Advanced Topics for Certified HR Professionals - CHRS

It's time to reconnect with your fellow Certified HR Specialists



Ensure your organization is benefiting from best practices in HRM and remains compliant with recent legislative changes. As always, this year's Advanced Topics for Certified Human Resources Specialists will provide you with cutting-edge information on “hot topics” in human resources, a review of important court cases, and legislative updates regarding key employment laws.

Learn HR strategies that you can use to meet the challenges, and take advantage of the opportunities facing your organization.

Topics change each year to reflect best practices and key issues for HR professionals.


2022 Agenda

Day 1:
  • Revising your recruiting strategy to compete in today's labor market
    • From job requirements to the "hidden" labor market, learn specific, actionable, steps you can take to enhance your recruiting efforts, and enhance the diversity of your workforce.
    • Ensuring selection decisions are based on job-related criteria is essential, and challenging. Learn ways to ensure candidates are evaluated based on their abilities rather than assumptions. 
  • Providing employees opportunities to "learn and grow1(1. Horovitz, B. (2021, December 28). 14 Key HR Lessons Learned in 2021. Retrieved December 29, 2021, from
    • Upskilling, reskilling, skill building; you've heard all the terms. The fact is that employers need employees who are able to apply new skills and employees are demanding engaging ways to learn new skills and gain new knowledge. The end of the one-size-fits all model is as true in training as anywhere else. What Gen Z employees view as engaging is likely very different than the expectations of Baby Boomers, and all of the generations in between. Learn ways to provide engaging training and learning opportunities for all employees in your organization. 
Day 2:
  • Employment law update
  • Benefits trends for the new normal 
  • Workforce trends 

The class will also include facilitated discussion on issues of concern to the participants.

Note: This program is open only to current Certified HR Specialists.

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The schedule for Advanced Topics for CHRS program for 2022 has been completed.

If you would like to be notified when this program is scheduled for 2023, please contact us.


Angela T. Hall

Angela T. Hall, JD, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. (MSU) Angela also serves as the Faculty Excellence Advocate for the College of Social Science at MSU. She is an affiliated faculty member with the MSU College of Law and the MSU Center for Gender in a Global Context.  Angela 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 , workplace inclusion, personality, technology at work, 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), and she is the host of the podcast series, People Talk with Angela Hall.

Tina M. Riley

Tina M. Riley, is an Associate Professor, Associate Director, and Director of Professional Development in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. She holds a PhD in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education, with a concentration in Communications, and a Master of Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University.

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, and conducting workplace investigations.

With her passionate and engaging style, Dr. Riley develops and presents customized leadership development programs for both public and private sector organizations, from manufacturing to the Courts. Organizational leaders and HR professionals from across the globe including Bahrain, Cameroon, Canada, Georgia, Nigeria have participated in her workshops.

One or more instructors listed above may be teaching this program.



    • Cancellation more than three weeks prior to the program start date: full refund.
    • Cancellation two weeks prior to the program start date: 10% cancellation fee; remainder of program fee refunded.
    • Cancellation after program materials have been posted/provided to participants (normally 2 days prior to program start date): no refund.
    • Cancellation fees may be waived if the participant registers and attends the same program within 12 months. Fees may only be waived once.

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 (when in-person) may be requested by contacting Program Coordinator, Kristi White at 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.


NOTE: Due to the significant disruptions caused by COVID-19, we are temporarily reducing the number of continuing education credits required for recertification to 14 credits. This reduction applies to recertifications that are due in December 2022.

This program has been approved for 14 continuing education credit hours towards Professional Development Program recertification.

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  • All course materials.
  • Program begins at 8:30am.
  • Space is limited, so we advise registering as soon as possible to secure your participation.



  • You can bring this program on-site for your team or virtually through Zoom. It will lay the groundwork for success, provide a common framework and language as well as incorporate your organizational challenges. Contact Program Coordinator, Kristi White at to discuss how you can multiply the benefits of MSU programs and save money by bringing this and other programs to you.

Questions?  We would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this or any of our training programs. Please contact Program Coordinator, Kristi White at