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Read for Recertification Credit How-To Guide

Learn how to submit your essay for the SHRM Read-for-Recertification Credit program


Before You Start

Confirm the book is approved by the program.

Learn about the program and how to write a successful essay.


1. Register


Important! Your essay cannot earn SHRM Certification PDCs until you have registered for the book's eLearning essay activity.

Step 1. Find the book title then click on the image to open the registration page

Step 2. Add the activity to your SHRMStore cart 

Step 3. Complete the free, no-cost checkout process 

All book essay activities are totally free-of-charge. The registration process requires that you add the activity to your cart and check out but the price is zero and you will NOT be charged for the registration.

Access to the book is not included with registration so you can buy or borrow a copy from your favorite bookseller or library.

Step 4. Look for a SHRM email message (please check your spam filter) confirming your registration 

The confirmation message signals that your registration will appear in the SHRM LMS. The process is quick but please allow at least 20 minutes for the LMS to update then proceed to the next section of this guide.

2. Upload

Upload Your Essay for Review

Step 1. Use your username and password to log in to

Step 2. Upon successful login you will be redirected to your dashboard. Click on the MY LEARNING widget to view the activities for which you are registered.

Step 3. Locate the book for which you wish to submit an essay and click on the title to view details about the activity. Be sure to let your browser open pop-up windows before you start the activity in the next step

Step 4. Review the details then click START to open the book essay submission form in a pop-up window


Step 5.The new browser window will display the essay submission form. Provide the required information, add your essay, review the terms, then click Submit Form to send your essay for review


Step 6. Required! Close the form window and return to the activity overview page. Click YES to complete the process or NO to withdraw your essay from consideration

The activity status will be IN PROGRESS until your essay is accepted. You can end your session or click Timeline to view other activities for which you are registered.


Step 7. Look for an email notification that your essay has been accepted

Once your essay is accepted, the activity and associated credits will appear in your Training Transcript. 

Step 8. To view and print/save your Certificate of Completion, click on the Self menu then Quick Links >> Training Transcript then click the certificate icon on the left side of the activity title. Done!



3. Optional Self Report


After your essay is accepted, the eLearning system reports your activity to SHRM Certification to update your PDC history. 

If you need to report your activity immediately:

  1. Return to your Training Transcript in the SHRM eLearning portal
  2. Find the related essay activity
  3. Open the Certificate of Completion by clicking the certificate icon on the left
  4. Note the activity ID code (ex: 23-ABC12) on the certificate under Date Completed
  5. Log into the SHRM Certification portal and report your PDCs


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