Read for Recertification Credit: Activity Page

Read for Recertification Credit: Activity Page

Beginning January 1, 2021, the program's book quizzes are replaced with a short-essay format for which SHRM-certified professionals can still earn three PDCs per book. Use the shortcuts below to find your book then follow the link to the activity.

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Review these important essay tips or read the FAQs

Essay activities are free and open to all SHRM-certified professionals. 

SHRM Certification may select your essay for auditing and contact you for more information at your time of recertification. 

An essay must be about 500 words to meet the activity criteria. 

The activity will prompt you to answer the question "What lessons have you learned by reading this book and how will you apply them in your work?" 

Avoid writing a book review or summary. Instead, focus on how the information has changed or will change your work, professional relationships, career plans, and perspective. 

Your essay will be reviewed for word count and whether it answers the question. 

There is no evaluation of punctuation or other technical aspects of your writing. 

Important! Write and save your essay on your own device then paste the text into the activity form to protect against data loss. 

You can edit your essay while you are still in the eLearning portal or you can return to the activity by logging in through the same link you used to enroll. 

Important! If you try to edit your essay in the eLearning portal, your original text could be erased. Please save a copy of your essay on your own device then paste the text into the activity form. 

You can change your submission until SHRM Books has accepted it and locked the activity. Contact if you need to edit a locked essay. 

The SHRM Books program will contact you directly if there are any questions about the essay. 

Once your essay is reviewed and accepted, your recertification record will be updated within ten (10) business days with the PDCs earned for this activity. 

Send questions about the essay activity or the Read-for-Certification Credit program to

Books 0-9 | A-D






Books E-H





Books I-N






Books O-S




Peer Coaching at Work: Principles and Practices



Books T-Z






Books Leaving the Program


Books that no longer meet the program criteria are removed at the end of each calendar year. The titles are posted below as they are identified for removal.

Books removed from the program in 2020
  • 97 Frequently Asked Questions About Compensation
  • Aligning Human Resources and Business Strategy
  • Applying Advanced Analytics to HR Management Decisions
  • Becoming the Evidence-Based Manager: Making the Science of Management Work for You, 2e
  • The EQ Interview: Finding Employees with High Emotional Intelligence
  • The Global Challenge: International Human Resource Management, 2nd ed.
  • Linkage Inc.'s Best Practices for Succession Planning: Case Studies, Research, Models, Tools
  • The Manager’s Guide to HR, Second Edition
  • Managing the Older Worker: How to Prepare for the New Organizational Order
  • The Performance Appraisal Tool Kit
  • Point Counterpoint: New Perspectives on People & Strategy
  • Rethinking Retention in Good Times and Bad
  • Social Media Strategies for Professionals and Their Firms
  • What If?: Short Stories to Spark Diversity Dialogue


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