5 Reasons to Maximize The 20 PDUs As PMP

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The PMP is the gold standard of project management certification. It is a hard exam to pass which is all the more reason to maintain it. The Project Management Institute (PMI) lets you carry over a max of 20 personal development units (PDUs) in your current cycle towards your new cycle. Here are my 5 reasons why you should.


It is a great opportunity.

I am a Certified Scrum Master and ITIL certified. Neither Scrum Alliance nor AXELOS gives me this same opportunity that the Project Management Institute (PMI) to carry over 20 personal development units in the final year of your 3-year cycle towards your next certification cycle.

1/3 of the way done.

You need 60 PDUs to renew your PMP. You can carry over 20 of the 60 that you need.

It saves time.

Time, along with scope and cost, is one of the triple constraint. There is a benefit of getting credits for your next cycle during your current cycle.


It saves money.

Cost is one of the triple constraint. I am also introducing the interest rate and purchasing power. A dollar today is worth more than that same dollar tomorrow. The same with the PDUs. Earning your 20 PDUs now is cheaper than earning them later.

You don’t have to worry about PMI Changes

The PMP is changing. Since you are getting your PDUs in the current cycle, you will be under the old guidelines. I have renewed my PMP twice in two different requirements. In 2015 during my first renewal cycle, I took 3 courses to renew even though PMI rolled out new renewal criteria.

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    […] I have carried over 20 units from last cycle meaning that I only have to finish 40 units. My goal is to complete the remaining 40 units this year. When I am finished, my PMP will be current until June 2025. Of course, I will another video series chronicling my new PMP cycle and how I am earning the remaining 40 units to recertify. […]