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As a Human Resources professional you are responsible for employee development. When was the last time you invested in your own development? Strengthen your capabilities, retain your competitive advantage and further your career by earning or renewing your certification from the HR Certification Institute.

For over 15 years, Northern Illinois University and the Society for Human Resource Management have partnered to provide the SHRM Learning System courses. Let NIU’s skills and experience help you to lead by example.

New to HR Management?

Enroll today in SHRM Essentials® of HR Management and jumpstart your career. Learn the "whys" and "hows" of managing people, and gain practical skills to handle HR challenges that could in turn prevent costly lawsuits for your organization.

Have a few years of experience?

Earning the PHR®/SPHR® Certification is an investment in your career and demonstrates the value of professional development. Year after year, NIU’s SHRM Learning® System Certification Prep Course yields pass rates significantly higher than the national average and other SHRM® University Partner providers. With pass rates at 100% for cohorts in 2010 and 2011, you can be confident that your investment will pay off.

Already Certified?

HR Strategies and Solutions programs will help you strengthen your leadership skills, stay up-to-date on best management practices, and earn those important HR Certification Institute's (HRCI®) business management and strategy credits required for PHR, SPHR and GPHR certification retention. Each course awards 6.5 hours recertification credit.

All NIU PHR/SPHR review programs offer many benefits:

  • SHRM Learning System® print and online study materials
  • Supplemental instructor materials
  • Online practice exams
  • Peer networking
  • Blackboard learning communities featuring discussion board for out of class networking, links to external resources, power point presentations for each module of study, and communication tools
  • Experienced team of SPHR-certified practitioners and instructors
  • Course syllabus/study plan
  • CEUs and certificate of completion

Adding PHR or SPHR after your name says a lot about you to both employers and colleagues:

Knowledgeable - knows the most current principles and core practices of HR management
Capable - prepares to manage the organization’s human resources
Committed - stays current on changes to HR laws and core practices
Confident - raises your professional confidence among your staff and peers

Click here to learn which SHRM program is right for you.



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All candidates for PHR and SPHR Certification must meet the eligibility requirements (exempt level HR experience and education) established by the HR Certification Institute www.hrci.org.  If you are taking this course in preparation for the examination it is your responsibility to confirm eligibility to test prior to enrolling in this course. NIU does not assume any responsibility for ensuring that candidates are eligible to sit for the exams.

The use of this seal is not an endorsement by HRCI of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met HRCI's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.