HR Strategies and Solutions Workshops

HR Strategies and Solutions one-day seminars will help you become a strategic business partner and contribute to the success of your organization. You'll gain tools and resources you can use in the workplace, as well as receive opportunities to network and share best practices. And you'll earn PDCs so you can maintain your credential.

Now offering in person courses.

High Performing Teams in an Ever-changing World

Collaboration, productivity, teamwork - how do you make that happen in a way that builds and maintains highly productive teams? This engaging one-day workshop provides students with steps to build stronger teams across all levels of the organization to help drive company initiatives. You'll identify the originals of what defines a team, learn theories and methods for building successful teams, develop strategies to grow the collaborative team approach at your organization, align team mission with company mission, and address potential resistance or barriers to the team approach in your workplace.

Managing Employees in Times of Change

Improving people's productivity and engagement in the workplace is critical in today's business environment.  This engaging workshop looks at increased civil rights and post-pandemic demands and will provide you with tips and steps to identify the unique experiences of employees in ever-changing times. Topics will focus on both classic employee-management considerations along with new demands for properly preparing employees through dramatic change. You'll identify fear that employees live with today and how to effectively navigate through it, understand the fundamentals of change theory and change management as it applies to a rapidly changing world, create a "go-to" approach to develop truly productive employees and drive engagement simultaneously, build a strong, well-timed coaching and disciplinary intervention approach, identify how to build a culture of employee management in your own organization that will match your company mission, vision and values.

This program blends instructor-led classroom learning with online learning activities, quizzes and a final post course assessment. Online reference tools and resources are available for use in your workplace.

Participants are required to attend the one-day interactive course and complete post classroom online learning activities for award of CEU's/Certificate of Completion. Students will receive an e-mail communication from the SHRM Distribution Center 3-5 days prior to class start with details related to setting up a personal user id and password for the online component of the course.

Students will need to complete a brief online pre-course assessment to gauge current level of knowledge prior to coming to the live classroom session.

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 $575. 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 includes course materials, continental breakfast, lunch and break service. Materials will be distributed at the first class session.

  • 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 batchelor's degree in sociology from Elmhurst University and is a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional. John is passionate about Human Resources and believes that proper training is the foundation for employee success in the workplace. 

  • 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.
  • New and junior HR professionals.
  • Business owners and office managers.
  • Managers and supervisors with employee management responsibilities.
  • HR professionals seeking to update current HR knowledge.
  • SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP professionals who want to earn professional development credits.

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

TThis program is awards 6.5 hours of professional development credit for retention of certain HR-related certifications.

Course Overview

Price: $575

Discounts: SHRM member, NIU alumni

Modality: Instructor-led, in-person

Materials: Course materials included.

PDC Credit: 6.5 hours of professional development credit available.

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