As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), it’s crucial to ensure that your Professional Development Units (PDUs) are valid and up to date. PDUs are essential for maintaining your PMP certification and demonstrating your commitment to ongoing professional growth. In this article, we will explore the PMP PDU requirements, including the different categories of PDUs, how to earn them, and tips for ensuring your PDUs are valid. Stay ahead in your professional journey by understanding and fulfilling the PMP PDU requirements.
Understanding PMP PDU Requirements
The Project Management Institute (PMI) requires PMP-certified professionals to earn a certain number of PDUs within a specified time period to maintain their certification. PDUs are a measure of your professional development and involvement in activities that enhance your project management skills and knowledge.
There are two types of PDUs: Education PDUs and Giving Back PDUs. Education PDUs focus on acquiring new knowledge and skills, while Giving Back PDUs involve contributing to the project management community or the profession as a whole.
To earn PDUs, you can engage in various activities within the categories specified by PMI. Here are some common ways to earn PDUs:
- Attending project management conferences, seminars, or workshops
- Taking part in project management-related webinars or online courses
- Volunteering for project management organizations or events
- Writing articles or whitepapers on project management topics
- Participating in project management-related discussions or forums
- Delivering project management presentations or training sessions
- Engaging in continuous learning through reading project management books or publications
- Mentoring or coaching other project management professionals
It’s important to note that each activity has a specific PDU value assigned to it. For example, attending a one-hour webinar may earn you one PDU, while delivering a two-hour training session may earn you two PDUs. Make sure to track and document your PDUs accurately to meet the requirements.
What Are The PMP Personal Development Unit (PDU) Requirements?
The PMI (Project Management Institute) requires everyone with a PMP certification to renew it every 3 years. The way to do so is to earn sixty Personal Development Units (PDUs) within that time frame before it expires. Once you acquire sixty units, you need to submit them through the Project Management Institute’s website so you can apply for a PMP certification renewal.
A few years ago, PMP certified professionals often prepared by taking courses, attending activities, training, and working as practitioners to be able to renew their certification. Until the Project Management Institute presented the new Project Management Institute’s Talent Triangle and with this came new requirements to be able to submit Professional Development Units (PDUs). These changes introduced new categories for the PMP Units, their breakdown, and limits for every category.
The new PMI Talent Triangle poses the idea that the optimal skill sets for project manager should include technical project management skills, business and strategic management skills, and leadership skills, meaning a certified Project Management Professional needs to get PMP PDUs that coincide with all 3 categories of the PMI Talent Triangle.
Now that we have the facts, let’s get into the specifics of each category.
PMP Project Development Units (PDU) Requirement: 35 Minimum Units in Education PDUs
The biggest PMP Unit requirement is that you need to earn a minimum of 35 educational Units, while the rest can come from the giving back category, the majority of your units must be from the education category for you to qualify for renewal.
You can earn your Education PDUs from these sources:
- Organization Meetings
- Digital Media
- Informal Learning
If you’re a working professional with limited time, the Education category will always be a better choice for you to earn the majority of your PDUs.
Additionally, the PDI favors a balanced approach and as such for the PDU renewal you must obtain a minimum of 8 Development Units in the three categories of the talent triangle. After completing those, the rest of the Education PDUs (11) can be earned on any PMI talent triangle category you prefer.
An important thing to notice is that the 35 PDUs that come from the Education category are the minimal PMP PDU requirement. If desired, you can earn the 60 PMP PDUs needed for your renewal exclusively from the Education category.
If you’re looking for a way to passively earn your required PDUs, we suggest earning the 60 required PDUs all within the Education category, as you can easily do so by assisting courses, training and meetings. The next PMP PDU categories we will explore ask you to do tasks like volunteering and presenting and preparing content, thus taking more time and effort to be completed.
PMP Project Development Units (PDU) Requirement: Max 25 Units from the Giving Back Section of tasks.
The next category is called “Giving Back” which allows you to support the PMI in various ways to earn some units. This however is limited, and you can only earn and submit 25 maximum Personal Development Units from this avenue.
These are some of the ways you can earn your Giving Back PDUs:
- Give Presentations
- Make Content
- Work As A Practitioner (Max 8 PDUs)
- Share Your Knowledge
It’s important to notice that out of the mentioned sources, the only one with a limit is for “Working As a Practitioner”. This has a maximum allowance of 8 PDUs. That means that whatever project management activity you complete at your current job will be covered here, and it can be submitted for your PDUs every 3 years for your renewals.
PMP Project Development Units (PDU) Requirement: Activities Cannot Be Repeated For More Than One CCRS Cycle
This one might be self-explanatory, but let us break it down for you. If you completed a PMP certification course that was used during your Project Management education requirements to take the exam, this activity cannot be used again when it comes to the certification renewal. Meaning, that for every CCRS Cycle, you need to assist in new training and courses to get your PMP PDUs.
This applies to any PMP PDU courses or materials you have used for your past CCRS cycles. It always needs to be a new activity.
What Are The PMI (Project Management Institute)’s PDU Categories?
As we previously mentioned, the two PMP PDU categories are Education and Giving Back. Now that you know the requirements for your PMP renewal, we can go back to the PMI PDU subcategories so we can expand on the activities each of them contain, and describe all the details.
Ensuring Valid PDUs
To ensure your PDUs are valid, consider the following tips:
- Choose activities that align with your professional goals and interests.
- Verify that the activity is eligible for PDUs by checking PMI’s official list of approved providers and activities.
- Keep records of your PDUs, including certificates, attendance records, or any other supporting documentation.
- Submit your PDUs through PMI’s online Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) system within the specified time frame.
- Regularly review your PDU status and track your progress to ensure you are on track to meet the requirements.
- Stay informed about any updates or changes in the PMP PDU requirements by regularly checking PMI’s official website or communication channels.
First Category: Education PMI PDU
The activities on the Education side focus on increasing the project management skill set of a PMP certified professional, and consist of 5 subcategories that can help you earn the PMP PDUs you need for renewal.
The 5 main subcategories are the following:
- Organization Meetings
- Online and/or Digital Media
- Courses or Trainings
- Informal Learning
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Earning and maintaining valid PDUs is essential for PMP-certified professionals. By understanding the PMP PDU requirements, engaging in relevant activities, and ensuring accurate documentation, you can stay current and demonstrate your commitment to professional growth. Take control of your professional development and keep your PMP certification 100% valid.
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