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CCR and PDU Overview

What is a PDU?
It is a Professional Development Unit which provides a standardized measurement for continuing education. The key point about PDUs is that you need 60 of them in order to maintain your PMP certification.

What is the CCR?

The CCR is PMI’s Continuing Certification Requirements Program. This program supports the ongoing educational and professional development of PMI certified PMPs.  People who have earned the PMP certification must meet the following requirements in order to keep and renew their certification:

  • Accrue a minimum of 60 PDUs during each CCR cycle
  • Comply with the PMI code of professional conduct
  • Return the application along with the fee for certification renewal


Important points to remember about PMI’s Continuing Certification Requirements Program:

Know your CCR cycle timeframe

The cycle begins when you are awarded the PMP certification and ends on December 31st of the third full calendar year following the year of certification. The renewal dates are also provided on your PMP certification.

Report your activities

Go to the PDU Reporting Instructions page on the PMI website in order to report your activities. Documentation exists to explain how to fill in the required information.

If you do not have access to the internet or prefer not to use it, reporting forms can be mailed or faxed into the PMI/CCR Office.
After satisfying the 60 PDU requirement, PMPs will be sent an Application for Certification Renewal. This application will automatically be mailed to PMPs after PMI Records confirms their PDU submissions to the Certification department at PMI Headquarters. An updated certificate package will be sent out upon PMI’s receipt of the completed Application for Certification Renewal. Submission of a completed Application for Certification Renewal is required for renewal. The application and any accompanying payment information must be returned no later than 90 days after the PMP’s certification deadline.

Keep records

It is your responsibility to maintain accurate records of the activities that you use to claim PDUs. You will need to produce these records if you are ever audited so make certain to keep all records and receipts in a folder.

Refer to the PMI website for updates on the program and to confirm that your PDUs are reported correctly.

You may view your PDU totals via the online PDU transcript. If you fax or mail PDU reporting forms, it may take 3-6 weeks to appear.

For further information on the CCR, please refer to the PMI Global Website


Ways to Earn PDU's

Content Below is from the following PMI Global Web Page

For all PMI certifications except the CAPM®, you are required to adhere to the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR), which support ongoing professional development through education and giving back to the profession.

Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to earn professional development units (PDUs) toward maintaining your credential(s).

While courses and seminars are ideal ways to stay up-to-date with project management best practices, many other activities occurring in your daily professional life may count toward PDUs, too.

Continue Your Education

  1. E-Learning : PMI’s e-learning increases your understanding of project management by applying real-world knowledge through simulations. These include our eSeminarsWorld®courses and our Publication Quizzes. E-learning also offers flexibility with your schedule.
  2. PMI Community Offerings : Our chapters and communities of practice hold events, meetings, webinars and educational sessions. PMI members can join these communities and take advantage of their offerings.
  3. The PDU Advantage Program gives PMI members the opportunity to earn PDUs quickly and at no additional cost through their PMI membership. Start now by viewing PDU earning opportunities available as part of PMI membership. Not a member? Join now.
  4. MyPMI Mobile App: Are you a current member? Take charge of your information with the myPMI Mobile App. Now available from iTunes and Google Play.
  5. PMI® Global Congresses and Regional Events : Attend a congress or regional event and learn, network and get inspired.
  6. SeminarsWorld® : Held throughout the year, SeminarsWorld events provide in-depth coverage of a single topic for beginning, mid-level and experienced project professionals.
  7. Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) Courses : There are more than 1,100 PMI R.E.P.s worldwide who offer courses that are pre-approved for PDUs.
  8. Self-Directed Learning: PMI will recognize activities that involve personally conducted research or study, including discussions or coaching sessions with colleagues or clients. Such activities should make use of informational materials like CD-ROMs, articles, books, videos or instructional manuals.
  9. Educational Programs by Outside Providers: PMI recognizes relevant educational activities or programs offered by organizations not registered with PMI.

Give Back to the Profession

  1. Create new content. Write project management-related books and articles for professional print or electronic publications, including PMI’s numerous publications or our Knowledge Shelf. If you’re web savvy, write a blog for your company or organization, or present a podcast or webinar. Check out PMI’s Voices on Project Management blog.
  2. Volunteer: Earn PDUs for providing your professional services to an organization or group outside of your employer; this includes any elected offices you hold for a project management organization. PMI also has many volunteer opportunities.
  3. Do Your Job: When you practice project (project scheduling, risk, or program) management professionallyyou can claim PDUs. If you work every day as a project manager, this counts toward credential maintenance.

All activities must be related to project management topics that are substantially consistent with the knowledge areas and processes outlined in the latest edition of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®Guide) and involve appropriate expert resources.

Earn PDUs and save with membership

These PDU-earning opportunities are available to members at no extra cost through PMI’s communities of practice:

  • Attend a webinar — Category A
  • Contribute to a wiki or discussion thread — Category C
  • Give a webinar — Category D
  • Present at an event — Category D
  • Write an article or a blog post — Category D

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Conduct research through the use of articles, books, audio, video

Volunteer with your local PMI Chapter -