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CCR Program Updates Certificate Holder FAQs

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1Why are these updates being made to the CCR program?

Extensive market research and feedback from certification holders and organizations identified a subset of skills which, employers require for project practitioners to deliver improved results. These skills areas are represented in the PMI Talent Triangle. The CCR updates align professional development activities, specifically Education activities, with the PMI Talent Triangle to ensure certification holders are focused on the needs of the profession.

2What are the updates to the CCR program?

The updates are as follows:

  • Educational PDUs transition from solely self-determined professional development to learning in three skill areas (Technical Project Management, Leadership, Strategic and Business Management) identified by employers as critical skills
  • The number of minimum PDUs in Education activities has increased and align with the three skill areas reflected in the PMI Talent Triangle
  • The number of maximum PDUs for activities that give back to the profession has decreased
  • Improve the current online CCR system so that it is easier to navigate when claiming PDUs and tracking progress

New PDU Requirements within 3-year cycle:

3When will CCR program updates go into effect?

Updates to the CCR program and the online CCR system will go into effect on 1 December 2015. More communications will also be available as PMI transitions into the new CCR program.

4For which activities will I be able to earn and claim PDUs?

You will be able to earn and claim PDUs for all of the activities you could in the past including:

  • taking course from PMI R.E.P.s, universities, or your organization
  • attending educational activities and events offered by PMI Chapters or other organizations
  • reading, attending a webinar, or participating in self-directed learning activities
  • creating new project management knowledge
  • volunteering
  • working as a project practitioner
5How will the CCR program updates impact me?

The minimum number of PDUs for Education activities increases and the maximum number of PDUs for activities that Give Back to the Profession decreases. It also provides direction for Education activities aligned with the three areas of focus for the PMI Talent Triangle.

Education PDUs are as follows:

The number of maximum PDUs you earn participating in activities that give back to the profession (i.e., creating project management knowledge, volunteering, and working as a practitioner) has been updated. Those PDU requirements are as follows:

6I see that the number of PDUs I’m able to earn for working as a project practitioner has changed. What are the rules for claiming these PDUs?

You can claim PDUs for working as a project practitioner once the work period has completed. That means that you cannot claim PDUs for work that will be completed at a future date.

7How are the three areas of focus for the PMI Talent Triangle defined?

The PMI Talent Triangle outlines the three skill areas employers need. They are as follows:

Technical Project Management: Knowledge, skills and behaviors related to specific domains of Project, Program and Portfolio Management.

Leadership: Knowledge, skills and behaviors specific to leadership-oriented skills that help an organization achieve its business goals.

Strategic and Business Management: Knowledge of and expertise in the industry or organization that enhances performance and better delivers business outcomes.

8What are some examples of courses that align to each skill area within the PMI Talent Triangle?

Technical Project Management: Examples are: Advanced project management, Techniques to improve your WBS, How to gather and document requirements, Risk management for your portfolio.

Leadership: Examples are: negotiation, communication, motivation, problem solving, and conflict resolution, etc.

Strategic and Business Management: Examples are: product knowledge, industry knowledge, business acumen, innovation strategy alignment, market strategy alignment, differentiation strategy alignment, customer strategy alignment, finance, marketing, etc.

9Are the skill areas of the PMI Talent Triangle aligned with activities that Give Back to the Profession?

No. They are not. You can still earn PDUs for activities that give back to the profession including creating new project management knowledge, volunteering, and working as a professional in project management. Volunteer actives should reflect your use of practitioner knowledge and skills (i.e., planning the project for a charity).

10Can I still earn Education PDUs the same way I used to?

Yes. You can earn your Education PDUs by attending classes offered by PMI R.E.P.s, Chapters or by your organizations or a university; attending a PMI congress, SeminarsWorld® and other events, or through self-directed learning.

11Can I earn multiple PMI Talent Triangle PDUs for a single Education activity?

Yes. It is possible to earn multiple PMI Talent Triangle PDUs for one education activity if the content aligns with all three skill areas (Technical Project Management, Leadership, Strategic and Business Management). For example: if you complete a course that contains content on techniques for project time management and on negotiating with stakeholders, you could claim this Education activity in the skill areas of Technical Project Management (for the project time management portion of the class) and Leadership (for the negotiation portion of the class).

12Can I claim PDUs for a single Education activity in more than one skill area of the PMI Talent Triangle?

Yes. You can claim PDUs for a single Education activity under multiple skill areas (Technical Project Management, Leadership, Strategic and Business Management) of the PMI Talent Triangle. For example: if you read a book that contains content on techniques for project time management and on negotiating with stakeholders, you could claim this Education activity in the skill areas of Technical Project Management and Leadership.

13Once I have earned the minimum PDUs in each skill area of the PMI Talent Triangle, what can I earn and claim for Education PDUs to meet the total minimum requirement?

Once you meet the minimum requirement for each skill area (8 for PMP, PgMP, PfMP, and PMI-PBA; and 4 for PMI-RMP, PMI-ACP, and PMI-SP), the remaining PDUs required to meet the minimum education threshold can be earned in any area of the PMI Talent Triangle. This is an example of what your PDU earnings may look like where Education activities are concerned.

14How do I maintain multiple certifications?

The rules and procedures around maintaining multiple certifications remain the same. All Leadership and Strategic and Business Management PDUs can be claimed for and shared across your multiple certifications. Technical Project Management PDUs must apply to your specific certification. This table shows some examples of how technical project management courses could be applied across multiple certifications:

Your respective certification handbook provides more examples of how these PDUs apply across the certifications.

15What if I just earned my certification, or currently in the first year of my certification cycle?

You are encouraged to start earning PDUs as soon as you are able. You can claim your PDUs in the current online CCR system. After the CCR program and system updates as of 1 December 2015, continue to earn and claim PDUs, which will be aligned with the PMI Talent Triangle, and all PDUs align with the new minimum/maximum requirements.

16What if I am currently in the second or third year of my certification cycle?

If you are in your second or third year of your certification cycle (if you are expiring in 2016, 2017), then the PDUs that you have earned and claimed will be retained in the system and on your transcript. Any Education PDUs you need to earn will have to align to the PMI Talent Triangle skills areas after the 1 December 2015 update.

17Can I still transfer PDUs to my next cycle?

Yes. The rules and procedures for transferring PDUs to the next certification cycle remain the same. The total amount of transferable PDUs is the same except once the update goes into effect, the Education PDUs being transferred to the next cycle will be categorized to the appropriate sill areas of the PMI Talent Triangle (Technical Project Management, Leadership, or Strategic and Business Management). Consult your respective certification handbook.

18Are there additional aspects of the CCR program, not mentioned in the communication so far that will be updated by December?

No. Some aspects of the CCR program will be modified; many aspects will remain the same, including the cost. Everything that is being updated has been included in the communication so far. More information will be provided as this process takes shape. If something has not been specifically addressed as changing then it will continue to function as it does in the current CCR program.

19Will the cost for renewal change with the updates?

No. The cost for renewing your certification will remain the same.

20I am looking for activities to fulfill PDU requirements. How soon can I expect to see R.E.P. courses or PMI events aligned with the PMI Talent Triangle skills areas?

PMI Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s) and chapters will have the opportunity to align their courses and events with the PMI Talent Triangle and make updates online as of the third quarter this year. Any updates to courses and events will apply to those being held after 1 December 2015.

21How soon can I claim my PDUs under the new requirements?

1 December 2015

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