Why choose NIU's Professional Education Programs?

NIU's continuing professional education programs are facilitated by industry instructors including certified practitioners and accredited NIU College of Business faculty members.

Human Resources Education

  • One of the first University’s worldwide to successfully launch the SHRM Learning System® for SHRM-CP®/SHRM-SCP® Certification program
  • Recognized as one of SHRM’s Top 20 HR Certification Preparation Course providers for 12 + consecutive years
  • Awarded SHRM Re-certification Provider status for award of PDC’s for HR Continuing Professional Education programs
  • Recognized as a Top 10 provider of SHRM Essentials®of HR Management courses
  • Certification candidate pass rates consistently exceed national averages by a substantial margin
  • NIU offers programs for professionals at every stage of your career – from beginning to senior level
  • Classroom and online learning options
  • Courses are delivered by a team of SHRM-SCP practitioner instructors

Finance and Accounting Education

Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA®)

  • One of an elite group of University partners licensed by the IIA to deliver Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)® Review courses in an online format
  • Courses are facilitated by a CIA/CPA practitioner instructor

Project Management Education

  • One of the first University partners to successfully pilot the CertWise Learning System® for Project Management Certification Preparation Courses
  • Programs prepare candidate to sit for both the CAPM® and PMP® exams administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI®)
  • Courses are delivered by a team of PMP certified instructors

Facility Management Education

  • One of an elite group of University providers licensed to deliver educational programs for the International Facility Management Association
  • Classroom and online learning options
  • NIU offers programs for professionals at every stage of your career – from beginning to senior level
  • Programs include the Facility Management Professional (FMP®) Credential Program; Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP™) Credential Program and Certified Facility Manager (CFM®) Exam Prep Workshop
  • Courses are delivered by a team of CFM credentialed practitioner instructors


  • We serve northern Illinois with multiple site locations including Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Rockford, Deerfield, Matteson, Des Plaines, Chicago, and Lombard
  • All programs are customizable for delivery onsite to groups of 10 or more employers
  • SHRM Certification Prep, Certified Internal Auditor, and Facility Management Professional courses are also delivered in online formats

Instructor-led Courses

  • All NIU programs are delivered by practitioner instructors who bring a wealth of real-world experience to the classroom – whether teaching in person or online
  • NIU courses focus on practical, engaging application of knowledge
  • All NIU Instructors hold the highest level of credentials awarded by the professional organization

Program Format

NIU’s team approach provides students with a wealth of expertise to draw on as they prepare to become certified in their respective professions. Using an instructor team comprised of practitioners, legal experts and NIU faculty allows students to benefit from the expertise each brings to the table.

Contact Us

Donna Mann, Director 
Credentialing Programs 
Phone: 815-732-6249
Email: dmann@niu.edu

Jennifer Kopecky
Phone: 815-753-0771 
Email: 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.