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Maintaining PMP® Accreditation
Maintaining PMP® AccreditationAll PMP® accredited people need to participate in the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program to keep their active certification status.The certification cycle lasts three years from when you pass the exam. You need to attain a minimum of 60 professional development units (PDUs) during the cycle After completing a single cycle successfully, a new three-year cycle begins.
Certification StatusActive Status:Once you pass the PMP® exam you are considered to be in active status. You must you earn and record your PDUs and renew your credential before the 3-year certification/CCR cycle endsSuspended Status:If you do not satisfy the CCR program within the 3-year cycle you will be placed in suspended status for 12 months. You cannot refer to yourself as a PMPThe suspension period lasts one year (12 months).If you earn the necessary PDUs or complete the renewal process you are returned to active status. Otherwise you are placed in expired statusExpired Status:To become a PMP® again you must re-apply and retake the examination
Professional Development Units (PDUs)
PDU CategoriesCategory A: Courses offered by the PMI’s R.E.P.s, chapters and communitiesEarn PDUs by attending educational courses offered by the PMI’s Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s). These providers adhere to quality criteria established by the PMI and are solely authorized to issue PDU certificates to attendees.Earn PDUs by attending events (seminars, conferences, etc.) offered by PMI, PMI chapters and communities of practice. Earn PDUs by taking a PMI® Publication Quiz (reading an article and correctly answering at least 80% of the questions).
PDU CategoriesCategory B: Continuing EducationEarn PDUs: by completing an academic course being offered by a university or college.Earn PDUs by attending relevant educational courses, conferences, seminars or symposiums offered by training organizations NOT registered with PMI. This may include training (or a webinar) offered by your employer, another professional or membership association, or a non-R.E.P. training organization. Similar events offered by PMI or PMI chapters and communities may be submitted under the Category A option.
PDU CategoriesCategory C: Self-Directed LearningEarn PDUs for self-directed learning activities which are individualized learning events involving personally conducted research or study.Learning may include informal activities such as:reading articles, books, or instructional manuals;watching videos, using interactive CD-ROMs, podcasts, or other source material;having formal discussions with colleagues, co-workers, clients, or consultants;being coached or mentored by a colleague, co-worker or consultant (If you served as a coach or mentor to someone else, report that activity under the Volunteer Category)Qualifying activities must be relevant to project management, meet a specified purpose, and use knowledgeable resources.
PDU CategoriesCategory D: Create New PM KnowledgeEarn PDUs for creating new knowledge for project management.Qualifying activities include: Authoring (co-authoring) a project management textbook, a peer-reviewed article, a non-peer-reviewed article or an article for PMI’s Knowledge ShelfAuthoring an article for relevant electronic newslettersAuthoring of article on an official organization, professional, or company blogPresenting in a webinar or podcastCreating a course or developing course content for project management related coursesServing as a speaker or instructor for project management related courses and presentationsServing as a moderator of a relevant discussionServing as a subject matter expert for a panel discussion
PDU CategoriesCategory E: Volunteer ServiceEarn PDUs by providing volunteer, non-compensated project management services to non-employer or non-client customer groups.Examples:Serve as an elected volunteer officer for a project management organization (including PMI chapters and communities of practice). This work must be done for legally recognized non-profit, not-for-profit, or charitable groups and organizations.Serve as a volunteer/appointed committee member for a project management organization (including PMI chapters and communities of practice). This work must be done for legally recognized non-profit, not-for-profit, or charitable groups and organizations.Providing project management-related volunteer services to PMI or another professional project management association. This work must be done for legally recognized non-profit, not-for-profit, or charitable groups and organizations.
PDU CategoriesCategory F:Working as a PM ProfessionalEarn PDUs by working as a project manager for a minimum of 6 months within the 12 month period.You can earn a total of:15 PDUs per cycle for PMP credential holdersYou may claim:5 PDUs per 12-month period for PMP credential holders
Recording PDUs and Renewing your PMP®You are responsible for recording your PDU activities as they occur. The most efficient way to record PDUs is by using the online CCR System in www.pmi,org.Note that up to 20 PDUs may be carried over to your next CCR cycle.If you meet the PDU requirements during the three-year cycle, you will receive electronic notification to apply for credential renewal. There is a fee associated with renewal.All applicants must agree to the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
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