Interesting PMI Perspective On Claiming PDUs

Interesting PMI Perspective On Claiming PDUs

PMI PDU ClaimAfter one of my readers asked me about PMP PDU claims, I made a telephone call to PMI. The question revolved around Category 2H and the proper way to prove you have met the criteria of the PDU.  In the past, I purposely formatted round-table discussion agendas a certain way to make it easy on the PMPs to claim PDUs.  So, what proof do we need to claim category 2H PDUs?  And, how many PDUs can you claim for being employed as a project manager?

Category: 2H
Description:
Practitioner of project and/or program management services for more than 1,500 project hours per calendar year.
Maximum PDUs:
Time in service 6 months: 5 PDUs Maximum 15 PDUs may be earned per cycle (3 years).

What does that mean?  Based on the telephone conversation I had, if you’ve worked as a PM for at least 6 months, you can claim 5 PDUs.  Otherwise, if you are able to say you spend more than 1,500 hours per calendar year in that roll, you also qualify to claim the 5 PDUs.  Within your Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) cycle, which is now 3 years, you can do this 3 times.  Do the math and you have a total of 15 maximum PDUs, if you’re a full time PM.  That’s not bad!  You’re 1/4 the way to meeting the goal of 60 required PDUs per CCR and you haven’t spent a dollar on training.

What about proof?  When claiming PDUs for something like a round-table discussion, the only proof you need is an agenda or something similar. But, I was really surprised by they answer I got from PMI for Category 2H.  You don’t need any proof.  When I was audited, prior to taking my exam, I provided a detailed account of my project experiences and areas of focus.  None of this is necessary to maintain your credential. I was very specific how I framed my question to PMI.

Me: Please confirm, yes or no, if I have my PMP certification and I show up to work every day with the title of PM, I rate 5 PDUs a year?  Nothing else is required?

PMI Answer: Yes, that is correct

I have to admit, I don’t agree with this.  What’s the point of telling people to follow a process if you have no mechanism in place to verify they are following it correctly?

What do you think?

8 Replies to “Interesting PMI Perspective On Claiming PDUs”

  1. Actually, there is a process to enforce the honor system: complexity. Many people are so confused about what qualfies or doesn’t qualify, the opt for the REP-provided PDUs for the simplicity and convenience. The fact that you dug deep and eventually contacted support, is a sufficient indication that you take your credential seriously.

    1. I’m actually frustrated by the answer PMI provided. It is not unlike what I went through when I was audited, prior to the exam. PMI sent an email, requiring me to provide a lot of granular data of my previous projects and send it back to them. PMI closed the notice by stating if they were not satisfied with my response, they had the right to deny me the right to sit for the exam with no chance for appeal. When I contacted them asking for specific examples of what they were expecting, they couldn’t give me examples. I was told to just submit what I had and not to worry about it too much. Perhaps this is why I work so hard to help other navigate the PMI minefield. I do take my credential seriously. I just wish PMI would formalize some of these processes and take the guess work out.

  2. Actually, there is a process to enforce the honor system: complexity. Many people are so confused about what qualfies or doesn’t qualify, the opt for the REP-provided PDUs for the simplicity and convenience. The fact that you dug deep and eventually contacted support, is a sufficient indication that you take your credential seriously.

    1. I’m actually frustrated by the answer PMI provided. It is not unlike what I went through when I was audited, prior to the exam. PMI sent an email, requiring me to provide a lot of granular data of my previous projects and send it back to them. PMI closed the notice by stating if they were not satisfied with my response, they had the right to deny me the right to sit for the exam with no chance for appeal. When I contacted them asking for specific examples of what they were expecting, they couldn’t give me examples. I was told to just submit what I had and not to worry about it too much. Perhaps this is why I work so hard to help other navigate the PMI minefield. I do take my credential seriously. I just wish PMI would formalize some of these processes and take the guess work out.

    1. Agustin, sounds like you were over reading Mike Cottmeyer’s blog. There is a lot of frustration in the Agile community right now, with the Scrum Alliance pushing the certification. I wouldn’t say I’m frustrated with PMI for the same reasons. As “mature” as the processes are in PMBoK, I expected more from the organization promoting it.

    1. Agustin, sounds like you were over reading Mike Cottmeyer’s blog. There is a lot of frustration in the Agile community right now, with the Scrum Alliance pushing the certification. I wouldn’t say I’m frustrated with PMI for the same reasons. As “mature” as the processes are in PMBoK, I expected more from the organization promoting it.

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