100 Books Approved for SHRM Recertification Credits

Read a book, pass a quiz, earn PDCs!

By Montrese Hamilton, M.S.L.S. June 14, 2018

​A great way to broaden your HR knowledge and receive recertification credit at the same time is by reading books that SHRM has identified as worthy for their appropriate subject matter. To help SHRM-CPs and SHRM-SCPs maintain their credentials this way, the SHRMStore has compiled a list of 100 books eligible for professional development credits (PDCs). 

Reading books is one of the qualifying self-paced activities described in the SHRM Recertification Requirements Handbook in the "Advance Your Education" category. You can earn 3.0 PDCs by reading an approved book and then correctly answering questions about it in the matching free quiz on the SHRM eLearning platform. You can submit up to 10 books for a maximum of 30 PDCs per three-year recertification period. 

The 100 approved books (listed below) were selected by SHRM for their relevance to the HR profession and their value to HR professionals seeking to expand and enhance their competencies and expertise. 

Follow these steps to earn your PDCs:

1. Browse or Search for Approved Books 

Browse the SHRMStore's list of 100 books. Choose among works by familiar authors such as Paul Falcone and Dick Finnegan, alongside exciting new titles by Sharlyn Lauby and Jennifer Currence. 

You can also search for books in the SHRM Certification Portal under the Activities tab. Filter your search by Program Type: Videoconferences, webcasts, audiocasts, podcasts, e-books, self-directed e-learning.

2. Read Your Selected Books

Purchase your approved books through the SHRMStore or from your favorite bookseller, or borrow them from your local library. Audiobook, e-book and print versions are all acceptable. 

3. Take the Related Quizzes 

Finish reading your book, then test your knowledge! Whenever you're ready, go to SHRMStore.org, search for the title, then follow the instructions in the product description to access the matching free quiz on SHRM's eLearning platform. The passing score is 70 percent or better. If you don't pass the quiz on the first try, don't worry—you can try again. 

4. Submit Your Passing Scores for Credit 

After you pass the quiz, relax—SHRM Activity IDs are automatically loaded into the Certification Portal every two weeks. If you want to submit the item for credit sooner, you can manually enter the Activity ID, which is located on the Certification of Achievement certificate in your SHRM eLearning transcript. Track your PDCs and find your eLearning transcripts

5. Celebrate! 

Share your progress toward recertification with SHRM and your colleagues @SHRMCertified on Twitter, @shrmofficial on Instagram and @societyforhumanresourcemanagement on Facebook. 

Montrese Hamilton, M.S.L.S., is senior specialist, Publications & Archives, at SHRM. 

100 Books Approved for SHRM Recertification Credits


  1. 107 Frequently Asked Questions About Staffing Management: With Answers from SHRM's Knowledge Advisors (SHRM Q&A Series), M. Fiester, Ed. (SHRM, 2016)

  2. 47 Frequently Asked Questions About the Family and Medical Leave Act: With Answers from SHRM's Knowledge Advisors (SHRM Q&A Series), M. Fiester, Ed. (SHRM, 2016)

  3. 57 Frequently Asked Questions About Workplace Safety and Security: With Answers from SHRM's Knowledge Advisors (SHRM Q&A Series), M. Fiester, Ed. (SHRM, 2014)

  4. 97 Frequently Asked Questions About Compensation: With Answers from SHRM's Knowledge Advisors (SHRM Q&A Series), M. Fiester, Ed. (SHRM, 2014)

  5. The ACE Advantage: How Smart Companies Unleash Talent for Optimal Performance, W. A. Schiemann (SHRM, 2012)

  6. Aligning Human Resources and Business Strategy (2nd ed.), L. Holbeche (Butterworth-Heinemann, 2009)

  7. Applying Advanced Analytics to HR Management Decisions: Methods for Selection, Developing Incentives, and Improving Collaboration, J. C. Sesil (Pearson FT Press, 2014)

  8. Applying Critical Evaluation: Making an Impact in Small Business, J. Currence (SHRM, 2017)

  9. Becoming the Evidence-Based Manager: Making the Science of Management Work for You (2nd ed.), G. P. Latham (SHRM/Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2018)

  10. Being Global: How to Think, Act, and Lead in a Transformed World, A. Cabrera & G. Unruh (Harvard Business Review Press, 2012)

  11. The Big Book of HR, Revised and Updated Edition, B. Mitchell & C. Gamlem (Career Press, 2017)

  12. Black Holes and White Spaces: Reimagining the Future of Work and HR with the CHREATE Project, J. Boudreau, I. Ziskin, & C. Rearick, Eds. (SHRM, 2018)

