Professional Education

Take your career to the next level.

We partner with professional organizations to deliver world-class continuing and professional education programs, in the classroom and online. Our programs are led by industry experts, including certified practitioners and NIU College of Business faculty members.

Programs

We're one of the first universities worldwide to launch the SHRM Learning System® for SHRM-CP®/SHRM-SCP® Certification program. We offer programs for every career stage, from beginning to senior level. Join us to learn from our team of SHRM-SCP practitioner instructors, in the classroom or online.

  • Recognized as one of SHRM's top 20 HR certification preparation course providers for more than 12 consecutive years.
  • Awarded SHRM recertification provider status for award of PDCs 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.

We're one of an elite group of university partners licensed by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA®) to deliver Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)® review courses in an online format. Our courses are led by CIA/CPA practitioner instructors.

We're one of the first university partners to pilot the CertWise Learning System® for project management certification preparation courses. Our courses are delivered by PMP certified instructors. They'll prepare you to sit for the CAPM® and PMP® exams administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

We're part of an elite group of university providers licensed to deliver educational programs for the International Facility Management Association. Whatever your experience level, you'll benefit from learning from our CFM credentialed practitioner instructors, in the classroom or online. Our programs include:

  • Facility Management Professional (FMP®) Credential Program.
  • Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP™) Credential Program.
  • Certified Facility Manager (CFM®) Exam Prep Workshop.


Delivery Methods and Locations

We serve northern Illinois at multiple 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. Our SHRM Certification Prep, Certified Internal Auditor and Facility Management Professional courses are also available in online formats.

Partnerships and Recognitions

  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Illinois State Council of SHRM
  • International Facility Management Association (IFMA)
  • Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)
  • SHRM Recertification Provider
  • CERTWISE/Project Management, Holmes Corporation
  • ProFM Institute and NFMT (Building Operating Management's National Facilities Management and Technology)
  • Relationships with more than 30 local chapter affiliates of partnering organizations (estimated combined membership of more than 15,000 members in northern Illinois)

Our past, present and pending corporate and community clients and partners include:

  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • University of Chicago
  • United Airlines
  • Metropolitan Chicago Water Reclamation District
  • ADP
  • Allstate
  • United Neighborhood Organization (UNO) – Chicago (Charter Schools)
  • City of Chicago, Department of Human Services
  • Mt. Royal University/Canada – CIA
  • Northeast Illinois Commuter Railway (Metra-Chicago Region)
  • Village of Glen Ellyn
  • Kishwaukee College
  • Oakton College
  • Prairie State College
  • IDEAL Industries
  • SHURE Incorporated
  • St. Cloud State University
  • Recognized as an SHRM top 20 university provider (out of more than 280 partner universities) for more than 12 years.
  • Awarded certificates of recognition for achieving 100% pass rates in SHRM classes.
  • HR candidate pass rates consistently exceed national averages by a substantial margin.
  • Recognized as an SHRM recertification approved provider.
  • Authorized by the Institute of Internal Auditors to deliver Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)® Review courses online.
  • Recognized as a licensed provider of credential programs for the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).
  • NIU/IFMA instructor team members serve as SMEs for IFMA educational product development and present at national and international facility management and HR conferences.
  • NIU program director is a past member of the SHRM Education Partners Advisory Committee and mentors new university program coordinators, in addition to presenting at the SHRM Education Partners Conference and Conference on Management and Executive Development.
  • Recognition of programs at multiple regional, state, national and international conferences.

Contact Us

NIU Continuing and Professional Education
815-753-5200
NIUCPE@niu.edu
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