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2015 Changes to the PMI PDU Program (CCR)

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PMI Talent Triangle

PMI has announced some changes to its Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) mandate. Depending on how you see it, the changes may be significant. What does this mean? You will now need to earn 60% of your PDUs through Education, and will be allowed fewer in the "Giving Back" categories like volunteering and working as a PM.

The positive spin on this means Better Ways to Advance Your Career!

Why the Update?

It's all about feedback from credential holders themselves as well as employers. Users have stated that while the flexibility of the previous CCR program was appreciated, a notable lack of guidance left them feeling a little lost and employers wanted more skilled PM's. As a matter of fact, four out of five employers in the field of project management say they have a hard time finding the talent they are looking for. The new CCRs are designed to hone the missing skills employers seek.

The Talent Triangle

The intent is not to make earning PDUs more difficult. PMI made the changes in order to ensure relevance to the current business world and to enhance the competitive advantages of PMP Certification holders.

PMI performed extensive market research to understand what employers are looking for in project practitioners. The three specific talents needed for successful project management have been defined as:

  1. Technical skills
  2. Leadership skills and
  3. Strategic and business management skills.

PMI has labeled these three skills the Talent Triangle, and the CCR program is now designed specifically to build mastery of these vital competencies. As you can see, there is a heavier focus on Education with a requirement to show competency on all three sides of the Talent Triangle.

What does this mean for project managers and other related players? Basically, if you want to shine in this industry, you’ve just been handed a diamond ring. Trust that this will only make you a stronger more valuable PM.

Changes to the PDU Distribution

PDUs on Education and Training: PDU Category A, B and C will now have a minimum of 35 PDUs and be categorized by technical skills, leadership, and strategic and business management skills with a minimum of 8 PDUs each.

There is a significant reduction in the amount of generalized Giving Back that counts towards the CCR as well as the amount of Giving Back that can be earned in the "working as a professional" category.

The maximum PDU gained through "giving back to the profession": PDU Category D, E and F will be reduced from 45 to 25. A maximum of 8 for PDU Category F and a maximum of 25 for either PDU Category D or E.

What Hasn't Changed?

1 PDU still equals to 1 hour of time spent on the given activity. The flexibility of the program is also still intact, certification holders can choose formal education versus self-directed learning. In addition, PDU requirements will remain on a three year cycle.

When Does this Change Take Place?

In the summer of 2015, PMI will begin making changes to its systems. All certification holders may retain all PDUs earned as of Dec. 1st, 2015, but after that they must classify PDUs earned according to the new format.

But don't worry, a gentle “grandfathering-in” option will be provided as the new program gets on its feet. Certification holders in their second or third year will not be required to meet all of the requirements in the Talent Triangle, and for them there will be no limit to Giving Back.

However, for those in their first year of the cycle, certification holders must meet all of the new requirements in their entirety. In subsequent cycles, all certification holders will be required to follow the new format.

For more information please visit PMI's website for complete details on CCRS changes:

Learn more about CCR Program updates.

Learn more about skills of the PMI Talent Triangle.

Learn what you need to do to prepare.