As you might have been aware, in December 2015 PMI made some major changes to the CCR cycle and now you will have to report PDUs according to this new system.
PMI has made these changes after a lot of thoughtful discussion, market research and taking input from the various stakeholders to incorporate the multi directional views from experts belonging to different industries.
PMI regularly tweaks its CCR cycle to keep its certification holders relevant, current to the latest technologies, and to increase their employability.
As the new system has been implemented and it is bit complex to understand at first glance, I’m writing this blog post to explain to you what has and has not changed with the new system.
Okay, let’s get started.
What Did Not Change
Before December 1st you were required to earn 60 PDUs every three years, and you are still required to earn 60 PDUs every three years. No change here.
Before December 1st, 2015, PMI had two PDU categories:
- Giving Back to the Profession
After December 1st it still has these two categories. There is no change in the categories.
There is no change in the sub-categories as well.
Before December 1st, the education category had three sub-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)
It still has those three sub-categories.
Likewise, giving back to the profession has the same number of sub-categories, i.e. three:
- Category D (Creating Knowledge)
- Category E (Volunteering)
- Category F (Working as a Professional)
Therefore there is no change in these sub-categories as well.
What Has Changed
The first major change is a new ceiling in the maximum and minimum numbers of PDUs to be earned in each category.
Before December 1st, 2015, there was no mandatory minimum requirement in the education category group (though there was an upper ceiling of 30 PDUs in category C). Now you will have to earn 35 PDUs in the education category with a maximum number of 30 PDUs in category C.
There is one caveat added here.
Out of these 35 PDUs, 8 PDUs must belong to Technical Skills, 8 PDUs to Leadership Skills, and 8 PDUs to Business Skills. The remaining 11 PDUs can be distributed throughout any sides of the triangle.
These three skill sets are collectively named the Talent Triangle by the PMI. These are the skills that every organization finds important for its success and growth.
A study done by PMI shows that (source)
- 66% of organizations say that technical skills are difficult to find
- 75% of organizations rank leadership skills as the most important skills for project success
- Business skills are important. 72% of organizations have higher project success rates when they align their talent with organization strategy
Therefore PMI has developed this Talent Triangle concept and incorporated it into the CCR cycle so you can develop and position yourself for success.
Now we come to the giving back to the profession category.
Before December 1st, 2015, you were allowed to earn a maximum of 45 PDUs under this category, and now after December 1st you can only earn a maximum of 25 PDUs.
Moreover, in category F, you can claim a maximum of 8 PDUs in three years, while before it was 15 PDUs per CCR cycle or 5 PDUs per year.
The PMI CCR program is developed to help you grow your career, and it is totally focused on your professional development. PMI always tries to keep their course content and certification cycle current and aligned with the organizational requirements so you can always be ahead of non PMI certification holders and stay focused on developing your skills. You should be adaptive to the market conditions and so is the PMI CCR cycle.
I believe that after reading this post you will have a clear understanding of the new CCR cycle, and if you are interested in earning PDUs, you can refer to my other blog post on how to earn PDUs for free by clicking on the link given below:
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