Recertification Q&A: Carrying Over PDCs

By the SHRM Certification Team November 18, 2021
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Recertification Q&A: Carrying Over PDCs

Have questions about the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credentials? In every issue, the SHRM Certification team will answer some of your most frequently asked questions. Have additional questions? Send them to SHRMCertNews@shrm.org. 


Q: I understand that to recertify, I must earn 60 professional development credits (PDCs) within a three-year cycle. If I earn all 60 PDCs before the end date of my current recertification cycle and I have more credits than required, will those additional credits carry over to my next cycle? 

A: If you have recertified with more than 60 PDCs in your account, you may carry over a maximum of 20 PDCs into your next recertification cycle. All carryover credits are added to the Advance Your Education portion of your recertification record. 

 

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

A: All PDCs are eligible to be carried over. 

 

Q: Can I add PDCs to my previous cycle? 

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

 

Q: Why are there limits to carrying over credits? 

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

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