm@msu.edu
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If you are an HR professional who wants to advance or excel in your career, earning a Certified Human Resources Specialist (CHRS) certification from Michigan State University will take you to the next level in strategic human resources management.

This human resource training program is the premier certification for new HR professionals and managers who want to add greater value through a thorough understanding of human resources management.

The challenge before you is to drive organizational success through effective, strategic human resource management (HRM) practices and policies, and to comply with myriad employment and labor laws at both the state and federal level. In this workshop you will acquire an extensive set of reference materials and resources while building your professional HR network.


By attending Certified Human Resources Specialist, you will be prepared to:

  • Drive organizational success through strategic HRM practices
  • Comply with employment and labor laws, minimizing risk
  • Create a safe and healthy work environment
  • Follow ethical standards of conduct
  • Recruit and select the right people for the right positions
  • Implement performance management, appraisal methods, and disciplinary methods that increase employee effectiveness
  • Utilize compensation and benefits, including wellness programs, to achieve and maintain a competitive edge
  • Build or expand your professional HR network

Program includes:

  • Graduate-level course textbook
  • Year-long access to a wealth of additional online resources
  • Ongoing access to faculty
  • CHRS certification examination
  • Extensive note-taking guides
  • Small group problem-solving exercises and discussions
  • Question and answer sessions
  • Limited attendance to ensure a comfortable and effective learning environment



Why CertifyEarning your professional certification from MSU's School of Human Resources & Labor Relations, one of the best and most respected programs in the country, demonstrates mastery of content and commitment to the field of human resources management. Mastery of course content will be evaluated via an online examination. Certification is achieved by participating in the entire five days of the workshop and passing the examination.

To earn certification, participants must attend all 5 days of the program and pass the examination.


Individuals who successfully complete the course, take part in discussions and exercises, and pass the required comprehensive examination will be recognized by Michigan State University's School of Human Resources & Labor Relations as a Certified Human Resources Specialist. They are entitled then to use the designation CHRS after their name.

Earn Recertification Credit Hours

Approved Provider This program has been approved for 28 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. Please be sure to note the program ID number on your recertification application form. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.

The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute's® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

Michigan Department of Education State Continuing Education Clock Hours This program has been approved for 34 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) towards the renewal of certificates/licenses issued by the Michigan Department of Education. Learn more about SCECHs at Michigan Department of Education's Educator Services.



Participants will engage in individual action planning throughout the week to facilitate transfer of learning and individual success.

Day One

  • Introduction to HR Management (HRM) & Strategic HRM
  • Evidence Based HR
  • Challenges
  • Employee Engagement
  • Employment Law
bullet Roles and Activities
bullet Evidence Based HR
bullet Analyzing the External Environment
bullet Strategic Management Process
bullet Thinking Strategically
bullet Employee Engagement
bullet Diversity and Inclusion
bullet Collecting Data
bullet Supporting Claims and Arguments
bullet Sustainability
bullet Globalization
bullet Technology
bullet Demographics
bullet Evaluating Employee Engagement
bullet Enhancing Employee Engagement
bullet Employment-at-will and exceptions to employment-at-will
bullet Social Media and Concerted Activities
bullet Employee Privacy
bullet Whistleblowing
bullet Freedom of Speech
bullet Immigration Reform and Control Act
bullet New Hire Reporting
bullet Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
bullet Discrimination
bullet Harassment
bullet Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866
bullet Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA)
bullet The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
bullet The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
bullet The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA)
bullet State Non-Discrimination Legislation
   (Varies by group, we cover the laws for states in which participants indicate they work)
bullet The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
bullet The Equal Pay Act
bullet The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Nursing Mothers)
bullet The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
bullet COBRA
bullet Unemployment Insurance
bullet Workers' Compensation
bullet Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA)
bullet Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
bullet Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)
bullet Fair Credit Reporting Act
bullet National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)

Day Two

  • Ethics
  • Personnel Recordkeeping
  • Wellness, Health, Safety, and Security
  • The Analysis and Design of Work
bullet Ethical Behavior
bullet Ethical Issues in Management
bullet Retention
bullet Electronically Stored Information
bullet Privacy and Protection
bullet Removal and Destruction
bullet Required Postings
bullet Health Promotion
bullet Elements of Effective Wellness Programs
bullet Focus on Safety
bullet Occupational Safety and Health Act
bullet Requirements
bullet Inspections
bullet Workplace Security
bullet Workplace Violence
bullet Work Flow Analysis
bullet Job Analysis
bullet O*Net
bullet Job Descriptions

