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PMP® PDU Requirements – Maintaining Your Credential


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PMP PDU Requirements – Maintaining Your Credential

Once you’ve earned your Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification, you’ll need to fulfill your PMP PDU requirements to maintain your credential. As a Project Management Institute (PMI®) credential holder, you’ve proven that you have acquired the knowledge and experience necessary to meet certain eligibility requirements. In addition, your PMP certification shows your dedication to your profession, vocation, organization and clients. Now that you’ve received this credential, you need to enhance your professional development to remain in active status. PMP holders need to earn 60 professional development units (PDUs) over three years to maintain the credential. Your certification and/or Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) cycle starts the day you pass the PMP certification exam and ends on the same date three years later.

Five Pointers for Retaining Your PMP Certification

Earning 60 PDUs over three years is manageable, especially if you map out a plan for when and how you will attain your PDUs. From taking an e-learning course to getting involved in PMI chapter and community activities, there are many ways to gain these valuable PDUs. Typically, you will earn one PDU for every hour (60 minutes) spent on an acceptable professional development activity. The Project Management Institute provides these five tips for maintaining your PMP credential:

  1. Start early. Establish a strategy for attaining your PDUs before your cycle begins
  2. Maintain a personal folder for all your PMP PDU claims documentation
  3. Report activities soon after completion. PDUs can also be reported online through the Continuing Certification Requirement System (CCRS)
  4. Take advantage of the opportunity to transfer PDUs from one cycle to the next. If you are a PMP credential holder, you can transfer up to 20 PDUs earned in the last year of your current cycle
  5. Make sure you have the registered program number for R.E.P. classes, which is required on the Continuing Certification Requirement System

PMI Talent Triangle

PMI has updated how PDUs are classified, and project managers will need to follow these new stipulations to maintain project management certifications. PMI's Talent Triangle focuses on helping project managers develop additional skills needed to meet the evolving demands of the profession. 

The Talent Triangle is composed of three categories:

  • Category 1: Technical Project Management
  • Category 2: Leadership
  • Category 3: Strategic and Business Management

Under the new rules, professionals must earn at least 8 PDUs from each component of the three triangle groups. 

Education and Giving Back Requirement

PDU requirements are broken down into two categories - one for Education and one for Giving Back. The graph below shows the breakdown of PDU requirements in each category.

60 PDUs (PMP/PgMP/PfMP/PMI-PBA)

Education – 35 minimum

8 – from technical portion of triangle

8  from leadership

8 – from strategic & business management

Remaining 11 can be in any area of triangle

Giving Back – 25 maximum

Volunteering

Creating knowledge

Working as a professional (8 maximum)

According to PMI, project managers must earn a minimum of 35 Education PDUs and can earn a maximum of 25 Giving Back PDUs. Professionals may fill all their PDU requirements only through Education, for example, as long as at least 8 PDUs are earned in each of the three Talent Triangle categories.

9 Ways to Fulfill Your PMP PDU Requirements

You will have hundreds of opportunities each year to earn the necessary PDUs to maintain your PMP certification. As a PMP holder, you are required to abide by the CCR program, which supports ongoing professional development. Although courses and seminars are ideal for staying current with project management best practices, there are many other activities happening in your daily professional life that can count toward PDUs as well. 

  1. PMI's Knowledge Shelf - Post your articles about project management and information to help professionals and organizations advance the practice of project management. A team of volunteers along with PMI staff reviews the articles before posting them. Your paper could be a part of this virtual collection and earn you PDUs if you are its sole author.
  2. PMI Publication Quizzes - Allows you to earn PDUs from the comfort and convenience of your personal computer. When you purchase a quiz bundle from PMI.org, you receive PMI-published articles and white papers with accompanying quizzes that test your knowledge. A PMP holder who passes one of PMI's quizzes can earn between 0.5 and 2.5 PDUs depending on the length of the content.
  3. Volunteer Service - Earn PDUs for providing your professional services to an organization outside of your employer. You could serve as an elected officer or volunteer committee member for a project management organization. Or you could provide a project management-related service to a community or charitable group. PMI also has multiple volunteer opportunities.
  4. Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) Courses - There are more than 900 PMI R.E.P.s worldwide, including Villanova University, who offer courses that are pre-approved for PDUs.
  5. PMI Global Congresses - Congresses offer opportunities to network with colleagues and attend seminars that go toward receiving PDUs.
  6. PMI Community Offerings - PMI’s chapters, specific interest group (SIGs) and colleges hold events, meetings and educational sessions that are pre-approved for PDUs. PMI members are welcome to join these communities and take advantage of their offerings.
  7. Professional Activities - Authoring an article about project management or speaking at a project management event can quickly earn you PDUs. PMI has specified a number of professional activities – things you may already be doing – that can translate to varying amounts of PDUs.
  8. Self-Directed Learning - Obtain PDUs by sharing project management knowledge with your colleagues. PMI will recognize activities that involve personally conducted research or study. This includes discussions or coaching sessions with colleagues or clients that put to use informational materials such as articles, books, videos or instructional manuals.
  9. Educational Programs by Outside Providers - PMI recognizes relevant educational activities or programs offered by organizations not registered with PMI. Use the following formula to calculate the number of PDUs earned: One hour of learning relevant to project management within a structured activity or course equals one PDU.

