3 Steps to Picking the Right PDU Category

PMI Talent TriangleAs of December 1, 2015, PMI credential holders seeking to renew their certification(s) must begin classifying PDUs according to the new Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) format.

While PDUs must now be classified per the new format, the changes to the number of PDUs required in each category won’t be enforced for two more years. This gives project managers (and PMI) a couple of years to figure out what types of PDUs go into each category.

Here are three steps to picking the correct category for your PDU:

Step 1: Know the definitions

PMI has defined each category as follows:

  • Technical Project Management:
    Knowledge, skills and behaviors related to specific domains of Project, Program and Portfolio Management.
  • Leadership:
    Knowledge, skills and behaviors specific to leadership-oriented, cross-cutting skills that help an organization achieve its business goals.
  • Business and Strategic:
    Knowledge of an expertise in the industry or organization that enhances performance and better delivers business outcomes.

These are fairly broad descriptions, but step two will drill down a bit.

Step 2: Understand the examples

PMI has provided this graphic to identify specific examples for the type of professional development belonging to each category:
PMI PDU Category Examples

Step 3: Determine how much of your PDU goes into each category

So you just watched a 1 hour webinar containing content on techniques for project time management and on negotiating with stakeholders. Thankfully, you have some flexibility for how you report education across the categories. For example, in this case, you may choose to claim an appropriate portion of the hour in Technical Project Management (for the project time management portion) and the rest in Leadership (for the negotiation portion).


This guide applies to self-reporting PDUs, but can also be used to adjust PDUs reported by an REP on your behalf. For the latest on what PMI suggests for reporting your PDUs, check out this site: http://www.pmi.org/certification/ccr-updates-pra.aspx.





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