Certified Human Resources Specialist

  • Registration fee: $2,495

  • September 16-20, 2019
    Washington, DC

    Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/Georgetown Area
    2201 M Street NW
    Washington, DC 20037
    Phone: (202) 974-6010
  • #TeamSuccess

    We are pleased to offer professional development to small teams as a way to increase the benefit to your organization.

    When you register 2 people from your organization, you can now bring a third for FREE. This is a savings of $2,495 to your organization and a major plus to you and your team.

    Promotion ends October 1. Valid for 2019 programs only.

    To register your team for success, contact Carrie Mejorado, Program Coordinator at (517) 355-9592 or via email at 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 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:

  • 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 34 (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.

Michigan State University SHRLR Executive Education This program has also been approved for 28 hours towards our HR Executive Education Continuing Education/Recertification credit hours, which will fulfill the two year continuing education credit hour requirements needed for recertification.



You're not alone. Many business owners and managers feel the same, and have participated in the CHRS class, without taking the examination. You can do the same. You'll get all of the benefits of the class, the networking, the materials, and the over 100 resources on the website created just for your class, without the stress of a test.

Taking advantage of this no-test option is easy. Just register online and while in class, let your instructor know that you won't be taking the exam. It's that easy. You'll build your HR competencies, the competencies that will help you be the best leader you can be, from one of the best schools of human resources and labor relations in the country.



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

Day One

  • Introduction to Human Resources Management
  • Key Competencies for HR Professionals
  • Strategic Human Resources Management
  • Communications and Demonstrating Value

Day Two

  • Employment Law
  • Ethics
  • Recordkeeping and Reporting

Day Three

  • Job Analysis and Design
  • Workforce Planning Analytics
  • Recruitment, Sourcing and Selection

Day Four

  • Training and Development
  • Performance Management
  • Employee Retention
  • Compensation and Benefits

Day Five

  • Health, Safety and Security
  • Employee Discipline and Separation
  • Labor Relations


Angela Hall Angela T. Hall, JD, PhD, is an Associate 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 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.
Jim Walsh Jim Walsh, was most recently Vice President Claims at Auto-Owners Insurance. He has spent 44 years in the property casualty insurance business, all related to claim handling in some way. As a field investigator, he managed the Company's position on claims ranging from house fires, to fatal accidents, and eventually worked in management. Jim supervised and trained both those who investigated the claims and those who managed and trained them. Having reached his retirement he looks for ways to continue his efforts to encourage people developing in their roles.

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 - 5:00pm
Program time Day 5: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Networking each day lunch: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
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  • 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 Dr. Tina Riley at (517) 432-6267 or robert35@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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