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So How Do I Maintain My PMI Certification Now?

So you may or may not be bought into why PMI is changing their Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Program, but one thing is clear: To maintain PMI certifications, you have to follow PMI’s requirements.

This article ignores the Why’s of the changes (you can read more about those here) and will tell you what you need to know for your renewal and are based upon what PMI has published here.

  • Step 1: Identify your current certification expiration date.
    • Log into PMI.org and go to your myPMI tab. Your certification information will be listed along with the expiration date
    • Note: Don’t confuse your PMI Membership expiration date with your certification expiration date(s)
  • Step 2: Determine whether some or all of the new requirements apply to your next renewal.
    • Expiration Date is prior to December 1, 2015
      • None of the new requirements apply to this renewal, but all will apply for your next (2018) renewal
    • Expiration Date is between December 1, 2015 and November 30, 2017
      • You must classify your PDUs according to the new CCR format
      • The following new requirements do not apply, but are encouraged:
        • Meet minimum number of PDUs in Education category and each of the three skill areas
        • Limit Giving Back category PDUs to new maximum requirement
    • Expiration Date is December 1, 2017 and Beyond:
      • You must classify your PDUs according to the new CCR format
      • You must meet minimum number of PDUs in Education category and each of the three skill areas
      • Your PDUs eligible for the Giving Back category are limited to the new maximum requirement
  • Step 3: Understand any of the new requirements applicable to your next renewal.
    • Three new sub-categories to Education are introduced in alignment with the PMI Talent Triangle
      • 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
      • Strategic & Business Management – Knowledge of and expertise in the industry or organization that enhances performance and better delivers business outcomes
    • Minimums for the Education category & sub-categories:
      • A minimum of 60% of PDUs must be in the Education category
        • (Note: 60% of 60 is 36, but PMI’s communications to date have stated both 60% and 35 hours – stay tuned for how this is resolved)
      • Of that 60%, a minimum must be earned in each sub-category (Technical Project Management, Leadership and Strategic & Business Management)
        • PMP, PgMP, PfMP and PMI-PBA require 8 in each sub-category
        • PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP and PMI-SP require 4 in each sub-category
    • Maximums for the Giving Back category:
      • PMP, PgMP, PfMP and PMI-PBA:
        • 25 PDUs total, of which, the maximum for the “Working as a Professional” sub-category is 8 PDUs
      • PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP and PMI-SP:
        • 12 PDUs, of which, the maximum for the “Working as a Professional” sub-category is 4 PDUs
  • Step 4: Earn and report your PDUs with the new classifications, keeping in mind the new minimums and maximums, if they apply to you.

If summary:

  • No change to the total PDUs required
  • More PDUs required within the Education category including specific requirements for each of the new sub-categories of the PMI Talent Triangle
  • Fewer PDUs allowed for giving back categories such as volunteering or working as a professional

If you digest information via images better than text, check out the following infographics PMI developed for the new requirements. (Click an image for a larger version)

PMP, PgMP, PfMP & PMI-PBA
New PMP, PgMP, PfMP and PMI-PBA Renewal Requirements

PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP & PMI-SP
New PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP and PMI-SP Renewal Requirements

About Patrick Quirk

Founding Member of PMEvolution.com President & CEO of FOQUS Partners, LLC PMP since 2005

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