Recertification Q&A: Back to Basics


By the SHRM Certification Team January 9, 2020
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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: I passed the SHRM certification exam! Now what?

A: Congratulations, you're SHRM-certified! First, take some time to celebrate; this is a big accomplishment, so you deserve that happy dance. But your certification journey is not over. The next stop is recertification, which must be done every three years—and it's never too early to get started. As a first step, review the Road to Recertification, a quick-read outline of what you need to do to complete the process. For additional details, download the SHRM Recertification Requirements Handbook, complete with information on professional development credits (PDCs), qualifying activities, schedules, fees and more.


Q: I have the SHRM-CP credential and my colleague has the SHRM-SCP credential. Do we have different recertification requirements?

A: No. Both SHRM certification levels require a total of 60 PDCs to be earned within a three-year recertification cycle to maintain the credential, should you decide to recertify by earning PDCs. You also have the option of retaking the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam. Check the SHRM Recertification Requirements Handbook for details on both options.


Q: By what date must my recertification be completed?

A: Your birthday is your guide. Your three-year recertification cycle begins on the day you passed your exam and ends on the last day of your birth month. Example: You passed your exam on April 1, 2019; your birthday is in July; therefore your recertification should be completed by July 31, 2022. If you run into challenges meeting that end date, however, SHRM provides an additional 60-day grace period. With the additional time, your credential wouldn't expire until 60 days from the end date—which in this example would be Sept. 30, 2022. For information about your certification status, including your recertification cycle dates, log in to your portal or download the SHRM certification mobile app for iOS or Android.



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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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