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In this article we’ll look at what Leadership PDUs are and how many you need, and what activities count towards your
What are Leadership PDUs?
Leadership is one side of the PMI Talent Triangle, along with Strategic and Business Management and Technical skills.
Leadership PDUs form part of the Education requirement for recertification.
The table below shows how many Leadership PDUs are required for each PMI certification.
|Certification||Leadership PDUs Required|
What does ‘Leadership’ mean?
The PMI Continuing Certification Requirements handbook defines Leadership like this:
But what does that actually translate to, as tasks we can do for PDUs?
What project management tasks count as leadership
Let’s take the exam content outline for the
Here’s the list of activities in the People domain.
- Manage conflict
- Lead a team
- Support team performance (this is about appraisals, team development, giving feedback and identifying areas for individual improvement)
- Empower team members and stakeholders
- Ensure team members and stakeholders are adequately trained
- Build a team
- Address blockers for the team
- Negotiate project agreements
- Collaborate with stakeholders
- Build a shared understanding (this is about facilitating conversations to reach consensus)
- Engage and support virtual teams
- Define team ground rules
- Mentor relevant stakeholders
- Promote team performance using emotional intelligence.
That’s quite wide-ranging, and there’s a lot in there you can turn into Leadership
Get a head start with my guide to 15 easy ways to earn PDUs this year.
Examples of qualifying activities for Leadership PDUs
We all use leadership skills in project management which means there are plenty of opportunities to claim PDUs in this area as long as you are learning about related topics.
Even if you feel like you’re not in a ‘leadership’ type job, for example, you’re after PDUs for CAPM because of the role you do, you can still find ways to evidence your leadership learning.
To be honest, I enjoy developing my leadership and interpersonal skills more than I do learning technical techniques. However, much of project management education is based on technical skills, so you do have to keep an eye out for qualifying activities that count towards your Leadership
Any kind of formal or informal training, webinar or podcast on the topics of:
- Conflict management
- Negotiation skills
- Collaboration techniques (reading my book on collaboration tools would also count)
- Knowledge transfer tools and techniques.
Any reading, research time or learning about:
- Managing virtual teams
- Emotional intelligence (start with this book)
- Team engagement and
team buildingactivities like a scavenger hunt.
I have a resource to get you started with building team engagement across virtual teams, that you could also adapt for teams working in the same location.
The easiest way to earn Leadership PDUs
If all that seems too difficult, then the easiest way to earn your Leadership PDUs is simply to buy a bundle of curated training materials specifically designed to meet the
There aren’t many resources specifically designed purely for Leadership PDUs, so the one I recommend is The PDU Podcast Leadership Package.
I like it because:
- It instantly means you earn 8 relevant PDUs (of course, you have to watch the webinars, but you can do that over a lunchbreak, on your commute or in the evenings)
- If you don’t need 8 PDUs in the Leadership domain, you can carry them forward to the next recertification cycle
- The PDUs are already pre-approved as they come from OSP International LLC, a recognized and approved PMI training provider
- They come with a spreadsheet that shows you exactly how many PDUs you earn per webinar, so you save time entering your claim into the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) system.
I also have another article with tips on how to earn PDUs fast, so if you’re coming up on your time limit, you can quickly get what you need.
Ready to earn those elusive Leadership PDUs?
Here are your next steps:
- Make sure you have a copy of the CCR handbook so you can double-check exactly what you need
- Log into the CCRS and see what you’ve already logged against the Leadership side of the Talent Triangle – it might be more than you think!
- Work out how many more PDUs you need
- Learn how to make time for professional development and then make a plan to earn the PDUs you need using the resources discussed above.
See, simple! You can do it – as we’ve seen, as long as you identify the right learning opportunities, you’ll soon have a full quota of relevant claim codes to add into your record.
Want to learn more about leadership? Check out the Ultimate Guide to Leadership in Project Management.