PMP Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Program

Instructor: Jessica Munk
To ensure that Project Management Professionals stay competitive and relevant in the profession, the Project Management Institute developed the Continuing Certification Requirements Program. This program outlines the professional development units PMP professionals must earn in order to maintain their credentials. Learn more about the program below.

What Does the CCR Program Entail?

To maintain your PMP credential, the CCR Program requires you to complete 60 professional development units (PDUs) every three years. These PDU requirements are broken up into two categories: education (35 units) and giving back (25 units).

Recent CCR program updates designed to encourage the development of skills that employers highly desire will require you to earn at least 8 education PDUs in each of the following areas: leadership, technical, and strategic and business management. The remaining 11 units can cover any of the skill areas, allowing you to customize your PDUs to your particular career path.

Giving back PDUs, on the other hand, can be earned by completing a variety of activities, though no more than 8 units can be awarded for work you perform as part of your employment.

How Can the Education Requirements Be Fulfilled?

There are many ways to earn PDUs in education, including on-site, on-demand, and distance learning courses offered by the PMI or its affiliates. You can participate in self-study through colleges and universities, educational meetings hosted by professional organizations, educational webinars, scholarly articles, or structured discussions with colleagues. An events calendar and list of organizations offering approved training are available on the PMI website (www.pmi.org).

You'll want to be sure to attain the required PDUs in each of the three skills sets. Some course topics that could count towards each of the three include:

LeadershipConflict management, motivation, problem solving
TechnicalWork breakdown structure, portfolio risk management, advanced project management
Strategic and Business Management Industry knowledge, market strategy alignment, innovation strategy alignment

What's a Good Self-Study Option?

Study.com offers self-paced courses, such as the Project Management Training and Project Management Business courses. These cover many topics that not only meet continuing education requirements but can apply directly to your job. Some of the topics you can choose from include:

These resources feature short, self-paced video and/or text lessons as well as quizzes you can use to measure your understanding of key project management concepts. Plus, the mobile-friendly format allows you to access instruction on your laptop, tablet or smartphone. At the completion of the courses, you'll receive a certificate of completion you can use to submit for PDU credit.

What Types of Activities Can Meet the Giving Back Requirements?

While you can earn some PDUs for work performed on the job, the majority of your giving back units will need to be earned for contributions made outside of your day-to-day responsibilities. You could, for example, create educational resources by writing articles, books, or blogs. You could also deliver presentations through webinars or at conferences given by professional organizations. Additionally, you could share your skills and expertise through volunteer time in your community. Mentorship and teaching opportunities are also among your options.

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