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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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Dec 29, 2016 5:09 AM
Replying to Anupam
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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.
What is Safari?
Linda is the LinkedIn webinar style courses!
Harvard Library is it different then the HBR?
Thank you
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2 replies by Anupam and Vincent Guerard
Feb 24, 2017 11:04 AM
Anupam
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Hello Vincent,

Safari is online digital library just like Books 24x7 (PMI eReads). Sadly PMI discontinued Books 24x7.

https://www.safaribooksonline.com/


Harvard Library includes white papers, articles, posts, etc. by noted authors on various topics.
Oct 25, 2017 9:32 PM
Vincent Guerard
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Thanks for the clarification
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Mayte:
Interesting perspective; training companies are in the business of selling training. It's good to have choices and the challenge for many people is time, money and commitment to maintaining their credential. It's best to have a personal growth and development plan so you have clear goals, objectives and an action plan.
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Feb 24, 2017 12:46 AM
Rami Kaibni
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Naomi,

It is definitely good to have choices but selling PDU's shouldn't be one of those options. It is not difficult to maintain your credentials as you need 60 PDU's only during 3 whole years. I am honestly against PDU's being sold because then the credential itself will loose some credibility.

It is the responsiblity of every PMP to plan and maintain their credential properly in order to make sure they are up to date.

This is just my opinion.
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Feb 24, 2017 12:10 AM
Replying to Naomi Caietti
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Mayte:
Interesting perspective; training companies are in the business of selling training. It's good to have choices and the challenge for many people is time, money and commitment to maintaining their credential. It's best to have a personal growth and development plan so you have clear goals, objectives and an action plan.
Naomi,

It is definitely good to have choices but selling PDU's shouldn't be one of those options. It is not difficult to maintain your credentials as you need 60 PDU's only during 3 whole years. I am honestly against PDU's being sold because then the credential itself will loose some credibility.

It is the responsiblity of every PMP to plan and maintain their credential properly in order to make sure they are up to date.

This is just my opinion.
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1 reply by Naomi Caietti
Feb 24, 2017 1:41 AM
Naomi Caietti
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Mayte:
Perhaps it's semantics; I've never heard of buying PDUs. Like others have mentioned, I've signed up for course, conferences, etc and have earned PDUs.

Rami:
Really?? It "shouldn't be one of those options." Perhaps, it's semantics. Ok I'll play devils' advocate.

So, just not clear why you and others are against PMI Reps providing services for practitioners, credential holders etc so they can fulfill their PDUs? The PMI Triangle is the result of making sure credential holders have choices with better guidelines and focus areas of competency in which they earn their PDUs. How does it "water down" a credential?

As a buyer you have choices; why do want to limit the choices?

Personally, I like having choices but I choose to get my PDUs a variety of ways.

How is this different than going to one conference and taking a variety of track courses that provide you with a no of PDUs? It's not different; many of the same trainers in a different setting.

You state "it the responsibility of every PMP to plan and maintain their credential properly"; yes according to PMI guidelines which offers many choices.

So, does it matter if I have 10 courses from one provider or 5? Does it matter if I volunteer , speak, develop a presentation; no because it's my choice on how I want to earn my PDUs.

Just my opinion.
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Feb 24, 2017 12:46 AM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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Naomi,

It is definitely good to have choices but selling PDU's shouldn't be one of those options. It is not difficult to maintain your credentials as you need 60 PDU's only during 3 whole years. I am honestly against PDU's being sold because then the credential itself will loose some credibility.

It is the responsiblity of every PMP to plan and maintain their credential properly in order to make sure they are up to date.

This is just my opinion.
Mayte:
Perhaps it's semantics; I've never heard of buying PDUs. Like others have mentioned, I've signed up for course, conferences, etc and have earned PDUs.

Rami:
Really?? It "shouldn't be one of those options." Perhaps, it's semantics. Ok I'll play devils' advocate.

So, just not clear why you and others are against PMI Reps providing services for practitioners, credential holders etc so they can fulfill their PDUs? The PMI Triangle is the result of making sure credential holders have choices with better guidelines and focus areas of competency in which they earn their PDUs. How does it "water down" a credential?

As a buyer you have choices; why do want to limit the choices?

Personally, I like having choices but I choose to get my PDUs a variety of ways.

How is this different than going to one conference and taking a variety of track courses that provide you with a no of PDUs? It's not different; many of the same trainers in a different setting.

You state "it the responsibility of every PMP to plan and maintain their credential properly"; yes according to PMI guidelines which offers many choices.

So, does it matter if I have 10 courses from one provider or 5? Does it matter if I volunteer , speak, develop a presentation; no because it's my choice on how I want to earn my PDUs.

Just my opinion.
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2 replies by Mayte Mata-Sivera and Rami Kaibni
Feb 24, 2017 2:09 AM
Rami Kaibni
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Naomi:

Yes, Really Really Really.

