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The HR profession is constantly evolving, so it is important for SHRM-certified professionals to evolve along with the field by advancing their HR competencies and knowledge. Recertifying demonstrates dedication to your career, your organization and the HR profession through lifelong education and self-improvement.
To maintain your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential, you must earn 60 professional development credits (PDCs) in three categories within a three-year period. The following is an outline of what you need to do and when and how to do it. For complete details, consult the SHRM Recertification Handbook and SHRM Certification Portal. (Log on at https://portal.shrm.org by entering your e-mail address and password.)
Activities that Qualify for PDCs
Tip: The SHRM Recertification Provider Program takes the guesswork out of which activities meet recertification requirements. Approved providers in the program—which include chapters, state councils, colleges, universities, education and/or training companies, and other organizations—may award PDCs for their offerings without further preapproval by SHRM.
How to Enter PDCs into the Certification Portal
Tip: SHRM programs are especially easy—they're automatically entered into your portal! PDCs for the SHRM conferences, seminars and eLearning programs that you attend or participate in are auto-populated into your portal. (Please note that affiliate/chapter activities are not auto-populated.)
How to Use the SHRM Certification App
Download the free app for iOS and Android users from iTunes or Google Play. Search for "SHRM Certification" in the App Store, or visit shrmcertification.org/app to download. Here's what you can do on the app:
Read Your E-Mailed Progress Reports
Look for regular status updates in your inbox to see where you are in your recertification journey:
Tip: To get your most timely PDC balance, log in to the portal.
How to Apply for Recertification
You may apply for recertification after you've earned 60 PDCs and are at least one year into your three-year recertification period (which ends on the last day of your birth month).
Tip: Retain documentation of your activities for up to six months after the end of your three-year recertification period. If you are randomly chosen for audit, you will have to verify the activities and PDCs on your recertification application with supporting documentation.
Recertify by Retaking the Exam
You have the option to maintain your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP by retaking the certification exam. If you choose to do so, you must:
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