This blog post has been updated to reflect the changes that PMI has implemented in the CCR cycle from December 1st 2015 onwards by implementing the Talent Triangle concept.
Once you become a PMP, your next task is to maintain your credential as it is only valid for three years and must be renewed. To renew your credentials, you have to report 60 PDUs to the PMI by the end of the third year. Failing to do so may lead to suspension. One year after suspension, your credentials will expire.
Therefore, in this blog post I’m going to discuss the PDU categories and PMI’s Talent Triangle. I will then give you the free and paid options to earn 60 PDUs to help you complete your CCR cycle.
PMI has divided the PDUs into two groups:
- Education PDUs
- Giving Back to the Profession PDUs
The Education PDUs group has three categories:
- Category A (Courses offered by PMI’s R.E.P.s, chapters, communities, and G.A.C.)
- Category B (Continuing Education)
- Category C (Self-Directed Learning)
In the first, education group, you must earn a minimum of 35 PDUs but not more than 30 PDUs in category C.
Moreover, out of these 35 PDUS, 8 PDUs should be in Technical Project Management Skills, 8 PDUs in Leadership Skills, and 8 PDUs in Strategic Business Management Skills.
PMI has named these three skillsets the “PMI Talent Triangle”.
The remaining PDUs can be distributed in any of the three categories.
The Giving Back to the Profession PDUs group can be categorized into three categories as well:
- Category D (Creating Knowledge)
- Category E (Volunteering)
- Category F (Working as a Professional)
In this group, you can earn a maximum of 25 PDUs but only 8 PDU’s can be claimed from Category F during the three years
Now let’s see how you can earn these PDUs free of charge.
Here I am going to help you find 60 PDUs for free to help you complete your CCR cycle.
Free Category A and B PDUs
In these categories, there is no maximum limit. So if you can earn more than 35 categories, you are good to go.
On this site you can find approximately 30 PDUs. I contacted the IAG regarding the correct categories of these PDUs and they replied that these are category 2 (old classification) PDUs. However, I believe that under the current classification they fall under category B.
Currently, this site has 45 recorded webinars and a few scheduled webinars. You can view these recorded webinars and earn category A PDUs. (Visit their FAQ Page if you have any questions).
CADENCE Management Corp
CADENCE Management Corp has more than 18 free webinars which will be valuable to your professional development.
ESI International offers a vast collection of on-demand webinars. They provide webinars related to project management, program management, organization improvement, business analysis, requirement management, and so on.
This is my favorite, and I have earned many PDUs for my CCR cycle from here.
PMI provides you with an excellent opportunity to earn free category A PDUs by participating in their Community of Practice (CoP) activities and watching their recorded webinars. I strongly recommend you join these CoPs, get involved with them, watch the live or recorded webinars and earn PDUs.
Once you finished the webinar, the PDU will be automatically added to your account. You don’t even have to report it.
Free Category C PDUs
Under this category you can earn PDUs just by reading project management related books. Purchase any good project management book or borrow it from a friend and read it.
Note the date/time of starting the book and completing date/time. You must also keep records of your notes.
Once you complete reading this book you can report it to PMI and claim PDUs. Please note that one hour of activity is equal to one PDU.
If you don’t like reading books, there is another option for you to earn PDUs under the self-directed learning category.
Here you can get a lot of free podcasts. Listen to them and note down their length and the time/date of this activity.
One hour of podcast is equal to one PDU.
Please note that you can only earn 30 PDUs from this “Self-Directed Learning” category.
Free Category F PDUs
You can claim a total of 8 PDUs per CCR cycle for just working as a professional in project management.
I hope that the above links are enough for you to claim all 60 of your PDUs free of charge. On the Internet you will find many resources to earn the PDUs, but remember – you only need sixty PDUs in three years.
I may add or amend the links if I find that any of them are broken or if any other quality resource is identified. You can also suggest a resource if you feel that it is worth being added. Keep in mind that PDU categories for the above given links may change; therefore, before subscribing for any course/webinar check the current category.
Paid PDUs provide you with many benefits compared to the free PDUs, such as:
- Often times with the free options, you will have to earn one PDU from one resource and report it to the PMI, and then search again for the next PDU. However, in the paid option you can generate a bunch of PDUs in one shot and you can report them in a single report.
- Paid PDUs offer the opportunity to learn a new skill such as Six Sigma, communication skills, etc. With free PDUs you may not be able to learn any new skill deeply.
- Paid PDUs provide a single stop for all your requirements; while free PDUs require you to run to different places and keep a record of all of them.
