Recertification Q&A: Credits Earned During Grace Period

Answers to frequently asked questions about maintaining your credential

By the SHRM Certification Team August 8, 2019
Recertification Q&A: Credits Earned During Grace Period

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've been so busy lately that my certification end date just went by and I didn't realize it. I still plan to recertify—in fact, I'm still earning professional development credits (PDCs). Will they count?

A. Yes. Thanks to a recent change in policy, you now have a bit more time to add those PDCs to your total. As of Aug. 1, 2019, any PDCs you earn during the grace period—the 60 days between your certification end date and the expiration of your credential—may be applied to the 60 PDCs needed to recertify.


Q. Is there a limit to how many PDCs I can earn during the grace period?

A. There is no maximum number of PDCs one can earn during the grace period. But remember that two of the recertification categories have maximums: Advance Your Organization, 20 PDCs, and Advance Your Profession, 30 PDCs.


Q. Is there a cost associated with earning PDCs during the grace period?

A. Yes. Because your PDC activity is taking place outside your regular recertification cycle, a $50 late fee (in addition to the recertification application fee) will apply.


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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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