Maintaining Your Certifications
Once you have earned your credential(s), you'll need to maintain it by earning Professional Development Units (PDUs). Fortunately, there are plenty of activities and ways to earn PDUs. For full information regarding the specific requirements for your certification, please see PMI's CCRS handbook
. (go to the PMI certifications page for links)
EDUCATION: Continue learning and growing
There are now five defined Education areas and each has its own requirements. Approximately two-thirds of your PDUs must be from the Education areas and you must obtain a minimum number in each leg of the Talent Triangle.
1. Course or Training
: Participate in Chapter workshops or other formal educational courses offered through PMI or qualified training organizations. There are many instructor led as well as e-learning opportunities available.
2. Organizational Meetings
: Chapter or other professional conferences or meetings relevant to project management and limited to a maximum of 2 PDUs per session.
3. Online or Digital Media
: self-directed learning such as webinars or podcasts.
: non-fictional / informational books, blogs or articles
5. Informal learning
: includes mentoring, small group discussions / lunch and learns or panel discussions with other professionals.
GIVING BACK: applying and sharing your knowledge
1. Work as a Practitioner
: on the job experience related to your certification
2. Create Content
: write / publish project management related articles or presentations
3. Give a Presentation
: Speak on a project management topic at a professional meeting or conference.
4. Share Knowledge
: serve as a mentor, coach or subject matter expert with others
: uncompensated work to advance knowledge or practice of project management.