Qualifying Credit-Earning Activities

SHRM has addressed the needs of HR professional by creating three avenues by which SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credential-holders can earn recertification credits: Advance Your Education, Advance Your Organization and Advance Your Profession. These categories parallel the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK) three main elements of Strategic Mindset/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:


  • Conferences
  • Seminars/Workshops
  • College/University courses
  • E-learning (instructor-led)
  • Chapter programs


  • E-learning (self-paced)
  • Videoconferences
  • Webcasts
  • Audiocasts
  • Podcasts
  • Books and e-books

No maximum

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

20 PDCs

Advance Your Profession

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

  • Professional membership
  • Volunteer leadership
  • Speaking at conferences
  • Research, writing and publishing

30 PDCs

Now Available: Exclusive app for SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credential-holders. Maintain and grow your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP via the SHRM Certification app!

  • Easily add your PDCs under the Advance Your Education section.
  • Track all of the activities you have already added to your record.
  • Find upcoming approved activities in your area.
  • Search and filter by competencies or date, or use your location to find activities close to you.
  • Receive notification when you are eligible to apply for recertification.

Download now from the iTunes App Store or Google Play!

View a video tutorial on the app here.