The PMP certification is valid for three years, and to renew it, you must earn and report 60 PDUs every three years to PMI. This is known as the CCR cycle.
You can earn these PDUs by attending a technical event, completing a course, or working as a professional. Since there are many ways to earn PDUs, the PMI has categorized them to make reporting easier.
Some of these categories are limited; there are only a certain number of PDUs that you can earn from that type.
In this blog post, I will explain these categories and tell you how many PDUs you can claim under each. This will help you plan how you will accumulate PDUs.
The PMI has divided PDUs into two groups:
- Giving Back to the Profession
The “Education” group is further divided into three categories:
- Category A: Courses offered by the PMI’s R.E.Ps, chapters, communities, and G.A.C
- Category B: Continuing Education
- Category C: Self-Directed Learning
The “Giving Back to the Profession” group is divided into three categories:
- Category D: Creating New Project Management Knowledge
- Category E: Volunteer Service
- Category F: Working as a Professional in Project Management
You must earn at least 35 PDUs in this group (but no more than 30 in Category C). 8 of these should be earned in Technical Project Management, 8 in Leadership, and 8 in Strategic and Business Management.
These three skills set are known as the PMI Talent Triangle.
Now, let’s discuss the categories of the Education group.
Category A: Courses offered by the PMI’s R.E.Ps, chapters, communities, and G.A.C
This category includes courses offered by PMI, PMI local chapters, PMI approved R.E.Ps, and community of practice.
You can claim one PDU for every one hour of activity.
Category B: Continuing Education
If you complete an academic course related to project management, you can claim PDUs for it.
You can claim credit for this activity under Category B if the training is not registered with PMI.
Category C: Self-Directed Learning
If you read a book or article related to project management, watched a video, or took part in a discussion, you can claim the PDUs under Category C, but only a maximum of 30 PDUs every three years.
Giving Back to the Profession
. Here you cannot earn more than 25 PDUs per CCR cycle.
Category D: Creating New Project Management Knowledge
If you have written a book, article, blog post, newsletter, or presented a webinar, podcast, etc., you can claim the PDUs for these activities under Category D.
You can count the time required to create the knowledge and the time to present it towards the PDUs.
Category E: Volunteer Service
If you have provided volunteer services without being compensated, you can claim PDUs.
Category F: Working as a Professional in Project Management
You can claim 8 PDUs per CCR cycle if you are working as a project manager.
PMI has divided the PDUs into categories to make the CCR process robust and easy. You will need to earn 60 PDUs every three years to maintain your PMP certification. This is not difficult if you understand and follow the guidelines, the PDU categories and how many PDUs you can earn under each. You can maintain your credentials with little expense and hassle.
I recommend you to refer to the official CCR Handbook to get updated and authentic information. If there are conflicts between any of my blog posts and the CCR Handbook, follow the information given in the official Handbook.