Course Information

Program Benefits

  • Understanding issues, laws, and procedures related to the employment process will help reduce risks of legal action to your organization.
  • A perfect course for managers who need to know basic HR concepts BEFORE disciplinary action is required and HR has to get involved as well as those who want an overview of areas outside their current specialty or are newcomers to the HR profession.
  • Participants receive 1.2 CEUs of continuing education credit.
  • The action oriented curriculum is designed to provide opportunities for networking, sharing “real-world” experiences, and applying what is learned in the workplace.

Who Should Attend?

This two day course is ideal for small business owners, managers, and entry level HR professionals. Division/departmental supervisors with responsibility for interviewing and training employees, individuals seeking a career in HR, team leaders with supervisory accountabilities, individuals seeking higher management positions, staffing specialists, benefits coordinators, HR administrators, recruiters and payroll assistants will also benefit from participation in this program.

What you get when you enroll in SHRM’s Essentials of HR Course

  • SHRM’s Essentials of HR Management print materials and online resources
  • Instructor provided supplemental tools, resources, and learning activities
  • Interactive training by SPHR certified practitioners
  • Full-service catering (continental breakfast, break service, lunch)
  • Peer and instructor networking opportunities
  • CEU’s and certificate of completion

Continuing Education Units/Contact Hours

This program is pre-approved for 12 hours of general re-certification credit for PHR, SPHR and GPHR certified professionals. Participants must complete the classroom training and post classroom online learning activities and examination to receive a certificate of completion and award of credits.

Course Instructor:

John Newton SPHR
President, John Newton and Associates Consulting and Affiliate Instructor, Northern Illinois University Outreach


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.

SHRM Certification SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP


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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.