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PMP Application FAQ:Maintaining the PMP credential

  • Will my PMP credential expire?

    Yes it will.

    Once you have attained the PMP® credential, you must participate in the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program to maintain an active certification status. The PMP certification cycle lasts three years from the date you pass the examination, during which you must attain no less than 60 professional development units (PDUs) toward credential maintenance.

  • How can I earn PDU?

    PDUs are used to quantify approved professional development activities. Typically you earn one PDU for one hour (60 minutes) spent in a planned, structured professional development activity.

    Map PDU categories from Old to New In 2011, PMI transitioned to a new PDU Category structure. For those familiar with the old structure this table outlines how these old categories fit into the new categories:

    Old Category New Category
    Category 1: Formal Academic Education Category B: Continuing Eduction
    Category 2A: Author/coauthor of article in refereed journal Category D: Creating New Project Management Knowledge
    (includes old category 2A-2G and new areas for practitioners to submit creation of webinars, podcasts, and other new media forms)
    Category 2B: Author/coauthor of article in non-refereed journal
    Category 2C: Speaker/teacher at conference, symposium, workshop or formal course.
    Category 2D: Speaker on a project management topic at PMI component meeting
    Category 2: Member or moderator of a project management panel discussion
    Category 2F: Author/coauthor of textbook
    Category 2G: Developer of courseware
    Category 2H: Practitioner of project management services Category F: Working as a Professional in Project Management
    Category 2SDL: Self-Directed Learning Category C: Self-Directed Learning
    Category 3: REP/PMI Component Courses Category A: Courses offered by PMI’s R.E.P.s, chapters, or communities
    Category 4: Courses offered by Other Education Providers Category B: Continuing Education
    Category 5A: Volunteer Service – Elected Volunteer Officer Category E: Volunteer Service
    (includes old 5A, 5B, 5C, plus vonlunteering directly for PMI)
    Category 5B: Volunteer / Appointed Committee Member
    Category 5C: Volunteer project management-related services

    There is a ceiling on the PDU to be earned in each category. You can have more detailed definition and ceiling breakdown after login to CCR System.

  • How do I report my PDU obtained?

    You can report PDUs earned with the online CCR System (CCRS). Login with your PMI account and you can manage your PDU within your certification cycle to maintain the credential.

  • How do I keep track of my CCR status?

    You can use the online CCR System (CCRS) to do so.

  • What happen if I don’t have enough PDU?

    If you cannot earn enough PDU at the end of your certification cycle, your credential will be revoked and you will have to take the PMP examination again.


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