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Paid PDU's for keep certification - Worth it?
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I've realized that at the moment my certification is in a good shape, I'm not in a hurry to get the 60 PDU's need until my renew.

All the PDU's that I get, was volunteering and webinars. But I've observed that there are a lot of companies that offered the 60 PDU's needed for keeping the PMP certification for X dollars.

Where X is a huge different bracket of prices.

Have you ever paid for keeping your certification? Do you recommend to do it in order to learn a completely new skill as Six Sigma?

I've read that with free PDUs you may not be able to learn any new skill deeply. Is that true? or only advertising that we have to analyze carefully.

Thank you!
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I have never paid for PDUs. I have, however, paid for courses or seminars. Often, those courses can, in turn, give me PDUs.

You pay for learning and growth - in time and effort, at least. PDUs are the fruit of that work.
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1 reply by Mayte Mata-Sivera
Dec 29, 2016 1:15 PM
Mayte Mata-Sivera
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@Stéphane, agree. Paying for learning is worth, if you get PDU's that's perfect.
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I never paid for PDU's either. Companies who offer PDU's for money should be against courses they give and as Stephen said those are the outcome of that work and effort.

You can always learn from free PDU's (Self-Education & Development). If PDU's becomes sellable for X amount then the certificate will lose its value as well as the purpose of the renewal every 3 years.
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1 reply by Mayte Mata-Sivera
Dec 29, 2016 1:20 PM
Mayte Mata-Sivera
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@Rami, thank you for your comments.

Do you think that PMP certification will lose the sense of renewal due to all these companies that sell a pack of PDU's that will automatically renew your certificate with a simple download?
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I also never paid for PDUs.

I have access to Lynda, any video I watch there I get PDUs automatically. Got access to Safari, Harvard Library, and other resources as well. Much thankful to my employer.
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2 replies by Mayte Mata-Sivera and Vincent Guerard
Dec 29, 2016 1:21 PM
Mayte Mata-Sivera
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@Anupam, what is Lynda?
Feb 23, 2017 11:07 PM
Vincent Guerard
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What is Safari?
Linda is the LinkedIn webinar style courses!
Harvard Library is it different then the HBR?
Thank you
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I complete PDU same way as you do, I pay for annual membership of PMI and we can access webinars. This is most convenient way to complete PDUs and offering complete time flexibility. All these webinars contain latest materials and offer best knowledge and fully capable in updating ourselves. So just of sake of PDUs I will not recommend any paid course, yes but some course can offer some specialize and detailed contents which may be taken for individual needs and if you get PDUs that will be an added advantage.
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Agreed. Actually, I did not even realize there was such a thing as to be able to purchase the full 60.

Acquiring PDU's is from actual professional development; whatever the medium; webinars, articles, etc. The subscriptions are paid, PMI, MPUG, or events through your local chapter, but that is yearly, and you are subscribing to a community and unlimited resources for learning. Generally, planning for a year will include a formal education series which will earn a lump sum of PDU's - last year, when I completed the CKM course, I earned 20 some odd PDU's.

Understanding, life can get in the way sometimes, but the point of requiring PDU's is to keep us, as PM's, continually learning, and striving to be better and more well rounded (talent triangle).
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Well it depends and varies from person to person, but if the main goal is to get knowledge i would recommend learning new traits or trying your hand out with different certifications PMI offer ( you may chose what suits you and ad per your eligibility requirement) i personally feel webinar's are also effective as are in person events, but for people who don't have time for either of these than paying some bucks and getting pdu for maintaining certification is the easy way out, though not recommended
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1 reply by Mayte Mata-Sivera
Dec 29, 2016 1:23 PM
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@Mudassar, thank you for your notes. Yes, there are people that are in a hurry in the last months and need to use this company services. But maybe... Are they cheating to themselves?
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Dec 28, 2016 2:34 PM
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I have never paid for PDUs. I have, however, paid for courses or seminars. Often, those courses can, in turn, give me PDUs.

You pay for learning and growth - in time and effort, at least. PDUs are the fruit of that work.
@Stéphane, agree. Paying for learning is worth, if you get PDU's that's perfect.
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Dec 29, 2016 1:19 AM
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I never paid for PDU's either. Companies who offer PDU's for money should be against courses they give and as Stephen said those are the outcome of that work and effort.

You can always learn from free PDU's (Self-Education & Development). If PDU's becomes sellable for X amount then the certificate will lose its value as well as the purpose of the renewal every 3 years.
@Rami, thank you for your comments.

Do you think that PMP certification will lose the sense of renewal due to all these companies that sell a pack of PDU's that will automatically renew your certificate with a simple download?
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Dec 29, 2016 2:08 PM
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If companies strictly sell PDU's directly and those PDU's are not against a course or book or outcome of any educational or giving back activity then of course the PMP and all PMI certifications will lose the sense for renewal because the purpose of the renewal every 3 years is to ensure that professional practitioners are up to date with all PM Practices so if PDU's are offered against money then this does nit make sense.

Maria, are you sure there are companies who just sell PDU's ? Like I can buy 60 PDU's in one day ? Give me an example or share a link.

On another note, Lynda is a website powered by LinkedIn that offers online training courses and so on. Check it out, its very useful:

https://www.lynda.com
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Dec 29, 2016 5:09 AM
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I also never paid for PDUs.

I have access to Lynda, any video I watch there I get PDUs automatically. Got access to Safari, Harvard Library, and other resources as well. Much thankful to my employer.
@Anupam, what is Lynda?
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1 reply by Anupam Ganguly
Dec 29, 2016 11:04 PM
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@Maria, you can try Lynda.com free for 10 days

https://www.lynda.com/

You can learn a new skill online, on your time. There are over 4000 courses in Business, Technology and Creative Skills taught by industry experts.
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Dec 29, 2016 7:20 AM
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Well it depends and varies from person to person, but if the main goal is to get knowledge i would recommend learning new traits or trying your hand out with different certifications PMI offer ( you may chose what suits you and ad per your eligibility requirement) i personally feel webinar's are also effective as are in person events, but for people who don't have time for either of these than paying some bucks and getting pdu for maintaining certification is the easy way out, though not recommended
@Mudassar, thank you for your notes. Yes, there are people that are in a hurry in the last months and need to use this company services. But maybe... Are they cheating to themselves?
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