You can't maintain your Project Management Certification simply by paying a renewal fee every few years. Although there is a renewal fee, which as of publication date is $60 for Project Management Institute members and $150 for non-members, you’ll also need to earn 60 professional development units every three years to keep a PMP certification in active status.
Renewal Cycle Overview
The PMP renewal cycle starts the day you pass a credentialing exam and ends exactly three years later. As part of PMI’s mandatory Continuing Certification Requirements program, during each three-year cycle you're required to earn and document at least 60 PDUs in one or both of two categories: continuing education and giving back to the project management profession. Once you've done so, fill out an online or hard copy renewal application and pay the renewal fee.
How to Earn PDUs
Earn Educational PDUs in a traditional classroom setting or online by attending PMI-approved webinars, e-learning programs and classes. Each hour of instruction translates to one PDU. Because there is no upper limit on Educational PDUs, you can meet all renewal requirements from the education category. As an alternative, you can earn up to 45 PDUs through unpaid volunteer work for a minimum of three months, writing or speaking about project management or working as a project management professional. Each hour of activity translates to one PDU.
PDU Documentation Requirements
Record each educational and giving back activity you complete by using the online reporting system or by submitting a hard copy PDU Activity Reporting Form. Each educational and giving back activity you complete also requires supporting documentation. For example, educational activities require a registration form, completion certificate or letter of attendance and volunteer services requires a letter of acknowledgement from the organization. Maintain a file with this information for at least 18 months from the date you receive it, in case you’re selected for a random credential audit.
About Late Renewals
Missing the renewal deadline automatically will change a PMP certification from active to a suspended status. If this happens, you have one year in which to submit the renewal form and reactivate your certification. However, during this time you cannot refer to yourself as PMP-certified or use the PMP logo on print or electronic materials. The certification expires when the one-year suspension period ends. There are no further options at that point other than to retake the exam.
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