Certified Family Medical Leave Specialist - CFMLS



While most employees do not abuse the FMLA, those who do can cause scheduling challenges, lost productivity, and damage to employee morale.


Earn your Family Medical Leave Specialist Certification from Michigan State University, one of the most recognized programs in Human Resources advanced education. You will gain a solid understanding of the FMLA, learn to manage FMLA absences, promote attendance, and ensure compliance.

The FMLA can be confusing. Obtain the most up-to-date information, get your questions answered, and develop strategies for continued improvement.


By attending Certified Family Medical Leave Specialist, you will be prepared to:

  • Maximize attendance
  • Minimize abuse of the FMLA
  • Comply with the law and new regulations
  • Integrate management of the FMLA, ADA, Workers' Compensation, and your short-term disability programs
  • Make an informed, data-driven decision about how best to administer the FMLA in your organization
  • Treat medical absences as a strategic imperative

This workshop will include a dedicated website with additional, valuable resources.

Certification is achieved by participating in the class and passing the online examination.



Why CertifyProfessional credentials are more important today than ever before. Earning your professional certification from MSU's School of Human Resources & Labor Relations, one of the best and most respected Human Resources/Labor Relations Schools in the country, demonstrates mastery of the nuances associated with administering the FMLA.

Stay up to date in this ever-changing field through biannual recertification. MSU's recertification program provides recognition and validation for lifelong learning and professional development in which HR professionals regularly engage.

Certification is achieved by participating in the class and passing the online examination.


Unplanned and incidental absences are estimated to cost employers 8.7% of payroll.

Workers’ Compensation Research Institute, https://www.wcrinet.org



Registration fee: $995

  • Registration fees include all course materials
  • 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: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Networking lunch: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
May 21, 2019 course offering
May 21, 2019
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August 15, 2019 course offering
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  • For your convenience... If you fly into Detroit Metropolitan Airport you can take the Michigan Flyer motorcoach to the East Lansing Marriott, where the program is being held. Learn more about riding the Michigan Flyer »
  • Overnight accommodations... are not included in the program fee. To reserve a room at the special rate, call the hotel listed for the program you will be attending. Be sure to refer to MSU and the name of the seminar. The special rate will be removed a month prior to the program, so we encourage you make your reservation early.
  • Give us a call... We would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this training program. You can reach us at (517) 355-9592.
  • Did you know... We can come to you!
    Bring this program on-site for your team. It will lay the groundwork for success, provide a common framework and language as well as incorporate your organizational challenges. Contact Veronica Taber at (517) 432-2209 or taberver@msu.edu to discuss how you can multiply the benefits of MSU programs and save money by brining this and other programs on-site.


  • 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.



Accommodations for people with disabilities or special dietary needs may be requested by calling SHRLR Executive Education at (517) 355-9592. We will do all we can to accommodate you. It would be especially helpful if you would contact us at least three weeks before the program.


  • MSU's Federal ID Number is 38-6005984
  • Business casual attire.
  • Please, no audio or video recording.


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    East Lansing, MI 48824
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