Advance Your Education

No PDC maximum for instructor-led or self-paced activities, per 3-year recertification cycle.

SHRM recognizes the value of professional development through lifelong learning and supports formats that cater to individual learning needs and preferences. Activities that fall within this category are described below. Qualifying continuing education programs must be related to the HR behavioral competencies or knowledge domains outlined in the SHRM BoCK. For complete information on PDCs earned through each activity, please view the Recertification Handbook.


Conferences, Seminars and Workshops 
You may earn recertification credit by attending conferences, seminars or workshops that relate to the behavioral competencies or HR knowledge domains outlined in the SHRM BoCK.

Courses Taken for Degree Programs
No PDC maximum for graded courses, 10 PDC maximum for ungraded courses, per 3-year recertification cycle. 

You may earn recertification credit by taking an undergraduate or graduate course from an accredited college or university. If the course is graded, you must earn a grade of C or better to receive recertification credit. Qualifying content need not be related to an HR-specific knowledge domain but must align with the SHRM BoCK behavioral competencies. 

Continuing Education Units and Continuing Legal Education 
SHRM recognizes programs for which the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has awarded continuing education units (CEUs). 1 CEU = 10 PDC 

SHRM also recognizes continuing legal education (CLE) program. 1 CLE = 1 PDC

E-Learning, Videoconferences, Webcasts and Podcasts 
Self-paced/self-directed/e-learning programs are programs that do not require real- time interaction or engagement with a live instructor or other participants.

SHRM-Approved Books and E-Books
You may earn recertification credit by reading books that SHRM has identified as credit-worthy for their appropriate subject matter content, taking the associated quizzes, and scoring 70% or better. Qualifying books are listed at

Recertify How-to Video: Advance Your Education