Project Management

Topic Teasers Vol. 149: Finding Purpose With PDUs

Heartland Nebraska / Iowa Chapter

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Recently, the Project Management Institute adjusted its Talent Triangle®. I’m not sure how I can quickly adjust my finances to take classes for extra PDUs. After working so hard to earn my certification, I don’t want to lose it. Any clever ideas for how I can meet the requirements with little or no associated costs​​?

A. The names of the sides of the PMI Talent Triangle have changed quite recently, but the number of PDUs for each side, and for other methods of earning credit for recertification, have remained the same. None of them require paid classes. In fact, working on local projects that add value to your community can count.

B. With the release of the PMBOK® Guide—Seventh Edition, there is a new requirement that one spends at least $2,000 over the course of the three-year cycle on project management classes in order to qualify for renewal.

C. The little-known secret about PDUs for renewal is that you can earn all of them merely by working in your day-to-day job, as long as you keep careful records of what you do each day and have it verified by the human resources department of your employer.

D. Of the 360 PDUs required for recertification, half of them must be through classes written and sold by PMI, …

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