You can learn more about these options at PMI.org.

Work Toward Satisfying Your PMP PDU Obligation

As a registered education provider for PMI, Villanova University is authorized to issue Professional Development Units (PDUs). PDUs are always associated with certification or re-certification and are not correlated to college credit (ACE) in any way. Not only are Villanova University’s project management certificate programs ideal to prepare for PMP certification, they’re also perfect for attaining valuable knowledge and a new credential along with critical PDUs:

Course

Activity

Number

Technical

Leadership

Strategic

Total

Essentials of Software Testing

040101

20

0

20

40

Mastering IS Security

040102

30

0

15

45

ISTQB Software Testing Capstone

040103

30

0

10

40

Essentials of Business Intelligence

040104

25

0

20

45

Mastering Data Management & Technology

040105a

35

0

10

45

Advanced Data Architecture and Intelligence

040106

35

0

10

45

Mastering Business Skills

040107

25

10

10

45

Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt

040108

25

20

30

75

Advanced Strategic Project Management

040109

20

20

20

60

F & A for the Non-Financial Manager

040110

30

0

30

60

Essentials of Project Management

040111

30

10

10

50

Mastering Project Management

040112

15

30

15

60

Human Resource Management

040113

10

20

10

40

Six Sigma Green Belt

040114

15

15

15

45

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

040115

25

30

35

90

Project Management for IS/IT Professionals

040116

20

20

20

60

Essentials of Government Contract Management

040117a

30

0

15

45

Essentials of Commercial Contract Management

040118

20

10

15

45

Advanced Contract Management

040119

20

15

10

45

Strategic Organizational Leadership

040120

10

20

10

40

Lean Six Sigma

040121

15

15

20

50

Essentials of IS Security

040122

30

0

15

45

Project Management Capstone

040123

15

15

15

45

Essentials of Business Analysis

040124

15

15

15

45

Advanced Information Assurance and Security

040125

30

0

30

60

Mastering Organizational Effectiveness

040126

15

15

15

45

Maximizing Team Effectiveness

040127

0

30

15

45

Maximizing IS/IT Team Effectiveness

040128

15

15

15

45

Mastering Business Analysis

040129

15

15

20

50

Project Management Professional (PMP®) Exam Prep

040130

20

10

5

35

ITIL® Foundation

040131

15

15

15

45

Essentials of ROI Methodology

040132

15

0

35

50

Mastering ROI Methodology

040133

20

0

30

50

Advanced ROI Methodology

040134

20

10

30

60

Advanced Process Strategy & Practices

040135

15

15

15

45

Essentials of Business Process Management

010113

15

15

15

45

Mastering Process Methodology & Solutions

010114

15

15

15

45

Advanced Cyber Security

091714

35

0

10

45

Business & Legal Aspects of Professional Sports

091715

0

10

35

45

Mastering Representation & Regulation

091716

0

0

45

45

Advanced Topics in Sports Business & Management

091717

0

10

35

45

Gain Sought-After Skills and PDUs With Villanova

Villanova empowers professionals with essential skills and in-depth knowledge through 100% online video-based e-learning. At your convenience, you can earn a multi-course master certificate along with critical PDUs in a wide variety of high-demand professional disciplines, including:

Find out how you can meet your PMP PDU obligation with Villanova’s premier certificate programs.

PMP® and PMI® are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Category: Project Management