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SHRM's HR Management Certification Prep Courses offered by NIU Outreach provides human resource professionals with a comprehensive understanding of the six functional areas of human resource management as defined by the profession.

This award-winning program serves as a review/study course for those seeking Professional Human Resource (PHR) or Senior Professional Human Resource (SPHR) certification through the exam process administered by the Human Resources Certificate Institute (HRCI).

Other professionals and HR specialists desiring an increased understanding of management issues will also find this course most beneficial for professional development purposes.

Topics covered include

  • Business Management and Strategy 
  • Workforce Planning and Employment
  • Human Resource Development
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Employee and Labor Relations
  • Risk Management

Sessions are taught by practicing corporate HR professionals and attorneys specializing in each area. Interactive sessions include case study discussions, lecture, question and answer sessions, and multiple choice tests reflecting the types of questions on the HRCI accreditation exams.

Participants who successfully complete the course, including those who choose not to take the HRCI exam, will receive Certificates of Completion from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and 36 contact hours.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for HR professionals seeking to enhance or advance their careers, as well as those interested in pursuing more detailed overview of HR management. This course is also ideal for HR managers and professionals planning to take the PHR/SPHR certification exams.

Contact Hours

3.6 CEU's/36 contact hours

13 Week Face-to-Face Evening Courses

This course is designed for the student that prefers a structured classroom environment. Students in the 13 week evening courses will receive materials at the first class meeting. Participants registering within 5 days of class start may experience a brief delay in access to the Blackboard Community and online study resources.

Course includes many features that help you prepare to pass your exam:

  • The SHRM Learning System® print study materials
  • Practice exams and online study resources via www.learnhrm.com
  • Online Blackboard community featuring PowerPoint presentations for each module of study, links to external resources, communication tools, and discussion boards for out of class networking
  • SPHR Certified Instructors with extensive "real-world" HR experience
  • Course syllabus and study plan
  • Instructor and peer networking opportunities
  • CEU’s and certificate of completion

13 Week Evening Courses

DatesLocationTimePrice*Event NumberRegister Online
9/9-
12/2/2014
NIU Rockford 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. $1,250 – Standard
$1,150 – SHRM member/NIU alumni
#13508 Select
9/10-
12/10/2014
Trinity Inernational University,
2065 Half Day Road,
Deerfield, IL
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. $1,250 – Standard
$1,150 – SHRM member/NIU alumni
#13509 Select
9/11-
12/11/2014
NIU Naperville 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. $1,250 – Standard
$1,150 – SHRM member/NIU alumni
#13510 Select
9/15-
12/8/2014
NIU Hoffman Estates 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. $1,250 – Standard
$1,150 – SHRM member/NIU alumni
#13511 Select
9/15-
12/8/2014
Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council,
222 S. Riverside Plaza,
Chicago, IL
5:30 - 8:30 p.m. $1,250 – Standard
$1,150 – SHRM member/NIU alumni
#13512 Select

Any late registrations requiring shipment of materials will be assessed a $25 shipping fee. 
Any student requesting special circumstance advance shipment of materials will also be assessed a $25.00 shipping fee.

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Saturday Intensive Blended Course

This course utilizes a blended approach to learning and requires completion of assigned online learning activities and practice exams with structured classroom instruction.  This program is very fast paced and is best suited to for the HR professional with 5 or more years HR experience.  HR Generalist experience is recommended.

  • The SHRM Learning System® provides written materials, online practice exams and additional resources to help you both before and after your exam.
  • Blackboard, NIU’s learning management system, provides access to additional course content including online lectures and practice games. Discussion boards and other communication tools facilitate meaningful dialogue with the instructors and your peers.

Course includes many features that help you prepare to pass your exam:

  • Face-to-face interaction with instructor and classmates
  • The SHRM Learning System® print study materials
  • Practice exams and online study resources via learnhrm.shrm.org
  • Audio enhanced slideshows
  • Interactive games to increase learning
  • Access to instructors and classmates via e-mail and the Blackboard discussion board
  • SPHR certified instruction team
  • CEUs and certificate of completion

Saturday Intensive Blended Course

DatesLocationTimePrice*Event NumberRegister Online
10/4-
11/22/2014
University Center at Greyslake, 1200 University Center Drive, Greyslake, IL 60015 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. $1,250 – Standard
$1,150 – SHRM member/NIU alumni
#13513 Select
10/18-
12/6/2014
Directions Training Facility,
2625 Butterfield Rd., Suite 209E,
Oak Brook, IL
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $1,275 – Standard
$1,175 – SHRM member/NIU alumni
#13514 Select

This fast paced course is best suited to candidates with a minimum of 5 years experience. HR Generalist experience is recommended. University Center sessions will meet 6 Saturdays, 10/4, 10/11, 10/25, 11/1, 11/15 & 11/22. Directions Training Facility sessions will meet 6 Saturdays, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/15, 11/22 & 12/6.

Student materials will be shipped 7 - 10 days prior  to the start of course. 
A link to an Online Course Orientation Session will be provided with course materials. 
Blackboard and online access will be available to students 3-5 days prior to class start unless a late registrant.   
Food service is not available on site.

