Advance Your Education

(No PDC maximum for instructor-led activities, 30 PDC maximum for self-paced activities, per 3-year recertifi cation period.)

SHRM recognizes the value of professional development through lifelong learning, as well as the need for different learning formats suited to individual professionals. Both instructor-led and self-paced continuing education activities qualify for recertifi cation credit and are described separately below.

For complete information on PDCs earned through each activity, please view the Recertification Handbook.


INSTRUCTOR-LED ACTIVITIES 
(No PDC maximum)

Includes conferences, seminars/workshops, college/university courses and e-learning.


CONTINUING EDUCATION
Qualifying continuing education programs must be related to HR competencies and knowledge domains consistent with the SHRM BoCK. You may earn all of the 60 PDCs required within the 3-year recertification period through continuing education activities.

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS & CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION
SHRM recognizes programs for which the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has awarded continuing education units (CEUs). Per IACET guidelines, 1 CEU is awarded for every 10 hours of classroom time. SHRM also recognizes continuing legal education (CLE) programs.

COURSES TAKEN FOR DEGREE PROGRAMS
(No PDC maximum for graded courses, 10 PDC maximum for ungraded courses, per 3-year recertification period)
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. It is the responsibility of the credential-holder to determine the credit system their educational institution is using.

For audited, ungraded or noncredit-hour courses, one course equals 10 PDCs, the maximum permitted per 3-year recertification period.

Qualifying content need not be related to an HR-specific knowledge domain but must align with the SHRM BoCK. (Courses in leadership, statistics or communications, for example, are potentially eligible for PDCs as they relate to HR competencies.)

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS
You may earn recertification credit by attending conferences, seminars and workshops that relate to HR competencies and knowledge domains, as outlined in the SHRM BoCK. You may earn all of the 60 PDCs required within the 3-year recertification period through conferences, seminars and workshops.

E-LEARNING: INSTRUCTOR-LED
Instructor-led e-learning programs require some interaction and engagement with the instructor and other students. A program that includes a Q&A session, in and of itself, is not considered an instructor-led event. Time and location of e-learning programs may be specific or flexible. There is no PDC maximum for this type of e-learning.

SELF-PACED ACTIVITIES
(30 PDCs maximum)

A maximum of 30 PDCs can be earned through a combination of the self-paced activities defi ned below. Activities include e-learning, videoconferences, webcasts, audiocasts, podcasts, books and e-books.


E-LEARNING: SELF-PACED
Self-paced/self-directed/virtual e-learning programs that do not require any interaction or engagement with an instructor or other participants qualify for recertification credit. You may earn a maximum of 30 PDCs per 3-year recertification period for this type of e-learning.

VIDEOCONFERENCES, WEBCASTS, AUDIOCASTS & PODCASTS
Passive learning activities, such as videoconferences, webcasts, audiocasts and podcasts, qualify for recertification.

BOOKS & 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 will be listed at shrmstore.shrm.org.