Professional Development

SHRM Professional Development

Fostering Growth and Building Competencies

We all learn in different ways. SHRM offers learning opportunities in a variety of formats and modes--allowing you to optimize your professional development and earn competency-aligned recertification credits.


To maintain the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP, SHRM-certified professionals are required to earn 60 professional development credits (PDCs) every three years, demonstrating learning within the categories of:

As you earn PDCs towards recertification track your Activity IDs inside your SHRM Certification Portal. All SHRM conferences, seminars, symposiums, and eLearning programs you attend are automatically uploaded. For complete details about the SHRM recertification process visit


SHRM Essentials of Human Resources

Recertification: Up to 15 PDCs

Foundational knowledge at your fingertips. Early career or new-to-HR professionals should use the SHRM Essentials program to evaluate current knowledge, learn about key HR topics and demonstrate HR understanding.


Self-Paced Learning

SHRM’s self-paced learning provides the latest information, training and recertification credits without breaking the bank or leaving the office. 

SHRM Webcasts
Recertification: Up to 60 PDCs 

SHRM offers a series of hour-long free webcasts presented by subject matter experts, featuring issues, practices and strategies affecting HR professionals. 


SHRM eLearning Library

Recertification: Up to 60 PDCs 

Subscribe for one full year of unlimited access to over 500+ dynamic, continually added courses, featuring sessions from SHRM conferences, events and webcasts.

SHRM eLearning Partner Courses

Recertification: With a max of 60 

Need a deeper dive into one topic? SHRM also partners with subject matter experts to provide in-depth courses on key HR and non-HR topics. (Available for individual and corporate purchase. 


Instructor-Led Learning

Enroll in one of SHRM’s instructor-led (offered in-person and virtually) program offerings and participate in up-to-date, interactive competency based HR education.

SHRM Educational Programs

Recertification: 7.25-27.5 PDCs

Offered in-person across the U.S. and virtually.


  • SHRM Certification Preparation 
  • Business Acumen 
  • California HR
  • Communication
  • HR Analytics, Talent Management
  • Total Rewards 
  • and 25+ more!



SHRM Onsite Training & Development 

Recertification: 7.25-36 PDCs

Delivered onsite, virtually globally or in a blended learning.

When you bring SHRM’s intensive, competency-based HR education programs to your team onsite, these programs are tailored to your organization’s unique business needs. 



SHRM Conferences

Whether you are new to the HR profession, hoping to supplement your workplace experience with strategic and tactical education, or seeking to increase your competencies for career growth, the SHRM suite of conference offerings can help.  Recertification: 12+ PDCs

SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition  

June 23-26, 2019 | Las Vegas, Nevada

Join thousands of your HR peers for the largest—and best—HR conference in the world. Over 200 sessions provide a complete education at any stage in your career.

SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference

March 18-20, 2019 | Washington, D.C. 

This conference provides you with legislative updates, the latest in compliance and regulatory issues, and a unique opportunity to visit with your congressional offices.

SHRM Talent Management Conference & Exposition 

April 8-10, 2019 | Nashville, Tennessee

Designed specifically for recruitment and talent management professionals, this conference gives you the tools, resources, innovations and solutions you need to evolve your human capital strategies.

SHRM Leadership Development Forum

October 28-30, 2019 | New Orleans, Louisiana 

This conference will provide you with the tools to expand your influence and help you learn how to become a more effective leader.


SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition

October 28-30, 2019 | New Orleans, Louisiana 

Join HR generalists, diversity practitioners, senior managers and recruiters to gain the tools and resources necessary to build a diverse workforce and remain competitive on the global stage.


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Affiliate Conferences
HR People + Strategy Annual Conference

April 7-10, 2019 | Miami, FL

Join a dynamic group of influential business and thought leaders in a forward-thinking discussion around the critical role HR executives play in designing the organization of the future.


Council for Global Immigration Symposium

November 3-6, 2019 | Washington, D.C.

Come hear directly from top U.S. and global immigration experts and U.S. government officials on key issues and trends you need to know as an immigration or HR professional.




Earning your SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification is a major milestone in your professional development. Stand out as an HR professional who not only possesses HR knowledge but understands how best to apply that knowledge on the job. For eligibility requirements and to apply, visit

Prepare for your Certification Exam

The 2019 SHRM Learning System® provides the most comprehensive, flexible and effective SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP exam preparation. 

Available Learning Options:  

    • Self-Study 
    • SHRM Educational Programs 
    • SHRM Approved Education Partners
    • Onsite Training & Development Programs
Recertification: SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP credential-holders may earn up to 36 PDCs when participating in a training program for professional development.