If you are a PMP certificate holder and want to retain this certification for more than three years, you must complete the PMI CCR (Continuing Certification Requirements) program.
Now you will be thinking what is the CCR program and why do you need to complete it and how often?
Since you have passed the PMP exam, have a look at it. You will find that your certificate expires three years after passing the exam.
Now what happens after three years?
Complete the CCR cycle and get your certificate renewed for another three years.
In the CCR cycle, you will have to earn 60 PDUs in three years and report to the PMI. Once you successfully report these PDUs and they are accepted, the validity of your credentials is increased for a further three years and a new certificate with a new expiry date will be issued to you.
If you fail to report 60 PDUs and your three years are up, your status will be suspended. However, you still have 12 months to earn the PDUs and report them to the PMI to change your status to active.
If you’re still not able to do so even after this grace period, you will lose your credentials. Now, to regain your status as a PMP credential holder, you will have to pass the PMP exam again.
Please note that your CCR start cycle date is the date when you have passed the exam.
For example, if you have passed the exam on January 1st, 2013, your CCR cycle will end on January 1st, 2016. Therefore you must complete your CCR cycle by December 31st, 2015.
Why is the CCR Program Needed?
There is a reason behind the CCR program. By passing the PMP exam you have demonstrated your skills and knowledge on the subject, but as time passes your skills may become outdated or may not be current with the latest advancements in the profession.
The business environment is always changing and you need to keep up with it.
Moreover, the PMI wants you at the top of the industry, and at the same time it also wants to sustain its global leadership in the profession. Therefore they have introduced this program to help motivate professionals to learn and acquire new skills, and also help other professionals learn from their skills.
How Many PDUs are Needed to Complete the CCR Program?
- If you’re a PMP, PgMP, PfMP, or PMI-PBA, you will need to earn 60 PDUs every three years.
- If you’re a PMI-RMP, PMI-SP, or PMI-ACP, you will need to earn 30 PDUs every three years.
Benefits of the CCR Program
The following are some benefits of the CCR program:
- It motivates you to learn new skills
- It motivates you to share your skills with other professionals
- It keeps you relevant and makes you aware of the latest advancement in the profession
- Your credentials will be maintained as long as you complete the CCR cycle
Recently the PMI has updated the CCR program (from December 1st, 2015) to include more emphasis on employer-demanded skills as shown in the PMI Talent Triangle. This provides you with guidance to stay relevant and competitive.
The CCR program helps the PMI as well as its certification holders to retain its relevancy. This program helps you maintain your certification after three years and also keeps you updated with the latest advancements.
The duration of one CCR cycle is three years, and once you complete a CCR cycle, your certificate is renewed for the next three years and your new CCR cycle starts again.