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Invest in Your Future: Build Your Brand as a HR Leader

Business is changing and employers are demanding that HR professionals adapt to that change. Investing in continuing education should be a critical component of your formula for success. NIU’s professional continuing education programs will help you earn the credibility and recognition you deserve.

Whether you’re new to HR or have a few years of experience, Northern Illinois University has the tools you need to advance your career and confidently handle your organization’s complex HR issues

For the past 20 years, Northern Illinois University has partnered with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to provide exceptional, high quality professional development opportunities for HR professionals.

New to HR?

The SHRM Essentials® of HR Management will help you grasp the roles and responsibilities of HR in business.

This 2 day course is ideal for new and junior level HR professionals, business owners and office managers, managers and supervisors with employee management responsibilities and HR professionals seeking a “refresher” to stay abreast of current HR knowledge.  This engaging and interactive program addresses the complex, real-world and legal issues you face and is a must for anyone who manages people.  Knowing the basics of HR practice and law can make you a better manager, improve workplace morale and employee performance, and protect your organization from needless litigation.

Topics covered in this program include:

  • Employment law
  • Selecting qualified employees
  • Compensation basics
  • Orientation and training of employees
  • Performance management

For the Experienced HR Professional

HR Certification is the route for you – and the new SHRM Learning System® for SHRM-CP™ and SHRM-SCP™ Certification Preparation Course will help you get there.

Demonstrate that you have the competencies and knowledge to be a top notch HR professional when you earn the new SHRM-Certified Professional (CP™) and SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SCP™) credentials. This new standard in HR Certification will help establish you as a strategic, globally-recognized HR leader.

Topics covered in this program include:

  • HR Competencies (Leadership & Navigation, Ethical Practice, Business Acumen, Relationship Management, Consultation, Critical Evaluation, Global and Cultural Effectiveness, Communication)
  • People (Talent Acquisition & Retention, Employee Engagement, Learning & Development, Total Rewards)
  • Organization (Structure of the HR Function, Organizational Effectiveness & Development, Workforce Management, Employee relations, Technology & Data)
  • Workplace (HR in the Global Context, Diversity & Inclusion, Risk Management, Corporate Social Responsibility, Employment Law & Regulations)
  • Strategy (Business & HR Strategy)

For the past 10 years Northern Illinois University’s Professional HR Certification programs have been recognized as one of SHRM’s “Top 20” University programs with pass rates that consistently exceed national averages.  Our SHRM Learning System® for SHRM-Certified Professional (CP™) and SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SCP™) Certification Preparation Courses will help you achieve your goal of earning the prestigious SHRM credentials.

Already Certified?

HR Strategies and Solutions programs will help you strengthen your leadership skills, stay up-to-date on best management practices, and earn professional development credits required for retention of numerous HR related certifications.

Benefits of Enrolling in NIU courses:

  • Courses are offered at convenient locations throughout northern Illinois
  • A variety of course formats accommodate busy schedules and learning styles
  • A team of certified practitioner instructors bring a wealth of real-world, practical experience to the classroom
  • Peer networking
  • Cost effective learning – Course fees are inclusive of all instructional materials
  • Award of Continuing Professional Development Units and Certificates of Completion
  • Certification Preparation courses are approved for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding for qualified unemployed candidates.