Plan Your Development to the PMI Talent Triangle®

To prepare for a future that is coming faster than ever, we see the power of melding the core insights of project management with three skill categories: a diverse understanding of Ways of Working, Power Skills, and Business Acumen.

The PMI Talent Triangle highlights these skill sets, and provides a valuable framework to help you navigate your ongoing professional development.

The PMI Talent Triangle Defined

Skill Area


Ways of Working

(Previously Technical Project Management) Whether it’s predictive, agile, design thinking, or new practices still to be developed, it's clear that there is more than one way that work gets done today. That’s why we encourage professionals to master as many ways of working as they can - so they can apply the right technique at the right time, delivering winning results.

Power Skills


(Previously Leadership) These interpersonal skills include collaborative leadership, communication, an innovative mindset, for-purpose orientation, and empathy. Ensuring teams have these skills allows them to maintain influence with a variety of stakeholders - a critical component for making change.

Business Acumen

(Previously Strategic and Business Management) Professionals with business acumen understand the macro and micro influences in their organization and industry and have the function- or domain-specific knowledge - to make good decisions. Professionals at all levels need to be able to cultivate effective decision-making and understand how their projects align with the big picture of broader organizational strategy and global trends.

Old to New Versions of PMI Talent Triangle Evolving

Classifying your PDUs

So, how do you use the PMI Talent Triangle to support your development efforts?

If you've already engaged in some professional development activities and are now trying to classify the PDUs according to the Talent Triangle, follow these steps:

  • Determine the duration of the activity to arrive at the PDU total, and then ask:
    • Was any Power Skills content covered? If so, in how much time?
    • Was any Business Acumen content covered? If so, in how much time?
    • How much of the remaining time covered Ways of Working content.

Remember — just use your best judgment!

Report PDUs

Visit our online Continuing Certification Renewal System (CCRS) to report PDUs and view your certification records.

Visit CCRS


Have questions?

Check out Frequently Asked Questions for more information about maintaining your certification.

Get the details

Download the CCR Handbook. It gives you all the details on CCR, PDUs, how they apply to each certification and how to log them in our system.