SHRM Recertification Credits
SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credential holders qualify for recertification credits by participating in professional development activities that relate to the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK).
Recertification will be required every three years. Professionals need to earn 60 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) in order to recertify. Recertification credits will be awarded for:
- Advance Your Education
- Advance Your Organization
- Advance Your Profession
Individuals may enter recertification credits into their personal recertification account at shrmcertification.org - with or without an activity ID. Pre-approved programs are given an event activity ID number. If you do not have an activity ID, you need to ensure that you can show how the event is tied to one of the 9 competency areas in the SHRM BoCK.
Chapters, state councils or other preferred providers may offer pre-approved programs. Even if a qualifying event has not been pre-approved, individuals may still enter the event information into their account. SHRM has a listing of additional pre-approved activities for recertification at shrmcertification.org.
SHRM will audit a percentage of recertification applications. It is important to document your professional development activities and retain these records for up to 6 months after the end of your 3-year recertification period. If you are audited, you will be required to verify, with supporting documentation, the activities and PDCs listed on your recertification application.
Following is a shortened summary of earned credit information. To obtain complete information on recertification and PDCs awarded to each category, please refer to the Recertification Handbook at shrmcertification.org.
ADVANCE YOUR EDUCATION
No PDC maximum for instructor-led activities,
30 PDCs maximum for self-paced activities, per 3-year recertification period.
Qualifying continuing education programs, conferences and seminars must be related to HR Competencies and Knowledge Domains consistent with the SHRM BoCK. You may earn all of the 60 PDCs required within the 3-year recertification period through continuing education activities.
You may earn recertification credit by taking an undergraduate or graduate course from an accredited college or university.
Self-Paced Activities - 30 PDCs maximum
Activities include e-learning, videoconferences, webcasts, audiocasts, podcasts, books, e-books and chapter programs.
ADVANCE YOUR ORGANIZATION
20 PDCs maximum per 3-year recertification period
Activities in the workplace that contribute to the continued success of your organization and to your growth as an HR professional.
ADVANCE YOUR PROFESSION
30 PDCs maximum per 3-year recertification period
Thought leadership and volunteer activities that contribute to the development of the HR profession and the community, including:
- Professional membership
- Volunteer leadership
- Speaking at conferences
- Research, writing and publishing
To obtain complete information on recertification and PDCs awarded to each category, please refer to the Recertification Handbook at shrmcertification.org.
Susan Richardson SHRM-CP, PHR
WISHRM Certification Director