No one PMI credential serves as a prerequisite for another. You can earn multiple credentials or all of PMI’s credentials if you meet the eligibility requirements. If you hold a credential and want to earn another, PMI makes it easy for you to earn PDUs toward maintaining your credentials simultaneously.
Align Certification/CCR Cycles for PgMP and PMP:
Earn 60 PDUs (not 120 PDUs) during your three-year cycle to maintain both the PMP and PgMP credentials. There are two options for aligning your certification cycles and you make this selection as part of the application process.
– the credential you already have – the “current” credential – and the “new” credential will share PDUs going forward. Any PDUs earned for your current credential before you obtained the new credential will be forfeited. The renewal date for your current credential will be set equal to the newlyacquired credential renewal date.
Option B – The new credential will share the PDUs you already earned for your current credential and any that you earn moving forward. The renewal date for the new credential will be set equal to the existing renewal date for the credential you currently hold.
Apply PDUs for Specialty Credentials to your PMP or PgMP
If you hold the PMP or PgMP and apply for one of the specialty credentials—PMI-RMP or PMI-SP—you cannot align the certification/CCR cycles, but you can apply the PDUs you earn for the specialty credentials to the maintenance of your PMP or PgMP credential.
Therefore, to maintain the PMP and the PMI-SP, for instance, you only have to earn and report 60 PDUs (not 90 PDUs). Be mindful that in order to maintain the PMI-SP or PMI-RMP credential(s), the professional development activities must be in the specialized area of project risk management or project scheduling respectively.