Recertification Q&A: Carrying Over Credits

By SHRM Certification Team January 19, 2023

Have questions about recertifying your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential? The SHRM Certification Team has answers! Send additional questions to 


Q: I understand that to recertify, I am required to earn 60 professional development credits [PDCs] within three years. I have accomplished this with several months left to go before my current three-year recertification cycle ends. If I earn additional credits between now and then, can I apply those PDCs to my next cycle?

A: Yes. If you have already recertified your SHRM credential with more than 60 PDCs in your account, you may carry over a maximum of 20 PDCs into your next recertification cycle.


Q: Are only certain types of PDCs eligible for carryover?

A: All PDCs are eligible to be carried over. Regardless of what types of carryover credits are added to your recertification account, however, they all are entered in the Advance Your Education category.


Q: Why is there a limit to the number of credits I can carry over?

A: Recertifying demonstrates that your knowledge and skills are current during a particular period of time. This ensures your commitment to lifelong learning and continued professional growth and development.


Q: Does credit carryover also apply retroactively? That is, can I add PDCs to the recertification cycle I've already completed?

A: No, PDCs cannot be added to a previous cycle. Carryover credits can only be applied forward to your next three-year recertification cycle. 


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