How to earn PDUs to maintain your PMP® certificate?

Are you a PMP certified? You have crossed one big hurdle of PMP exam and now sharing the dais with the most elite club of PMPs.

But what next? The validity of the PMP certificate is 3 years. They how you are going to continue PMP certification even after 3 years. It’s not like our university degree, that once you have passed, you can use that degree tag for entire life. For continuing PMP, you need to stay connected with professional development activities.

Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Program of PMI provides many options on earning 60 PDUs in 3 years cycle.

If you continue with your managerial job, every year, you can earn 5 PDUs, totaling 15 PDUs in 3 years span.
Here are many other options to earn PDUs and along with some new certifications and added skillsets in your pocket.

  • SCRUM (Agile):

Nowadays Agile and SCRUM are the buzz words in the industry. What is Agile? Agile is the Project Management Methodology, different than traditional Project Management Practices. There are many ways to follow the Agile Management Practices. And the most common practice is SCRUM.

The SCRUM (Agile) certifications can add value to your CV and also can help you to earn PDUs required for continuing PMP certification.

SCRUM Foundation Certified is basic SCRUM certification and it is for free. You can earn 10 PMI PDUs through this.

Next level of SCRUM certification is SCRUM Developer Certified. The certification is useful for SCRUM Team members who can earn 15 PMI PDUs through this.

Next level of SCRUM certification is very popular in the industry- SCRUM Master Certified. The certification is useful for Project Managers in SCRUM Team. This certification can add 16 PMI PDUs and most favorite SCRUM Master certificate.


  • Six Sigma:

There are one more options available to earn PDUs. The quality or Process Improvement methodology 6 Sigma.

  • Six Sigma Yellow Belt is the basic certification in Six Sigma. It’s a free certification that can add 8 PMI PDUs to your kitty.
  • Six Sigma Green Belt is the next level certification. The certification is useful for the employees and organizations requiring a standardized approach to problem-solving for the purpose of continuous improvement in Quality Management. And the certificate can award 25 PMI PDUs for you.
  • Six Sigma Black Belt certification is having very good craze in the market. The certification is useful to those who want to get comprehensive knowledge about the Six Sigma method and aspire to work as a Six Sigma Black Belt in managing projects. And you can earn huge 55 PMI PDUs through this certificate.

SarvaShikshan provides classroom training for all these certificates.

The article is taken from Quora blog/answer by our founder/director/ trainer- Ganesh Watve.


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