Earning the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from Project Management Institute (PMI) may be the end of one journey but it is also the start of another. The certification is not valid for life: to truly be a PMP, you need to keep up with the fast changing world of project management, work on improving your skills, engage with the PM community - and by completing all these tasks, you earn Professional Development Units (PDUs). These units are very important because they allow you to renew your certification - which you need to do that every 3 years.
In this series of articles, I am going to give you my tips and tricks on how to earn the PDUs you need - and it will be up to you to decide which of these methods work best for you. Ready? Let's get down to business. Part 1 is here and the guest of honour is: The Project Management Podcast.
The Project Management Podcast is a great resource for both experienced as well as junior project managers to get the latest and greatest tips and advice on how to deliver projects successfully. The person behind the podcast is Cornelius Fichtner, a project manager from Europe who now lives in Arizona, and who recently released a podcast episode number 455. An impressive number, for sure. So how does this great resource help you to get your PDUs?
The answer is quite simple: you listen to the podcast. There are many options how to do that (Cornelius has the podcast available on an impressive number of services, including the most popular such as Spotify or TuneIn) and you can always listen to the latest 15 episodes for free. Thus, if you keep up with the podcast for long enough, you will be able to earn your 60 PDUs this way, totally for free. If you don't mind spending a bit of money, you can also subscribe to the Premium podcast where you have all the episodes available to play any time, any where.
Cornelius even has a very helpful page which outlines the details on how to use the PM Podcast to earn PDUs along with a very useful template of a PDU Log File which you can use to record your PDU earning process. I strongly recommend using this file to keep track of your PDUs because the time may come when a PMI auditor comes a-knocking, asking to see how exactly you earned your PDUs. As a project manager, that is a risk you are surely well equipped to mitigate.