Renewing the PMP certification : CCR Program

Renewing the PMP certification : CCR Program

Avantika Monnappa

Last updated March 15, 2017


The minute you pass your PMP® exam, you will have to work towards the CCR (Continuing Certification Requirements) program to maintain your PMP® credential and an active certification status. Each PMP® certification cycle lasts for three years during which you will need to earn 60 PDUs (Professional Development Units) to renew your certification at the end of the cycle. Once you have successfully completed a single cycle, another new three year cycle begins.

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If you cannot earn the specified amount of PDUs by the end of the third anniversary of your PMP® credential, there will be a 1 year suspension of your credential after which it will no longer be valid.

NOTE: The next renewal cycle will begin from the end of the third anniversary of the last cycle, irrespective of whatever your credential status is active or suspended.

How to determine your certification / CCR cycle

Your first Certification/CCR cycle begins from the day you pass the exam. Your first certification/CCR ends on the third anniversary day of passing the exam. Therefore, you need to renew your PMP® credential one day before the third anniversary of passing the exam. Your next CCR cycle also starts on the third anniversary of passing the exam.

Changes in PDU

The Intensive research conducted by PMI® on the changing trends in global Market has led to the evolution in the way the PMP® certificate will be earned and retained.

The PMI® CCR Program was mainly designed to help an individual in the growth and development as a profession. With the evolution of the business environment, the PMI® decided that the program also needed adaptation to provide the development of the new employer desired needs.

Employers now need the project practitioners to have skills under the leadership and business intelligence domain.

The ideal skill set — the PMI® Talent Triangle — is a combination of technical, leadership, and strategic and business management expertise.

The PMI Talent Triangle outlines the three sections

NOTE: The next renewal cycle will begin from the end of the third anniversary of the last cycle, irrespective of whatever your credential status is active or suspended.

kill areas employers need. They are as follows:

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

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

66% of organizations say that technical project skills are the most di cult to find. However 96% indicate that these are the most teachable.

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

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

75% of organizations rank leadership skills as the most important for successful navigation of complexity in projects. 71% of organizations rank leadership skills as the most important for long-term success of project managers.

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

Examples are: product knowledge, industry knowledge, business acumen, innovation strategy alignment, market strategy alignment, differentiation strategy alignment, customer strategy alignment, finance, marketing, and so on.

For project, program and portfolio managers, understanding your organization’s strategy is essential. For employers, a strategic approach is also essential. For example, when organizations align their talent to organizational strategy, it produces a higher average project success rate — 72% for those with good alignment, compared to 58% for those without it.


How to attain the required PDU

There are primarily two groups under which you can earn the required and essential PDUs. These two groups are "Education" and "Giving Back to Profession". Within these two groups, there are specific categories as explained below.

Education PDUs:

  • This category now requires 60% of the PDUs emphasizing on the employer demanded skills
  • These PDUs will be aligned with the PMI® triangle
  • There is now a minimum number of PDUs that need to be earned under the three categories of the triangle
The Education category requires a maximum of 35 PDUs to be earned by a professional to maintain the PMP® credential. The breakup of these PDUs are as follows:
  • Under Technical Project Management – A minimum of 8 PDUs have to be earned
  • Under Leadership – A minimum of 8 PDUs have to be earned
  • Under Strategic and Business Management – A minimum of 8 PDUs have to be earned.
Once each of the sections are filled, the remaining PDUs can be earned under any of the three sections.

Giving Back PDUs:

  • The total number of PDUs to be earned in this category has been reduced
  • However, the activities under these categories remain the same – Volunteering, Creating Knowledge, and Working as a Professional
  • The number of PDUs to be earned in ‘Working as a Professional’ has also been reduced
A maximum of 25 PDUs have to be earned under this category. The breakup of PDUs is as follows:
  • Under Working as a Professional – A maximum of 8 PDUs can be earned under this category
  • The rest of the PDUs can be earned under the remaining two categories – Volunteering and Creating Knowledge

Though this change, an individual will still be able to claim PDUs for all the activities that one 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

How to Record Your PDU Activities

You are responsible for recording your PDU activities as they occur. One of the most efficient ways to record PDUs is by using the online CCR System. The online CCR System also allows you to search for activities that award PDUs and to view your transcript to confirm that PDUs have been posted.

Although PMI® encourages you to record PDUs using the online system, you may download, complete, and send electronic or paper copies of the PDU Activity Reporting Form found online. This should be done upon completion of each activity. You only need to send the PDU Activity Reporting Form. You do not need to send supporting documentation for activities reported at this point, but should retain such documentation in the event you are audited.
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About the Author

A project management knowledge manager at Simplilearn, Avantika’s area of interest includes project design for digital marketing, data science, and analytics companies. With a degree in journalism, she also covers the latest trends in the industry.


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