SHRM Learning System® - Classroom (FAQs)

I am new to HR. Is this program for me?
No. We recommend that students with little HR experience or with less than two years of exempt level HR experience take Essentials of Human Resource Management.

Why should I take this course at Bellarmine University?
Bellarmine University and the instructor, Nancye Combs, have been successfully delivering the SHRM Learning System® course for 7 years.

What are some of the additional advantages of taking this course in a classroom?

  • A structured environment that enhances learning
  • Face to face interaction with an experienced instructor to explain and apply concepts
  • Opportunities to network and share experiences

How does the online course compare to the in class version?
These courses are exactly the same in terms of content. The only difference is that you will have face-to-face interaction with the instructor and students in a classroom and you will not have this online. You will be provided with the best possible learning experience whether you choose in class or online.

What are the requirements to take the PHR/SPHR Certifications?
You must have at least 2 years of exempt level HR experience to take the PHR and SPHR certification exams. These exams are offered separately from our program through the HR Certification Institute. For additional information regarding exam qualifications, applications, fees, exam dates, deadlines, etc. visit

Where and when are these exams offered?
All PHR and SPHR exams are computer-based. The exams are administered at 250 Prometric testing centers across the United States and Canada during two annual windows: May 1 - June 30 and December 1 - January 31. Students will know immediately if they passed or failed the exam (before leaving the testing center).

Does one have to pass the final exam in the SHRM Learning System course in order to take one of the certification exams?
You do not have to pass our course to sit for a certification exam. However, performance in our program is a good indicator of performance on any certification exam.

Is there a test I can take to assess my current level of Human Resources knowledge?
Yes. Visit and click on the Assessment Exam.