Application Approval Process

Application Process
An organization applying for SHRM Recertification Provider status:

  1. Should review the Recertification Provider Application Instructions. And other Provider Resources.
  2. Must apply by completing an online application and paying the applicable fees.*
  3. Will be notified via e-mail to its designated contact person when the application has been reviewed and approved or denied.
    • A provider whose application is denied will be advised of the reason for the denial and of any opportunity for resubmission. (see Denial & Termination procedures below)
    • A provider whose application is approved will be advised of specific Recertification Provider status program information, including but not limited to the start and end dates of the 2-year SHRM Recertification Provider status period.
  4. Must enter into the online SHRM program database all required information for each individual program offering, prior to the date the program occurs.
  5. Must identify a contact person responsible for entering program information into the online SHRM database.

*A satellite office of any organization or education and/or training provider must apply independently to be a SHRM Recertification Provider.


Program Guidelines
SHRM Recertification Providers must adhere to the following program guidelines:

  1. Award PDCs for its individual program offerings.
  2. Use SHRM methodology to award the appropriate number of PDCs for individual offerings. Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program. A minimum of 1 educational hour is required for a continuing education activity to qualify for PDC credit.
    PDCs are calculated in 15-minute increments. Each 15-minute increment = .25, or a quarter, of one hour.
    • 1-hour educational program = 1 PDC
    • 1-hour and 15 minute concurrent conference session = 1.25 PDCs
    • 3-hour e-learning course = 3 PDCs
  3. Enter into the online SHRM program database all required information for each individual program
    offering. Programs must be entered before they occur. Retroactive programs cannot be entered.
  4. Include a process for determining attendee participation for passive-format programs (e.g., webinars, videoconferences, self-directed e-learning).
  5. Ensure that qualifying programs are at least one hour (e.g., 45-minute presentation with 15-minute Q&A period). Individual conference sessions or sessions at a one- or multi-day seminar must follow this same format to qualify.
  6. Adhere to SHRM Recertification Provider seal usage guidelines when using the SHRM Recertification Provider seal on any publications (refer to the SHRM Recertification Provider Seal Guide for seal usage details), and add one of the following statements:
    • FULL STATEMENT: “[Organization Name] is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program is valid for [XX] PDCs. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit”
    • ABBREVIATED STATEMENT: “This program is valid for [XX] PDCs toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification.”
  7. Provide program participants with verification of attendance (e.g., certificate of completion, e-mail notification, materials distributed onsite) that also shows the number of PDCs assigned to the educational activity and the date(s) attended.
  8. Comply with any verification requests conducted by SHRM and retain program documentation for a minimum of three years. (see Compliance & Verification below)
  9. Contact SHRM if person responsible for entering program information into the SHRM database changes.
  10. Retain attendance verification information for a 3-year period.


$500 for two years. (Includes $100 nonrefundable application processing fee.)


A reminder e-mail notification will be sent to a SHRM Recertification Provider approximately 90 days prior to the end of the 2-year SHRM Recertification Provider status period. The provider must submit its renewal application and appropriate fees before the end of the period.


Compliance & Verification
SHRM has a responsibility to maintain and protect the integrity of the SHRM Recertification Provider Program and the quality of educational offerings of SHRM Recertification Providers. Therefore, SHRM reserves the right to:
  1. Award SHRM Recertification Provider status only if all qualifications are met.
  2. Monitor program submissions as part of the SHRM verification process.
  3. Regularly select a random percentage of SHRM Recertification Providers for verification.
  4. Monitor proper use of the SHRM Recertification Provider seal.
  5. Request supporting documentation for specific programs from a SHRM Recertification Provider chosen for verification. Examples include:
    • Course Details
    • SHRM BoCK Alignment
    • Presenter’s Biography
    • Educational Hours = PDCs awarded
    • Course Evaluation
  6. Terminate SHRM Recertification Provider status if there is evidence of the provider's failure to uphold SHRM education criteria or comply with program guidelines (see Denial & Termination below).
Denial & Termination
SHRM aims to work with each SHRM Recertification Provider applicant to ensure a smooth application process. In the event a provider applicant is denied SHRM Recertification Provider status, an appeal of the decision may be made within 30 days. If the denial is upheld at the end of the appeals process, the applicant must wait one year from the original date of submission to reapply.

SHRM’s goal is to help rectify any application issues. In the event a SHRM Recertification Provider applicant is not in compliance with program standards or procedures and is denied SHRM Recertification Provider status, it will be notified by SHRM staff. The provider will have 30 days within which to comply with any conditions identified and to provide verification of corrective action taken. Failure to comply by the end of the 30-day probationary period may result in suspension or revocation of SHRM Recertification Provider status.

Ineligible Programming
The following is a list of examples of offerings/course titles that do not relate to the SHRM BoCK: 

  • Marketing skills techniques
  • Specific software tools
  • Basic office skills
  • Time management

In addition, the following activities do not qualify for PDCs, regardless of topic:

  • Programs that are less than 1 hour long.
  • Time spent in exhibit hall at a conference.
  • Presentations on the certification or recertification process.