School of Human Resources & Labor Relations

Certificate in Workplace Investigations

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About the course

Whether it's a claim of harassment, discrimination, a disciplinary issue, or loss prevention, you must take prompt action.

Conducting an effective investigation is the first step. The way you handle the investigation will have a significant impact on employee morale, and your legal liability.

Whether you're a manager, a small business owner, or an HR/LR professional, this program will provide you with the skills needed to effectively conduct workplace investigations.

By attending, Certificate in Workplace Investigations, you'll learn how to:

  • Plan your investigation
  • Conduct investigatory interviews
  • Document and defend your decisions
  • Minimize legal liability

In addition to the program manual, you will receive worksheets and templates to facilitate your use of concepts learned during the program. Through simulations and case studies, you’ll be able to hone your internal investigation skills and enhance your confidence and comfort with the process of conducting a workplace investigation.



  • Plan the investigation
  • Conduct the investigation
  • Evidence
  • Investigatory Interviews
  • Setting the tone, clarifying roles, explaining the process
  • Communicating employee rights, responsibilities and expectations
  • Encouraging admissions
  • Written statements
  • Document the investigation
  • Types and tools
  • Avoiding common errors
  • Evaluating the reporting findings

Who should attend

Human resources professionals, managers, and business owners will gain the advanced skills needed to conduct effective workplace investigations

Trust the experts

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 ...


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