Read for Recertification Credit

Welcome to the SHRM Books Read-for-Recertification Credit Program!

Read for Recertification Credit


Notice: Beginning January 1, 2021, the program's book quizzes are replaced with a short-essay format for which SHRM-certified professionals can still earn three PDCs per book.

Reading for recertification credit is a great way to broaden knowledge and earn SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® professional development credits (PDCs) along the way.

Choose a book to read

More than 100 books on a range of HR, management, and business topics are currently approved for credit. Browse the entire list and choose books that best enhance your expertise and competencies. 

Also, check the list of books leaving the program so you can plan ahead.

Complete your activity

When you have finished reading the book, find and click the corresponding link on this page to be taken to the related activity in the SHRM eLearning portal.

Once you have successfully uploaded your essay in the portal and SHRM Books accepts your essay, your Certificate of Achievement will be stored in your transcript. Please allow up to seven (7) business days for the certificate to appear.

This activity is free and open to all SHRM-certified professionals.

Record your activity

Completed activities are uploaded into the SHRM Certification portal at regular intervals. 

However, if you would like to submit an activity sooner, 1) log into the eLearning portal to find your Certificate of Achievement, 2) note the activity ID, and 3) submit your activity in the SHRM Certification portal.

Tip: Look for the activity ID above the SHRM logo in the bottom-right corner of your certificate.

Are you an author?

​You are welcome to submit your own book for consideration. Please review the criteria below and then submit an application to have your book evaluated.

SHRM Books selects English-language books that:

  • Cover topics as defined by the SHRM BoCK™.

  • Offer practical or strategic value to HR professionals and people managers.

  • Provide timely, relevant, well-researched and accurate content.

  • Demonstrate expertise and thought leadership on the topic.

  • Feature the length (30,000 – 100,000+ words) and standards (copyedited, indexed, typeset, etc.) typical of professionally-published business books.

  • Are readily available for sale through Amazon and/or other book resellers. The Amazon listing can represent direct fulfillment or inventory sold by a third party.

If your book is accepted, you will be asked to provide your author biography and a JPG image file of your book cover.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How many credits can I earn through the program?

You can earn three professional development credits (PDCs) toward recertification by reading an approved book then submitting a short essay (about 500 words) describing the lessons you learned by reading the book and how you will apply those lessons in your work.

Q. I started a book quiz in the SHRM eLearning portal but did not complete it before the program changed to the essay format. Can I still earn recertification credit by passing the quiz?

Yes. If you registered for the quiz in the eLearning portal before the essay program was launched on January 1, 2021, you have one year from the date you registered for the quiz to achieve a passing score (70 percent or better) and earn three PDCs. 

Q. How will my essay be graded?

Your essay will be reviewed for length and relevance to the lessons-learned topic then graded as "accepted" to complete the activity and generate your Certificate of Achievement in the eLearning portal. There is no evaluation of punctuation or other technical aspects of your writing. 

The SHRM Books program will contact you directly if there are any questions about the essay.

Q. If my uploaded essay is incomplete or contains errors, can I submit an updated version?

Yes. You can 1) immediately retake the activity while you are in the eLearning portal or 2) return to the activity through the My Courses section of the eLearning portal after you log in again. 

You have two opportunities to submit updated essays in the portal unless SHRM Books has already accepted your essay. Once an essay is accepted, the activity is locked and cannot be updated in the portal. Contact if you need to make changes to a locked essay.

Q. Do I have to buy the book from the SHRMStore?

No, you can obtain the book from anywhere, including your local library.

Q. Do all the books have the same PDC value?

Yes. Completing the related activity for any of the books in the program earns three PDCs. 

Q. Can I read the e-book and still receive the credit?

Yes. You can access the book in any format.

Q. How often are books added to the program?

Books can be added to the program throughout the year so be sure to check the list for updates.

Q. When are books removed from the program?

Books that no longer meet the program criteria are removed at the end of each calendar year. The titles are posted in the top section of the list as they are identified for removal. 

Q. How do I report technical problems?

To report problems with the eLearning portal, please contact us at or +1.800.283.SHRM (7476), option 6. 

Q. What if I have more questions?

To ask additional questions about the program, please contact us at

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