Recertification Q&A: Volunteering, Writing and Research

Answers to frequently asked questions about maintaining your credential

By the SHRM Certification Team January 10, 2019
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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: Can I obtain recertification credits for research, writing and publishing? What are the requirements?

A: Yes, research, writing and publishing activities can qualify for professional development credits (PDCs). They must occur outside of your own organization. The content must: 

  • Be related to the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge.
  • Consist of at least 750 words.
  • Not be solely opinion-based.
  • Contain factual information and data analysis.
  • Include at least one reference to an external resource.

 

Q: How do I get PDCs for volunteering? 

A: SHRM recognizes the value of activities that contribute to the continued development of the HR profession and the community. To be eligible for recertification credit, a volunteering activity must be performed:

  • In an HR services role.
  • Without compensation.
  • For an HR association, HR membership organization or other nonprofit.

If you'd like to have a specific volunteering activity reviewed for eligibility, please send an e-mail to Certification@shrm.org for assistance. 

What perplexes you most about recertification? Send your questions to SHRMCertNews@shrm.org

Want to learn more about how to maintain your SHRM certification? To attend one of our free online events and gain access to SHRM recertification counselors, visit shrmcertification.org/recertify/events.

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