  13. Business Literacy Survival Guide for HR Professionals, R. W. Garey (SHRM, 2011)

  14. Business-Focused HR: 11 Processes to Drive Results, S. P. Mondore, S. S. Douthitt, & M. A. Carson (SHRM, 2011)

  15. Calculating Success: How the New Workplace Analytics Will Revitalize Your Organization, C. Hoffman, E. Lesser, & T. Ringo (Harvard Business Review Press, 2012)

  16. California Employment Law: An Employer's Guide; Revised and Updated for 2018, J. McDonald (SHRM, 2018)

  17. Collaborate: The Art of We; Combining Capabilities to Create New Opportunities for Success, D. Sanker (Jossey-Bass, 2012)

  18. The Crowdsourced Performance Review: How to Use the Power of Social Recognition to Transform Employee Performance, E. Mosley (McGraw-Hill Education, 2013)

  19. The Cultural Fit Factor: Creating an Employment Brand That Attracts, Retains, and Repels the Right Employees, L. Pellet (SHRM, 2009)

  20. Deep Dive: The Proven Method for Building Strategy, Focusing Your Resources, and Taking Smart Action (2nd ed.), R. Horwath (Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2009)

  21. Defining HR Success: 9 Critical Competencies for HR Professionals, A. Alonso, D. J. Cohen, J. N. Kurtessis, & K. R. Strobel (SHRM, 2015)

  22. The Definitive Guide to HR Communication: Engaging Employees in Benefits, Pay, and Performance, A. Davis & J. Shannon (FT Press, 2011)

  23. Destination Innovation: HR's Role in Charting the Course, P. M. Buhler (SHRM, 2015)

  24. Developing Business Acumen (SHRM Competency Series: Making an Impact in Small Business), J. Currence (SHRM, 2016)

  25. Developing Proficiency in HR: 7 Self-Directed Activities for HR Professionals, D. J. Cohen (SHRM, 2016)

  26. Digital HR: A Guide to Technology-Enabled Human Resources, D. D. Waddill (SHRM, 2018)

  27. Diverse Teams at Work: Capitalizing on the Power of Diversity, L. Gardenswartz & A. Rowe (SHRM, 2003)

  28. Effective Human Resource Management: A Global Analysis, E. Lawler & J. W. Boudreau (Stanford Business Books, 2012)

  29. Emotional Intelligence 2.0, T. Bradberry & J. Greaves (TalentSmart, 2009)

  30. The Employee Engagement Mindset: The Six Drivers for Tapping into the Hidden Potential of Everyone in Your Company, T. Clark (McGraw-Hill Education, 2012)

  31. The EQ Interview: Finding Employees with High Emotional Intelligence, A. B. Lynn (AMACOM, 2008)

  32. Financial Analysis for HR Managers: Tools for Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy, S. Director (Pearson FT Press, 2012)

  33. From Hello to Goodbye: Proactive Tips for Maintaining Positive Employee Relations (2nd ed.), C. V. Walters (SHRM, 2017)

  34. From We Will to At Will: A Handbook for Veteran Hiring, Transitioning, and Thriving in the Workplace, J. Constantine (SHRM, 2018)

  35. Give Your Company a Fighting Chance: An HR Guide to Understanding and Preventing Workplace Violence (Ogletree Deakins/SHRM Employment Law Series), M. G. Danaher (SHRM, 2015)

  36. The Global Challenge: International Human Resource Management (2nd ed.), P. Evans, V. Pucik, & I. Bjorkman (McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2010)

  37. The Global M&A Tango: How to Reconcile Cultural Differences in Mergers, Acquisitions, and Strategic Partnerships, F. Trompenaars & M. N. Asser (McGraw-Hill Education, 2010)

  38. Go Beyond the Job Description: A Complete Guide to Optimizing Talents, Skills, and Strengths in Organizations, A. P. Lesko (SHRM, 2018)

  39. Got a Minute?: The 9 Lessons Every HR Professional Must Learn to Be Successful, D. J. Dwyer & S. A. Caldwell (SHRM, 2010)

  40. Got a Solution?: HR Approaches to 5 Common and Persistent Business Problems, D. J. Dwyer & S. A. Caldwell (SHRM, 2014)

  41. Handbook for Strategic HR: Best Practices in Organization Development from the OD Network, J. Vogelsang, M. Townsend, M. Minahan, et al. (AMACOM, 2012)

