SHRM-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) and SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®)

Now offering in person courses.

Earn the new standard in HR certification and establish yourself as a globally recognized human resource expert.

The SHRM Learning System for SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Certification Preparation Course is designed for candidates preparing for the professional HR certification exams administered by the SHRM Certification Commission.

Course topics include HR competencies, people, organization, and workplace. HR professionals and Business Leaders who are not exam candidates but want an in-depth understanding of human resources may also enroll in this program.

The SHRM Learning System is the official SHRM certification prep tool. It delivers the most comprehensive, flexible and effective SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exam preparation.

Designed using a proven approach for teaching adult learners, this system helps you understand, apply and engage with behavioral competencies and HR Knowledge. Online learning modules, based on the SHRM BoCK, and interactive study tools, are incorporated into the study process to test your knowledge and decision-making skills.

There’s no better way to successfully prepare for the SHRM certification exams.

Topics include:

    • Leadership & Navigation
    • Ethical Practice
    • Business Acumen
    • Consultation
    • Critical Evaluation
    • Relationship Management
    • Global & Cultural Effectiveness
    • Communication
    • HR Strategic Planning
    • Talent Acquisition
    • Employee Engagement and Retention
    • Learning Development
    • Total Rewards
    • Structure of the HR Function
    • Organizational Effectiveness & Development
    • Workforce Management
    • Employee and Labor Relations
    • Technology Management
    • HR in the Global Context
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Risk Management
    • Corporate Social Responsibility
    • U.S. Employment Law and Regulations (U.S. Only)

All online and in-person programs blend instructor-led learning with online learning activities. All course formats require completion of online learning activities and practice exams as part of the course curriculum. Online access will not be available to students until class start.

You must attend the two-day course and complete online activities and a final course examination to earn CEUs/certificate of completion.

When you register, you understand once the course begins, if the course format must be changed from in-person to virtual meetings due to health and safety considerations for Restore Illinois, you will fulfill your attendance requirements in our online course format. Online meetings will still be instructor-led. Transfer to a future course session or cancellations will be honored only before a course's start date.

Students are required to have Internet access, and use a web camera and microphone to participate in the online live sessions. This equipment is not provided by the university.

The course costs $1,450. SHRM members and NIU alumni receive a discount.

Please note that the charge to your credit card will appear on your statement as "University Outreach, DeKalb, IL.

  • For 21 or more calendar days in advance of start date: Full refund, no fee.
  • For 15 to 20 days’ notice in advance of start date: Cancellation fee of 30% of regular registration price.
  • For 8 to 14 days’ notice in advance of start date: Cancellation fee of 40% of regular registration price.
  • For 7 or less days’ notice prior to start date: Cancellation fee of 50% of regular registration price.
  • No show, no contact, contact after course begins: No refund.
  • All cancellation requests must be in writing to: or fax 815-753-6900.

NIU CPE reserves the right to cancel courses within 14 days of class start and prior to shipment of materials if enrollments are not sufficient.

The registration fee is inclusive of the SHRM Learning System® print materials and online study resources. Materials for evening classes will be distributed to students at the first class session. Materials for students enrolling in the Saturday and  Online Courses will be shipped via UPS prior to the class start. Online access for all courses will be available prior to class start date.

  • Both our in-person and online courses are taught by experienced, professional instructors. They are real people doing real human resources work and they've earned professional certification in human resources. They're here to support you.
  • Our classes are structured with set meeting times, so you can stay on track to program completion.
  • Because you will be led by an instructor, you can ask questions easily and learn from the questions your fellow classmates are asking.
  • In fact, you'll be growing your network of HR professionals as soon as you start the course, because your classmates (soon-to-be certified) are learning right alongside you.
  • Taking a face-to-face course? Our clean, modern facilities are conveniently located in the Chicago suburbs, so you don't have to spend time commuting far from home. We're adhering to the strict CDC guidelines for cleanliness and safety in all of our buildings.

John Newton, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Areas of instruction: human resources
Current position: president, John Newton and Associates


John has over 21 years of experience in human resources leadership roles in the education and healthcare industries. John holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Elmhurst University and is a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional. John is ppassionate about Human Resources and believes that proper training is the foundation for employee success in the workplace. 

Stephanie Gambro, MBA, PMP, S-CP, SPHR, SSGB

Year became a Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR): 2014
Areas of instruction: human resources, project management
Current position: business transformation director, ADP


Stephanie has over eighteen years of experience driving strategic changes within multiple large multi functional organizations. Working with Executive Leadership teams she helps develop and lead strategic programs to improve organizational effectiveness and profitability. Stephanie holds a BA in Business from DePaul University and a MBA from Northern Illinois University. She also holds the following professional certifications; Project Management (PMP), Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR), Society for Human Resources Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and is a Six Sigma Green Belt.

  • 24/7 access to video presentations of each topic of study.
  • A case study to apply your theoretical studies to practical solutions.
  • Test preparation, interactive in-class learning activities to improve understanding and retention.
  • Ability to share resources and network with instructors and classmates through a secure learning management community.
  • Optional four-hour final review session at the end of the semester.
  • Courses offered at convenient locations throughout northern Illinois.
  • A variety of course formats to accommodate your schedule and learning style.
  • A team of certified practitioner instructors who bring a wealth of real-world, practical experience to the classroom.
  • Cost-effective learning - course fees include all instructional materials.
  • Ability to earn continuing professional development units and certificates of completion.
  • Certification preparation courses are approved for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding for qualified unemployed candidates.

This course is designed primarily for exempt and nonexempt level HR professionals seeking SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® certification. Candidates for certification must meet the eligibility criteria established by the SHRM Certification Commission.

Less Than a Bachelor's Degree

Credential HR-Related Degree Non-HR Degree
SHRM-CP 3 years in HR role 4 years in HR role
SHRM-SCP 6 years in HR role 7 years in HR role

Bachelor's Degree

Credential HR-Related Degree Non-HR Degree
SHRM-CP 1 year in HR role 2 years in HR role
SHRM-SCP 4 years in HR role 5 years in HR role

Graduate Degree

Credential HR-Related Degree Non-HR Degree
SHRM-CP Currently in HR role 1 year in HR role
SHRM-SCP 3 years in HR role 4 years in HR role

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NIU's HR certification programs are one of SHRM’s “Top 20” university programs with pass rates that consistently exceed national averages.

Course Overview

Price: $1,300 early bird if you register 30 days before the course. $1,450 standard price.

Discounts: SHRM members, NIU alumni, and NIU staff and students receive a discount.

Modality: Instructor-led online or in-person.

Materials: Course materials and online resources included.


I never worked so hard to pass a test but couldn't be happier. I went to every class, put in the work, and studied so hard because I feel so proud and would recommend taking the course and sitting through the exam to every HR professional out there!

Jaclyn O’Brien Mills

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