Recertification Q&A: Time Requirements for Work Projects

Answers to frequently asked questions about maintaining your credential

By HRM Certification Team May 14, 2020
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Have questions about maintaining 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. My HR position requires me to spend time on projects that take a lot of hours to complete but that often need to be implemented quickly—within weeks. Can I earn professional development credits (PDCs) for one or more of these work projects?

A. Yes. SHRM recently changed the requirements for work project submissions (in the Advance Your Organization category of PDCs) to focus only on the number of hours dedicated to a project and eliminate the stipulation of a minimum duration (formerly three to six months).


Q. Great! How many hours are required for how many PDCs?

A. You can earn 10 PDCs for completing an HR-related project that involved 50-plus hours of work. You can earn 20 PDCs for completing a project that involved 100-plus hours of work. See the SHRM Recertification Requirements Handbook for details. Fill out a Work Project Worksheet on your SHRM Certification Portal for each project submitted for credit.


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