Human Resources - FAQ
Questions for the SHRM Learning System® PHR/SPHR Preparation Course
What materials come with this course?
You will receive the official SHRM Learning System® kit. This kit will contain the 6 print Modules covering the HR Certification Institute Body of Knowledge and an SPHR Preparation Book (over 1400 pages of print material). Along with the print material, the kit includes the software component offering over 1600 test questions, eFlashcards and access to the online Resource Center that contains the Audio and Webcasts, Test Taking Tips and HR Updates. The software is available online.
Are the materials current?
The SHRM Learning System is the most up-to-date and accurate study material available. Materials are updated at least once a year to reflect changes in the Body of Knowledge. Any legislative or HR changes that take place after the materials are printed are listed on the online Resource Center under HR Updates.
Do I need separate materials to study for the PHR® and SPHR® exams?
No, the print material covers the HR Certification Institute Body of Knowledge for both the PHR and SPHR exams. The software gives the user the option to choose either level when taking the tests. The SPHR Preparation Book is included in all of the kits.
Can I take your course using borrowed materials?
No, each Learning System kit is licensed to only one user-the materials cannot be copied, re-sold or loaned.
What are the requirements for passing your course?
The recommended course requirements are to attend a minimum of 75% of the classes, take all of the tests and complete all the class assignments and achieve 70% or better on the final exam. Please check to make sure these requirements are aligned with what your institution requires.
What is the recommended amount of study time needed for the SHRM Learning System?
The recommended study time is approximately 65 hours-this can vary with the amount of experience and comprehension level of the individual. The breakdown is approximately 47 hours of reading and approximately 18 hours of taking and reviewing the practice tests and flashcards.
Does this course qualify for recertification credits?
Only GPHRs can receive recertification credits for taking this course.
I am currently employed. Are there any grants or funds to help me pay for this course?
The answer to this question will vary from institution to institution. Please check with your local workforce center by going to the following website http://www.servicelocator.org/.
Questions for the SHRM® Essentials of Human Resource Management
Should I take the SHRM Learning System® or the SHRM® Essentials of Human Resource Management Certificate Program?
The Professional in Human Resource (PHR®) and the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) exams are both based on U.S. laws, regulations, and practices and are generalist in nature (i.e., they assess all the functional areas of the HR field). Typically, individuals who are planning to invest in their HR career and are interested in certification are better candidates for the SHRM Learning System. The Essentials program is designed for junior HR practitioners but is also ideal for individuals involved in hiring and managing employees.
Do I need an HR Background?
An HR background is not necessary to gain a broad overview of the human resource function with the SHRM® Essentials of Human Resource Management Certificate Program. Since the program is not based on a certification, previous HR experience is not required.
Is there a certification exam?
No, currently there is not a certification tied to the SHRM® Essentials of Human Resource Management Certificate Program. However, the basic HR knowledge covered in this program mirrors the HRCI body of knowledge in a general format.
Are there any tests?
Yes, when administered through the college and university channel, a 50-question paper and pencil final exam is included with the materials, but it not required for completion.
Is there any out-of-class work required?
A participant activities book is included with the purchased materials. Depending on how your class is structured, the instructor may assign these activities for out-of-class completion.
Will I be able to get a job in HR after this class?
This course is designed as an introductory course that offers a broad overview of the HR function. Participants will gain practical HR knowledge that may be helpful during the hiring process. It is not, however, a guarantee for securing employment in the HR field.
I’m thinking about going into HR. Will this class be helpful for me?
Yes, this course provides a broad overview of the HR function and can provide a foundation of HR knowledge to build upon.