PMPs Earn PDUs for PM Articles

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.

Project Management Professionals (PMPs) must earn 60 PDUs every three years to keep their certification. You can earn some of these PDUs by writing project management-related articles. Here's the lowdown.

Did you know as a Project Management Professional can earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) for writing project management-related articles? Ever since the Project Management Institute published the new Category and Structure for Professional Development Units (PDUs) in March 2011, earning PDUs has become much easier. This ease is especially visible in Category D “Creating New Project Management Knowledge”: Every hour that you spend creating or presenting new project management knowledge counts as one PDU.

This means that if you decide to write a project management-related article and you invest three hours in writing it then you have just earned three PDUs. (Note that there is a maximum of 45 PDUs that you can earn in Categories D, E and F; therefore these three hours would count toward that maximum).

Are you thinking that this way of earning PDUs isn’t for you because you have nothing to write about? Think again! Let me give you three simple ideas:

1. Write a white paper about your last project. Describe what and how you managed it, focusing on project management best practices.

2. There isn’t one project meeting …

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