PMI Credential Passport March 2011

Maintain Your Credential

PDU Category Structure Updated

Effective 1 March, PMI implemented a simplified structure for categorizing professional development units (PDUs). The new structure is based on your feedback and will better serve you and the stakeholders who support you.

If you have earned PDUs and have not yet reported them in the online Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) system, you can still claim them toward maintaining your credential but will have to map them to the new PDU categories.

Overview of Changes

The restructuring has reduced the number of PDU categories from 18 to six. The six new categories will be grouped under two divisions: Education and Giving Back to the Profession.

All categories use the rule that one hour of learning activity is equivalent to one PDU. Categories have been expanded to include Web 2.0 learning opportunities, as well. This includes presenting in podcasts and webinars, or writing a professional blog for an official organization or your company.

There are limits on certain categories in the Giving Back to the Profession division to ensure all credential holders pursue project management continuing education as part of maintaining their credential.

What is Not Changing

You still have a three-year certification cycle in which you should earn and report the required amount of PDUs to renew your credential. The number of PDUs required to maintain your credential and the renewal fee structure also will remain the same.

Please take a moment to review the new PDU categories and frequently asked questions online.

Featured PDU Opportunities

PMI Global Congress 2011—EMEA

Are there any topics hotter than the use of social media in the world today? PMI Global Congress 2011—EMEA, being held 9—11 May in Dublin, Ireland, will feature keynote speaker Kevin Eyres, managing director, LinkedIn Europe.

In his keynote, Mr. Eyres, will draw from his experience with one of the world's largest professionally focused social networks to address how social media can, and should, be used within project management.

Educational sessions will address topics such as global communications, portfolio management, risk management, Agile, establishing project management offices (PMOs), IT-CMF benefits assessment and realization, and more. PMI Global Congress provides a forum in which you can network; discuss trends in project, program and portfolio management; and earn PDUs toward maintaining your PMI credential.

Stay in Dublin after the Congress to attend a PMI SeminarsWorld®, 12—13 May to maximum your learning and PDU earning potential.

Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summits 2011

"Embracing Uncertainty and Change: The Key to Driving Value in Turbulent Times" is the theme of the Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summit 2011, taking place 14-15 June in London, UK and 20-22 June in San Diego, California, USA.

The summits are organized by Gartner, the world's leading IT research and advisory company. PMI is serving as an association partner for both events.

Learn more about program and portfolio management (PPM) and IT governance from PMI executives and Board members who will participate in keynote panel presentations and breakout sessions, as well as Gartner analysts and other industry leaders.

At the event in the U.S., PMI President and CEO Mark A. Langley will serve on a keynote panel to address new directions for PPM and IT governance amid turbulence and change. Steve DelGrosso, MSC, PMP, a member of PMI's Board of Directors, who is the director of IBM's Project Management Center of Excellence, will speak on a similar keynote panel at the summit in the UK.

PMI's Vice President of Practitioner Markets, Brian Weiss, MBA, will deliver a session titled "Distributed Project Teams: Building Project Management Success Across Borders" at both events. Heather Graham, vice president for global project management office consulting at Oracle Corporation will join Mr. Weiss at the workshop presentation in the U.S.

In addition to keynote speakers, special panel sessions and networking opportunities, you can attend education sessions on topics such as:

  • PMO strategies
  • Program and portfolio management strategies
  • IT governance
  • Demand and resource management

PMI members and credential holders are entitled to a US$300 savings off the standard registration fee for either event. To take advantage of this offer for the summit in the UK, call +44 (0) 208 879 2430 and use the code APPPM12. To take advantage of this offer for the summit in the U.S., call +1 866 405 2511 and use the code PMIGART11.

Gartner is approved as a PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.), and these summits will award PDUs toward PMI credential maintenance.

New e-Learning Course: Alaskan Recovery Series

Become the project manager of a deep sea expedition to discover the origins of an ancient artifact at the bottom of the sea in Alaskan Recovery Series.

This new addition to PMI's e-learning offerings is a simulation course that takes you to the floor of the Aleutian Sea, off the coast of the U.S. state of Alaska.

Manage archeologists, divers, academics and a nautical crew while applying your knowledge and making decisions that determine the project outcome in a risk-free simulated environment.

Once you complete this module, you receive a scorecard evaluation that details your success and provides areas for improvement. You also earn 3.5 professional development units (PDUs) toward maintaining your PMI credential or .35 CEUs for completing this particular module.

Each module of the Alaskan Recovery Series focuses on one of the Knowledge Areas of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)—Fourth Edition.

The first module, Project Scope Management, is now available for the PMI member price of US$175. The remaining modules will be released throughout 2011.

PMI e-Learning on Demand courses are a great way to fit training into your busy schedule from the comfort of your home computer! Learn more about other PMI online training options.

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