Certificate in Workplace Investigations

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Whether it's a claim of harassment, discrimination, a disciplinary issue, or loss prevention, you must take prompt action.

Conducting an effective investigation is the first step. The way you handle the investigation will have a significant impact on employee morale, and your legal liability.

Whether you're a manager, a small business owner, or an HR/LR professional, this program will provide you with the skills needed to effectively conduct workplace investigations.

By attending, Certificate in Workplace Investigations, you'll learn how to:

  • Plan your investigation
  • Conduct investigatory interviews
  • Document and defend your decisions
  • Minimize legal liability

In addition to the program manual, you will receive worksheets and templates to facilitate your use of concepts learned during the program. Through simulations and case studies, you’ll be able to hone your internal investigation skills and enhance your confidence and comfort with the process of conducting a workplace investigation.




  • Plan the investigation
  • Conduct the investigation
    • Evidence
    • Investigatory Interviews
      • Setting the tone, clarifying roles, explaining the process
      • Communicating employee rights, responsibilities and expectations
      • Encouraging admissions
      • Written statements
  • Document the investigation
    • Types and tools
    • Avoiding common errors
  • Evaluating the reporting findings


Tina Riley Tina M. Riley, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University (MSU). She is the Director of the School's Human Resource Executive Education program and holds a PhD in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education as well as a Master of Arts in Labor Relations and Human Resources from MSU. Dr. Riley is a results-based educator and executive coach with expertise helping individual leaders and organizations, achieve their full potential through high-impact communications that build trust and promote inclusion and engagement.

She adopts an engaging and holistic approach to teaching that facilitates learners' ability to move from theory to practice. Her teaching style makes complex concepts accessible to graduate students and seasoned professionals alike. Dr. Riley teaches academic and professional development classes on a variety of HR and leadership topics including communications, leadership development, managing change, diversity and inclusion, conducting workplace investigations, and HR's role in cybersecurity.

Program may be taught by one or more instructors.



This is a half-day program.

  • Registration fee includes all course materials
  • Travel and hotel expenses are not included
  • Lunch is on your own
  • Space is limited, so we advise registering as soon as possible to secure your participation


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