Recertification Credit Resources

Maintain Your SHRM Credential with Recertification

The HR profession is constantly changing and evolving. It is important for certified professionals to continually update their HR competencies and knowledge. Achieving certification as a SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM is the first step. Recertifying demonstrates your commitment to the profession, to your organization, and to yourself through lifelong education and professional development.

HR professionals may maintain their SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential by engaging in professional development activities that relate to the Behavioral Competencies and Functional Areas of Knowledge identified in the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge™ (SHRM BoCK™). The incorporation of competencies into the SHRM BoCK greatly expands the range of activities that will qualify for

Professional Development Credits (PDCs). To recertify, you must earn 60 PDCs every three years, or retake the certification exam.

SHRM created three avenues by which SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credential holders can earn PDCs:

  • 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


For detailed descriptions of what activities qualify for PDCs, refer to the SHRM Recertification Handbook.

To start the recertification process, visit

Answers to frequently asked questions about maintaining your credential.

Recertification Q&A


SHRM has put the convenience of tracking your professional development credits in your hands! The SHRM Certification App allows you to:

  • Easily add your PDCs under the Advance Your Education section.
  • Track all activities you have already added to your record.
  • Search and filter approved activities by competency, date and location.
  • Discover upcoming activities in your area.
  • Find out when you’re ready to apply for recertification!

Search for “SHRM Certification” in the App Store on iTunes and the Google Play Store or visit to download.

View a video tutorial on the app here.

Looking for ways to add to your knowledge base, while receiving recertification credits? Below are some ways you can earn recertification credits from your desk!

SHRM offers many FREE Webinars (for Credit!) to its members:

Free SHRM Webinars

There are also multiple other sites that offer free webinars for credit!

Bamboo HR Webinars

Biz Library Webinars

Paycor Coffee Break Webinars

(Disclaimer: To get credits, the webinar must be 1 hour or more)