Hi everyone. Before we begin this month’s question I have a confession to make. This month ‘Ask Margaret’ is really ‘Ask Cornelius’ as in Cornelius Fichtner. Cornelius is my go-to guy for this type of question. Why? Because he can explain it concisely and clearly! Thank you Cornelius.
Question: How does my job as project manager “count” toward earning Professional Development Units (PDUs)? How is this reported and documented?
Answer: PMI offers a large number of categories in which a PMP certified project manager can earn PDUs to re-certify the credential. The one that is probably least known is the fact that simply by working as a project manager you will earn PDUs. To be precise, this is category 2H and PMI defines this as follows: “Practitioner of project and/or program management services for more than 1,500 hours in a calendar year.” Let me translate this: If you work as a project or program manager for at least 1,500 hours per year, then you can earn 5 PDUs for each full calendar year. So over the course of your 3-year re-certification cycle you can earn a maximum of 15 PDUs “just” for doing your normal work as a project or program manager.
These PDUs are reported and documented in the same way as all other PDUs: You must log on to the PMI’s Continuing Certification Requirements System (CCRS) which is located at www.pmi.org/ccrs. Once you are logged in click on “Report PDU”, select category 2H and follow the on-screen instructions. I recommend that you keep track of the number of hours that you work every year on your projects, have your supervisor confirm the number via a quick email and keep that information in a “PDU folder” just in case that you get audited by PMI.
About Cornelius: Cornelius Fichtner, PMP is the host of The PDU Podcast, the first podcast that allows PMPs and PgMPs to earn unlimited PDUs using their portable media player. He earned his PMP credential in 2004 and has since then helped over 10,000 project managers to get certified. Learn more at www.pducast.com