Advance Your Organization

20 PDC maximum per 3-year recertification cycle.

SHRM recognizes the value of your activities in the workplace that contribute to the continued success of your organization and to your growth as an HR professional. For complete information on how to earn PDCs through each activity, please view the Recertification Handbook.


You may earn recertification credit for projects you worked on that meet or support organizational goals and provide opportunities to advance your capabilities in HR competencies. You must upload documentation to your certification portal to support your work project.

To be awarded credit, you must provide the following information about your work project in your recertification record:

          • Clearly defined project objectives and desired outcomes that are aligned to organizational needs and verified by your supervisor.
          • A brief description of the project, including your level of involvement and the time you spent on each initiative.
          • How stated goals were met or supported.
          • Which HR competencies applied and how they were advanced to achieve the project goals.

PDCs are calculated based on time spent working on a project. Qualifying work projects for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCPs fall into one of only two categories:

          • 10 PDCs for the completion of an HR-related project that involved 50+ hours of work
          • 20 PDCs for the completion of an HR-related project that involved 100+ hours of work

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 situation, SHRM has revised work project requirements to focus only on the number of hours dedicated to the implementation and completion of a qualified project. System adjustments are in progress. As a short-term workaround, please enter a 3-month or 6-month date span that aligns with your cycle when adding your work project activity to your record.

Recertify How-to Video: Advance Your Organization