In this section I’m going to provide you with some paid options to earn PDUs. Every listed PDU course is aligned with the PMI’s new Talent Triangle concept and distributes the PDUs accordingly.
PDU courses from PM Simplify
PM Simplify is a leading training provider for project management courses. They have variety of programs to help you acquire new skills in project management.
They offer many courses for PMP certificate holders to earn PDUs and maintain their CCR Cycle. All of their courses are PMI approved; i.e. they fall under category A PDUs and they are aligned with the PMI Talent Triangle concept.
Some popular PDU courses from PM Simplify includes:
Business Analysis Fundamentals
For 200 USD, you will earn 25 PDUs. The course content is aligned with the BABOK Guide third edition. This course will teach you the fundamentals of Business Analysis.
You will get one year access for this course and upon completion you will be able to download the certificate of completion.
(Use coupon code PMSC to get a discount of 20 USD.)
Six Sigma Overview
For 100 USD you will earn 15 PDUs. This course teaches you the basics of Six Sigma; e.g. an introduction to Six Sigma, a definition of Six Sigma, the barriers in implementing six sigma, as well as the similarities and differences between DMAIC and DMADV.
Access will be for one year and at the end of course completion you can download your certificate.
(Use coupon code PMSC to get a discount of 10 USD.)
Principles of Leadership
For 75 USD you will earn 10 PDUs. This course will help you understand basic concepts in leadership such as principles of leadership in project management, various leadership models, team building, performance appraisals, communication and innovation, etc.
Course access will be for one year. Upon course completion you can download your certificate of completion.
(Use coupon code PMSC to get a discount of 7.5 USD.)
For 75 USD you will earn 10 PDUs. This course will teach you various types of communication models, communication types, and the importance of nonverbal communication such as body language, gestures, eye contact, etc.
Access will be for one year, and you will get a certification of completion at the end of the course.
(Use coupon code PMSC to get a discount of 7.5 USD.)
For 150 USD you will get 25 PDUs. This course gives you an introduction to ITIL. Access will be for one year and upon completion of the course you can download a certificate of completion.
(Use coupon code PMSC to get a discount of 15 USD.)
For 150 USD you will earn 35 PDUs. If you are a PMI-RMP, you can also claim 20 PDUs for the PM-RMP CCR requirement. This course is aligned with the fifth edition of the PMBOK Guide, and helps you understand project management fundamentals.
Access is for one year. Upon course completion, you have to pass a quiz and then you can download your certificate of completion.
Buy this course if you have passed the PMP exam based on the fourth edition of the PMBOK Guide.
(Use coupon code PMSC to get a discount of 15 USD.)
Bundle Courses from PM Simplify
PM Simplify also offers bundle courses where two or more courses are combined at a reduced price.
60 PDU Bundle @ 300 USD
This bundle consists of two courses: PM Fundamentals and Business Analysis.
(Save 30 USD by using coupon code PMSC.)
55 PDU Bundle @ 270 USD
This bundle consists of three courses: PM Fundamentals, Leadership Principles, and Nonverbal Communication.
(Save 27 USD by using coupon code PMSC.)
50 PDU Bundle @ 240 USD
This bundle includes two courses: PM Fundamentals and Six Sigma Overview.
(Save 24 USD by using coupon code PMSC.)
45 PDU Bundle @ 210 USD
This bundle consists of two courses: PM Fundamentals and Nonverbal Communication.
(Save 21 USD by using coupon code PMSC.)
40 PDU Bundle @ 180 USD
This bundle includes two courses: Business Analysis and Six Sigma Overview.
(Save 18 USD by using coupon code PMSC.)
PDU courses from OSP International
The founder of OSP International, Mr. Cornelius Fichtner, also offers two courses which can provide you with many PDUs.
Agile PrepCast, 37 PDUs @ 179.99 USD
This program gives you two benefits.
The first benefit is that you will get 37 PDUs.
The second benefit is that this course also fulfills PMI-ACP certification exam requirements for a 30 contact hours training program.
If in the future, you decide to apply for the PMI-ACP certification exam, you can use this training to claim the 30 hours training requirement for the PMI-ACP certification exam.
PM PrepCast 35 PDUs @ 199.99 USD
This program is for you if you have passed your PMP certification exam before July 31st 2013.
This program is available for 199.99 USD and it gives you 35 PDUs.
Since you have passed the exam based on the fourth edition of the PMBOK Guide, this program will help you upgrade your knowledge based to the fifth edition of the PMBOK Guide. This is a good deal for anyone who has passed the exam before July 31st 2013 and wants to keep themselves updated with the latest standards.
(Please read the disclaimer.)