You can play the devil's advocate and can disagree as much as you want. My opinion on this specific subject won't change but I feel you misunderstood what my argument is about so Ill reiterate what Ive meant to make sure we are on the same page:

Choices are great and we all like to have choices: Volunteer, Speak, Develop a Presentation, Blog, Mentor, Give back to the Community, pay money against COURSES with 1 provider or 10 providers - Those are all great choices BUT:

What I understood from Mayte's question (Maybe I understood wrong) is that she is saying that she noticed that some companies are offering PDU's against money only without offering education and if you notice my first comment, I did tell her that I've never seen a company offering PDU's for money as if you are reloading your bus pass. Paying money, taking a course and developing yourself is a great option, no questions asked.

I am not against paying money against taking a course that offers PDU's - This is called personal development and most companies and even during expos offer training or seminars against a fee and give PDU's.

To be clear, what I am against is offering PDU's against money without offering educational services or any sort of personal development. If this happens or there are any companies doing so then maintaining the PDU's and certification becomes meaningless because I can wait until the last day of the 3rd year, go online, pay money and get my 60 PDU's - Do you want to tell me that you agree to have this as a choice ??? This is the only option that im against.

I hope I was able to explain myself better.
Feb 24, 2017 2:44 PM
Mayte Mata-Sivera
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Naomi,

For me "buying" means, click, download, click next next next several times in a power point, or pass thru the video, keep the video in your computer while doing another think, take the REP number, put in CCRS and Done. For X dollars you have the 60 PDU's.

Is this education? It's clear that is our responsibility to learn...but, if you have the option, you can take the temptation.

I can agree that there are REP's that offer you a training in something, for example, Six Sigma, presidential or on line, and after you can request your educational PDU's. I was also asking if someone used this kind of services.

But, I've realized that in some advertisement they promote that with free PDU's you can't learn...that's not fair. But here is when our Critical Thinking should be playing.

When I've posted this question was because I've received via Social Media this two very different kind of proposals. A few months ago, I was planning how to get the PDU's, but now I know, that is easiest that it seems.
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Feb 24, 2017 1:41 AM
Replying to Naomi Caietti
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Mayte:
Perhaps it's semantics; I've never heard of buying PDUs. Like others have mentioned, I've signed up for course, conferences, etc and have earned PDUs.

Rami:
Really?? It "shouldn't be one of those options." Perhaps, it's semantics. Ok I'll play devils' advocate.

So, just not clear why you and others are against PMI Reps providing services for practitioners, credential holders etc so they can fulfill their PDUs? The PMI Triangle is the result of making sure credential holders have choices with better guidelines and focus areas of competency in which they earn their PDUs. How does it "water down" a credential?

As a buyer you have choices; why do want to limit the choices?

Personally, I like having choices but I choose to get my PDUs a variety of ways.

How is this different than going to one conference and taking a variety of track courses that provide you with a no of PDUs? It's not different; many of the same trainers in a different setting.

You state "it the responsibility of every PMP to plan and maintain their credential properly"; yes according to PMI guidelines which offers many choices.

So, does it matter if I have 10 courses from one provider or 5? Does it matter if I volunteer , speak, develop a presentation; no because it's my choice on how I want to earn my PDUs.

Just my opinion.
Naomi:

Yes, Really Really Really.

You can play the devil's advocate and can disagree as much as you want. My opinion on this specific subject won't change but I feel you misunderstood what my argument is about so Ill reiterate what Ive meant to make sure we are on the same page:

Choices are great and we all like to have choices: Volunteer, Speak, Develop a Presentation, Blog, Mentor, Give back to the Community, pay money against COURSES with 1 provider or 10 providers - Those are all great choices BUT:

What I understood from Mayte's question (Maybe I understood wrong) is that she is saying that she noticed that some companies are offering PDU's against money only without offering education and if you notice my first comment, I did tell her that I've never seen a company offering PDU's for money as if you are reloading your bus pass. Paying money, taking a course and developing yourself is a great option, no questions asked.

I am not against paying money against taking a course that offers PDU's - This is called personal development and most companies and even during expos offer training or seminars against a fee and give PDU's.

To be clear, what I am against is offering PDU's against money without offering educational services or any sort of personal development. If this happens or there are any companies doing so then maintaining the PDU's and certification becomes meaningless because I can wait until the last day of the 3rd year, go online, pay money and get my 60 PDU's - Do you want to tell me that you agree to have this as a choice ??? This is the only option that im against.

I hope I was able to explain myself better.
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1 reply by Mayte Mata-Sivera
Feb 24, 2017 2:47 PM
Mayte Mata-Sivera
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Rami, You understood well.
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Feb 23, 2017 11:07 PM
Replying to 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
Hello Vincent,

Safari is online digital library just like Books 24x7 (PMI eReads). Sadly PMI discontinued Books 24x7.

https://www.safaribooksonline.com/


Harvard Library includes white papers, articles, posts, etc. by noted authors on various topics.
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Hello Mayte: I have never paid for PDU's - and find it is easy to join webinars on PMI to reach the 60 required. I don't like the option to purchase them and hope there will be someone investigating this further. It doesn't seem to be the best approach since the intent of obtaining continuing education is so that we continue to grow and develop our personal skills and strengths, build our PMO's and validate the strong reputation of PMI.
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Feb 24, 2017 1:41 AM
Replying to Naomi Caietti
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Mayte:
Perhaps it's semantics; I've never heard of buying PDUs. Like others have mentioned, I've signed up for course, conferences, etc and have earned PDUs.

