Congratulation, you have just received your Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Manager Professional (PMP) certification, but the learning does not stop there. You continue the development of your skills by pursuing continuing education credits or as the PMI calls them, Professional Development Units (PDUs). Whether you have your PMP certification or are considering pursuing the PMP certification, knowing the basic process for tracking and reporting PDUs will help you make an informed decision, and motivate you to move forward both with pursuing and maintaining your certification.
This article intends to do exactly that, offering step-by-step screen shots and instructions for tracking and reporting your PDUs. Provided is an overview of the process for earning and reporting PDUs from webinars, luncheon presentations, and coursework. However, this article only focuses on reporting PDUs not how you can earn them.
Every PMI member has a member profile page, which is like a “LinkedIn light” page. The profile page is as displayed in Figure 1. As shown, the profile page has a member picture and profile, which includes your work title, current company you work for, and current status of your membership.
Most helpful is the summary of your certification status or progress towards the required 60-PDUs for maintaining your certification in good standing. This is a graphical bar chart of your progress towards the required 60-PDUs, and the date the certification will expire if the required PDUs are not met.
Directly below the PDU progress bar are the following options: view PDUs, report PDUs, and earn PDUs. To report PDUs from a webinar, luncheon presentation, or course select the report PDUs button.
This brings you to the screen displayed in Figure 2. The subtitle of the page is “Report Professional Development Units”. A reporting progress bar is directly below this subtitle. And below the progress bar you should see “Step 1”, to indicate the first step on the PDU reporting process.
The two items to select on this page to report PDUs are PDU category and Activity type. For PDU category select “category A: Registered Education Provider/PMI Component”. Select “Find Activity (Course or Event)” for the activity type. Click next.
Reporting Company Training
For coursework, e.g. from Ten Six Consulting, the certificate awarded by the training company, Figure 3, has the provider name and provider number, respectively. Enter these in the appropriate blocks on the “Report Professional Development Units” and “Step 2” page, Figure 4.
Select search. This will bring up a list of courses offered by the respective company. In this case from Ten Six Consulting. Select the code, e.g. PROF-C1, and name of the course as specified on the certificate. See Figure 5 below.
Reporting Webinars and Luncheon Presentations
For reporting webinars at the PMI website or presentations from luncheons note the activity number that is provided at the end of the power point presentation for both the webinar or luncheon presentation.
This will be a code starting with ODW, e.g. ODW20147777S777. Enter this code in the activity number block, Figure 6. In the case of these webinars and luncheon presentations, you will leave the provider number and provider name blocks empty.
Reporting PDUs Claimed
The last input screen, Figure 7, for reporting coursework, webinar, or luncheons asks you to input the date started and date completed for the respective event. Lastly you type in the number of PDUs you are claiming. The number of PDUs you qualify for is listed on the certificate from the training company, in this case, Ten Six Consulting.
The end of either the webinar or luncheon presentation will state the number of PDUs awarded for these events. For both webinars and luncheons the PDUs awarded is 1-PDU. Select submit after verifying the dates and number of PDUs claimed.
The final screen, Figure 8, is a summary submission page displaying the start and completion dates, PMI ID, type of certification, claim ID, and number of PDUs claimed. Shortly after you will receive an email from PMI stating that your PDU claim has been submitted. If there are no issues with your PDU claim submission you will soon receive another email stating that your claim has been approved.
PMI makes reporting PDUs a simple and straightforward process. The PMI member profile page is a dashboard-like page clearly displaying the progress of the member towards the required 60-PDUs in three years. The information that is needed to claim the PDUs is provided on the coursework certificate or listed at the end of webinars and luncheon presentations. With the numerous ways to earn and the simplicity of reporting PDUs, there is little reason to let one’s PMP certification expire.