Ways To Recertify

After completing a minimum of 60 HR-related recertification activities or continuing education programs, you may submit your application and payment for recertification to HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®).

Please keep the following in mind:

  • You have an HRCI online account profile where you can record your recertification activities.
  • HRCI recommends recording your activities in your account profile as you complete them.
  • HRCI will not review your activities until we receive your application and payment.
  • Your application must be submitted in English.
Recert Breakdown


Recertify by Exam

Most certified HR professionals prefer to recertify their HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) credential through continuing professional development. Some professionals, however, prefer to recertify by retaking the exam. Follow these steps to recertify by exam:

  • Fill out and submit an exam application by logging into your online account profile.
  • Take the exam before your certification cycle ends.
  • Recertify only at your current certification level.
  • Wait at least 12 months from your beginning certification date before you take the test.
  • Adhere to the same exam-application policies and procedures and pay the same fees as first-time exam takers.
HRCI will review all recertification-by-exam applications.


Recertify by Provider

Human Capital Institute (HCI)

Access free webcasts through the HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) Content Portal (approved for 1 general recertification credit each), and receive 10% off HCI classes and events, to gain fresh insights, stay on top of current trends, expand your knowledge, and build deep expertise all while earning credit toward your HRCI recertification!

When recertifying through an HRCI Provider, please make sure to:

  1. Note the Activity ID number (e.g. 012345), also known as a Program Code or Recertification Credit.
  2. Submit the Activity ID (e.g. 012345) into your HRCI.org account in order to receive credit for completing an activity.

For more information on recertifying by credit, click here.

Recertification Instructions

By Webinars/Webcasts:

  1. Click on the webcast thumbnail image, or link, that you wish to watch.
  2. When the webcast page loads, click play to begin viewing the presentation.
  3. Make sure to capture and save a screenshot of your desktop before you close out the webcast. This screenshot image can be used as documentation for completing the activity, as you will not receive any official documentation from HRCI.
  4. Please note the Activity ID number.
    • Depending on the provider, this number may be found either near the end of the presentation, at the end of the presentation, or in the webcast description.
    • If you are unable to find the activity ID, you can still report the activity in the Self-Directed Learning Category.
  5. Log in to your HRCI.org account and add the Activity ID number to your profile, along with your screenshot documentation. For instructions on how to add activities to your profile, please see this Step-by-Step Guide.