PMP holders are required to complete 60 PDUs in 36 months to maintain their certification. If such PDUs are completed in less than a year, what would be best next course of action, renew immediately? or wait till end of cycle? Saving Changes...
I, personally, get my PDUs as early as possible - just finished my PMI-RMP renewal, one month into the cycle - and renew immediately. In my case, it allows me to focus on my next certification cycle. (My PMP starts next month.)
I also keep on submitting new PDUs, even if they are no longer necessary. The intent is twofolds. First, I want to ensure all my project management development is properly captured in one spot. Second, should any of my PDU submissions be audited, I have others to fall back on, come what may.. Saving Changes...
You can renew for the next period.
If you pay PMI for the certificate for the next period, you will receive the new certificate.
The maximum certificate renewal period PMI accepts is 2.
If you continue to add PDUs PMI will only launch on your Dashboard 20 PDU's
If you get your required PDUs prior to the end of the cycle, it is really just a personal choice on whether to get the recertification immediately with PMI or wait until the end of the cycle.
Using the PMP 3-year certification as an example:
Upon initial certification you can work to get recertified immediately. Once you reach the 60 PDU requirement, you will get an e-mail from PMI to renew your certification. This will require a $60 payment.
In the last year of your renewed certification cycle, earned PDUs can be applied toward the next future cycle. Additionally up to 20 PDUs earned prior to the 'last year of your renewed certification' can be applied to the next future cycle (with the exception of Working as a Practioner).
The CCR Handbook provides all the details for all of the PMI certifications.
1 reply by Maya Kalach
Sep 24, 2019 4:39 AM
Noted, and thanks a lot James for the detailed clarification
I personally renew as soon as I manage to gather the 60 PDU’s which usually happens within the first year. I did this for all certifications I have with PMI. In the last year of the cycle, you can accumulate 20 PDU’s that will count towards your next cycle as well.
1 reply by Maya Kalach
Sep 24, 2019 4:40 AM
Thank you Rami, so the additional 20 PDUs could be only accumulated in the "last" year of the cycle? (I'm currently in the first year of the cycle still)
Once the required PDU's are earned, you can cycle to the next period at any time. The cycle dates will not change. For example, if the scheduled period is 2019 to 2022, but cycle in 2020, the next period will be 2022-2025.
Read the handbook for further details.
You must take in account that if you have enough PDU's to renew your certification, and you continue getting PDU's, PMI only accept 20 extra PDU's for the next renewal. So, manage your time accordingly and distribute the PDU's obtention adequately.