  42. Hidden Drivers of Success: Leveraging Employee Insights for Strategic Advantage, W. A. Schiemann, J. H. Seibert, & B.S. Morgan (SHRM, 2013)

  43. The HR Answer Book: An Indispensable Guide for Managers and Human Resources Professionals (2nd ed.), S. Smith & R. Mazin (AMACOM, 2011)

  44. HR at Your Service: Lessons from Benchmark Service Organizations, G. P. Latham & R. C. Ford (SHRM, 2012)

  45. The HR Career Guide: Great Answers to Tough Career Questions, M. Yate (SHRM, 2018)

  46. HR on Purpose: Developing Deliberate People Passion, S. Browne (SHRM, 2017)

  47. HR Transformation: Building Human Resources from the Outside In, D. Ulrich, J. Allen, W. Brockbank, et al. (McGraw-Hill Education, 2009)

  48. HR's Greatest Challenge: Driving the C-Suite to Improve Employee Engagement and Retention, R.P. Finnegan (SHRM, 2015)

  49. Investing in People: Financial Impact of Human Resource Initiatives (2nd ed.), W. Cascio & J. Boudreau (FT Press, 2015)

  50. Investing in What Matters: Linking Employees to Business Outcomes, S. P. Mondore & S. S. Douthitt (SHRM, 2009)

  51. Leading an HR Transformation: A Practical Roadmap for Aligning People Strategies to Business Results, C. E. M. Anderson (SHRM, 2018)

  52. Lean HR: Introducing Process Excellence to Your Practice, D. Lay (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013)

  53. Linkage Inc.'s Best Practices for Succession Planning: Case Studies, Research, Models, Tools, M. R. Sobol, P. Harkins, & T. Conley, Eds. (Pfeiffer, 2007)

  54. Looking to Hire an HR Leader? 14 Action Tools to Help You Decide, Find, and Keep the HR Professional Your Business Needs in a Competitive World, P. G. Hartman (SHRM, 2014)

  55. Manager 3.0: A Millennial's Guide to Rewriting the Rules of Management, B. Karsh & C. Templin (AMACOM, 2013)

  56. Manager Onboarding: 5 Steps for Setting New Leaders Up for Success, S. Lauby (SHRM, 2016)

  57. A Manager's Guide to Developing Competencies in HR Staff: Tips and Tools for Improving Proficiency in Your Reports, P. G. Hartman (SHRM, 2017)

  58. Manager's Guide to Employee Engagement, S. Carbonara (McGraw-Hill Education, 2012)

  59. The Manager's Guide to HR: Hiring, Firing, Performance Evaluations, Documentation, Benefits, and Everything Else You Need to Know (2nd ed.), M. Muller (SHRM/AMACOM, 2013)

  60. Managing Employee Turnover: Dispelling Myths and Fostering Evidence-Based Retention Strategies (The Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior Collection), D. Allen & P. Bryant (Business Expert Press, 2012)

  61. Managing the Global Workforce, P. Caligiuri, D. Lepak, & J. Bonache (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)

  62. Managing the Mobile Workforce: Leading, Building, and Sustaining Virtual Teams, D. Clemons & M. Kroth (McGraw-Hill Education, 2010)

  63. Managing the Older Worker: How to Prepare for the New Organizational Order, P. Cappelli & B. Novelli (Harvard Business Press, 2010)

  64. Mastering Consultation as an HR Practitioner (SHRM Competency Series: Making an Impact in Small Business), J. Currence (SHRM, 2018)

  65. Measuring ROI in Employee Relations and Compliance: Case Studies in Diversity and Inclusion, Engagement, Compliance, and Flexible Working Arrangements, P. P. Phillips & J. J. Phillips (SHRM, 2014)

  66. Motivation-Based Interviewing: A Revolutionary Approach to Hiring the Best, C. Quinn (SHRM, 2018)

  67. Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, L. Wiseman & G. McKeown (HarperBusiness, 2010)

  68. A Necessary Evil: Managing Employee Activity on Facebook, LinkedIn and the Hundreds of Other Social Media Sites, A. D. Wright (SHRM, 2013)

  69. Negotiation at Work: Maximize Your Team's Skills with 60 High-Impact Activities, I. Asherman (AMACOM, 2012)

  70. Nine Minutes on Monday: The Quick and Easy Way to Go from Manager to Leader, J. Robbins (McGraw-Hill Education, 2012)

  71. One Strategy: Organization, Planning and Decision Making, S. Sinofsky & M. Iansiti (Wiley, 2009)

  72. People Analytics: How Social Sensing Technology Will Transform Business and What It Tells Us About the Future of Work, B. Waber (FT Press, 2013)

