Recertification Q&A: Carrying Over Credits

Answers to frequently asked questions about maintaining your credential

By the SHRM Certification Team February 13, 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 have several months to go before the end of my current recertification cycle, and I've already earned 75 professional development credits (PDCs). Since the "magic number" to recertify is 60 PDCs, can I carry over those "extra" 15 credits to my next cycle?

A:  Yes. If you recertify with more than the 60 PDCs required for recertification in your account, you may carry over a maximum of up to 20 PDCs into your next cycle.


Q:  Are any categories of PDC excluded from carryover?

A:  No. All PDCs are eligible to be carried over.


Q:  Does carryover apply backward? That is, can I add "extra" credits to the recertification cycle I've already completed?

A:  No. PDCs cannot be added to a previous cycle.


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Already SHRM-certified? Be sure to maintain your credential by recertifying. Learn more about recertification activities here.


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