COVID-19 Work

With the COVID-19 pandemic still on the forefront, SHRM will continue to acknowledge the work HR professionals do to support their organizations and/or community's COVID-19 interventions during the 2021 year. To that end, SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credential holders will be provided with the opportunity to earn 30 PDCs in the Advance Your Organization category for their work in this area


The following examples showcase some of the activities that you can document for PDCs.

  • 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)

To take advantage of this opportunity, follow the instructions outlined in the COVID-19 2021 Work Project Summary Form.



If you reside within the United States, you must watch at least one chapter or state council webinar focusing on COVID-19 and include the PDC activity ID in your write up. View a listing of free Chapter/State Council regional webinars.


1. Why is SHRM offering this option?
With the COVID-19 pandemic still in the forefront, SHRM realizes many HR professionals continue to support their organization’s and/or community’s COVID-19 needs and wants to make sure those who are SHRM certified receive acknowledgement for the countless hours that they have dedicated to this effort. 

2. How does the process work?

  • Complete the COVID-19 Work Project Summary Form.
  • Log in to your certification portal at Click on “Add PDCs”, select "NO" when asked if you have an activity code, then select the Advance Your Organization category.
  • Type in the required information, then upload the form.  A correctly completed form must be uploaded in order to receive credits.
  • Submit your completed recertification record when you have 60 or more credits. Your completed recertification record must be submitted by your recertification expiration date or preferably by your end date or before. 

NOTE: Please keep in mind that SHRM conducts random verification reviews on a percentatge of completed recertification records.  If you choose this activity option and your record is selected and it does not contain a correctly completed form, credits will be denied for this activity until the appropriate documentation is received.  Please refer to the 2021 Recertification Requirements Handbook for additional information on the verification process.

3. What type of information and how much of it do I need to include on my summary form?
Your completed form should include a robust summary of the activities you were involved in that reflects the knowledge, and expertise obtained and/or shared as a result of your work leading and/or participating in your organization’s and/or community’s COVID-19 response. This includes educational programs, activities or events offered by SHRM and/or SHRM local chapters or state councils. 

At least one chapter or state council COVID-19 specific program must be attended and the PDC code included in your write up. View a listing of free Chapter/State Council regional webcasts.

Not a chapter member? Take this opportunity to expand your network by engaging with your local SHRM chapter.

4. For what reason(s) might my COVID-19 work project submission not be approved?
Your credits may not be approved if: 

    • You do not submit a completed work project summary form.
    • The information you provide is not COVID-19 related.
    • The COVID-19 activities you performed did not take place in 2021.
    • Your write up does not include at least one chapter or state council COVID-19 specific program (for U.S.-based credential holders only).
    • The information you provided does not reflect the depth and/or breadth of work commensurate with 120+ hours of work.

5. How soon can I submit my completed recertification record?
You may submit your completed recertification record one year into your 3-year recertification cycle. 

6. Do I have to pay to recertify and if so, what is the fee?
Yes, the recertification fee(s) still apply. $100 for members, $150 for non-members and an additional $50 late fee if you submit after your cycle end date and within your cycle grace period. 

7. I already have credits on my record so, the addition of these credits will put me over the required amount to recertify. What happens to those additional credits?
Our carryover policy will allow you to carry up to 20 PDCs forward to your next recertification cycle. 

8. Is this offer only available this year, or is it a permanent professional development option?
This option is only available in 2021.

9. I’m not due to recertify until next year. Can I take advantage of this offer now and recertify early?
Yes, you may. In fact, early recertification is encouraged.

10. I plan to recertify early in the year and will definitely be using this option to complete the process. Can I use this option a second time to complete my new cycle?
You can but with some caveats. You can’t submit a summary of the same activities you participated in earlier, that would be “double dipping”. However, if you find the work you are doing to support your organization’s COVID-19 needs have evolved and require the acquisition of new knowledge and skills then that would work. Just keep in mind that you cannot submit SHRM Certification Recertification PDC Allotment for COVID-19 Activities your completed recertification record until you are one year into your 3-year recertification cycle.

11. I’m currently in my recertification grace period and plan to use this option to complete my recertification process. Will I have to pay a late fee?
Yes, if you do not complete your recertification process by your cycle end date and complete the process during the 60-day grace period, then you will be required to pay a $50 late fee.

12. I unfortunately did not complete the recertification process in time and as a result allowed my SHRM certification to lapse. Is it possible for me to have my credential reinstated and use this option to complete the process?
The decision to reinstate your credential will depend on several factors such as the length of time your certification has been expired, the number of PDCs you have on file, and the reason for allowing your credential to lapse. If it is determined that your credential can be reinstated then yes, you may use this option to complete the process. Considering the tremendous amount of changes occurring worldwide, SHRM will offer certificants as much flexibility as possible.


If you reside within the United States, you must watch at least one chapter or state council webinar focusing on COVID-19 and include the PDC activity ID in your write up. Anyone can view the following webinars, you do not have to be a participating chapter member.

Membership in a SHRM local chapter is separate from membership in SHRM. We encourage you to become a member of both! Use the Chapter Locator to easily identify a local professional or student chapter in your area.

On-Demand SHRM Chapter Webinars

Webinar StateDate Aired
The COVID-19 Crisis: A California Perspective
CALIFORNIA March 11, 2020
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: What CA Employers Need to Know
CALIFORNIA April 2, 2020
Recovering from the COVID-19 Crisis in California
CALIFORNIA April 21, 2020
COVID-19 - Bringing Texans Back to Work: What Employers Need to Know
TEXAS May 5, 2020
The Art of Leadership During Times of Crisis
CALIFORNIA  May, 14, 2020
Weathering the COVID-19 Storm: What New York HR Professionals Need to Know
NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY  May 20, 2020: 
Getting Texans Back to Work: How Companies are Adapting to the “New Norm”
TEXAS  May 28, 2020
Avoiding COVID-19 Calamities: The Latest Best Practices and Red Flags
ARIZONA  June 3, 2020
COVID19 - Bringing Pennsylvanians Back to Work: What Employers Need to Know
Managing the Workplace Internally & Remotely as We Open Back Up
CALIFORNIA June 17, 2020
Physical Distancing Doesn’t Mean Losing Connection
CALIFORNIA June 17, 2020
A Roadmap to Reopening Washington: Return to Workplace Considerations for Employers
WASHINGTON June 24, 2020
Re-opening the Doors in Illinois: Return to Workplace Considerations
ILLINOIS June 25, 2020
COVID-19: Returning to Work in Massachusetts – Ready, Set, Go?
Employee Financial Wellness During the Time of COVID-19
CALIFORNIA July 8, 2020
Extraordinary Resilience
ARIZONA July 8, 2020 
Political and Personal Expression in the Workplace: In or Out of Bounds
NEW YORK July 23, 2020
Grow Your Resilient Zone
CALIFORNIA July 23, 2020
Better Workplace, Belonging and Being
ILLINOIS July 30, 2020 
Work, Racism and Uncomfortable Conversations: How HR Can Foster a Culture of Inclusions and Allyship
Work, Racism and Uncomfortable Conversations: How HR Can Foster a Culture of Inclusions and Allyship
WASHINGTON Aug 5, 2020
Being a California Employer in the Times of a Pandemic: Rules, Requirements & Tips
CALIFORNIA Aug 27, 2020