SHRM's Essentials® of HR

This program is a must for anyone in the business of managing people. Knowing the essentials can keep you and your company out of trouble, make you a better manager, improve workplace morale, help with performance management, and protect your company from needless litigation. 

Knowledge of the basic HR concepts covered in this program will help establish a foundation for implementing effective HR practices and policies within your organization.

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Course Information

SHRM's Essentials® of HR is an interactive and engaging course providing participants with a solid overview of the key aspects of HR and practical tools that can immediately be put to use in your organization. This program provides participants with critical knowledge to help reduce potentially costly lawsuits and improves their ability to handle challenging HR issues. 

The content of this course addresses six key human resource management subjects:

  • Human Resources (Understanding the HR Function)
  • Talent Acquisition (Attracting and Selecting Employees)
  • Total Rewards (Key Elements of a Total Compensation System)
  • Learning and Development (Orientation, Development and Training)
  • Performance Management (Purpose and Process for Performance Management)
  • Employment Law (Application of Key HR Legislation)

This engaging and interactive program blends instructor-led classroom learning with online learning activities, quizzes and a final post course assessment. Online reference tools and resources are available for use in the workplace. Participants will be required to attend the two day interactive course and complete post classroom online learning activities and final course examination for award of CEU's/Certificate of Completion.

Spring 2020 Courses Canceled 

Our spring, SHRM's Essentials® of HR, has been canceled  due to COVID health and safety concerns. Please stay healthy and check back for future updates.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests received at least 10 days prior to the start of class will be entitled to a 50% refund. No refunds will be issued for cancellations within 10 days of class start.  Substitutions are allowed with advance notice to NIU.  All cancellation and substitution requests should be submitted to or fax (815) 753-6900.  NIU reserves the right to cancel programs within 10 days of class if enrollments are not sufficient to cover costs of program delivery.

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.

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Contact Us

Donna Mann, Director 
Credentialing Programs 
Phone: 815-732-6249

Jennifer Kopecky
Phone: 815-753-0771 

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 or fax 815-753-6900.