Maintain Your SHRM Credential with Recertification
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Why Recertify?

As a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) you already recognize the relevance and importance of SHRM certification. Earning your certification is the first step toward a rewarding career and a commitment to advancing the future of HR. Recertification is how you will continue to grow and adapt to meet the evolving needs of the profession.

  • Maintaining your credential is easier than you might think, recertification requires SHRM-certified professionals to earn 60 professional development credits (PDCs) every three years.
  • There are numerous ways to earn PDCs, from attending conferences and seminars to volunteering and contributing resources to the advancement of the HR profession.
  • Through the recertification process you will expand your knowledge, seek out new and rewarding experiences as well as showcase to employers that you are dedicated to implementing innovative, strategic, and ethical thinking in your HR practices.

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Ways To Earn Recertification Credits

SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credential-holders qualify for recertification credits by participating in professional development activities that relate to the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK).

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 through continuing education activities such as conferences, seminars, webcasts, e-learning, chapter programs and more.
  • Advance Your Organization through supervisor-endorsed work projects that support organizational goals and demonstrate capabilities in one or more of the HR Competencies.
  • Advance Your Profession through thought leadership and volunteer activities that contribute to the development of the HR profession and the community.

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.

Entering Your Professional Development Credits (PDCs)


Keep track of your professional development activities.


Log on to and enter your e-mail address and password.


Click on "Add PDCs" and then choose the related PDC category:


For the Advance Your Education category, in the Activity ID Number field (if one is provided) input the Activity ID, click "Search," and view the populated activity details. Confirm that this information is correct. Click "Submit" (only once) to save the PDCs in your Portal.

If an Activity ID is not provided, or for PDCs that fall under the Advance Your Organization or Advance Your Profession categories, manually input the information requested.


After you've earned all 60 PDCs and are ready to submit your application, click on "Apply for Recertification." This link will be visible one year into your recertification period.

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When entering PDCs, ensure that the activities you enter occurred between the beginning and end dates of your three-year recertification period. You must wait until the activity end date to record any activity.

PLEASE NOTE: It is recommended that all professional development activities be logged in the SHRM Certification Portal upon completion. Please track all professional development activities during your 3-year recertifi cation period, even those beyond the required 60 PDCs or a category maximum.