Rami:
Really?? It "shouldn't be one of those options." Perhaps, it's semantics. Ok I'll play devils' advocate.

So, just not clear why you and others are against PMI Reps providing services for practitioners, credential holders etc so they can fulfill their PDUs? The PMI Triangle is the result of making sure credential holders have choices with better guidelines and focus areas of competency in which they earn their PDUs. How does it "water down" a credential?

As a buyer you have choices; why do want to limit the choices?

Personally, I like having choices but I choose to get my PDUs a variety of ways.

How is this different than going to one conference and taking a variety of track courses that provide you with a no of PDUs? It's not different; many of the same trainers in a different setting.

You state "it the responsibility of every PMP to plan and maintain their credential properly"; yes according to PMI guidelines which offers many choices.

So, does it matter if I have 10 courses from one provider or 5? Does it matter if I volunteer , speak, develop a presentation; no because it's my choice on how I want to earn my PDUs.

Just my opinion.
Naomi,

For me "buying" means, click, download, click next next next several times in a power point, or pass thru the video, keep the video in your computer while doing another think, take the REP number, put in CCRS and Done. For X dollars you have the 60 PDU's.

Is this education? It's clear that is our responsibility to learn...but, if you have the option, you can take the temptation.

I can agree that there are REP's that offer you a training in something, for example, Six Sigma, presidential or on line, and after you can request your educational PDU's. I was also asking if someone used this kind of services.

But, I've realized that in some advertisement they promote that with free PDU's you can't learn...that's not fair. But here is when our Critical Thinking should be playing.

When I've posted this question was because I've received via Social Media this two very different kind of proposals. A few months ago, I was planning how to get the PDU's, but now I know, that is easiest that it seems.
Network:9720



Feb 24, 2017 2:09 AM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
...
Naomi:

Yes, Really Really Really.

You can play the devil's advocate and can disagree as much as you want. My opinion on this specific subject won't change but I feel you misunderstood what my argument is about so Ill reiterate what Ive meant to make sure we are on the same page:

Choices are great and we all like to have choices: Volunteer, Speak, Develop a Presentation, Blog, Mentor, Give back to the Community, pay money against COURSES with 1 provider or 10 providers - Those are all great choices BUT:

What I understood from Mayte's question (Maybe I understood wrong) is that she is saying that she noticed that some companies are offering PDU's against money only without offering education and if you notice my first comment, I did tell her that I've never seen a company offering PDU's for money as if you are reloading your bus pass. Paying money, taking a course and developing yourself is a great option, no questions asked.

I am not against paying money against taking a course that offers PDU's - This is called personal development and most companies and even during expos offer training or seminars against a fee and give PDU's.

To be clear, what I am against is offering PDU's against money without offering educational services or any sort of personal development. If this happens or there are any companies doing so then maintaining the PDU's and certification becomes meaningless because I can wait until the last day of the 3rd year, go online, pay money and get my 60 PDU's - Do you want to tell me that you agree to have this as a choice ??? This is the only option that im against.

I hope I was able to explain myself better.
Rami, You understood well.
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1 reply by Naomi Caietti
Feb 24, 2017 3:28 PM
Naomi Caietti
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Rami/Mayte:
Yes, understood well also. Report your concerns to PMI.

Rami:
Your approach in many of your posts is judgmental, attacking in nature, always needing to be right, twisting arms to agree with you or calling others out for agreement or confrontation. Really, I'm not buying into it; any of it!

I prefer open communication so happy to support conversions with mutual respect; happy Friday.
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Feb 24, 2017 2:47 PM
Replying to Mayte Mata-Sivera
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Rami, You understood well.
Rami/Mayte:
Yes, understood well also. Report your concerns to PMI.

Rami:
Your approach in many of your posts is judgmental, attacking in nature, always needing to be right, twisting arms to agree with you or calling others out for agreement or confrontation. Really, I'm not buying into it; any of it!

I prefer open communication so happy to support conversions with mutual respect; happy Friday.
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Feb 24, 2017 5:23 PM
Rami Kaibni
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Naomi,

Thanks for your kind words - I am not sure who is being judgmental and aggressive but I won't go down this road in public because I have respect for you and others.

Different cultures have different tones, different reactions in addition to that English might not be their native language so the way sentences are put might be different than the way you say things so if I were you, and I get annoyed from something or from someone whom I do not know in person at all, I would give that person the benefit of the doubt and address him / her in private rather than confronting and disrespecting them in public so when you talk about Mutual Respect, please walk your talk.

I am not here to judge, attack, twist, confront - Those are all very unprofessional and unacceptable words. Whether you buy it or you don't, I personally am here to contribute, discuss, assist, help and Learn.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion as long as it remains within the professional working ethics and disagreeing with me or any other colleague does not give you the right to confront me or anyone else in this very disrespectful way, using unprofessional words.

Good Luck to you Naomi & Happy Friday !
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