Earning PDUs Made Easy: A Six-Step Approach

Cornelius Fichtner, PMP

Cornelius Fichtner, PMP is a noted PMP expert. He has helped over 20,000 students prepare for the PMP Exam with The Project Management PrepCast at http://www.pm-prepcast.com and he guides PMI credential holders on earning PDUs with The PDU Insider at http://www.pdu-insider.com.

As a Project Management Professional credential holder, the last thing you want to happen is to have your certification suspended because you did not earn the required 60 Professional Development Units within your three-year recertification cycle. Once the stress of taking and passing the PMP exam is over, you step back into focusing on projects and other deadlines--and often times the need to earn PDUs is relegated to the back of your mind (or even forgotten all together). You want to avoid a situation in which your recertification cycle is about up and you have earned only a few--or worse yet, no--PDUs.

So let’s take a look at the task at hand (the need to earn 60 PDUs within the three-year recertification cycle) as a project and break it down as a six-step plan of attack:

Step 1: Learn the rules. The first thing you need to do is learn the rules for earning the required PDUs. Just like if you want to drive a car, it is best to start by learning the traffic rules. The best way to learn the rules for earning and claiming PDUs is to read the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) section of the Project Management Professional Handbook.

Step 2: Review the online CCR System. Every PDU earned needs to be reported through the Project Management Institute’s online CCR System. You can report your PDUs through the CCR System, print a copy of your PDU …

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