To become a PMP (project management professional) certification holder is no doubt a big achievement. If a person has earned this certification, it means he or she will be ranked as a proven expert in the field of project management.
And as it is a great accomplishment, you must be proud of it, but there are few more requirements which you need to meet in order to maintain your active project management professional status.
Due to so much emphasis is being placed on qualifying the PMP credential requirements and on meeting the requirements of PMP certification that most of the PMP certification candidates might fail to the fact that this is not the end, there is so much more work to be done.
In fact, this works must begin right from the moment they qualified the exam in order to maintain their PMP certification status.
In short, for maintaining your project management professional credential, you will need to earn certain PDUs, that promoted industry engagement and continued learning.
What are PDUs?
PDUs stands for professional development units. These are basically one hour blocks of time that a PMP credential holder spends on teaching others, learning, or volunteering. By tracking and accumulating these PDUs over a period of three years, you will be able to maintain your PMP certification status with PMI.
PMP credential requires you to earn a certain number of PDUs in a three years’ time period. For instance, if you get a project management certification and after that, for the purpose of maintaining it, you have to earn sixty PDUs but for others such as PMI-ACP will require to earn 30PDUs.
What are Some Tips on Earning PDUs?
When you think about earning a number of PDUs, it might sound like a time-consuming and tedious process, and some ways can make it easier for you to maintain your project management professional certification.
1. Develop a plan and start early.
You will don’t have to spend last few months of CCR cycle in order to cram and earn your 60 PDUs because it will become somehow stressful and you will not be able to learn much in that limited time period. It means you just need to plan and develop a proper strategy for earning PDUs.
2. Document your activities as you go
In order to make sure that you got credit for your each earned PDU, you will need to ensure one thing that is to document as your industry engagement is happening or going on. You don’t only need to earn PDUs, but also you need to verify them from PMI so that you might be able to get credit. So it will be best for you to document your PDUs through an online CCR system.
3. Make sure programs are registered.
If you are thinking to take up courses in order to earn PDUs, then you will have to verify those courses which you are taking are approved and registered by the project management institute.
Moreover, if you want to make the maintaining or renewal process easy, the best way is to stay diligent and organized.