Let's go back a bit: A high school diploma is earned once, and lasts for a lifetime, but your PMP certification has to be renewed every 3-year cycle. In other words, your PMP cycle starts on the day that you pass the PMP exam, and expires on that same date after 3 years. To remain a PMP credential holder, you must participate in PMI's "Continuing Certification Requirements System (CCRS)" program. The PMP credential requires you to obtain 60 PMI PDUs during each 3-year cycle. All learning activities are credited on the basis of one hour of learning activity being credited as one PDU.
The good news is that as an organizational leader it is your choice whether to stay in your valley or seek the next peak. You can choose to be a victim of the great recession and changing shifts in our society and ask “why” or you can dream and achieve a new and better future. Based on the principles found in Spencer Johnson’s book, Peaks and Valleys, adopting these three strategies will help you lead your government and nonprofit’s journey to the next peak quickly and stay at that peak longer.
This division has unlimited PDUs. You can claim all your 60 PDUs from these categories.
Category A: These are courses (online or classroom or webinars) offered by any Registered Education Provider (REP). These courses have already been reviewed by the PMI and stored in their Continuing Certification Requirements System (CCRS) database, so all you need is to enter the PMI Activity Number of the course (and demonstrate that you finished that course if you get audited). The REP program includes a wide range of online training providers, colleges, universities, government agencies, corporations and private commercial training firms. You can find REP program members today in more than 70 countries.
3. Do the opposite of what put you in the valley. You cannot get out of a valley by engaging in more of the same. The strategic plan must include activities that are vastly different than the old ways of doing business. For most organizations I see, the loss of funding is directly related to the organization’s failure to adapt to changing environments and engage new funding opportunities by demonstrating and focusing on organizational performance and outcome results. To get to your next peak, a strategic plan must include steps to measure and communicate your organization’s outcomes. These quantitative measures tell the story of how your organization changes lives, assists your funders with their goals, and provides donors a social return on their investment. New activities and processes are often required for a successful journey to a new peak.
Is it time to move out of your valley and into your next peak?