PDU Category Update

PDU Category Structure Updated

PDU Category Structure Updated Effective 1 March, PMI implemented a simplified structure for categorizing professional development units (PDUs). The new structure is based on your feedback and will better serve you and the stakeholders who support you.

If you have earned PDUs and have not yet reported them in the online Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) system, you can still claim them toward maintaining your credential but will have to map them to the new PDU categories.

Overview of Changes

The restructuring has reduced the number of PDU categories from 18 to six. The six new categories will be grouped under two divisions: Education and Giving Back to the Profession.

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All categories use the rule that one hour of learning activity is equivalent to one PDU. Categories have been expanded to include Web 2.0 learning opportunities, as well. This includes presenting in podcasts and webinars, or writing a professional blog for an official organization or your company.

There are limits on certain categories in the Giving Back to the Profession division to ensure all credential holders pursue project management continuing education as part of maintaining their credential.

What is Not Changing

You still have a three-year certification cycle in which you should earn and report the required amount of PDUs to renew your credential. The number of PDUs required to maintain your credential and the renewal fee structure also will remain the same.

Please take a moment to review the new PDU categories and frequently asked questions online.


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