Qualifying PDC Activities

SHRM recertification is required every three years. To recertify with Professional Development Credits (PDCs), SHRM credential-holders must earn 60 PDCs within their three-year recertification cycle period.

PDC ​ACTIVITY TYPES

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 30 PDCs for your work in this area.

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Advance Your Education

No PDC maximum per 3-year recertification cycle.

SHRM recognizes the value of professional development through lifelong learning and supports formats that cater to individual learning needs and preferences. Activities that fall within this category are described below. Qualifying continuing education programs must be related to the HR behavioral competencies or knowledge domains outlined in the SHRM Body of Applied Skills and Knowledge (SHRM BASK™). For complete information about qualified activities, PDC calculations and/or allocations, and policy/procedure details, please refer to the Recertification Requirements Handbook.

Activity Options:

  • Conferences, Seminars and Workshops
    You may earn recertification credit for attending HR/HR-related conferences, seminars or workshops.
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  • Courses Taken for Degree Programs
    You may earn recertification credit for taking an undergraduate or graduate graded or ungraded course from an accredited college or university. If the course is graded, you must earn a grade of C or better to receive recertification credit.
  • Continuing Education Units and Continuing Legal Education
    SHRM recognizes programs for which the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has awarded continuing education units (CEUs). SHRM also recognizes continuing legal education.
  • E-Learning, Videoconferences, Webcasts and Podcasts
    You may earn recertification credits for HR/HR-related self-paced, self-directed or e-learning programs. SHRM eLearning
  • SHRM-Approved Books and E-Books
    You may earn recertification credit for reading books that SHRM has identified as credit-worthy and submitting an essay.
  • Credentials and Certificates
    You may earn recertification credits for earning a SHRM Specialty Credential (17-26 PDCs per program) and/or a SHRM Foundation Veterans at Work or Getting Talent Back to Work certificate program (10 PDCs per program).
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When you see the SHRM Recertification Provider badge, you can trust these programs have been preapproved for SHRM PDCs.

Pre-Approved Activities

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Advance Your Organization

30 PDC maximum per 3-year recertification cycle.

Earn recertification credits for projects you work on that contribute to the continued success of your organization and to your growth as an HR professional. PDCs are calculated based on time spent working on the project. Options are listed below. To be awarded credits you must provide a brief write-up detailing the specifics of the project. A template for the write-up is provided in the certification portal.

  • 10 PDCs for the completion of an HR-related project that involved 40+ hours of work
  • 20 PDCs for the completion of an HR-related project that involved 80+ hours of work
  • 30 PDCs for the completion of an HR-related project that involved 120+ hours of work
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Advance Your Profession

30 PDC maximum per 3-year recertification cycle.

SHRM recognizes the value of activities that contribute to the continued development of the HR profession and the community. Activities available for professional development credit (PDCs) fall within the following categories. For additional information please refer to the Recertification Handbook.

Presentations

Earn recertification PDCs for creating and presenting educational content based on the HR behavioral competencies and functional domains outlined in the SHRM BoCK.

Activity PDCs
1 hour of presenting including preparation time
2

Presentations that span more than 10 educational hours
20 Max.


Researching, Writing And Publishing

Earn recertification PDCs for conducting primary research and/or authoring or coauthoring a book, article, white paper, or blog post on an HR/HR-related topic that is published by a third party.

Activity PDCs
Authoring, co-authoring, or editing a book
20 Max.

Authoring, co-authoring, or editing an article or another published work
10 Max.


Authoring a white paper or blog post
1 (6 PDC Max. per cycle)



Volunteering

SHRM recognizes the value of volunteering your time and talent to support HR/HR-related initiatives for nonprofit organizations. Volunteer activities that qualify for recertification credits are those in which you provide HR services without compensation.

Activity PDCs
Serving as a SHRM national or MAC* board member or officer
5 per year

Serving as a SHRM affiliate** leader
5 per year


Serving as a SHRM national or affiliate committee or council chairperson
5 per year


Serving as a SHRM national or affiliate committee, council, or panel member
5 per year


Serving as a Board member or officer for another HR/HR-related organization
4 per year


Mentoring in a formal HR/HR-related mentorship program
3 per year


Peer-reviewing white papers or articles
1 per year


Writing an HR-related letter or making a call to Congress/State Legislature
.25 per activity


Participating in a SHRM research workshop
2 per activity


Participating in a SHRM focus group
.25 per .15- minute time frame


Taking a SHRM survey
.25 per .15- minute time frame


Serving as a SHRM Advocacy team (A-Team) member
3 per year
Participating in a Capitol Hill visit
3 per year


Participating in a SHRM Certification Knowledge Item Writing Workshop
10 per activity


Participating in a SHRM Certification SJI Response Options Writing and Editing Workshop
10 per activity


Serving as a SHRM Certification Item Technical Reviewer
2 per session


Serving as a SHRM Certification Knowledge Item Bias and Cultural Sensitivity Reviewer
5 per activity


Serving as a SHRM Certification Knowledge Item Content Validity Reviewer
5 per activity


Serving as an SJI Item Bias and Cultural Sensitivity Reviewer
5 per activity


Participating in an SJI Response Options Effectiveness and Linkage Rating session
5 per activity


*Stands for Member Advisory Council
**Affiliates include SHRM chapters, state councils and global forum organizations.

Professional Membership

SHRM recognizes the value of joining the wider community of HR professionals by becoming a member of SHRM or of other HR-related organizations. Professional association membership also earns SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCPs SHRM recertification PDCs. Organizations include but are not limited to the following:

  • World Federation of People Management Association (WFPMA)
  • Charted Professionals in Human Resources Canada (CPHR)
  • Institute for Human Resource Professionals (IHRP)
  • Association of Talent Development (ATD)
  • Other national or international HR membership organizations

Activity PDCs
Professional membership 3 per year

*Please refer to the Exam Development Activities document for detailed information on SHRM Certification item activities.


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