PMI® has changed the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Program. The changes affect how PDUs, required for maintaining PMI credential, can be earned and applied. These changes went into effect December 1, 2015.
What every PMP® needs to know*
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* PgMP®, PfMP® and PMI-PBA® renewal cycle requirements are the same as those for the PMP® designation. For PMI-ACP®, PMI-RMP®, and PMI-SP® credentials, 30 PDUs must be reported every 3-year cycle, with a minimum of 18 PDUs being from the “Education” category, and a minimum of 4 PDUs from each of the Talent Triangle Categories. A maximum of 4 PDUs can be claimed each 3 year cycle for being a practicing project manager.
According to results published in the 2013 PMI Pulse of the Profession® In-Depth Study: Talent Management report, 4 out of 5 organizations report difficulty in finding qualified talent to fill open project management positions.
Anecdotally, this is consistent with what we at WCP have been hearing from many of our clients for some time.
In addition to sound technical project management skills, it is clear that organizations are looking for project managers with leadership as well as the business intelligence skills to achieve long-range strategic objectives that will lead to an improved bottom line.
The updates to the CCR program, therefore align professional development activities, specifically Education activities, with the PMI Talent Triangle to ensure certification holders are focused on the needs of the profession.
The PMI Talent Triangle
The Talent Triangle represents the three areas of skills that organizations are looking for in their project managers: Technical Project Management skills, Leadership skills and Strategic and Business Management skills.
By putting more emphasis on continuing education of project managers, and aligning their education to the three talent areas identified as being of prime importance to employers of project managers, it is hoped that we will see a trend to more skilled project managers who are able to meet the rigorous demands of their jobs.
Earning PDUs Under the New System
Under the updated system, PMI credential holders will be able to earn and claim PDUs for all the same activities as they were previously. The difference is in the number of PDUs that can be earned by “giving back to the profession” versus through education. Also, the PDUs earned through education will have to fall under the areas of the Talent Triangle, with a minimum number of PDUs from each category. For PMP®, PgMP®, PfMP® and PMI-PBA® credential holders, that means that of the 60 PDUs they must earn every 3 year period, 35 of the PDUs must be from education, with a minimum of 8 PDUs from each of the three categories within the Talent Triangle.
PMI Talent Triangle Definitions and Examples of Courses that Qualify within each Category
PMI has defined the three skill areas contained within the Talent Triangle as follows:
Technical Project Management: Knowledge, skills and behaviors related to specific domains of Project, Program and Portfolio Management.
Courses that qualify under this category would include: PM Essentials: Part 1 – The Fundamentals, and PM Essentials: Part 2 – Advanced Project Monitoring and Control
Leadership: Knowledge, skills and behaviors specific to leadership-oriented skills that help an organization achieve its business goals.
Courses that qualify under this category would include: PM Essentials: Part 3 – Project Communication and Stakeholder Management, and People Skills: The Secret Behind Project Success
Strategic and Business Management: Knowledge of and expertise in the industry or organization that enhances performance and better delivers business outcomes.
Courses that qualify under this category would include: Project Contracting and Procurement Management
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