Day Three

  • Total Rewards
  • Compensation
  • Benefits
  • The Acquisition and Preparation of Human Resources
  • Facilitating Employee Success
bullet Elements of Total Rewards
bullet Fostering a Total Rewards Perspective
bullet Communication Strategies
bullet Total Rewards and Traditional Approaches
bullet Compensation System Objectives
bullet Compensation Administration Process
bullet Valuing Jobs
bullet Monitoring Compensation Costs
bullet Categories of Benefits
bullet Effective Benefits Management
bullet Assessing and Communicating Options
bullet Talent Management
bullet Human Resource Planning
bullet Introduction to Succession Planning
bullet Supply and Demand for Human Resources
bullet Strategic Recruiting
bullet Selection Tests
bulletReliability, Validity
bulletAdverse Impact
bullet Selection and Placement
bullet Process Evaluation
bullet New Employee Orientation and On-boarding
bullet Retention
bullet Motivation

Day Four

  • Talent Management
  • Orientation and Onboarding
  • Training and Development
  • Performance Management and Appraisal
bullet Throughout the Employment Relationship
bullet Integration
bullet Facilitating Employee Success
bullet Holistic Approaches
bullet Strategic Training and Development Process
bullet Needs Assessments
bullet Elements of Effective Training Programs
bullet Adult Learning
bullet Instructional Design
bullet Flawless Facilitation
bullet Transfer of Learning
bullet Evaluating Training
bullet Effective Performance Management Systems
bullet Performance Appraisal Methods
bullet Providing Feedback, Goals, and Expectations
bullet Legal Issues

Day Five

  • Employment Relations in Unionized and Non-Unionized Organizations
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Communication Strategies
bullet Discipline and Discharge
bullet Analyzing Problems
bullet Determining Appropriate Corrective Actions
bullet Alternative Dispute Resolution
bullet Grievance and Arbitration
bullet Unionized organizations
bullet Non-Unionized Organizations
bullet Interpersonal Communications
bullet Elements of a Strong Business Case
bullet Collecting and Analyzing Data
bullet Characteristics of Useful Metrics
bullet Formulating Organizational Communication Strategies
bullet Writing “Elevator Speeches”
bullet Speaking in Public


Mike Adams Mike Adams, is a Human Resources Administrator for Michigan State University and advises a department of over 300 full-time professionals and over 1,000 students on matters related to Human Resources. He holds a Masterís Degree in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University. Mr. Adams coordinates and directs the hiring and selection of full-time staff, specializing in data-driven decision making and using hiring analytics to make optimal hiring decisions.
Angela Hall Angela T. Hall, JD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. She received her JD from Florida State University, College of Law and her PhD from Florida State University, College of Business. She has previously been on the faculties of Florida State University and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Prior to pursuing an academic career, Angela practiced law full-time. Her research interests include employee accountability and employee legal claiming. She has taught a wide variety of courses at the undergraduate, masters, and doctorate levels including business law, organizational behavior, human resources, leadership, and employee training and development. Angela has also authored learning modules and cases for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Tina Riley Tina Riley, PhD is Director of Human Resources Executive Education in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University (MSU). She holds a PhD in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education as well as a Master of Arts in Labor Relations and Human Resources from MSU. She has served as director of the School's Human Resources Education and Training Center and as Associate Director for Outreach. Dr. Riley has given presentations nationwide on the topics of strategic recruiting, training and development, supervisory skills, and employment law. She is also a CAPT-qualified administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and has worked with many groups in developing value from differences within the workplace.
Programs will be taught by one or more instructors listed above.



Registration fee: $2,495

  • Registration fees include all course materials
  • Year-long access to a dedicated website containing a wealth of additional resources
  • Certification examination
  • Certificate of completion
  • Travel and hotel expenses are not included
  • Space is limited, so we advise registering as soon as possible to secure your participation
  • Continental breakfast and networking lunch are included each day

Program times:

Registration & continental breakfast: 8:00am - 8:30am
Program time Days 1-4: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Program time Day 5: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Networking each day lunch: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2017 course offering
October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2017
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    Human Resources Executive Education
    School of Human Resources and Labor Relations
    South Kedzie Hall
    368 Farm Lane, Room S423
    East Lansing, MI 48824


  • Cancellation four weeks prior to program start:  10% cancellation fee; remainder of program fee refunded.
  • Cancellation less than four weeks but at least two weeks prior to program start:  50% cancellation fee.
  • Cancellation less than two weeks prior to program start:  no refund.
  • These cancellation fees apply even if the participant wishes to reschedule to a later date for the same program or a different program.  Participants may send a substitute from the same organization for the same program and date with prior written notice and avoid the cancellation fee.

MSU reserves the right to cancel programs when enrollment criteria are not met or for conditions beyond its control. Any additional costs incurred by the enrollee of cancelled programs are the responsibility of the enrollee.



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