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Online Courses

NIU delivers the same great SHRM Human Resources Management Certification Preparation Course in a completely online format. There are two online course options. You can choose a course that includes scheduled online class meetings (10-Week Interactive) or a course that does not include these meetings (Enhanced Independent Study).

10-Week Interactive Online Course

This 10 week course combines independent study with regularly scheduled web meetings via Adobe Connect.  The course meets Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m.   Interactive online courses include assigned readings, completion of discussion board assignments, review of customized audio-enhanced slideshows for each module of discussion, completion of online examinations and participation in the web based Adobe Connect sessions.

Course blends self-study learning activities with scheduled online class meetings using three tools.

  • The SHRM Learning System® provides written materials, online practice exams and additional resources to help you both before and after your exam.
  • Adobe Connect provides a robust web conferencing platform for real-time instructor-led meetings.
  • Blackboard, NIU’s learning management system, provides access to additional course content including online lectures and practice games. Discussion boards and other communication tools facilitate meaningful dialogue with the instructors and your peers.

Course includes many features that help you prepare to pass your exam:

  • Real-time instructor led Adobe Connect web sessions for each module of study and final review session
  • The SHRM Learning System® print study materials
  • Practice exams and online study resources via www.learnhrm.com
  • Audio enhanced slideshows
  • Interactive games to increase learning
  • Access to instructors and classmates via e-mail and the Blackboard discussion board
  • SPHR certified instruction team
  • CEU’s and certificate of completion

10 Week Interactive Online Course  

DatesLocationTimePrice*Event NumberRegister Online
9/22-12/1/2014 Online
Adobe Connect
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. $1,425 – Standard
$1,325 – SHRM member/NIU alumni
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Online, Adobe Connect Sessions Meet Mondays (9/22, 9/29, 10/13, 10/20, 11/3, 11/10, 11/24, 12/1).

Course materials will be shipped to students 7-10 days prior to the class start. 
Online access may not be available until the class start date.

View all technical requirements and getting ready information.


Enhanced Independent Study Online Courses

This course is recommended only for those that are very self disciplined, have several years of HR Generalist experience (most likely SPHR candidates) and looking for a refresher or intensive review program. This course utilizes a Blackboard Community for housing all course materials and includes the SHRM Learning System course print and online study resources, a recommended study guide, access to customized audio-enhanced slideshows and archived Adobe Connect meetings for each module, online practice examinations, case study activity, interactive gaming, and access to a NIU Instructor to respond to questions and help you through your studies.

The Enhanced Independent Study course gives you access to course content and instructors using two tools.

  • The SHRM Learning System® provides written materials, online practice exams, and additional resources to help you both before and after your exam.
  • Blackboard, NIU’s learning management system, provides access to additional course content including online lectures and practice games and access to SPHR certified instructors via email. 

Course includes many features that help you prepare to pass your exam:

  • The SHRM Learning System® print study materials
  • Practice exams and online study resources via learnhrm.shrm.org
  • Audio enhanced slideshows
  • Interactive games in increase learning
  • Email access to SPHR certified instructor team
  • CEU’s and certificate of completion

Enhanced Independent Study Online Courses

DatesLocationTimePrice*Event NumberRegister Online
11/1/2014-
1/5/2015
Online Anytime $1,425 – Standard
$1,325 – SHRM member/NIU alumni
#13516 Select

Course materials will be shipped to students 7-10 days prior to the class start. 
Online access may not be available until the class start date.

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*Register at least two weeks prior to start of course date to avoid $100 late registration charge.
A shipping fee if applicable will be assessed upon registration.

Fees are inclusive of the SHRM Learning System® course materials, online resources and access to the NIU Blackboard Community. Students in 13 week evening courses will receive course materials at the first class meeting (Course Orientation). Participants registering within 5 days of class start may experience a brief delay in access to Blackboard online study resources due to processes required for assignment of user ID’s. Any late registrations requiring shipment of materials will be assessed a shipping fee. Any student requesting special circumstance advance shipment of books will also be assessed a shipping fee.

Registrants paying by check should fill out and send in the Mail/Fax Registration Form.


Payment Information

Course fee is payable at the time of registration. NIU will invoice companies for group registrations upon request and with approval of the corporate financial officer. The company Federal Employee Identification Number (FEIN), Purchase Order with complete billing address including name, phone number and e-mail address of the authorizing party is required at the time of registration. Companies requesting an invoice must register by phone (800) 345-9472.


Certain candidates may be eligible for funding for this program under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). All inquiries related to WIA funding for these programs must be initiated through your local WorkNet Center. To locate the center nearest you go to the Career Specialist Directory. Click on your county to access contact information then ask the question "How do I go about accessing my Individual Training Account? (ITA)".


The Illinois Veterans Grant and the Illinois National Guard Grant programs cover tuition and certain fees for eligible students. Charges for non-credit programs offered by NIU-Outreach are not based on university-wide tuition and fee calculations determined by the university and approved by its governing board. The Illinois Veterans Grant and Illinois National Guard Grant do not cover these charges.