Recertification Q&A: Read a Book, Pass a Quiz, Earn Credit

Answers to frequently asked questions about maintaining your credential

By the SHRM Certification Team February 26, 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 like to read. Can I earn professional development credits (PDCs) for reading books on HR topics?A: Yes! SHRM offers a list of approved books that you can read for credit in the Advance Your Education category.


Q: How do I get credit for reading a book?

A: 

  1. Read an approved book.
  2. Take the corresponding quiz on SHRM's eLearning platform and pass with a score of 70 percent or better.
  3. Log the activity ID in your account on the SHRM Certification Portal and earn 3 PDCs.


Q: What if my book is only available as an e-book?

A: Approved books in digital and print formats are eligible for credit.


Q: How can I find out which books are approved?

A: The SHRMStore website has a list of books approved for credit.


Q: Do the books on the list have to be purchased from the SHRMStore?

A: No. You can buy the book anywhere or borrow it from a library. The related quiz, however, must be completed in the SHRM eLearning platform.


Q: Are all the books on the SHRMStore list published by SHRM?

A: No. The list includes books by many publishers, including SHRM.


Q: I read the book but failed the quiz. I still want those 3 PDCs! Can I take the quiz again?

A: Yes. If you don't score 70 percent or better the first time, you can try again.


Q: Is there a limit on how many PDCs I can earn by reading books?

A: No. You can earn all of your required 60 PDCs per three-year recertification cycle by reading approved books and passing the quizzes.


Have additional questions? Send them to SHRMCertNews@shrm.org.


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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