(No PDC maximum for instructor-led or self-paced activities, per 3-year recertification 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 recertification credit and are described separately below.
For complete information on PDCs earned through each activity, please view the Recertification Handbook.
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(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 or knowledge domains consistent with the SHRM BoCK. You may earn all 60 PDCs required within the 3-year recertification period through continuing education activities.CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS & CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATIONSHRM 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 the 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 & WORKSHOPSYou may earn recertification credit by attending conferences, seminars or workshops that relate to HR competencies or 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-LEDInstructor-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.
(No PDC maximum)Activities include e-learning, videoconferences, webcasts, books and e-books.
E-LEARNING: SELF-PACEDSelf-paced/self-directed/virtual e-learning programs that do not require any real-time interaction or engagement with a live instructor or other participants qualify for recertification credit. You may earn all 60 PDCs required per 3-year recertification period for this type of e-learning.VIDEOCONFERENCES & WEBCASTSPassive learning activities, such as videoconferences and webcasts qualify for recertification.BOOKS & E-BOOKSYou 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.
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