7 Facts About HRCI & SHRM HR Recertification Programs

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*Updated Aug 1, 2019, to reflect SHRM Recertification policy changes*

As a certified HR professional with both HRCI and SHRM, I – like you – am now faced with the challenge of re-certifying for not one but two different HR credentials. This requires some planning, multitasking, and education as myself and possibly you now must manage varying requirements, obligations and technologies in order to maintain your designation. Or maybe you have a single certification and are trying to navigate the muddy waters of HR certification unsure of where to start, stop or begin.

Or maybe you have one HR certification and are trying to understand changes, new requirements and the moving target that seems to be HR certification with both HRCI and SHRM. I’ve put together a list of 7 facts that you need to know about HR certification to get you recertified and on your way.

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7 Facts About HR Re-Certification Programs

    •  HRCI and SHRM combined have 9 credential programs. Between the two, there are nine different certification credentials. Seven by HRCI with the aPHR, PHR, PHRi, SPHR, SPHRi, SPHR-ca and GPHR credentials. And two with SHRM, the SHRM-CP and the SHRM-SCP. That’s a whole lot of letters.
    • Recertification deadlines remain same for both programs. Both SHRM and HRCI have re-certification deadlines of the last day of your birthday month. Both certifications require that you recertify every three years to maintain your credentials. *Added Aug 1, 2019: the new recertification cycle for SHRM Certification holders who recertify early will begin the NEXT DAY after they recertify. Their end date will continue to be on the last day of their birth month. You can earn PDCs for activities they participate in through their grace period (the 60-day period between their certification end date and expiration date).*
    • Both require 60 credits as part of re-certification. While the number might be the same, the path to getting there for each program is different. For example, HRCI allows for all 60 credits to come from online learning programs like my LEARN HR learning system while SHRM only allows 30 credits to be earned this way. With HRCI you are allowed to enter over 60 credits into the system. SHRM only allows for 60 to be submitted. You have to enter in information in two different portals. Aside from the differences in credit requirements and thresholds, HR certified professionals will be required to enter in credits into two different technologies and portals. Book some time on your calendar because it’s going to take time wrangling all these. *Added Aug 1, 2019: SHRM Certification holders who recertify with more than 60 PDCs in their account will be able to carry over up to 20 credits to their new cycle.
    • Both offer unusual ways to earn credits. HR certified professionals can earn credits for reading books, volunteering, speaking, and even writing on blogs like this one. You can learn more about Workology’s contributor requirements. I’ve built a graphic above to help explain the differences in credit maximums, which is included above.
    • Leverage work experience. SHRM offers up to 20 credits versus HRCI’s 40 credits for work. These include work projects like a compensation analysis, new job descriptions, HR technology implementation and developing a new employee review process or employee handbook. We all have plenty of these. It’s just important to keep track of these, make a list, and craft an explanation so that you are prepared prior to submittal and entering credits.
    • No program or org number, no problem. Both SHRM and HRCI offer the ability to search within their respective systems for courses by title and by a provider. For example, Workology is listed as a provider under Xceptional HR Consulting, my company. With HRCI, you are able to manually enter in classes and courses without the program number and in some cases can even receive credit for courses that aren’t pre-approved for HRCI or SHRM credits.

Bonus Tip

Not sure how to access the portals to enter in your re-certification credits? Access the HRCI recertification program portal or the SHRM recertification program portal.

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Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell (@jmillermerrell) is a workplace change agent, author and consultant focused on human resources and talent acquisition living in Austin, TX. Recognized by Forbes as a top 50 social media influencer and is a global speaker. She’s the founder of Workology, a workplace HR resource and host of the Workology Podcast.

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  1. Hi, just wondering if this is a typo in last sentence below. Should it read, “SHRM only allows for 30 to be submitted.”

    Both require 60 credits as part of re-certification. While the number might be the same, the path to getting there for each program is different. For example, HRCI allows for all 60 credits to come from online learning programs like my LEARN HR learning system while SHRM only allows 30 credits to be earned this way. With HRCI you are allowed to enter over 60 credits into the system. SHRM only allows for 60 to be submitted.

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