PMI Talent Triangle

PMI Updated PDU Requirements

PMI Talent Triangle

As of December, 2015, the Project Management Institute (PMI) has updated the PDU requirement for the PMI family of credentials. The PDU requirements are now based on The PMI Talent TriangleTM: Strategic & Business Management, Leadership, and Technical

Strategic & Business Management:

Business oriented skills; applies to all certifications

  • Benefits management and realization
  • Business acumen
  • Business models and structures
  • Competitive analysis
  • Customer relationships and satisfaction
  • Industry knowledge and standards
  • Legal and regulatory compliance
  • Market awareness and conditions
  • Operational functions (e.g. finance, marketing)
  • Strategic planning, analysis, alignment


Competency in guiding and motivating; applies to all certifications

  • Brainstorming
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Conflict management
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Influencing
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Listening
  • Negotiation
  • Problem solving
  • Team building


Domain expertise; certification specific

  • Agile practices
  • Data gathering and modeling
  • Earned value management
  • Project, program, and portfolio governance
  • Project, program, and portfolio performance management
  • Requirements management and traceability
  • Risk management
  • Schedule management
  • Project, program, product and portfolio scope management
  • Time, budget, and cost estimation

So how does this effect your PMI credential maintenance?

Below we’ve listed the minimum PDU requirements for each of the PMI credentials/certifications:

Education PDUs
Certification Technical
PDUs Required
PDUs Required
PDUs Required
Remaining PDUS
Across Any Area
Total Minimum
PDUs Required
PMP 8 8 8 11 35
PgMP 8 8 8 11 35
PfMP 8 8 8 11 35
PMI-PBA 8 8 8 11 35
PMI-ACP 4 4 4 6 18
PMI-RMP 4 4 4 6 18
PMI-SP 4 4 4 6 18

Giving Back to the Profession

PMI recognizes that sharing your knowledge and actively applying your skills is a valuable means to contribute to the profession. Additionally, many find that giving back is an enriching learning experience that enhances your professional development in different ways. That is why giving back activities are PDU eligible and incorporated into the CCR program.

For PMP, PgMP, PfMP, and PMI-PBA: Volunteering, Creating Knowledge, and Working as a Professional – maximum 25 PDUs with a maximum of 8 PDUs from “working as a professional”

For PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP: Volunteering, Creating Knowledge, and Working as a Professional – maximum 12 PDUs with a maximum of 4 PDUs from “working as a professional”

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