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PMI®-PDUs : Frequently Asked Questions?



A list of frequently asked questions for project management certified holders:

  • What are PDUs?

PDUs stands for Professional Development Units. PDUs are the measuring unit used to quantify your professional development as part of the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program. 1 PDU = 1 hour of learning/activity.

Sometimes, you can also earn a fraction – the smallest unit is 0,25 PDUs for 15 mins of activity.

  • Can I still earn Education PDUs the same way I used to?

Yes. You can earn your Education PDUs by attending classes offered by PMI R.E.P.s; attending a PMI congress, SeminarsWorld®, and other events, or through self-directed learning.

You can refer our blog on “What are the different ways to Earn PMI- PDUs?”

  •    Can I claim PDUs for a single Education activity in more than one skill area of the PMI Talent Triangle?

Yes. You can claim PDUs for a single Education activity under multiple skill areas (Technical Project Management, Leadership, Strategic and Business Management) of the PMI Talent Triangle. For example: if you read a book that contains content on techniques for project time management and on negotiating with stakeholders, you could claim this Education activity in the skill areas of Technical Project Management and Leadership.

Also, you can earn the PDUs across the certifications. Pl read our blog on “How to Maintain Multiple PMI Certifications”

  • Can I transfer PDUs to my next cycle?

Yes. PDUs earned above the required total (e.g. 60 for PMP) in the last year of your 3-year certification cycle can be applied to your next cycle. PDUs earned during the first two years of your cycle cannot be applied to a future cycle.

  •  When is the earliest I can start earning PDUs after I earn a certification?

You can start earning and reporting PDU activities as soon as you earn a PMI certification. Activities you completed prior to earning your certification will not count as PDUs towards your newly acquired certification.

  • When reporting PDU activities, is any supporting documentation required?

You do not need supporting documentation to report PDUs and renew your credential. When reporting your PDUs through CCRS, you will be directed to include specific information about the activity in the PDU claim form.

NOTE: PMI recommends you maintain a personal folder for all PDU-related documentation and keep this documentation for at least 18 months after your CCR cycle has ended. If you are randomly selected for an audit, you will need to provide this documentation.

You can read our blog – “How to Report on PMI- PDUs”?

  •  Do I need a special username or password to use CCRS?

No. You will use the same username and password that you use to access PMI.org. CCRS uses PMI single sign-on technology, which enables you to log in only once to gain access to all PMI systems and resources. Single sign-on saves time and prevents the need to remember a separate username and password to access CCRS.

If you have furthermore doubts feel free to comment or email us at support@prothoughts.co.in

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