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HR Certification Corner

    PHR/SPHR/GPHR/SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Reimbursement Program

    MCSHRM Certification Reimbursement Program

    MCSHRM is proud to announce that in 2018 we will expand our HR certification reimbursement program to also include the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certifications! HRCI certifications such as PHR and SPHR will still be included in the program as well. The first 10 chapter members who obtain their certification will be eligible for reimbursement for the cost of the exam. To be eligible, you must be an active Member in good standing and will be required to submit proof of achievement and a receipt for payment of the examination fee.

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    Why Seek Certification?

    Earning your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential makes you a recognized expert 
    and leader in the HR field—and a valuable asset to your organization, keeping 
    you and your organization more competitive in today's economy. This professional 
    distinction sets you apart from your colleagues, proving your high level of knowledge 
    and skills.


    The profession is no longer just about what you know—facts and figures—but rather how you effectively implement that knowledge in the workplace each and every day. SHRM certification provides you the opportunity to prove not only what you know but also how you can apply that knowledge on the job. 

    SHRM certifications directly link to on-the-job scenarios and realistic work situations. Seventy-three percent of examinees say the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams are HR job-relevant.

    Built upon one comprehensive SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge™ (SHRM BoCK™), SHRM certification is applicable across industries, geographic borders, job responsibilities and career levels

    More than 5,000 employers are seeking SHRM credential-holders every month. The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credentials are based on the current HR landscape, focusing on the competencies and knowledge HR professionals need to lead in today’s business community. Boost your confidence to take that next step in your HR career or to distinguish yourself in a job search. 

    Based on in-depth research focused on—and backed by—global employers and business leaders, the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credentials reflect what HR practitioners need to know to be leaders in their organizations and in the profession. 

    The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams are accredited by the Buros Center for Testing, asserting that the HR credentials meet the highest standards in testing. Learn More.

    SHRM certification is the only HR certification offered by the world’s largest HR membership
    organization. As the industry leader in HR professional development, SHRM has supported


    HR professionals who implement policies and strategies, serve as point of contact for staff and stakeholders, deliver HR services, and perform operational HR functions, should take the SHRM-CP exam.


    HR professionals who develop strategies, lead the HR function, foster influence in the community, analyze performance metrics, and align HR strategies to organizational goals, should take the SHRM-SCP exam.

    Winter Exam Window  (Dec. 1, 2018 - Feb. 15, 2019)

    May 14 October 19 November 9

    2018 Exam Fees:

    SHRM Member: $300* USD
    Nonmember: $400* USD 
    *Includes $50 nonrefundable application fee. 


    Why You Should 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, or retake the certification exam. 
    • 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.



    As a certified SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP, you must submit your PDCs or retake the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification exam throughout your 3-year recertification period ending on the last day of your birth month. Once your recertification request has been approved, your next 3-year recertification period will begin from your existing end date.

    If you complete your recertification cycle early, your end date will not change, but any unused or subsequent professional development activities completed within your current certification period cannot be carried over to the next.

    ›› Initial certification period: May 2016 (took the exam)–July 2019 (birth month)
    ›› Recertified: December 2018
    ›› Next 3-year recertification period: July 2019–July 2022

    Recertification Application Fee
    SHRM Members = $100 USD
    Nonmembers = $150 USD


    • Earn 60 professional development credits (PDCs) within a 3-year recertification period that ends on the last day of the credential holder’s birth month
    • Retake the certification exam at the end of the 3-year recertification period. If you plan on retaking the exam to renew your certification please contact for additional assistance.

    Mentoring can earn you recertification credits

    Did you know that participating in a structured mentoring program can earn you recertification credit?
    Under the leadership category, you can earn up to 10 recertification credits through mentoring activities. This includes activities such as preparing an individual for the HR profession, teaching HR-related practicum or providing volunteer HR consulting services to assist with an individual or organizational need. Five recertification credits are earned for every year of service. Please note that mentoring activities must be independent of the workplace.
    Mentoring is one of many activities in which you can earn recertification credits without accruing a large expense. To learn more about no-cost or low-cost activities that can earn you recertification credit, download our “Tips for Earning Credit Hours” flier or see below.

    You may also search for activities that fit your schedule and needs by visiting our Searchable Directory of Approved Events.

    HR Certification Institute
    1725 Duke Street, Suite 700, Alexandria, Virginia 22314 USA
    +1-866-898-4724 (US only)

    Ways to earn credit hours

    Earning recertification credit hours does not have to be costly or take you far from your work or home. You can earn many hours through your daily work responsibilities and other professional activities. In fact, you may already be doing activities that could count for recertification credit and not even know it!

    Sixty (60) recertification credit hours are required every three years to maintain your certification. Credit may be earned in the following categories:

    • Continuing Education (no max)
    • Instruction (20 hours max)
    • On-the-Job Experience (20 hours max)
    • Research/Publishing (20 hours max)
    • HR Leadership Roles (10 hours max)
    • Professional Membership (10-hour max)
    • OR you may take the exam again!

    Examples of low-cost recertification activities

    • Did you know that you can earn up to 10 recertification credit hours by being a national member of SHRM or another National HR association
    • You can also earn up to 10 credit hours by holding a leadership position related to the HR field such as mentoring an HR professional or HR student or hold a volunteer position for a professional organization.
    • Many of your on-the-job HR responsibilities could be eligible for up to 20 hours of recertification credit hours the first time you perform the activity. For instance, you can receive credit hours for creating an HR budget or developing an employee handbook, or any other activity that ties into the HR Body of Knowledge.
    • Have you ever led an HR-related workshop or training session at work or outside of your job?
    • Teaching a sexual harassment workshop at work or leading a performance management seminar can earn you up to 20 hours for the first time you present the program.
    • Earning credit hours through continuing education courses does not have to cost you much money or take you out of the office.
    • You can earn up to 20 hours from online professional development courses from, or other professional organizations.
    • Many webcasts are offered as a benefit at no additional cost to members. These can be watched right from your PC or downloaded to your iPod.

     (Note: There is no limit to the number of credit hours that you can earn from classroom-style professional development sessions).

    Where to find preapproved programs

    The HR Certification Institute has pre-approved thousands of programs for recertification credit. Go to and access our online directory of pre-approved programs to search for classes and activities near you.

    Other helpful resources

    All recertification activities need to increase your HR knowledge. If you have questions regarding what the HR knowledge areas are for your certification please refer to their respective bodies of knowledge. They can be found in the Recertification Handbook at

    Recertifying for the first time? Take the mystery out of how to enter your activities in your personal recertification record by watching a step-by-step virtual tour of the application process on the website at

    HR Certification Institute
    1725 Duke Street, Suite 700
    Alexandria, Virginia, USA 22314
    US Toll Free 1.866.898.4724