Recertification Q&A: Basic Requirements, Retired Status

Answers to frequently asked questions about maintaining your credential

By the SHRM Certification Team August 9, 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:  What are the recertification requirements for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP? 

A:  There are two options: 1) Earn 60 professional development credits (PDCs) within a three-year recertification period that ends on the last day of the credential-holder's birth month, or 2) take the certification exam at the end of the three-year recertification period.

Q:  I'm retiring from the profession. Am I able to retire my credential? 

A:  Yes. If you are planning to retire from the profession, then you may apply for retired status. To qualify, you must be fully retired from the profession (part-time HR work, such as consulting, teaching, etc., is not permitted). To apply, please send your request via e-mail to


What perplexes you most about recertification? Send your questions to


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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