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SHRM Recertification

Qualifying PDC Activities

SHRM recertification is required every three years. To recertify with Professional Development Credits (PDCs), SHRM credential-holders must earn 60 PDCs within their three-year recertification cycle period.

Earn recertification credits by advancing your education through learning activities. 

Earn PDCs for projects that contribute to the success of your organization.

Earn credits for contributing to the advancement of the HR profession.

Earn Recertification PDCs for COVID-19 Work

If you are a SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential-holder who is working toward recertification, you can earn 30 PDCs for your work in this area.

Advance Your Education

No PDC maximum per 3-year recertification cycle.

SHRM recognizes the value of professional development through lifelong learning and supports formats that cater to individual learning needs and preferences.

Qualifying continuing education programs must be related to the HR behavioral competencies or knowledge domains outlined in the SHRM Body of Applied Skills and Knowledge® (SHRM BASK®). For complete information about qualified activities, PDC calculations and/or allocations, and policy/procedure details, please refer to the Recertification Requirements Handbook.

  • Conferences and Programs from Linkage, a SHRM Company: Linkage, a premier leadership development firm, is now part of SHRM, and offers transformative development experiences, including the Women in Leadership Institute (In-PersonVirtual All-AccessVirtual KeynotesVirtual Keynotes PLUS, or Executive Track) and independent virtual learning programs focused on the Advancement of Women Leaders and the Acceleration of Purposeful Leaders.

  • Courses Taken for Degree Programs: You may earn recertification credit for taking an undergraduate or graduate graded or ungraded 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.

  • Continuing Education Units and Continuing Legal Education: SHRM recognizes programs for which the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has awarded continuing education units (CEUs). SHRM also recognizes continuing legal education.

  • E-Learning, Videoconferences, Webcasts and Podcasts: You may earn recertification credits for HR/HR-related self-paced, self-directed or e-learning programs. SHRM eLearning

  • SHRM-Approved Books and E-Books: You may earn recertification credit for reading books that SHRM has identified as credit-worthy and submitting an essay.

  • Credentials and Certificates: You may earn recertification credits for earning a SHRM Specialty Credential (17-26 PDCs per program) and/or a SHRM Foundation Veterans at Work or Getting Talent Back to Work certificate program (10 PDCs per program).

When you see the SHRM Recertification Provider badge, you can trust these programs have been preapproved for SHRM PDCs.

Advance Your Organization

30 PDC maximum per 3-year recertification cycle.

Earn recertification credits for projects you work on that contribute to the continued success of your organization and to your growth as an HR professional. PDCs are calculated based on time spent working on the project. Options are listed below. To be awarded credits you must provide a brief write-up detailing the specifics of the project. A template for the write-up is provided in the certification portal.

  • 10 PDCs for the completion of an HR-related project that involved 40+ hours of work
  • 20 PDCs for the completion of an HR-related project that involved 80+ hours of work
  • 30 PDCs for the completion of an HR-related project that involved 120+ hours of work
Inclusive Workplace Culture Project

Earn PDCs by applying the knowledge and skills gained from earning an Inclusive Workplace Culture Specialty Credential from SHRM.

Advance Your Profession

30 PDC maximum per 3-year recertification cycle.

SHRM recognizes the value of activities that contribute to the continued development of the HR profession and the community. Activities available for professional development credit (PDCs) fall within the following categories. For additional information please refer to the Recertification Handbook.


Earn recertification PDCs for creating and presenting educational content based on the HR behavioral competencies and functional domains outlined in the SHRM BASK®.

1 hour of presenting including preparation time2
Presentations that span more than 10 educational hours20 maximum

Earn recertification PDCs for conducting primary research and/or authoring or coauthoring a book, article, white paper, or blog post on an HR/HR-related topic that is published by a third party.

Authoring, co-authoring, or editing a book
20 maximum
Authoring, co-authoring, or editing an article or another published work
10 maximum
Authoring a white paper or blog post
1 (6 maximum per cycle)

SHRM recognizes the value of volunteering your time and talent to support HR/HR-related initiatives for nonprofit organizations. Volunteer activities that qualify for recertification credits are those in which you provide HR services without compensation.

Serving as a SHRM national or MAC* board member or officer
5 per year
Serving as a SHRM affiliate** leader
5 per year
Serving as a SHRM national or affiliate committee or council chairperson
5 per year
Serving as a SHRM national or affiliate committee, council, or panel member
5 per year
Serving as a Board member or officer for another HR/HR-related organization
4 per year
Mentoring in a formal HR/HR-related mentorship program
3 per year
Peer-reviewing white papers or articles
1 per year
Writing an HR-related letter or making a call to Congress/State Legislature
.25 per activity
Participating in a SHRM research workshop
2 per activity
Participating in a SHRM focus group
.25 per 15-minute time frame
Taking a SHRM survey
.25 per 15-minute time frame
Serving as a SHRM Advocacy team (A-Team) member
3 per year
Participating in a Capitol Hill visit
3 per year
Exam Development Volunteer Activities
Varies per activity (refer to the Exam Development Activities brochure for details)

* Stands for Member Advisory Council
**Affiliates include SHRM chapters, state councils and global forum organizations.


SHRM recognizes the value of joining the wider community of HR professionals by becoming a member of SHRM or of other HR-related organizations. Professional association membership also earns SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCPs SHRM recertification PDCs. Organizations include but are not limited to the following:

  • World Federation of People Management Association (WFPMA)
  • Charted Professionals in Human Resources Canada (CPHR)
  • Institute for Human Resource Professionals (IHRP)
  • Association of Talent Development (ATD)
  • Other national or international HR membership organizations
Professional membership3 per year