Earning and Claiming Your PDUs
What are PDUs?
PDUs, or Professional Development Units, are used to measure the time and effort a project management professional spends in maintaining his or her PMI certification. To maintain their professional qualification, the PMI uses Continuing Certification PDUs.
Many of SPOCE’s courses are project management related and therefore relevant to professional development. You can claim PDU’s from relevant courses regardless of whether the provider is registered as a PMI ‘Registered Education Provider.’ Here is your guide to claiming your PMI PDU’s for SPOCE courses.
Outline of the PMI’s Continuing Certification Requirements
For the PMP certification, you will need to claim 60 PDU units over the 3 year cycle towards your re-certification. PDU units can be gained in various categories that are divided in to two types: 'Education' and 'Giving Back to the Profession'.
Education and Giving Back to the Profession
Category A – Courses offered by PMI’s REPs and PMI’s chapters/community of practice
Category B – Continuing Education offered by a University/college/training organisation NOT registered with PMI
Category C – Self-Directed Learning
Giving Back to the Profession:
Category D – Creating New Knowledge/Content
Category E – Volunteer Service
Category F – Work as a Project Professional (practicing project, risk or programme management)
SPOCE Course List
SPOCE Course List
|Approx training hours/PDU’s|
|B||AgilePM Foundation and Practitioner||28/28|
|C||AgilePM Passport - Introduction e-learning||5/5|
|C||AgilePM Passport - Foundation e-learning||14/14|
|C||AgilePM Passport - Foundation and Practitioner e-learning||28/28|
|B||APM PFQ - Project Fundamentals Qualification/Introductory Certificate||14/14|
|B||APM PMQ - Project Management Qualification / APMP||32/32|
|B||APM PMQ for PRINCE2 Practitioners (APMP with PRINCE2® Prior Learning)||21/21|
|C||APM PFQ - Project Fundamentals Qualification / Introductory Certificate eLearning||14/14|
|B||Better Business Cases Foundation||16/16|
|B||Better Business Cases Practitioner||30/30|
|C||Better Business Cases Passport - Foundation e-learning||16/16|
|C||Business Analysis Passport - Foundation e-learning||21/21|
|B||Change Management Foundation||17/17|
|B||Change Management Foundation and Practitioner||29/29|
|C||ITIL Passport - Introduction e-learning||5/5|
|C||ITIL Passport - Foundation e-learning||21/21|
|B||Management of Value (MoV®) Foundation||14/14|
|B||Management of Value (MoV®) Foundation and Practitioner||25/25|
|B||Management of Portfolios (MoP®) Foundation||14/14|
|B||Management of Portfolios (MoP®) Foundation and Practitioner||25/25|
|B||Management of Risk (MoR®) Foundation||21/21|
|B||Management of Risk (MoR®) Foundation and Practitioner||29/29|
|B||Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) Foundation||21/21|
|B||Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) Foundation and Practitioner||32/32|
|B||Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) Re-registration||32/32|
|C||Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) Passport - Introduction e-learning||5/5|
|C||Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) Passport – Foundation e-learning||21/21|
|C||Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) Passport - Foundation and Practitioner e-learning||32/32|
|C||Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) Passport - Re-registration e-learning||32/32|
|B||Microsoft Project (Introduction and Intermediate levels)||14/14|
|B||Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices (P3O®) Foundation||17/17|
|B||Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices (P3O®) Foundation and Practitioner||29/29|
|B||PRINCE2® Foundation and Practitioner||32/32|
|C||PRINCE2® Passport - Introduction e-learning||5/5|
|C||PRINCE2® Passport - Foundation e-learning||21/21|
|C||PRINCE2® Passport - Foundation and Practitioner e-learning||32/32|
|B||PRINCE2® Passport - Re-Registration e-learning||32/32|
|B||PRINCE2 Agile® Practitioner||21/21|
|C||PRINCE2 Agile® Passport - Introduction e-learning||4/4|
|C||PRINCE2 Agile® Passport - Practitioner e-learning||21/21|
Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs
How long do PDUs last?
To maintain your qualification, you will need to claim your PDUs in the three-year cycle in which they were earned.
Is SPOCE a PMI REP?
No. We are recognised under the University / College / Training Organisation not registered with PMI. At present we do not provide our own PMI courses and therefore are not required to register under the PMI REP (Registered Education Provider) program.
What proof might PMI need of my PDUs?
PMI spot-check entries for their CCRS program and so may check that you are eligible for the PDUs claimed. PMI may check up to 18 months after the end of your CCRS cycle. You should retain the following as proof of your course attendance: Course Brochure/Outline, Registration / Joins letter, Certifications earned, Training Organisation details and Trainer qualifications.
How many PDUs do I need?
Depending on the PMI qualification you are supporting, you may need to earn upto 60 PDUs in a 3-year cycle viz. PMP and PgMP require 60 PDUs, whereas PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP and PMI-SP require 30 PDUs. PMP has a limitation in that only 30 PDUs per cycle may be claimed for Self-Directed Learning.
How else can I earn PDUs?
PDUs can be claimed for other areas such as, Creating New PM Knowledge, Volunteer Service and even Working as a PM Professional. There are limitations. Please see https://ccrs.pmi.org/ for up-to-date information.
How do I claim my PDUs?
How to make your claim for PMI PDU’s
Use the PMI’s Continuing Certification Requirements System (CCRS) website at https://ccrs.pmi.org to register your PDU’s. Log-in using your PMI credentials and register your PDU's gained under the following categories which SPOCE’s courses are aligned to:
Education: Category B - Continuing Education (via classroom based/instructor-led)
Education: Category C - Self-Directed Learning (via e-learning) *Restricted to a maximum of 30 PDU’s per 3-year certification cycle)
The PMI’s scheme requirements state that each hour of professional development undertaken is equivalent to one PDU. The activity should also be relevant to the area of expertise covered in the PMP certification. A full list of SPOCE courses, which can be used to earn PDUs, is available under a Tab above and includes an approximate number of instructor-led hours for each course.
For audit purposes you will need to record and retain the following details for the course:
Course Brochure – Refer to the course outline on our website (www.spoce.com)
Course Registration – Course joins email or letter
Course Attendance – Relevant qualification certificate ( confirmation email of attendance can be provided on request)
Instructor Qualifications – All of SPOCE’s course instructors are formally accredited by the APM Group and meet the ‘approved trainer’ requirements of Axelos.
You will also need the details of SPOCE as your course provider:
SPOCE Project Management Limited,
West Wing, Briggs House,
26 Commercial Road,
Tel: +44 (0)1202 73 63 73