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SHRM-CP Information

    Once are certified SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP, you must submit your Professional Development Credits (PDCs) throughout your three-year recertification period ending on the last day of your birth month. Once your recertification application is complete and has been approved, your next three-year recertification period will begin from your existing end date.

    If you complete your recertification cycle early, your end date will not change, but any unused or subsequent professional development activities completed within your current certification period cannot be carried over to the next.

    For example:

    • Initial certification period: May 2015 (took exam)–July 2018 (birth month)
    • Recertified: December 2017
    • Next 3-year recertification period: July 2018–July 2021

    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.

    Entering Your Professional Development Credits

    STEP 1:  Keep track of your professional development activities.

    STEP 2:  Log on to and enter your e-mail address and password.

    STEP 3:  Click on "Add PDCs" and then choose the related PDC category of

    • Advance Your Education
    • Advance Your Organization
    • or Advance Your Profession.

    STEP 4:  In the Advance Your Education category, input the Activity ID (if one is provided), click "Search," and view the populated activity details.  Confirm that this information is correct.  Click "Submit" to save the PDCs in the Portal.  If an Activity ID is not provided, or for PDCs that fall under the Advance Your Organization or Advance Your Profession categories, manually input the information requested.

    STEP 5:  After you've earned all 60 PDCs and are ready to submit your application, click on "Apply for Recertification."  This link will be available one year into your recertification period.

    When entering PDCs, ensure that the activities you enter occurred between the beginning and end dates of your three-year recertification period.  You must wait until the activity end date to record any activity.

    Please note:  It is recommended that you record your activities in the Portal as soon as you complete them.  You should track all professional development activities during your three-year recertification period, even those beyond the required 60 PDCs or a category maximum.

    Important!  If you hold another HR certification, you must maintain recertification records/files with that organization as well.  Maintaining two certifications is a personal choice, but your SHRM recertification records as separate from those of other organizations.

    Calculating Credits

    The number of PDCs for continuing education activities is calculated based on the actual educational time spent in the program. 


    1-hour educational program = 1 PDC
    1-hour-and-15-minute concurrent conference session = 1.25 PDCs
    3-hour e-learning course = 3 PDCs

    You may also earn recertification credit by reading books that SHRM has identified as creditworthy for their appropriate subject matter content, taking the associated quizzes and scoring 70% or better. Qualifying books are listed at  The number of PDCs for books and e-books is calculated as follows: Book quiz score of 70% or better = 3 PDCs per book (10 books maximum per 3-year recertification period).

    Recertification Application Fee

    • SHRM Members = $100 USD
    • Non-members = $150 USD

    For more detailed information, go to the online SHRM Recertification Handbook at

    SHRM Certification Links

    The website has great information on certification and recertification.

    Information About Certification

    • Why Seek SHRM Certification
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    • SHRM BoCK
    • Certification Handbook
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