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PMP® PDU Requirements – Maintaining Your Credential


By Bisk
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

Retired Activity Number

Activity

Number

Technical

Leadership

Strategic

Total

Mastering IS Security

010102

040102

30

0

15

45

Essentials of Business Intelligence

011211

040104

25

0

20

45

Mastering Data Management & Technology

091412

040105a

35

0

10

45

Advanced Data Architecture and Intelligence

091812

040106

35

0

10

45

Effective Contracting Skills

102900

040107

25

10

10

45

Advanced Strategic Project Management

102963

040109

20

20

20

60

F & A for the Non-Financial Manager

102964

040110

30

0

30

60

Essentials of Project Management

102966

040111

30

10

10

50

Mastering Project Management

102967

040112

15

30

15

60

Human Resource Management

102968

040113

10

20

10

40

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

102969

040114

15

15

15

45

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

102970

040115

25

30

35

90

Essentials of Government Contract Management

102972

040117a

30

0

15

45

Essentials of Commercial Contract Management

102973

040118

20

10

15

45

Advanced Contract Management

102975

040119

20

15

10

45

Strategic Organizational Leadership

102976

040120

10

20

10

40

Lean Six Sigma

102978

040121

15

15

15

45

Essentials of IS Security

102979

040122

30

0

15

45

Project Management Capstone

102980

040123

15

15

15

45

Essentials of Business Analysis

102981

040124

15

15

15

45

Mastering Organizational Effectiveness

102983

040126

15

15

15

45

Mastering Business Analysis

102987

040129

15

15

20

50

Project Management Professional (PMP®) Exam Prep

102962

040130

20

10

5

35

Advanced Process Strategy & Practices

204101

040135

15

15

15

45

Essentials of Business Process Management

 

010113

15

15

15

45

Mastering Process Methodology & Solutions

 

010114

15

15

15

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

Lean Six Sigma

 

040121a

15

15

20

50

Essential Principles of Agile Management

 

040141

20

20

10

50

Mastering Agile Applications in Planning

 

040142

20

10

20

50

Advanced Agile Business Solutions

 

040143

20

20

10

50

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 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