Professional Education

Take your career to the next level.

We partner with professional organizations to deliver world-class continuing and professional education programs, in the classroom and online. Our programs are led by industry experts, including certified practitioners and NIU College of Business faculty members.


We're one of the first universities worldwide to launch the SHRM Learning System® for SHRM-CP®/SHRM-SCP® Certification program. We offer programs for every career stage, from beginning to senior level. Join us to learn from our team of SHRM-SCP practitioner instructors, in the classroom or online.

  • Recognized as one of SHRM's top 20 HR certification preparation course providers for more than 12 consecutive years.
  • Awarded SHRM recertification provider status for award of PDCs for HR continuing professional education programs.
  • Recognized as a top 10 provider of SHRM Essentials®of HR Management courses.
  • Certification candidate pass rates consistently exceed national averages.

We're one of the first university partners to pilot the CertWise Learning System® for project management certification preparation courses. Our courses are delivered by PMP certified instructors. They'll prepare you to sit for the CAPM® and PMP® exams administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

Our ProFM® Credential Program is an all-inclusive, instructor-led course that incorporates all course materials and assessments, so on completion you will be ProFM® certified by the ProFM Institute. You can complete the program in only 5 weeks.


Partnerships and Recognitions

  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Illinois State Council of SHRM
  • SHRM Recertification Provider
  • CERTWISE/Project Management, Holmes Corporation
  • ProFM Institute and NFMT (Building Operating Management's National Facilities Management and Technology)
  • Relationships with more than 30 local chapter affiliates of partnering organizations (estimated combined membership of more than 15,000 members in northern Illinois)

Our past, present and pending corporate and community clients and partners include:

  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • University of Chicago
  • United Airlines
  • Metropolitan Chicago Water Reclamation District
  • ADP
  • Allstate
  • United Neighborhood Organization (UNO) – Chicago (Charter Schools)
  • City of Chicago, Department of Human Services
  • Mt. Royal University/Canada – CIA
  • Northeast Illinois Commuter Railway (Metra-Chicago Region)
  • Village of Glen Ellyn
  • Kishwaukee College
  • Oakton College
  • Prairie State College
  • IDEAL Industries
  • SHURE Incorporated
  • St. Cloud State University
  • Recognized as an SHRM top 20 university provider (out of more than 280 partner universities) for more than 12 years.
  • Awarded certificates of recognition for achieving 100% pass rates in SHRM classes.
  • HR candidate pass rates consistently exceed national averages by a substantial margin.
  • Recognized as an SHRM recertification approved provider.
  • NIU program director is a past member of the SHRM Education Partners Advisory Committee and mentors new university program coordinators, in addition to presenting at the SHRM Education Partners Conference and Conference on Management and Executive Development.
  • Recognition of programs at multiple regional, state, national and international conferences.

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