SHRM Books How-To Guide

How to navigate the SHRM LMS and participate in the SHRM Books Read-for-Recertification Credit program's book essay activity.

SHRM Books How-To Guide

Navigating the SHRM Education learning management system (LMS) to upload your book essay for the SHRM Books Read-for-Recertification Credit program is easy. Here is a guide to help.

1. To begin, you will need to complete the following steps before moving to Step 2 in this guide:

a. Review the Read-for-Recertification Credit program guide.

b. Choose a book to read from those approved for SHRM recertification credit.

c. Write an essay with these helpful tips.

2. Register for the book essay activity to submit your completed essay for review:

a. Choose the related book link on the essay activity page to navigate to the SHRMStore 

b. Add the activity to your SHRMStore cart 

c. Complete the checkout process. All book essay activities are no-cost and free of charge.

3. After you complete the registration process, navigate to SHRM’s LMS at

4. Log in with your username and password. 

5. Upon successful login you will be redirected to the SHRM LMS Dashboard. Click on the MY LEARNING widget to view a list of the activities for which you are registered. 


6. Locate the book for which you wish to submit an essay and click on the title to view details about the activity.


7. Review the details then click START to open the book essay submission form in a pop-up window. Be sure to let your browser open pop-up windows before you start the activity.


8. A new browser window will open with the essay submission form. Provide the required information, add your essay, review the terms, then click Submit Form to send your essay to SHRM Books for review.


9. Close the form window and return to the activity overview page. The activity status will be IN PROGRESS until SHRM Books has reviewed and accepted your essay. You can end your session or click Timeline to view other activities for which you are registered.


10. Once SHRM Books reviews and accepts your essay, you will see the activity and associated credits in your Training Transcript. To access the Training Transcript, click on the Self menu then select Quick Links >> Training Transcript. To view and print/save your Certificate of Completion, click the certificate icon on the left side of the activity title.


11. Your SHRM Certification PDC history will be updated within 10 calendar days of the date on which SHRM Books accepts your essay. 

If you prefer to immediately self-report your activity after acceptance, here are the steps:

a. Return to your Training Transcript in the SHRM LMS

b. Find the related essay activity 

c. Open the Certificate of Completion and note the activity ID code

d. Log into the SHRM Certification portal and use the activity ID code to report your PDCs.

Questions? Send your questions about the book essay activity to Please report any technical problems with the LMS (registering, login, etc.) to




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