Friday, June 09, 2006

Collecting PDUs???

I renewed my PMP membership last week. One year has passed and Im left with no PDUs..Too bad…. How do I claim PDUs with All the project related work I do ?

How does other PMPs in SL collect PDUs? Have they given up on that?

Btw, what is PDU ?

Professional Development Unit (PDU)
According to PMI’s rules, a person holding a PMP® certificate must work actively to develop his or her competence in project management. This is a must in order to keep one’s PMP® certificate. Every PMP® certified project manager must renew the certification every three years, and this requires PDU points. One is required to collect at least 60 PDUs during a three-year period.”. <>

How do we collect PDUs ? We don’t have such opportunities and PM events in Sri Lanka ..( Do we??? )

There are some Free stuff which you can get enrolled to earn PDUs online. (Thanks to my friend who sent me this..)

Some other info I found:

PMP Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR): PDUs Made Simple

By: David M. Sides, PMP – January, 2006

Professional Development Units (PDUs) are divided into two basic groups:

You get Project Management – Take courses, training, learning experiences for yourself.

You give Project Management – Perform PM, publish, teach or coach others.

To maintain PMP certification, PMPs must accrue a minimum of 60 PDUs for each 3-year cycle. The cycle extends from the PMP exam date through December 31st of the third calendar year. Typically one hour of qualifying activity equals 1 PDU. PDUs can be earned in any combination, subject to restrictions shown below. Up to 20 excess PDUs earned during the final year of the current cycle may be applied to the next cycle.

Note: If you do not meet these requirements you will lose your PMP certification. To regain PMP status you must apply, pay, and retake the PMP exam.

The reporting process includes completion of an online CCR form, review by PMI, and subsequent renewal payment of $60 for PMI members ($150 for non-members). Since you must keep appropriate

documentation in case of audit, PMI recommends that you maintain PDUs online as they are earned. [I find it easier to keep an offline file and enter once at the end of my cycle.] Examples of required backup documentation include grade transcripts, certificates of completion, program agendas, published materials, program agendas, or class rosters.

Within these groups there are categories, each with specific requirements and possible limitations.

Category 1 – Formal Academic Education

PM-related course from a college or university for degree credit. 1 degree credit = 1 PDU. For

example, a 15-credit semester course = 15 PDUs.

Category 2 – Professional Activities and Self-Directed Learning

There are nine sub-categories, each with different PDUs, requirements, and restrictions.

2a – Author of PM article in refereed journal (30); co-author (20).

2b – Author of PM article in non-refereed journal (15); co-author (10).

2c – PM Speaker at conference, symposium, formal course (10).

2d – PM Speaker at PMI chapter meeting (5).

2e – Member of PM panel at conference, symposium, formal course (5).

2f – Author of PM textbook (40); co-author (20).

2g – Developer of content for structured PM learning program (10).

2h – Practitioner of PM at least 1,500 hours per year (max 5 per year, 15 per cycle).

2SDL – Individual PM-related learning, research, study, or coaching. 1 hour = 1 PDU (max 15 per cycle).

Category 3 – PMI Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.)

PM-related course from a PMI R.E.P. 1 hour = 1 PDU.

Category 4 – Other Provider

PM-related course from any other provider. 1 hour = 1 PDU.

Category 5 – Volunteer Service to Professional or Community Organizations

You may earn a maximum 20 PDUs per cycle in Category 5.

Serve as officer in PM organization.

o Minimum 3 months = 2 PDUs per year.

o 6 months service = 5 PDUs per year.

o 12 months service = 10 PDUs per year.

Serve as committee member in PM organization.

o Minimum 3 months = 1 PDU per year.

o 6 months service = 3 PDUs per year.

o 12 months service = 5 PDUs per year.

Provide PM-related services to community or charitable group (5 PDUs per year).

For more details, see the CCR Handbook on Contact:


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kulandaivel on 6:00 PM said...

Hi Thushara,

I applied 62 PDUs claim in July last week.I understand that it would take 3 weeks to process. Still i did not get a mail from PMI for renewal.

What would be reason i did not get the mail from PMI?

Thushara said...


Actualy this post is bit old and I have no idea whether they have updated the PDU schemes by now. I didnt check that lately. But dont worry I will ask a professional to comment you on this with some guidance.

The Project Management Podcast™ on 10:49 AM said...


After I applied all my PDUs online and sent them off to the PMI for processing it also took some time to process. I recommend that you wait maybe another week or so, and if you still don't hear back from them, then go ahead and send an email to their customer support. They usually answer within about 3 days.

The PMI is rather busy, so I am not surprised that it takes long. Remember that they have over 200,000 PMPs.

Cornelius Fichtner, PMP


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