Books Approved for Recertification Credit - FAQs



The SHRM Books Recertification Credit Program is an important way to broaden your HR knowledge and receive recertification credit in the process. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about the program.

Also, you can suggest a book or submit an application to have a book considered for the program.

1. How many credits can I earn using the program?

You can earn three professional development credits (PDCs) toward recertification by reading an approved book then correctly answering quiz questions on the SHRM eLearning platform.

You can earn all 60 recertification credit hours in a three-year certification cycle by reading books and passing the related quizzes. The credits will be for the year in which you take and pass the quiz.

Browse a list of books approved for recertification credit.

2. Do I have to buy the book from the SHRMStore?

No, you can obtain the book from anywhere, including your local library.

3. Can I read the e-book and still receive the credit?

Yes. If you receive a passing score on the quiz, you will receive credit for reading the book in any format.

4. I finished reading the book. Where are the instructions to take my quiz for recertification credit?

Find the book on then follow instructions in the product description to access the free quiz on SHRM's eLearning platform.

5. If I fail the quiz, can I retake it?

Yes, you have five (5) chances to take the quiz so if you do not receive 70% or better the first time, you can try again.

6. How do I report my recertification credits?

After you pass the quiz, the activity ID is automatically loaded into the SHRM recertification portal every two weeks. However, if you would like to submit an item sooner, the activity ID can be submitted via the SHRM Certification Portal at

All Certificates of Achievement will be stored in your transcript and the activity ID is located above the SHRM logo in the bottom-right corner of your certificate. Log into the eLearning platform here to find your certificate.

More Questions?

To report problems with the quiz or eLearning platform or ask additional questions, please contact us at or 800.283.SHRM (7476), option 6. 


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