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SHRM CP® and SCP® Courses

Who Should Enroll?

This course is designed primarily for exempt and non-exempt level HR professionals seeking SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® certification. Candidates for certification must meet the eligibility criteria established by the SHRM Certification Commission. Candidate qualifications include: (Include eligibility chart on SHRM website)

For those not seeking certification, this program of study provides a comprehensive and accelerated option for professional development. Participants gain a generalist viewpoint, refresh key ideas and concepts, strengthen their understanding of core HR competencies and increase productivity.

Top 5 Ways Your Organization Will Benefit From Your SHRM-CP®/SHRM-SCP® Certification.

  1. Your knowledge will be current and relative
  2. You will learn practical skills to impact your job immediately
  3. The SHRM Certifications were developed with employers in mind
  4. Your knowledge and skills will be globally-applicable and universally recognized
  5. Your certification and training comes from the leading advocate for HR professionals (SHRM)

Frequently Asked Questions

Course Topics: 

The SHRM Learning System® for SHRM-CP® and SHRM-SCP® is comprised of 5 modules of study:

HR Competencies

  • Relationship Management
  • Consultation
  • Leadership &  Navigation
  • Communication
  • Global & Cultural Effectiveness
  • Ethical Practice
  • Business Acumen
  • Critical Evaluation


  • Strategic Planning
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Employee Engagement
  • Learning & Development
  • Total Rewards
SHRM Compentencies Pyramid


  • Structure of the HR Function
  • Organizational Effectiveness
  • Workforce Management
  • Employee Relations
  • Technology Management 


  • HR in the Global Context
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Risk Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Employment Law & Regulations


  • Business
For more information about the SHRM-CP® and SHRM-SCP® credentials visit the website

Online Course and BooksThe comprehensive study materials have many unique features to help insure student success including:

  • Print materials for each module of study and compatible with download to an E-reader
  • Online practice exams
  • Printable and mobile flashcards
  • Glossary of terms
  • Resource center with many supplemental study tools
  • Template for creating your personal study plan
  • Final course exam replicating the features that you will experience at the testing center
  • Individual reports to measure progress

Why Should You Enroll in a NIU Course?

  • Learning options for different learning styles and to accommodate busy schedules
    • Evening and Saturday classroom and interactive online formats
    • Convenient locations throughout northern Illinois (Rockford, Hoffman Estates, Deerfield, Naperville, Chicago, Grayslake, Oak Brook, Matteson)
  • Certified HR Practitioner Instructors holding the prestigious SPHR and SHRM-SCP Credentials and bringing extensive real world experience application to the classroom
  • Study and test taking tips
  • NIU Blackboard communities for sharing resources and information, networking outside of the classroom
  • Course fees include all study materials including the SHRM Learning System® for SHRM-CPSM and SHRM-SCPSM print and online resources
  • Convenient payment plan option available for early registrations
  • Approved for Workforce Investment Act Funding (WIA) for unemployed and under-employed candidates (include IWDS link)
  • Deliverable on-site as contract training for groups of 12 or more students.

Course Details/Study Requirements

NIU courses are specifically tailored to meet the needs of adult learners. This program requires 10-12 hours of independent study each week in addition to the classroom session.  Students are expected to complete all assigned readings, review all audio-recorded slideshow lectures, and complete other assigned activities prior to each class. STAYING ON TASK IS CRITICAL TO SUCCESS.

Classroom Sessions Include:

  • A high-level review of course material
  • Interactive discussions and learning activities focused on the practical application of HR competencies and knowledge
  • Sample assessment questions
  • Study and test taking tips

Candidate Eligibility Chart

CREDENTIAL Less than a Bachelor's Degree Bachelor's Degree Graduate Degree
HR-Related Degree Non-HR Degree HR-Related Degree Non-HR Degree HR-Related Degree Non-HR Degree
SHRM-CP 3 years in
HR role
4 years in
HR role
1 year in
HR role
2 years in
HR role
Currently in
HR role
1 year in
HR role
SHRM-SCP 6 years in
HR role
7 years in
HR role
4 years in
HR role
5 years in
HR role
3 years in
HR role
4 years in
HR role

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Funding: Certain candidates may be eligible for funding for this program under the Workforce Investment Act This website is a map of Illinois with every county shown. The student would click on their county and the contact information comes up. The question they need to ask is “ How do I go about accessing my Individual Training Account? (ITA)”.

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SHRM Certification SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP


Donna Mann, Director
Credentialing Programs
Phone: 815-732-6249