Recertification Q&A: Work Projects, Presentations


By the SHRM Certification Team September 26, 2019
Recertification Q&A: Work Projects, Presentations

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 combine several small work projects and submit them as one major project to earn credits in the Advance Your Organization category?

A: No, small work projects that are not directly related to each other will not be considered one activity for which professional development credits (PDCs) may be awarded. However, if a work project involves various phases of design and implementation, those can be combined and submitted as one single activity.


Q: Are individual courses taken as part of a more wide-ranging degree program accepted for PDCs in the Advance Your Education category?

A: Yes, courses offered by accredited colleges and universities may qualify for PDCs. The course content must be aligned to the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge™ (SHRM BoCK™), and you must complete it with a grade of "C" or better.


Q: Can I earn credit in the Advance Your Profession category for giving a presentation?

A: Yes, you can earn PDCs for presenting a session or teaching a course that is aligned to the SHRM BoCK or to HR behavioral/technical competencies. Two PDCs are awarded for every hour presented or taught (which also takes into account preparation time). Some examples of acceptable activities are programs at conferences, seminars, chapters and state councils; on webcasts or e-learning platforms; and for certification preparation.


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Already SHRM-certified? Be sure to maintain your credential by recertifying. Learn more about recertification activities here.


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