Read for Recertification Credit: Activity Page

Read for Recertification Credit: Activity Page

To submit an essay (1) click the book title below (2) "purchase" the totally free, no-cost activity in the SHRMStore (3) follow the how-to guide at

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IMPORTANT! SHRM has moved to a new learning management system (LMS). The process for submitting essays has changed so please see the how-to guide for details.

Essay activities are free and open to all SHRM-certified professionals.

Review the important essay tips below or read the FAQs before you start writing.

Please note the book quizzes were replaced with an essay activity beginning January 1, 2021.


Important! Your essay cannot earn SHRM Certification PDCs unless you have registered for the book's eLearning essay activity through the link provided below. Please register now.

All book essay activities in eLearning are free. The registration process requires that you add the activity to your cart and check out but the price is zero and you will NOT be charged for the registration.



An essay must be about 500 words to meet the activity criteria. 

The activity will prompt you to answer the question "What lessons have you learned by reading this book and how will you apply them in your work?" 

Do not write a book review or summary. Instead, focus on how the information has changed or will change your work, professional relationships, career plans, and perspective.

Try to submit your essay as soon as you finish reading the book; books no longer meeting the program criteria are removed throughout the year.


Follow the steps in the how-to guide to submit your essay for review by SHRM Books.

Important! The essay activity form does not count words, check spelling and grammar, or save draft versions of your writing. To protect against data loss and access text editing features, write and save your work on your own device then copy the text into the form.


Your essay will be reviewed for length and relevance to the question. There is no evaluation of punctuation or other technical aspects of your writing. 

The SHRM Books program will evaluate your essay within 14 calendar days of the date on which it was submitted.

SHRM Books will either accept your essay or contact you directly with any questions. 

SHRM Certification may select your essay for auditing and contact you for more information at your time of recertification.


If your essay is accepted, your recertification record will be updated within 10 calendar days with the three PDCs earned for this activity. 

If you prefer to self-report the activity to SHRM Certification after acceptance, follow Step 11 in the how-to guide.


Send questions about the essay activity or the Read-for-Certification Credit program to

Report technical problems with your eLearning account to

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Books I-N






Books O-S




Peer Coaching at Work: Principles and Practices



Books T-Z






Books Leaving the Program


Books no longer meeting the program criteria are removed throughout the year.

Books scheduled for removal on September 30, 2022

  • WE: Men, Women, and the Decisive Formula for Winning at Work

Books removed from the program in 2022

  • 47 Frequently Asked Questions About the Family and Medical Leave Act: With Answers from SHRM’s Knowledge Advisors

  • 57 Frequently Asked Questions About Workplace Safety and Security: With Answers from SHRM’s Knowledge Advisors

  • 107 Frequently Asked Questions About Staffing Management: With Answers from SHRM's Knowledge Advisors

  • California Employment Law: An Employer's Guide, Revised and Updated for 2021

  • Defining HR Success: 9 Critical Competencies for HR Professionals

  • Diverse Teams at Work: Capitalizing on the Power of Diversity

  • Leading the Unleadable: How to Manage Mavericks, Cynics, Divas, and Other Difficult People

  • Measuring ROI in Employee Relations and Compliance: Case Studies in Diversity and Inclusion, Engagement, Compliance, and Flexible Working Arrangements

  • A Necessary Evil: Managing Employee Activity on Facebook, LinkedIn and the Hundreds of Other Social Media Sites

  • The SHRM Essential Guide to Employment Law: A Handbook for HR Professionals, Managers, Businesses, and Organizations, First Edition

  • Solving the Compensation Puzzle: Putting Together a Complete Pay and Performance System


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