Maintaining Your PMI-SP® Certification

Instructor: Bill Sands
PMI-SP certification holders must renew their credentials every three years. Keep reading for a description of this renewal process so you can ensure that your certification does not lapse.

PMI-SP Recertification

Once you earn a PMI-SP certification, you are responsible for satisfying the requirements that will allow you to maintain it. Certification must be renewed every three years by completing the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Program.

How it Works

The CCR program requires you to complete activities that result in the awarding of professional development units (PDUs). In the three years that your certification is valid, you must attain a minimum of 30 PDUs.

Furthermore, you must earn PDUs that relate directly to your SP certification. For example, if you were to take a general project management class, you would only receive credit for the sections that relate to project scheduling. Of course, the other PDUs are not entirely worthless. You can use them towards a different certification if you wish; they simply don't count towards the SP credential.

PMI-SP Domains

The distribution of your 30 credits must also satisfy CCR requirements. PDUs fall into two categories: Education and Giving Back to the Profession.

Of the 30 credits required, no less than 18 of your credits must come from education. Furthermore, you must earn at least 4 credits in each of three skills domains: Technical, Leadership, and Strategic Business Management Skills. The goal of this distribution is to ensure you receive a well-rounded education that touches on subjects required of successful project management professionals.

No more than 12 of your PDUs can come from the Giving Back category, which is divided into Volunteering, Working as a Professional, and Creating Knowledge domains. Keep in mind that no more than 4 PDUs can be earned through work experience during each certification cycle.

Ways to Earn PDUs

Examples of educational activities that can earn PDUs include attending PMI-hosted events and participating in on-site or online courses taught by PMI-approved instructors.

For the Giving Back to the Profession component, activities include presenting at a conference or seminar, performing volunteer work, and completing tasks associated with your employment.

Reporting PDUs

Renewal candidates are responsible for reporting their own PDUs. The most effective way to accomplish this task is through the use of the Continuing Certification Requirements System (CCRS), an online portal used for logging credits related to PMI.

Other Renewal Procedures

While earning PDUs constitutes the bulk of the renewal process, there are a few other steps that you must complete in order to maintain your PMI-SP certification.

In addition to filling out an Application for Certification Renewal, which simply states your desire to keep your credentials, you'll need to review and reaffirm your commitment to the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct as well as the renewal agreement.

The final step is to submit payment for the renewal fee, which is $60 for PMI members and $150 for non-PMI members.

Suspension and Expiration

If you fail to earn enough PDUs in the allotted time you will have your PMI-SP certification suspended. This status lasts for one year, and will overlap with your next re-certification cycle.

If you do not complete the CCR program before the end of the suspension period, your certification will expire. Furthermore, you will need to start the entire process over if you wish to re-earn the title. This means submitting a new application and sitting for the examination a second time.

If you've had your certification for more than 10 years and no longer work in this field, you can apply for retired status.

Continuing Education Resources for Scheduling Professionals

Though there is no official exam required for re-certification, you may benefit from reviewing material from your original certification test to get an idea of the education topics that could be used to earn PDUs. This PMI-SP Exam Study Guide offers a detailed review of essential topics that may be of use as you attempt to renew your certification. You can also check out this collection of Project Management courses to find additional training resources specific to fields like marketing and human resources or to explore additional certification options.

The Project Management Institute's Scheduling Professional Exam (PMI-SP) is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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