On 1 December 2015 the new CCR Program will be launched. How does it impact you?
If you submit your PDUs before 1st December, you are in game with the old rules. But all PDUs claimed after this date will be a subject to the new CCR Program.
This change is a PMI’s response to the changing environment requiring from project managers to possess a set of competences – a combination of technical, leadership, and strategy and business management expertise – which are mapped in the PMI Talent Triangle. You can read more about it here: http://www.pmi.org/~/media/Files/PDF/Certification/talet-triangle-flyer-final.ashx. The project manager is expected to understand the business perspective, and employers seek for project practitioners with leadership and business intelligence skills.
New CCR Program rules
You will still claim PDUs in two categories: Education and Giving back. However, the higher emphasis is put on education. This change reflects the necessity to develop skills that are demanded by employers.
60% of PDUs should fall into Education category – you should achieve at least education’s 35 PDUs out of the total 60. Education PDUs must be in line with PMI Talent Triangle, and for each axis in the triangle (Technical / Leadership / Business skills) you have to obtain a minimum of 8 PDUs.
Giving back category consists of the same activities: Volunteering, Creating Knowledge and Working as a Professional. However, the maximum number of PDUs in the last activity – Working as a Professional – will decrease to 8 PDUs (according to old rules you were able to gain 15 PDUs here).
The message coming from the changes is simple – in order to be a fully professional project manager, you have to continuously improve your set of skills in a wide perspective of the business environment.