Recertification Q&A: Carrying Over Credits

Answers to frequently asked questions about maintaining your credential

By SHRM Certification Team July 25, 2019

​Have questions about recertifying your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP? In every issue, the SHRM Certification team will answer some of the frequently asked questions they receive from credential-holders.  

Q. This is my recertification year, and I'm well on the way to meeting the requirement of earning 60 professional development credits (PDCs) within a three-year period. I was glad to find out about the change in policy on carrying over PDCs. How many can I carry over to my next recertification cycle?
A. Good for you in maintaining your SHRM credential! Effective Aug. 1, 2019, SHRM credential-holders who have recertified with more than 60 PDCs will be able to carry over a maximum of 20 PDCs into their next cycle.  

Q. Are all types of PDCs eligible for carrying over?
A. Yes, all PDCs are eligible for carryover.  

Q. How do I enter the excess PDCs into my account?
A. The carryover amount—up to 20 PDCs—will be autoloaded into your SHRM Certification Portal in the Advance Your Education category.   

Q. Will the new carryover policy be applied retroactively? I recertified last year with 75 PDCs—can I have the excess 15 PDCs credited to my new cycle?
A. As of now, no. But we are looking into it.  We will notify all certification-holders if this policy changes.

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For more information on SHRM Certification, and to register for the exam, please visit our website.  

Already SHRM-certified? Be sure to maintain your credential by recertifying. Learn more about recertification activities here.


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