When Double-Dipping is a Good Thing!

PMI Southern Alberta Chapter

Mike Griffiths is a consultant and trainer who help organizations improve performance through shared leadership, agility and (un)common sense. He maintains the blog LeadingAnswers.com.

Did you know that PMI members who hold more than one credential can count the same PDUs toward the renewal of multiple credentials? For example, the same PDUs you earn toward your PMI-ACP® renewal can also be counted again towars the renewal of your PMP®. What’s more, with the recent addition of more agile coverage in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)—Sixth Edition and Lexicon, it’s easier than ever to count agile project work toward the historically more traditional focused certifications.

To stay certified, you’ll need to participate in professional development activities, and earn and report professional development units (PDUs). This is the Continuing Certification Requirement (CCR) program that, counter to popular belief, is not a money-making scheme invented by PMI to ensure your ongoing involvement and investment. Instead, it is a requirement of maintaining any ISO/IEC 17204 certified credential and is also necessary for doctors, teachers and CrossFit trainers.

Every certification except the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) requires you to earn a specific amount of PDUs per three-year certification cycle. For the CAPM, you’ll need to retake the exam before the end of your five-year certification cycle. For all the other credentials, you need to earn either 60 PDUs or 30 …

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