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Project management quizzes to maintain certification

Anne Booc
August 31, 2012

Members of the global professional association the Project Management Institute (PMI) will already be familiar with the PMI’s certification program, which includes PMP (Project Management Professional) and other project-related PMI credentials such as PgMP for program management, PMI-SP for scheduling, and PMI-RMP for risk management. To maintain certification you are required to earn a specified number of Professional Development Units, or PDUs, to keep that credential.

PMI has developed six categories of PDUs in which one can obtain credits. Category A is Courses offered by PMI’s Registered Education Providers or Chapters and Communities, one of the three Educational categories. Category A also includes doing quizzes.

If you commute to work on public transport you have probably seen those people who turn to the back of the newspaper and do the crossword and quizzes. Maybe you’ve even wished that you could do that, instead of using flip cards or listening to podcasts while studying for your PMP exam.

As a PMP credential holder, you can do quizzes and support your recertification cycle by earning PDUs! You can earn up to one third of your PDUs by taking the PMI publication quizzes.

Unfortunately, quizzes are not a way to earn free PDUs, but they are affordable. The member price starts at $10 per quiz, and you can purchase them in bundles. There are more than 60 quizzes, in two different formats.

Some ask you to watch videos on a project-related topic and then answer questions based on the content. You don’t have to memorise it or take too many notes as you can review the videos when you get to the questions.

Other quizzes are based on articles. You read a collection of papers or articles and then take the quiz. Again, you can refer to the articles during the quiz, so you don’t need to have a great memory. The articles come from PMI publications such as papers from the Global Congress, articles from PM Network magazine and research studies from the Project Management Journal.

You have three attempts to complete the quiz, and if you score 80% or higher you will earn between 0.5 to 2.5 PDUs depending on the individual quiz. You can access all the quizzes direct from the PMI website e-Learning pages. With so many to choose from, and more being added regularly, quizzes are a fun way to top up your PDU total quickly and easily.

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Anne Booc
Rachel Anne Booc works for OSP International, a PMI Registered Education Provider.
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