maintain my PMP qualifications, I need to ensure that I continue to maintain
consistent learning with regard to Project Management. I like the idea that people cannot pass the
PMI exams and then forget about keeping up to date with learning and modern
I became a PMP and in 2013 I passed my RMP exam. This means that I have earn almost double the
required PDU's, on my three year cycle.
I became a PMP, as I did not feel that the Prince2 qualification was the
complete Project Management qualifications.
Prince2 is a structure for a specific methodology, however, most
corporations have a slightly modified version in place for running their
projects. Most PMOs tweak the Prince2
methodology to suit their needs, which is a guiding principle of Prince2, where
projects are "Tailored to the Environment". However, having the PMP exam increases a
Project Managers depth of knowledge, giving options to the project and guiding
principles that can be applied in all situations.
I set for myself was to earn my PDUs for as little money as possible. I find it hard to justify spending $700 on a
few videos or podcasts, but have a 40 minute commute by train, so I have more
than 6 hours a week, sitting on a train with time on my hands - for free.
So far, I
am 1 year and 4 months into my 3 year PDU cycle for my PMP. I have earned 39 PDUs out of the required
60. For my RMP cycle, I only require 30
PDUs and I already have earned 16 in the first 10 months of the cycle.
some free PDUs by simply doing my day job as a Project Manager. Other free options are as easy as reading the
PMI monthly magazines (PMI Network and PMI Today). These take about an hour of reading and
therefore can accrue 1 PDU per month in the self-development category.
I write a
blog, which is counted as giving back to others. Each month, I average 3-4 articles, which
takes about 1-2 hours of my time. Each
hour equals 1 PDU, however, I only ever apply for a single PDU per month. I enjoy my blog, but wish more people would
read it, but I am not sure how to increase my community of readers.
I have been using the updated version of MS Project 2013. I thought it was time to actually get some
official training to understand how to use all of the features, rather than the
standard Gantt chart view. I spent more
than 5 hours watching videos and a further few hours doing examples, so I will
be applying for 5 PDUs.
against all of my principles, I am going to pay for a video / podcast to kick
start my learning for the Agile Certified Professional qualification. As a pre-requisite of taking the exam, you
must complete at least 21 hours of certified education related to Agile Project
Management. I have found a few options
on-line, but I like Cornelius Fichtner and will purchase his training.
This will give me a certificate of completion at the end, plus the added
bonus of an additional 21 PDUs. This is
all for under $300.
not find it difficult to earn the required PDUs within the 3 year cycle and
finding them for free is relatively easy.