A Contingency Plan for Obtaining Your PDUs This Cycle

Eric A. Wright, PhD



Once certified, a Project Management Professional, or PMP®, must earn a minimum of 60 Professional Development Units, or PDUs, every three years.  While there are many channels by which to do so, group mentoring students of project management can be an exceptionally rewarding and economical method.  Many PMPs have not been exposed to this channel however.

PDUs “are the measuring unit used [by PMI] to quantify approved learning and professional service activities” (PMP Credential Handbook, 2011).  PDUs fall into two categories; the first is Education and the second is Giving Back to the Profession.  A PMP can earn up to 30 PDUs in the Education category and up to 45 PDUs in the Giving Back to the Profession category, for a potential total of 75 units per every three-year cycle.  Up to 20 PDUs earned above the requisite 60 may be carried over to the next cycle (if these PDUs were earned in the final 12 months of your certification cycle).

Group mentoring project management students is a relatively simple process.  Discuss with a local professor of project management which project management topics interest you.  Then prepare a 30 to 45 minute discussion on each topic.  You can use PowerPoint, YouTube videos, real project footage, and especially personal vignettes to frame your discussion.  Deliver your presentation during a class session, and then spend the remaining 15 to 30 minutes of the hour long engagement discussing the students’ observations, comments, thoughts, and lessons learned.


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Eric A. Wright, PhD


Dr. Wright is a dynamic social scientist, educator, and speaker, and holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in Financial Management from Northcentral University, an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science with a major in Psychology and a minor in Information Sciences from Excelsior College. His dissertation focused on the leadership behaviors of project managers’ associated through LinkedIn and examined some of the variables that can influence a project manager’s choice of leadership behavior. Dr. Wright is also a certified internal auditor (CIA), project manager (PMP), and process improvement expert (L6 Green Belt). Additionally, he has twenty-three years of experience as project manager, leader, accountant, resource manager, and teacher in the fields of healthcare, public financial and accounting services, military, and education. The undergraduate and graduate courses he teaches span the business studies spectrum of social sciences, such as management, economics and finance, project management, strategic planning and performance, value creation, and entrepreneurship. In addition to teaching 16 courses, Dr. Wright demonstrates his commitment to student, campus, and university success through his roles as his campus’ founding faculty adviser for its international honor society, ACBSP Champion, and Incident Commander. He can be contacted at [email protected].