Recertification Q&A: Audit Documentation

Answers to frequently asked questions about maintaining your credential

September 13, 2018

Have questions about recertifying your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential? Twice a month, the SHRM Certification team will answer some of the frequently asked questions they receive from certification holders.

Q: If I'm selected for an audit, what information will I need to submit?

A: In order to protect the integrity of the SHRM certification program, SHRM will audit a percentage of recertification applications. It is important to document your professional development activities and retain these records for up to six months after the end of your three-year recertification period. If you are audited, you will be required to verify, with supporting documentation, the activities and professional development credits (PDCs) listed on your recertification application. The SHRM Recertification Requirements Handbook outlines the required audit documentation for each recertification category. 


Q: Can I store my recertification documentation in the online SHRM Certification Portal

A: No, we do not store documentation in the portal. The only exception is the Advance Your Organization recertification category, for which documentation is required when entering the activity. Otherwise, documents are requested only when you are randomly selected for audit. 


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Want to learn more about how to maintain your SHRM certification? To attend one of our free online events and gain access to SHRM recertification counselors, visit



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