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SHRM's Essentials® of HR

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

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SHRM Recertification Provider 2017

Donna Mann, Director 
Credentialing Programs 
Phone: (815) 732-6249
E-mail: dmann@niu.edu

Jennifer Kopecky
Phone: 815-753-0771 
E-mail: 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

2017 HR Programs Brochure

Download Our Fall 2017 HR Programs Flyer