School of Human Resources & Labor Relations

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Gain a competitive advantage as a Certified Labor Relations Leader.

Aligning your labor relations strategy with business and operational strategies is critical for achieving and sustaining a competitive advantage. The Certified Labor Relations Leader (CLRL) program will deepen your understanding of labor relations concepts. The examination will enable you to differentiate yourself through professional certification.

Only those who have participated in Negotiating Labor/Management Agreements for Competitive Advantage and either Administering the Labor Contract, Managing Grievances and Preparing for Arbitration or Managing in a Unionized Organization are eligible to take the self-study program and examination.

The examination is taken online and is offered in two periods per year. It contains a variety of question types, including multiple choice, answer completion, and short answer. The scenarios used in the questions reflect real-world scenarios

The examination covers:

  • Knowledge and application of concepts
  • Problem solving and strategizing
  • Analysis and evaluation

For your convenience... The study materials for the Certified Labor Relations Leader examination are now included in the price. No longer do you need to purchase the study materials and then pay again for the examination. When you register for the examination, you will receive access to all of the study materials. As a labor relations professional, you’ll refer to these materials again and again as you lead your organization's labor relations strategy.

When you register, you will receive a copy of the book Labor Relations: Striking a Balance, over a $250 value!

Prepare for your future today. You may begin to study for the CLRL examination at any time.

WHY CERTIFY

Why CertifyProfessional 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.

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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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Mary Bedikian

Mary A. Bedikian is the former district vice president for the Detroit Region of the American Arbitration Association; she worked for the organization for 28 years. Her extensive experience in ADR spans many sectors, including labor, commercial, construction, international, and employment. She ha...

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John Beck

John P. Beck, M.A., is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources & Labor Relations at Michigan State University. He previously served as associate director of the School, primarily in charge of two of the School's outreach units, the Labor Education Program and Union Management ...

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Robert Chiaravalli

Robert Chiaravalli, Esq., is recognized for his expertise in the design and execution of strategies in labor and employment relations, compensation and benefits, international HR, alternative dispute resolution and specialized executive searches that improves profitability and work place effectiv...

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Stacy Hickox

Stacy Hickox received her Bachelor's degree from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University and received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Stacy practiced law in the area of disability law at Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service prior to coming to SH...

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Greg Freehling

Greg Freehling, MLIR, is Director of Labor Relations at Arconic/Alcoa and has been in the labor relations field for more than 27 years. He has been in his current role as a corporate labor relations subject matter expert for eighteen years, and previously worked in different U.S. locations in bot...

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Michael Nowakowski

Michael G. Nowakowski, JD, is an attorney, a mediator, an arbitrator, and educator. He has mediated and arbitrated thousands of disputes in collective bargaining, contract administration, employment discrimination, real estate, and auto lemon law cases. Mike was a Commissioner with the Federal Me...

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Eileen Wilson

Eileen M. Wilson, PhD is a faculty member at Michigan State University and has provided stewardship for MSU for 33 years including serving as special assistant in the Office of the President and Board of Trustees for two years, assistant dean of undergraduate education in the Broad College of Bus...

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