Passing the PMP certification exam isn’t the end of your journey; it’s just the beginning. Earning the PMP certification isn’t a one-time action. You must take regular steps to maintain your credential. While this may seem like a hassle, it’s actually in your best interest to maintain the certification. Ongoing education ensures that you’re always current on the best project management strategies, and you’re staying up-to-date on industry trends.
The PMI Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program helps project managers to continue their learning and better hone their skills. You can also focus on areas that need improvement, so you’re proficient in all essential project management skills. And, since recording your professional development activities is part of the CCR process, you have an incentive to actually keep learning.
So, how do you maintain your PMP credential? Let’s look at the requirements for renewing the PMP certification.
Here’s where Professional Development Units (PDUs) come back into play. Every three years, you must show that you have earned 60 additional PDUs to maintain your credentials. You must continue to pursue PDUs through a couple of different avenues:
- Education – You must engage in learning opportunities focused on the PMI Talent Triangle®.
- Giving Back to the Profession – You must use your knowledge and skills to contribute to and build the project management profession.
As part of your 60 PDUs, you must earn a minimum of 35 educational PDUs, and you must give back a maximum of 25 PDUs to your profession.
Before you can start earning PDUs, you have to understand exactly what they are. PDUs measure approved professional learning and development activities, and they cover areas outlined in the PMI Talent Triangle®: technical project management, leadership, strategic and business management. These three areas are viewed as the core pillars of effective project management.
One PDU is equivalent to one hour spent engaging in project management activities that fall into one of these three categories. So, to earn 30 PDUs, you would need to engage in 30 hours of education on one of these topics.