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School of Human Resources & Labor Relations

Certified Human Resources Specialist

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Jun 10—14
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Livonia, Michigan, United States
USD 2495
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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 new 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:

  • Graduate-level 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.


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


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