Qualifying Credit-Earning Activities

Recertification is required every three years. Professionals need to earn 60 professional development credits (PDCs) in order to recertify.

SHRM has addressed the needs of HR professional by creating three avenues by which SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credential-holders can earn recertification credits: Advance Your Education, Advance Your Organization, and Advance Your Profession. 

ADVANCE YOUR EDUCATION / No PDC maximum per recertification cycle

Attention SHRM Certification Credential Holders – Earn Recertification PDCs for COVID-19 Work

If you are a SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential holder who is working toward recertification you can earn all 60 PDCs for your work in this area. 

Instructor-Led or Self-Paced Continuing Education Activities


  • Conferences: Locate SHRM Conferences »
  • Educational Programs/Workshops: Locate SHRM Educational Programs »
  • Chapter Programs: Locate SHRM Chapters »
  • College/University courses  
  • Books and e-books: View Approved Titles »
  • Webcasts: View SHRM Webcasts »
  • E-learning: eLearning Courses »                                                                                                                     
SHRM Specialty Credentials (17-26 PDCs) and the SHRM Foundation's Veterans at Work Certificate Program and Employing Abilities @Work Certificate Program (10 PDCs FREE for both).

Through SHRM's Recertification Provider Program when you see the SHRM Recertification Provider seal, you can trust that these programs have been preapproved for SHRM PDCs. Search our current listing of recertification providers in areas local to you and competency specific. Pre-Approved Activities »   

PDCs are calculated in 15-minute increments. Each 15- minute increment = .25, or a quarter, of one hour. 1-hour educational program = 1 PDC

ADVANCE YOUR ORGANIZATION / 20 PDC maximum per recertification cycle

Work Projects

Supervisor-endorsed work projects that meet or support organizational goals and demonstrate or advance capabilities in one or more HR Competencies. To be awarded credit, upload documentation to your certification portal providing a defined project objective, a description of the project and your level of involvement, and how the project related to all applicable HR competencies. 


PDCs are calculated based on time spent working on a project. Qualifying work projects fall into one of only two categories:

  • 10 PDCs for the completion of an HR-related project that involved 50+ hours of work
  • 20 PDCs for the completion of an HR-related project that involved 100+ hours of work
NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 situation, SHRM has revised work project requirements to focus only on the number of hours dedicated to the implementation and completion of a qualified project. System adjustments are in progress. As a short-term workaround, please enter a 3-month or 6-month date span that aligns with your cycle when adding your work project activity to your record.

ADVANCE YOUR PROFESSION / 30 PDC Maximum per recertification cycle

Thought Leadership and Volunteer Activities

Activities that contribute to the development of the HR profession and the community.

  • Professional membership
  • Volunteer leadership
  • Speaking at conferences
  • Research, writing and publishing

For complete information on how PDCs are earned through each activity review the Recertification Handbook »

For an overview of the recertification process and to see what 2 completed journeys to 60 PDCs might look like, view our ROAD TO SHRM RECERTIFICATION brochure here:
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Maintain and grow your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP via the SHRM Certification app!

  • Easily add your PDCs under the Advance Your Education section.
  • Track all of the activities you have already added to your record.
  • Find upcoming approved activities in your area.
  • Search and filter by competencies or date, or use your location to find activities close to you.
  • Receive notification when you are eligible to apply for recertification.

Download now from the App Store or Google Play!

View a video tutorial on the app here.

These categories parallel the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK) three main elements of Strategic Mindset/Effective Individual Performance, Successful Business Outcomes and Advancing the HR Profession, respectively—further evidence of the relevance of these credentials to the contemporary practice of HR.