Recertification Q&A: Recertifying Early

Answers to frequently asked questions about maintaining your credential

By SHRM Certification Team August 22, 2019
Recertification Q&A: Recertifying Early

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'm about two years into my three-year recertification cycle, and I've already earned the 60 professional development credits (PDCs) needed to recertify. When is the earliest I can submit my application for recertification?

A: In accordance with SHRM policy, SHRM credential-holders may submit their recertification application when they are one year into their three-year recertification cycle. You are two years into the cycle with 60 PDCs, so you may submit now.


Q: If I recertify early, do I need to wait until after my end date to begin earning credits toward my new recertification cycle?

A: No. In accordance with SHRM's new policy (effective Aug. 1, 2019), SHRM credential-holders who recertify early can begin earning credits toward their new cycle the day after they recertify. The credential-holders' recertification end date will continue to be on the last day of their birth month.


Q: Could you give me an example with dates?

A: OK, let's say you earned your SHRM-CP in 2016 and were born in September. That means you have a certification end date of Sept. 30, 2019 (the last day of your birth month, three years after 2016). If you complete your recertification early, on Aug. 15, 2019, for example, your new cycle will begin at 12 a.m. on Aug. 16, 2019. Your end date will be Sept. 30, 2022 (the last day of your birth month, three years after 2019).


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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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