There are more than 1 million, i.e., 10 lakhs active PMP certified professionals across the world. Further, there are around 1 lakh other professional certified professionals in the sphere of Disciplined Agile, PgMP (Program Management), PfMP (Portfolio Management), PMI-ACP, PMI-RP, PMI-SP professionals.
Project Management Institute (PMI®) recognizes that the certifications are a great testimony for understanding the project management knowledge and also that the knowledge is a reflection of changing times and therefore, changing practices. This knowledge needs to refurbished to be relevant and therefore, active certified holders should keep on gaining this knowledge and contributing this knowledge.
PMI® has enabled this gaining and contributing of knowledge and keep your certification active by a concept called Professional Development Units (PDU). Professional Development Units (PDUs) are one-hour points or blocks of time that you invest in learning, teaching others, or volunteering. By accumulating and tracking these over your certification cycle you can maintain your certification status with PMI.
PMI® has stated that as a certification holder, you can earn PDUs or points to keep your certification relevant. These PDUs can be earned by various means and are the most easiest to do after you have hard earned your certification. You would agree that earning the certification is one of the difficult tasks to achieve.
PDUs (Professional Development Units) are your weapon to maintain your hard earned PMP certification.
Each of the PMI Certifications have different need of PDUs. The below table gives a good idea of how many PDUs do you need for which certification and what is the duration to earn the PDUs and renew it.
|Education – Minimum PDUs|
|Certification||Technical PDUs Required||Leadership PDUs|
|Strategic PDUs Required||Remaining PDUs – across any area of PMI Talent Triangle||Total Minimum Required||Duration (Years) to renew
Education PDUs can exceed this amount and there is no limit on the number of PDUs that can be earned in education.
Giving Back to Profession:
The Giving Back PDUs can be maximum depending on the certification you have. You can also have zero Giving Back PDUs and the maximum you can earn Is given in the table below.
|Certification||Working as Professional||Volunteering and Creating Knowledge||Max PDUs||Total PDUs|
PMI recognizes that sharing your knowledge and actively applying your skills is a valuable means to contribute to the profession. Additionally, many find that giving back is an enriching learning experience that enhances your professional development in different ways. That is why giving back activities are PDU eligible and incorporated into the CCR program
It is important to note that giving back is an optional manner in which to earn PDUs. The giving back requirements listed above are the maximum number of PDUs allowed for each certification in this category. If giving back PDUs are earned, the total cannot exceed the limits listed above.
For PMP, PgMP, PfMP, PMI-PBA , the “Giving Back PDUs” is 25 PDUs max
For PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP , the “Giving Back PDUs” is 12 PDUs max
Also, one of the frequent questions is can one training or event give you PDUs across Multiple certifications. The answer is Yes – and you can read our other blog - “How to Maintain Multiple PMI Certifications”
There are various ways to earn PDUs
Education – You can attend PMI accredited courses and earn PDUs. Prothoughts offer a variety of courses and learning material, some are paid and some free.
One of the popular courses of Prothoughts is the PMP Success Certification Workshop, which is offered on Classroom and Online. The other prominent ones are 1…. Which can offer the requisite PDUs.
ProThoughts offers varities of elearning course and Online Training course where you can claim the PDUs,
E-Learning Course – You can earn 60 PDUs by registering for our online course of MS Project and learn the various project management techniques, and renew your certification at one go. You can refer more details.
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Giving Back category offers more creative avenues to get the PDUs:
You are now familiar on how to earn the PDUs. That was easy, isn’t it?
Now the next step – How to Report on the PDUs?
You are responsible for recording your PDU activities as they occur. The most efficient way to record PDUs is by using CCRS. You must record your PDUs and complete the renewal process before your CCR cycle ends to maintain an active certification status. If you do not earn and record the required PDUs within your CCR cycle, your certification will be suspended.
The day you pass a PMI certification, e.g., PMP® your CCR cycle begins and is valid for 3 years time
To understand the steps involved in reporting the PDUs, please click here
PMI Talent Triangle
PMI® understands that there is no single skill that helps you to achieve your desired goals. In fact, it is multiple combination of skills which helps you to do that in the field of project management.
PMI® has come with the Talent Triangle which has these combination of skills which are desirable from the employer’s perspective. These are Technical, Leadership and Strategic and Business Management. This framework is a valuable asset to your ongoing professional development.
|Technical||Knowledge, skills and behaviors related to specific domains of project, program and portfolio management. The technical aspects of performing your job/role.|
|Leadership||Knowledge, skills and behaviors involved in the ability to guide, motivate and/or direct others to achieve a goal.|
|Strategic & Business Management||Knowledge of and expertise in the industry/organization, helping you align your team in a way that enhances performance and better delivers business outcomes.|
You need to earn your PDUs for these Talent Triangle skills framework.
ProThoughts provides you with MS Project 2016 Advanced course wherein you can claim 60 PDUs after opting the course.
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Our experts would verify the assignment and our support team would guide you with PDUs Code that can be acclaimed.
PDUs stand for Professional Development Units. PDUs are the measuring unit used to quantify your professional development as part of the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program. 1 PDU = 1 hour of learning/activity.
Sometimes, you can also earn a fraction – the smallest unit is 0,25 PDUs for 15 mins of activity.
Yes. You can earn your Education PDUs by attending classes offered by Prothoughts (Project Management Courses)
You can refer our blog on “How to Earn PDUs”
Yes. You can claim PDUs for a single Education activity under multiple skill areas (Technical Project Management, Leadership, Strategic and Business Management) of the PMI Talent Triangle. For example: if you attend our Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master course you can claim PDUs in multiple skill areas.
Also, you can earn the PDUs across the certifications. Pl read our blog on How to Maintain Multiple PMI Certifications
Yes. PDUs earned above the required total (e.g. 60 for PMP) in the last year of your 3-year certification cycle can be applied to your next cycle. PDUs earned during the first two years of your cycle cannot be applied to a future cycle.
You can start earning and reporting PDU activities as soon as you earn a PMI certification. Activities you completed prior to earning your certification will not count as PDUs towards your newly acquired certification
You do not need supporting documentation to report PDUs and renew your credential. When reporting your PDUs through CCRS, you will be directed to include specific information about the activity in the PDU claim form
NOTE: PMI recommends you maintain a personal folder for all PDU-related documentation and keep this documentation for at least 18 months after your CCR cycle has ended. If you are randomly selected for an audit, you will need to provide this documentation.
You can read our blog – “How to Report on PDUs"
No. You will use the same username and password that you use to access PMI.org. CCRS uses PMI single sign-on technology, which enables you to log in only once to gain access to all PMI systems and resources. Single sign-on saves time and prevents the need to remember a separate username and password to access CCRS.