Qualifying Credit-Earning Activities

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.

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.

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

PDC Category

Description / Examples

PDC Maximum

(per recertification period)

Advance Your Education

Continuing education activities, including:


  • Conferences 
  • Seminars/Workshops 
  • College/University courses
  • E-learning (instructor-led) 
  • Chapter programs 


  • E-learning (self-paced) 
  • Videoconferences
  • Webcasts 
  • Books and e-books 

No maximum



No maximum

Advance Your Organization

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 the following information to support your work:
  1. Defined project objectives and goals. Provide an outline on how these are aligned to your organizations needs and have this verified by your supervisor.
  2. Describe the work project. Include your level of involvement and the time spent on each initiative.
  3. Describe how goals were met or supported.
  4. Relate project to all applicable HR competencies and explain how they were advanced to achieve the project goals. 
Competency Connection Examples:
  • Relationship Management and Critical Evaluation: researching, designing and implementing a new compensation program.
  • Global & Cultural Effectiveness: designing and implementing a new initiative to promote diversity and inclusion.
 PDCs are calculated based on how long you spend working on a project.
  • 50+ hours spent and a minimum of 3+ months=10 PDCs
  • 100+ hours spent and a minimum of 6+ months=20 PDCs

20 PDCs

Advance Your Profession

Thought leadership and volunteer activities that contribute to the development of the HR profession and the community, including:

  • Professional membership
  • Volunteer leadership
  • Speaking at conferences
  • Research, writing and publishing
For complete information on PDCs earned through each activity, please view the Recertification Handbook » 

30 PDCs

How to Find Other Recertification Activities

To take the guesswork out of the recertification process for maintaining your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential. When you see the SHRM Recertification Provider seal, you know that these programs have been preapproved for professional development credits (PDCs).

Learn more about SHRM's Recertification Provider Program, search our current listing of Recertification Providers or search our current listing of Pre-Approved Activities »

Interested in what a completed path to 60 PDCs might look like?
 Download the Recertification Process Infographic »

Looking for more answers?
Hear Recertification Counselors answer questions submitted live during the archived webcast SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Recertification Made Simple. Register now for free on-demand access »

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.

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