  73. The Performance Appraisal Tool Kit: Redesigning Your Performance Review Template to Drive Individual and Organizational Change, P. Falcone & W. Tan (AMACOM, 2013)

  74. Perils and Pitfalls of California Employment Law: A Guide for HR Professionals (Ogletree Deakins/SHRM Employment Law Series), M. S. Effland (SHRM, 2014)

  75. Point Counterpoint: New Perspectives on People & Strategy, A. Tavis, R. Vosburgh, & E. Gubman, Eds. (HR People & Strategy/SHRM, 2012)

  76. Point Counterpoint II: New Perspectives on People + Strategy, R. Vosburgh, A. Tavis, & M. Sokol, Eds. (HR People + Strategy/SHRM, 2017)

  77. The Power of Appreciative Inquiry: A Practical Guide to Positive Change (2nd ed.), D. Whitney & A. Trosten-Bloom (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2010)
  78. The Power of Stay Interviews for Retention and Engagement (2nd ed.), R. P. Finnegan (SHRM, 2018)

  79. The Practical Guide to HR Analytics: Using Data to Inform, Transform, and Empower HR Decisions, S. D. Waters, V. N. Streets, L. A. McFarlane, & R. Johnson-Murray (SHRM, 2018)

  80. Practices for Engaging the 21st-Century Workforce: Challenges of Talent Management in a Changing Workplace, W. G. Castellano (Pearson Education, 2014)

  81. Predicting Business Success: Using Smarter Analytics to Drive Results, S. Mondore, H. Spell, M. Betts, & S. Douthitt (SHRM, 2018)

  82. Proving the Value of HR: How and Why to Measure ROI (2nd ed.), J. J. Phillips & P. P. Phillips (SHRM, 2012)

  83. Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace, & Turn Excuses into Results, C. Wakeman (Jossey-Bass, 2010)

  84. The Recruiter's Handbook: A Complete Guide for Sourcing, Selecting, and Engaging the Best Talent, S. Lauby (SHRM, 2018)

  85. Rethinking Retention in Good Times and Bad: Breakthrough Ideas for Keeping Your Best Workers, R. P. Finnegan (Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2010)

  86. The SHRM Essential Guide to Employment Law: A Handbook for HR Professionals, Managers, Businesses, and Organizations, C. H. Fleischer (SHRM, 2018)

  87. Social Media Strategies for Professionals and Their Firms: The Guide to Establishing Credibility and Accelerating Relationships, M. Golden (Wiley, 2011)

  88. Solving the Compensation Puzzle: Putting Together a Complete Pay and Performance System (Practical HR Series), S. K. Koss (SHRM, 2008)

  89. Stop Bullying at Work: Strategies and Tools for HR, Legal, & Risk Management Professionals (2nd ed.), T. A. Daniel & G. S. Metcalf (SHRM, 2016)

  90. The Talent Fix: A Leader's Guide to Recruiting Great Talent, T. Sackett (SHRM, 2018)

  91. Talent, Transformation, and the Triple Bottom Line: How Companies Can Leverage Human Resources to Achieve Sustainable Growth, A. Savitz & K. Weber (Jossey-Bass, 2013)

  92. Touching People's Lives: Leaders' Sorrow or Joy, M. R. Losey (SHRM, 2017)

  93. Transformative HR: How Great Companies Use Evidence-Based Change for Sustainable Advantage, J. W. Boudreau & R. Jesuthasan (Jossey-Bass, 2011)

  94. Transformational Diversity: Why and How Intercultural Competencies Can Help Organizations to Survive and Thrive, F. Citkin & L. Spielman (SHRM, 2011)

  95. Up, Down, and Sideways: High-Impact Verbal Communication for HR Professionals, P. M. Buhler & J. D. Worden (SHRM, 2013)

  96. View from the Top: Leveraging Human and Organization Capital to Create Value, P. M. Wright, D. Ulrich, R. L. Antoine, & E. Sartain, Eds. (SHRM, 2016)

  97. Weathering Storms: Human Resources in Difficult Times, SHRM (SHRM, 2009)

  98. What If?: Short Stories to Spark Diversity Dialogue, S. L. Robbins (Davies-Black Publishing, 2008)

  99. What Is Global Leadership?: 10 Key Behaviors that Define Great Global Leaders, E. Gundling, T. Hogan, & K. Cvitkovich (Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2011)

  100. Winning the War for Talent in Emerging Markets: Why Women are the Solution, S. A. Hewlett & R. Rashid (Harvard Business Review Press, 2011)



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