Read for Recertification Credit

Read for Recertification Credit

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

IMPORTANT! SHRM has moved to a new learning management system (LMS). 

The process for submitting essays has changed so please see the essay activity page for details.

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.

Here are the steps and information you need to write a successful essay and earn credit toward recertification.

Please note the book quizzes were replaced with an essay activity beginning January 1, 2021.

1. Read the FAQs

Start with these Frequently Asked Questions for detailed information about the program, approved books, and essay activity.

2. 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. 

Not every book in the SHRMStore is approved for recertification credit. Please make sure your book appears on the list before you start reading.

Also, check the list of books leaving the program so you can plan ahead.

3. Write your essay

Be sure to read the essay activity tips before you start writing.

4. Register for the eLearning activity

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

When you have finished reading the book, find and click the corresponding link on the activity page to register for the eLearning activity.

Important! Your essay cannot earn SHRM Certification PDCs unless you have registered for the book's eLearning essay activity through the link provided on the activity page.

Once you have submitted your essay, SHRM Books will review it within 14 calendar days and either accept it or contact you with questions.

5. Report your activity

If SHRM Books accepts your essay, your eLearning account will be updated the same day. 

Your SHRM Certification record will be updated within 10 business days after SHRM Books accepts your essay. If you prefer to self-report your activity to Certification:

1. Log into your eLearning account to find the activity and Certificate of Completion

2. Note the activity ID code on the certificate

3. Log into the SHRM Certification portal and use the activity ID code to report your PDCs.

​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 BASK™.

  • 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.


Frequently Asked Questions


Q. How many credits can I earn through the program?

You can earn three professional development credits (PDCs) toward recertification by reading an approved book then completing the essay activity. 

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. 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 throughout the year. The titles are posted here as they are selected for removal. 

Q. Can I read the e-book or listen to the audiobook and still receive credit?

Yes. You can access the book in any format.

Q. What else should I know about the program?

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


Q. How much does it cost to enroll in a book essay eLearning activity?

Nothing. All book essay activities in eLearning are free. The registration process requires that you add the activity to your cart and check out but the price is zero and you will NOT be charged for the registration.

Q. Can I just submit my essay in the online form?

No. Your essay cannot earn SHRM Certification PDCs unless you first register for the book's eLearning essay activity through the link provided on the activity page. Please register now.


Q. How long do I have to submit my essay after I finish reading the book?

Try to submit your essay as soon as you finish reading the book in case the title is scheduled for removal from the program.

Q. How long must my essay be?

About 500 words. 

Important! The activity form does not count your words so it is strongly recommended that you write and save your essay on your own device then paste the text into the form.

Q. What should I write about?

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

Do not write a book review or summary. Instead, focus on how the information has changed or will change your work, professional relationships, career plans, and perspective.

Q. Can I compose my essay in the activity form?

No. The activity form does not count words, check spelling and grammar, or save draft versions of your essay. 

To protect against data loss and use text editing features, write and save your work on your own device then paste the text into the form.

Q. How will my essay be evaluated?

Your essay will be reviewed for length and relevance to the question. There is no evaluation of punctuation or other technical aspects of your writing. 

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

Q. When will my essay be evaluated?

Please allow 14 calendar days from the date you submit your essay. 

Q. If my essay is accepted after review, when will I receive the PDCs?

Once your essay is reviewed and accepted, your PDC history will be updated within 10 calendar days with the PDCs earned for this activity.

Important! Register for the essay activity with the same email address you use with SHRM Certification to ensure that your PDC history is promptly updated. 

If you use different email addresses, you can self-report the completed activity to Certification. Find the activity ID on the Certificate of Completion in your eLearning account.

Q. If my essay is incomplete or contains errors, can I submit an updated version?

Yes. You can reopen the form and submit an updated essay until SHRM Books has changed your eLearning registration status to end the activity. Please add a note at the beginning of the revised essay to indicate that it replaces a previous submission.


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