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What is Recertification?

Achieving certification from the HR Certification Institute is a long-term commitment to yourself, your career and the HR profession. Recertification is the process of renewing one's certification. To maintain certification, you must be prepared to continue to learn, grow and increase your current knowledge. With recertification, you are demonstrating your commitment to staying current in the field of Human Resources. Recertification says you are building upon your knowledge, growing as a professional and increasing your experience daily. All certifications are valid for three years. Recertification is required every three years through demonstrated professional development (preferred method) or retaking the exam. 

Recertification credits can be earned in the following categories:
  • Continuing Education
  • Instruction
  • On-the-Job Experience
  • Research/Publishing
  • Leadership
  • HR Membership
Earning credit involves much more than attending conferences and workshops. Most certified HR professionals earn their recertification credits through the very activities that make them valuable members of their organizations and increase their HR knowledge, including:
  • creating leadership development initiatives
  • developing a diversity program
  • implementing HR best practices
  • participating in contract negotiations with union leaders
Recertification Handbook
Any question you have about recertification is answered  in our Recertification Handbook. You will find information on when to recertify, what type of activities count towards recertification, and how to apply before your recertification end date.