Know the Details: How to Earn PDUs in the New CCR Program

On 1 December 2015 the CCR program was updated to place more emphasis on the employer-demanded skills outlined in the PMI Talent Triangle so that you are equipped to remain relevant in a continually changing business environment. 

Learn more about the CCR updates and important dates. Please follow this link: https://www.pmi.org/certification/ccr-updates-pra.aspx

From the Project Management Institute Eastern Idaho Chapter

The Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam is rigorous and is designed to fairly determine whether the applicant has adequate project management experience and comprehensive knowledge of project management to be accorded the prestigious PMP credential.

In order to provide a thorough coverage of all aspects of project management, the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK) has organized project management by five major process groups, nine knowledge areas, and 44 project management processes. The defined relationships between these subgroups are quite specific. Terms used in the PMBOK have specific meanings, which are often different from meanings that many experienced project managers have encountered in their working careers. To successfully pass the test, the applicants must have achieved a complete comprehension of the PMBOK materials and will have been able to resolve their previous experience and knowledge with the detailed processes described in the PMBOK. Knowledge of the PMBOK alone will not be enough because over ½ of the questions on the test will be situations that require the best resolution or assessment of how a project reached that situation. There are some questions that require calculations such as critical path or earned value.

The optimal way to prepare for the certification exam is to first read the PMBOK chapter and the supporting study materials, and then answer a series of test questions for that chapter. You will understand the types of questions for that topic and also be able to identify the areas that you need to strengthen. Second, thoroughly study the chapter and relate your experiences to what is being taught. Ask questions during the exam preparation classes to get feedback from the instructor and your classmates. During the class the instructors will go through example test questions at each session. Finally, review the PMBOK and your study materials one last time before the exam to confirm that you do understand the relationships, and to pick up on anything you might have missed in your earlier preparations. Students are strongly encouraged to form study groups with other students in the class.

Professional Development Units (PDUs) are credits needed for renewal of the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Attending PMI Eastern Idaho Chapter events is an excellent way for credential holders to maintain their PMI certifications. One (1) hour of instruction related to project management, project risk, project scheduling or program management equals 1 PDU.

PDU Reporting Overview

PMI Eastern Idaho Chapter does not submit or track PDUs for members. However, reporting of PDUs is important. The Chapter will make every effort to assist each member in reporting of their own PDUs. The only place to report PDU information is the PMI Global Operations Center (GOC) website. Some suggestions for tracking and entering PDUs are:

  • Enter PDUs online regularly.
  • Keep all paperwork for classes, Professional Development Days (PDDs), webinars, etc.
  • Information on the events you've registered for at PMI Eastern Idaho Chapter, including monthly Chapter meetings, can be found through an inquiry to the Vice President of Communications, who maintains a record of Chapter meeting attendees.
  • Be prepared to be audited!
  • Do not wait until the 11th hour to submit your PDUs

How to Report 1-2 PDUs

Chapter Meetings with a project management-related educational presentation are each worth one PDU for each hour of the meeting.

  • Navigate to the PMI GOC PDU Reporting web page to enter PDUs (current URL is https://ccrs.pmi.org/)
  • Log in with your PMI GOC username and password.
  • PDU Category: Select "Cat A: Registered Education Provider/PMI Component"
  • Activity Type: Select "Report a component 1-2 PDU Event"
  • Click [Next]
  • Component ID: C006 for PMI Eastern Idaho Chapter
  • Click [Search]
  • "C006 PMI Eastern Idaho Chapter" should be listed.
  • Enter the Activity date (meeting date) and Activity title (Chapter meeting, etc.)
  • The remainder of the fields are optional
  • Click [Next]
  • Enter the number of PDUs claimed
  • Click [Next]
  • Confirm that all information is correct before clicking the check-box to accept the terms and conditions
  • Click [Submit]

For reference a detailed “Certificant User Guide” is available at www.pmi.org/Help/ccrs_user/default.htm.

How to Report 3+ PDUs

Review the “Certificant User Guide” at the top of the right navigation bar under the “Additional Resources” heading when you log-in to the CCR System.

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