Friday, October 30, 2009

Professional Development Units (PDUs)

Professional Development Units (PDUs) is a way to maintain your certificate credential(s). If you hold the PMP®, PgMP®, PMI-SP®, or PMI-RMP® credential(s), you are required to adhere to the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program, which supports ongoing professional development through education and giving back to the profession.

Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to earn professional development units (PDUs) toward maintaining your credential(s).

While courses and seminars are ideal ways to stay up-to-date with project management best practices, many other activities occurring in your daily professional life may count toward PDUs, too.

Continue Your Education

  1. Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) Courses : There are more than 1,100 PMI R.E.P.s worldwide who offer courses that are pre-approved for PDUs.
  2. E-Learning : PMI’s e-Learning offerings allow you to increase your understanding of project management and apply real-world knowledge through simulations at your own pace. These include our eSeminarsWorldSM courses and our Publication Quizzes.
  3. PMI Community Offerings : PMI chapters and communities of practice hold events, meetings, webinars and educational sessions. PMI members can join these communities and take advantage of their offerings.
  4. PMI® Global Congresses and Regional Events : Attend a congress or regional event and learn, network and get inspired.
  5. SeminarsWorld : Held throughout the year, SeminarsWorld events provide in-depth coverage of a single topic for beginning, mid-level and experienced project professionals.
  6. Self-Directed Learning: PMI will recognize activities that involve personally conducted research or study, including discussions or coaching sessions with colleagues or clients. Such activities should make use of informational materials like CD-ROMs, articles, books, videos or instructional manuals.
  7. Educational Programs by Outside Providers: PMI recognizes relevant educational activities or programs offered by organizations not registered with PMI.

Give Back to the Profession

  1. Creating new content. Write project management-related books and articles for professional print or electronic publications, including PMI’s numerous publications or PMI Knowledge Shelf. If you’re web savvy, write a blog for your company or organization, or present a podcast or webinar. Check out PMI’s Voices on Project Management blog.
  2. Volunteer Service: Earn PDUs for providing your professional services to an organization or group outside of your employer; this includes any elected offices you hold for a project management organization. PMI also has many volunteer opportunities.
  3. Doing Your Job: When you practice project (project scheduling, risk, or program) management professionally, you can claim PDUs. If you work every day as a project manager, this counts toward credential maintenance.
All activities must be related to project management topics that are substantially consistent with the knowledge areas and processes outlined in the latest edition of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®Guide) and involve appropriate expert resources.

Source: Project Management Institute (PMI)

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