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President's Letter - February 2021

A word from the President

This month I am going to talk about something we all have an interest in, PDU's. My PMP renewal is coming up this year. I am not worried as I hit my 60 PDU's last year. But there was a time when that wasn't the case, and I found myself scrambling to get the required PDU's to renew.

To avoid that situation again, I put together a plan. The first thing I did was download the CCRS handbook and break down the 60 PDU's required.

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I work as a professional so check that off right away. I volunteer with the PMI Phoenix Chapter that fills out the remaining 17 PDU's of my Giving Back Category. Education I planned to primarily receive through the chapter by attending training, meetings, and webinars. The chapter holds at least one event a month, sometimes two. So that was easy. I just needed to attend one event per month, and in three years, I would have my 35 PDU's.

If you hold other PMI certifications, those have different requirements but are very similar and can be found in the CCRS handbook. If you obtain project management training or certifications outside of PMI, you can self report those as educational PDU's. An example of this would be a Certified Scrum Master Course qualifies as 6 Technical, 5 Leadership, and 5 Strategic for a total of 16 PDU's.

If you don't know how many PDU's you have, you can check your renewal status at https://my.pmi.org/. You may notice a new look to your dashboard. PMI recently rolled out an update. But behind the scenes, the reporting system is unchanged. You can still report PDU's as you have been. PMI has a guide book Continuing Certification requirements, and you can view it here.

There are many ways and resources available to chapter members to earn PDU's. The chapter offers events and webinars where you can earn PDU's. The webinar library on the website provides recordings of previous meetings and online events for viewing. At the end of the webinar, a PDU claim code will appear on the screen that you can use to claim the PDU's for that session.

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Screenshot of PDU Claim Code at the end of a recorded webinar

If you are looking for PDU's the chapter has them. We send out a newsletter every Sunday letting you know what is happening in the next few weeks with the chapter. If you are not getting it in your inbox, check to see if newsletter@pmiphx.org is going to your junk or spam folder. That is an excellent resource to stay informed with the chapter. You can also subscribe to one of our social media channels. We have a presence on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

If you are looking to earn some PDU's by giving back, we are always looking for Volunteers. You can complete a volunteer application on the website here https://pmiphx.org/volunteer-application.

I hope to see you at a chapter event!

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Shane Cretacci

President

PMI Phoenix Chapter

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