Qualifying Credit-Earning Activities With SHRM

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SHRM has addressed the needs of HR professionals by creating three avenues by which SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credential holders earn recertification credits: Advance Your Education, Advance Your Organization and Advance Your Profession. These categories parallel the SHRM BoCK’s three main elements of Effective Individual Performance, Successful Business Outcomes, and Advancing the HR Profession, respectively—further evidence of the relevance of these credentials to the contemporary practice of HR.

Recertification will be required every three years. Professionals will need to earn 60 professional development credits (PDCs) in order to recertify.

PDC Category

Description / Examples

PDC Maximum
(per recertification period)

Advance Your Education

Continuing education activities, including:

Instructor-led:

Self-paced:


Instructor-led:
No maximum


Self-paced:
30 PDCs

Advance Your Organization

Supervisor-endorsed work projects that:

  • Meet or support organizational goals and demonstrate or advance capabilities in one or more HR Competencies

    Use SHRM’s Toolkits to help you accomplish organizational goals.

20 PDCs

Advance Your Profession

Thought leadership and volunteer activities that contribute to the development of the HR profession and the community, including:

30 PDCs

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