Certified Human Resources Specialist Program





The Certified Human Resources Specialist (CHRS) is for aspiring and new HR professionals, as well as experienced HR professionals dedicated to keeping their knowledge and skills current, so they are ready to meet today's challenges.



This program will prepare you to successfully engage in a broad range of HRM activities, expanding opportunities to advance your career by helping achieve your organization's goals. The Certified HR Specialist program delivers hands-on, practical knowledge that you can apply immediately in your day-to-day work.

The program presenters were engaging, knowledgeable, and great at explaining things in a way that applies to real-life situations. The way they conducted the sessions made me feel comfortable sharing ideas. The content of the class was great…all topics I can use in my job.

S. Story, Certified HR Specialist


By attending this program, you will learn:

  • How to develop and implement both strategic and operational HR management policies that will drive individual and organizational success
  • Ethical issues facing HR practitioners and how to navigate them
  • How to recruit and retain a diverse workforce
  • Steps to maintain a safe and healthy working environment for all employees
  • Strategies for creating a positive employee experience to enhance performance and retention
  • The most up-to-date federal employment and labor laws to ensure your workplace remains compliant
  • How to provide effective training and development opportunities
  • Detailed processes to develop and implement effective corrective action/disciplinary procedures
  • Key concepts in compensation, benefits, labor relations, and more

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*Payment in full is required before course start date. Course fee includes instructor-led interactive sessions, access to online learning community, program tools and resources



Earning 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 or successful completion of 15 online learning reviews.



Individuals who successfully complete the course requirements will be recognized by Michigan State University's School of Human Resources & Labor Relations as a Certified Human Resources Specialist. They are then entitled to use the designation CHRS after their name.

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



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September 11 - October 11, 2024

Meeting Wednesdays & Fridays
1:00pm - 5:00pm ET
Live Interactive Program via Zoom





  • This is a 5-week program meeting on Wednesdays & Fridays from 1:00pm - 5:00pm ET
    • Week 1: Wednesday, September 11 & Friday, September 13, 2024
    • Week 2: Wednesday, September 18 & Friday, September 20, 2024
    • Week 3: Wednesday, September 25 & Friday, September 27, 2024
    • Week 4: Wednesday, October 2 & Friday, October 4, 2024
    • Week 5: Wednesday, October 9 & Friday, October 11, 2024
  • All of our classes include strategies to maximize learning and ensure an enjoyable, informative learning experience.

MSU employee discount & education assistance available. Please contact Kristi White at whitekr@msu.edu for more information.


  • Module 1:
    • Introduction to Human Resources Management
    • Key Competencies for HR Professionals
    • Strategic Human Resources Management
    • Communications and Demonstrating Value
  • Module 2:
    • Employment Law
    • Ethics
    • Recordkeeping and Reporting
  • Module 3:
    • Job Analysis and Design
    • Workforce Planning Analytics
    • Recruitment, Sourcing and Selection
  • Module 4:
    • Training and Development
    • Performance Management
    • Employee Retention
    • Compensation and Benefits
  • Module 5:
    • Health, Safety and Security
    • Employee Discipline and Separation
    • Labor Relations


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

Dr. Tina M. Riley, is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University and served as the School's Director of Professional Development and Associate Director for 20 years.

She 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.

Her engaging and holistic approach to teaching 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 including leadership and interpersonal skills development, labor relations, developing inclusive workplaces 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, India, and Nigeria report finding her programs to be highly beneficial both for individuals, teams, and organizations.

Dr. Riley holds a Ph.D. in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education, with a concentration in Communications, and a Master of Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University.

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


  • Registration will close 2 business days before the start of the program or earlier if program enrollment reaches capacity.



  • Cancellation more than 30 calendar days before program start date: Full refund
  • Cancellation 14 – 29 calendar days prior to program start date: 50% cancellation fee, remainder of program fee refunded
  • Cancellation 13 or fewer calendar 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.
  • Participants may send a substitute from the same organization for the same program and date by notifying Kristi White via email at least 5 calendar days in advance of program start date.

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.



This program has been approved for 32.5 continuing education credit hours towards Professional Development Program recertification.

Learn more about Recertification


Questions? We would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this or any of our training programs. Please contact Director of Professional Development, Melanie Zaremba at mzaremba@msu.edu.