Read for Recertification Credit Activity Page

Read for Recertification Credit Activity Page

After reading the tips and writing an essay, use the book's essay activity link (see title list below) to register through the SHRMStore and submit your essay in the eLearning portal. See the how-to guide (link below) for step-by-step details.

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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.

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

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.

IMPORTANT! Your essay cannot earn SHRM Certification PDCs unless you have registered for the book's eLearning essay activity. The essay activity registration links are listed below so please follow the link for your book to register through the SHRMStore cart then use the how-to guide to complete the activity.



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.


Each accepted essay earns three PDCs. If your essay is accepted, self-report the activity to SHRM Certification (follow Step 14 in the how-to guide) to quickly update your PDC history. 


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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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. Register now and take up to one year from your registration date to complete the activity.

Books leaving the program on May 31, 2023

Books removed from the program in 2022

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