Certified Family Medical Leave Specialist - CFMLS

Gain the confidence to effectively manage the family & medical leave act



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.



  • Learn about new Coronavirus-related requirements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), including the Emergency FMLA and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act
  • 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.



Professional 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 content and commitment to the field of labor relations.

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.



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 Family Medical Leave Specialist. They are entitled then to use the designation CFMLS after their name.

Certification is only given to those who attend the entire program and pass the examination. They should expect a notification with their certificate via email two- to three-weeks after the completion of the program.



Due to the significant disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, 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 2021.

This program has been approved for 7 continuing education credit hours towards our Professional Development Program recertification.



June 23, 2021
8:30am - 4:30pm ET
Live Interactive Program via Zoom





All of our classes include strategies to minimize Zoom fatigue and ensure an enjoyable, informative learning experience.


Tony Lemke

Tony Lemke, is a Human Resources Manager who began at Michigan State University in 2006. Tony holds a bachelor’s degree of science in human resources from MSU and a number of professional certifications. He’s been working with MSU’s workers’ compensation and disability plans since 2008 and has been leading the Leaves of Absence area since 2016.



    • 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.

    • 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 canceled programs are the responsibility of the enrollee.



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


  • All course materials.
  • Program begins at 8:30am ET.
  • 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 whitekr@msu.edu 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 whitekr@msu.edu.