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Attention SHRM Certification Credential Holders – Earn Recertification PDCs for COVID-19 Work

SHRM is aware of the great amount of work many of you have done to support your organizations and/or communities COVID-19 needs and would like to acknowledge the countless hours that you have dedicated to this effort. If you are a SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential holder who is working toward recertification you can earn all 60 PDCs for your work in this area. 

To take advantage of this opportunity, simply summarize your activities using this COVID-19 Response Summary Form and follow the instructions outlined in the form to redeem your credits

The following examples offer a possible framework for documenting your activities on the form.

  • CARES Act and its impact on unemployment
  • Communicable disease exposure issue and quarantine pay
  • Essential business and essential workers (definitions, hazard pay, protecting workers in the public)
  • FFCRA law implementation and exceptions
  • Furloughs, pay reductions, layoffs, WARN
  • Hiring in a COVID-19 and virtual world (rescinding and delaying offers, i-9 issues)
  • PPP loans and loan forgiveness
  • Return to work issues (recall, health screening/testing, social distancing, fear of returning to work)
  • Transitioning to a virtual workforce (telework, addressing employees who are unable to telework, keeping employees engaged)

For questions or additional information please email

No PDC maximum for instructor-led or self-paced activities, 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 BoCK. For complete information on PDCs earned through each activity, please view the Recertification Handbook.


Conferences, Seminars and Workshops 
You may earn recertification credit by attending conferences, seminars or workshops that relate to the behavioral competencies or HR knowledge domains outlined in the SHRM BoCK.

Courses Taken for Degree Programs
No PDC maximum for graded courses, 10 PDC maximum for ungraded courses, per 3-year recertification cycle. 

You may earn recertification credit by taking an undergraduate or graduate 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. Qualifying content need not be related to an HR-specific knowledge domain but must align with the SHRM BoCK behavioral competencies. 

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). 1 CEU = 10 PDC 

SHRM also recognizes continuing legal education (CLE) program. 1 CLE = 1 PDC

E-Learning, Videoconferences, Webcasts and Podcasts 
Self-paced/self-directed/e-learning programs are programs that do not require real- time interaction or engagement with a live instructor or other participants.

SHRM-Approved Books and E-Books
You may earn recertification credit by reading books that SHRM has identified as credit-worthy for their appropriate subject matter content, taking the associated quizzes, and scoring 70% or better. Qualifying books are listed at

Recertify How-to Video: Advance Your Education