Read for Recertification Credit

Welcome to the SHRM Books Read-for-Recertification Credit Program!

Read for Recertification Credit

Notice: Beginning January 1, 2021, the program's book quizzes will be replaced with a short-essay format for which SHRM-certified professionals can earn three PDCs per book. If you prefer to take an existing quiz for the book(s) you have read, please do so before December 31, 2020.

Reading for recertification credit is a great way to broaden knowledge and earn SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® professional development credits (PDCs) along the way.

Choose a book to read

More than 100 books on a range of HR, management, and business topics are currently approved for credit. Browse the entire list and choose books that best enhance your expertise and competencies. 

Complete your activity

When you have finished reading the book, find and click the corresponding link on this page to be taken to the related activity in the SHRM eLearning portal. 

Once you have successfully completed the activity in the portal, your Certificate(s) of Achievement will be stored in your transcript. 

This activity is free and open to all SHRM-certified professionals.

Record your activity

Completed activities are uploaded into the SHRM Certification portal at regular intervals. 

However, if you would like to submit an activity sooner, 1) log into the eLearning portal to find your Certificate of Achievement, 2) note the activity ID, and 3) submit your activity in the SHRM Certification portal.

Tip: Look for the activity ID above the SHRM logo in the bottom-right corner of your certificate.

Are you an author?

​You are welcome to submit your own book for consideration. Please review the criteria below and then submit an application to have your book evaluated.

SHRM Books selects English-language books that:

  • Cover topics as defined by the SHRM BoCK™.

  • Offer practical or strategic value to HR professionals and people managers.

  • Provide timely, relevant, well-researched and accurate content.

  • Demonstrate expertise and thought leadership on the topic.

  • Feature the length (30,000 – 100,000+ words) and standards (copyedited, indexed, typeset, etc.) typical of professionally-published business books.

  • Are readily available for sale through Amazon and/or other book resellers. The Amazon listing can represent direct fulfillment or inventory sold by a third party.

If your book is accepted, you will be asked to provide your author biography and a JPG image file of your book cover.

Frequently Asked Questions

​Q. How many credits can I earn using the program?

You can earn three professional development credits (PDCs) toward recertification by reading an approved book then completing the related quiz with a passing score of 70 or better.

You can earn all 60 recertification credit hours in a three-year certification cycle by reading books. The credits will be recorded for the year in which you submit the essay. This self-paced activity is described under the “Advance Your Education” category in the SHRM Recertification Requirements Handbook.

Q. Do I have to buy the book from the SHRMStore?

No, you can obtain the book from anywhere, including your local library.

Q. Do all the books have the same PDC value?

Yes. Completing the related activity for any of the books in the program earns three PDCs. 

Q. Can I read the e-book and still receive the credit?

Yes. You can access the book in any format.

Q. How often are books added to the program?

Books can be added to the program throughout the year so be sure to check the list for updates.

Q. When are books removed from the program?

Books that no longer meet the program criteria are removed at the end of each calendar year. The titles are posted in the top section of the list in November. 

Q. How do I report technical problems?

To report problems with the eLearning portal, please contact us at or +1.800.283.SHRM (7476), option 6. 

Q. What if I have more questions?

To ask additional questions about the program, please contact us at

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