How to Earn PDUs

June 17th, 2011

The CCR program by the Project Management Institute requires all PMP holders to earn at least 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs) every 3 years to maintain their credential status. These units can be earned through a variety of ways and are intended to keep you up-to-date with the latest happenings in the project management world. Here are some of the ways you can earn your PDUs:

Taking project management courses from certified institutions is a great way to polish your project management skills and earn PDUs in the process.

Coaching others or giving lectures on project management and using content from books, CDs, or websites is another way to earn your PDUs. Any research and discussions you conduct may be counted as credits to your 60 PDU requirement.

You can also earn PDUs by attending one of the many events and seminars PMI organizes around the world. These events also provide excellent networking and learning opportunities for you and are usually attended by some of the best PMs in the industry. One of the benefits of becoming a PMI.org member is that you will get special offers and discounts on these events and will get updates whenever something is happening.

Writing a blog or publishing books on project management is another great way to earn PDUs if you enjoy writing and expressing your opinions. You can volunteer on discussion forums or write a blog that provides tips on passing the PMP certification (like this one). Writing not your thing? Making videos or podcasts will earn you credits as well.

Volunteering at any organization other than your own company will give you a unique learning experience and PDU credits.

If you’re a project manager, then all you need to do to earn PDUs is your job. As long as you are carrying out project management tasks at work, then you can claim your work hours in exchange for PDUs.

The main purpose of the 60 PDU requirement is to keep you always aware of the latest happenings in the project management industry. Don’t approach the process of earnings your PDUs as a chore, instead look at it as if it were an opportunity to acquire new skills and meet with new people (by attending seminars/conventions).

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