Start Recertification Process

There are two ways to recertify your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP: earn 60 professional development credits (PDCs) within a 3-year recertification period or retake the certification exam.


Begin the recertification process by logging into your Certification Portal. Here you’ll be able to submit recertification credits, apply to retake the exam, review the certification handbook, and access the recertification application.

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For a useful reminder of the entire recertification process,

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As a certified SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP, you will have an online profile and be able to track your PDCs throughout your 3-year recertification period ending on the last day of your birth month. Once your recertification application is complete and has been approved, your next 3-year recertification period will begin from your existing end date. 

You may submit your completed recertification application one year into your 3-year recertification period. If you complete your recertification cycle early, your end date will not change, and any unused or subsequent professional development activities completed within your current certification period cannot be carried over to the next.


  • Initial certification period: May 2016 (took exam)–July 2019 (birth month)
  • Recertified: December 2018
  • Next 3-year recertification period: July 2019–July 2022


You have the option to maintain your SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP by retaking the certification exam. If you choose to do so, you must:

  • Take the exam no earlier than within the last 12 months prior to the end of your 3-year recertification period.
  • Recertify only at the certification level you currently hold.
  • Complete the exam application process.
  • Pay the full examination fee.
  • If you plan on retaking the exam to renew your certification please contact for additional assistance.
If you do not pass the exam for recertification, your credential will be removed, and you will have to reapply and take the exam during a future exam window to become certified again. Additionally, you will not be able to pursue recertification through PDCs should you be unsuccessful in passing the exam for recertification.