How to Report PDU for the New PMI PDU Structure (from Dec 2015)?

For PMI Certification holders (PMP, PMI-ACP, etc.) reporting PDU from 1 December 2015

How to Report PDU for the New PMI PDU Structure?

The PDU requirements and reporting system sees an upgrade from Dec 2015. This article will give a detailed overview of the changes to the reporting system and how that would affect PMI Certification holders.

Changes to the PDU Reporting System

PMI has recently redesigned the entire PDU reporting system (aka CCR System in PMI’s terms). Major changes include:

  • A more intuitive interface for reporting and checking PDU
  • Simplified PDU reporting process
  • Improved online dashboards and tracking capabilities for professional development of PMI Certification holders

In order to help PMI Certification holders to familiarize themselves with the changes to PDU reporting, PMI has uploaded a video explaining the changes to the PDU reporting system (CCR Program and System):

Summary of the keys points from the new PDU reporting video

  • What is CCRS?
    • CCRS = Continuing Certification Requirements System
    • Online tool to enter and track professional development activities (PDUs) on website
  • PMI has done a lot of researches with a view to improve the current CCRS
  • What Research Was Conducted (on the current system and interface)?
    • User research performed to understand:
      • What works well
      • What could be improved
      • What could make the CCR process easier
      • What information is most important to users
    • Research participants:
      • From various geographies and industries
      • Single certification and multiple PMI Certification holders
      • Range of years holding certification
      • Different professional development objectives
  • Findings
    • More user friendly system
    • Clearer status of where you stand against requirements
    • Intuitive process for reporting PDUs
    • Options to view summary and detail level data
    • Ability to view the CCRS on different devices
  • Results
    • Improved CCRS dashboard showing core information of current PDU status
      PMI PDU Dashboard
    • Streamlined PDU reporting flow: from selecting a type of PDU to actually record the amount of PDU (the type of PDU according to the PMI Talent Triangle has also been added in the PDU reporting screen):
      Streamlined PDU reporting flow
      PDU reporting screen with PMI Talent Triangle
    • A user-friendly PDU activity search interface
      A user-friendly PDU activity search interface
    • Redesigned PDU history report with advanced filter to allow clearer representation of all PDU activities claimed
      Redesigned PDU history
    • All the information can now be viewed comfortably on mobile devices (mobile screen optimized using responsive design)
      mobile screen optimized using responsive design

Appendix: Changes to PDU Requirements

With a view to keeping up with the changing landscape of talent requirements of the project management field, PMI has introduced a change to the PDU requirements of PMI Certifications (including PMP, PMI-ACP®, etc.). All educational PDUs (Category A to C) would be categorized into one of the following:

  • Technical Project Management
  • Leadership
  • Business and Strategic

Educational PDUs reported from 1 December 2015 must be classified as one of the 3 above categories.

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Edward Chung

Edward Chung aspires to become a full-stack web developer and project manager. In the quest to become a more competent professional, Edward studied for and passed the PMP Certification, ITIL v3 Foundation Certification, PMI-ACP Certification and Zend PHP Certification. Edward shares his certification experience and resources here in the hope of helping others who are pursuing these certification exams to achieve exam success.

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  1. Kashvin Grewal says:

    With the new PDU system, how many PDU’s do you earn per year for working as a PM