Professional Education

Keep Educating Yourself
Take Your Career to the Next Level

Professional credentials can be a game changer when it comes to advancing your career. Demonstrate your drive to learn and boost your credibility by gaining some of the most demanded credentials in today’s marketplace.

We Partner So You Succeed

NIU partners will multiple professional organizations to deliver world-class continuing and professional education programs in both classroom and online formats. We specialize in the delivery of credentialing programs for

Human Resources  

Facility Management  

Project Management 

Internal Audit  

We offer a wide range of professional credentialing programs online, in person and in hybrid formats. We're always investigating new certificate programs to help you advance or expand your career options. Our noncredit certificate programs can also assist you in your pursuit of a university degree.

If there is a particular certificate program you're interested in or would like us to offer, please contact us at dmann@niu.edu or 815-753-5200.

Our Partners

Online Career Training Courses

We offer a range of online career training courses in that provide a flexible way to learn or improve a professional skill. You can start at any time. With up to 18 months of access, you can learn when it's convenient for you. Each course comes with a dedicated student advisor to support you throughout your learning journey.

Courses are available on a variety of topics, including:

  • Project management
  • Cyber security
  • Process improvement/Six Sigma
  • Hospitality, catering and events
  • Medical billing and coding
  • Industry certifications
  • Legal studies
  • Health care industry
  • Cloud computing
  • Sales and marketing

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For questions or more information on our online courses, please contact Mark Pietrowski at pietrowski@niu.edu or 815-753-1456.

Contact Us

Mark Pietrowski 
Director, Continuing and Professional Education
pietrowski@niu.edu
815-753-1456

Donna Mann
Director, Continuing Professional Education - Credentialing Programs
dmann@niu.edu
815-732-6249

Pettee Guerrero
Director, National Safety Education Center (NSEC)
pguerrero1@niu.edu
815-753-6903

Jennifer Kopecky
jkopecky@niu.edu
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 Outreachregistration@niu.edu or fax 815-753-6900.