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Earn the New Standard in HR Certification

Establish yourself as a globally-recognized human resource expert by earning the new standard in HR certification. The SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®;) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®) certifications validate that you have demonstrated you have the competencies and knowledge required to be a successful HR professional.

Northern Illinois University is proud to be one of SHRM’s exclusive premiere University partners for delivery of the SHRM Learning System® for SHRM-CP® and SHRM-SCP® Certification Preparation Courses. For the past decade, NIU Outreach has been recognized as one of SHRM’s Top 20 providers of HR Certification Preparation programs with pass rates that have consistently exceeded national averages by a substantial margin. We are committed to delivery of the same exceptional programs in traditional classroom, blended and online formats and at multiple locations throughout northern Illinois.

Online Course and BooksWhy Should You Be Certified?

Now, more than ever, HR teams are required to assume a greater leadership role, contributing to the strategic direction their respective organizations. The profession is no longer just about WHAT you know- but HOW you do your job.

SHRM-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) and SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®) credentials focus on teaching and testing the practical, real-life skills, behavioral competencies and knowledge HR professionals need to excel in their careers today.


PAYMENT PLAN OPTION TERMS & CONDITIONS: The credit card payment plan option is available for registrations completed at least 30 days in advance of the program start date. Payment terms: 25% of the total cost will be charged to the credit card at time of registration. Any outstanding balance will be charged to the credit card 14 days prior to the program start. Payments may be made prior to the final due date by contacting Outreach Registration (800) 345-9472. Payment in full must be confirmed before shipment of any course materials. Standard cancellation policies apply.


Illinois Veterans and Illinois National Guard Grant Programs: This program is not eligible for funding under the IL Veterans and IL National Guard Grants. IVG and ING grants apply only to those programs assessing tuition and mandatory fees. NIU Outreach is licensed to deliver this program by the sponsoring professional organization. The registration fee for this program is not based on tuition and fees and includes course materials, licensing fees, catering services, and instructional costs not covered by the IVG/ING grants. 

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Funding: Certain unemployed or underemployed Illinois candidates may be eligible to receive funding for this program under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Visit the website https://www.illinoisworknet.com/WIOA and ask the question “How do I go about accessing my Individual Training Account (ITA)?”

SHRM Certification SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP

Donna Mann, Director 
Credentialing Programs 
Phone: (815) 732-6249
E-mail: dmann@niu.edu

Jennifer Kopecky
Phone: 815-753-0771 
E-mail: jkopecky@niu.edu 

Registration by phone
Call 815-753-0277 or
toll free 800-345-9472
Monday – Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (CST) for live assistance.

All cancellation and transfer requests must be in writing. Email Outreachregistration@niu.edu or fax (815) 753-6900

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Visit our sponsoring HR chapters


Illinois Fox Valley SHRM
Visit us at illinoisfoxvalley.shrm.org


Rockford Area SHRM
Visit us at www.rashrm.org


Northern Illinois SHRM
Visit us at nishrm.org


Grundy Will SHRM
Visit us at grundywill.shrm.org


DuPage SHRM
Visit us at www.dshrm.org