Certification Maintenance and Professional Development Units

One of the features that makes CCMP such a strong and credible certification is that it is not a 'one and done' credential. Learning is a continual process and if we don't maintain our skills, we cannot be as effective in helping organizations and individuals manage change, especially this continually evolving discipline.

Once you pass the CCMP exam, your certification is 'in effect' for three years. Within that three year period you must maintain your credential through renewal activities. This process demonstrates to employers that you remain committed to developing your knowledge and experience to stay current, and have the right to continue using the CCMP credential.

During each three year period, certificants must complete 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs) and record them in ACMP's online system. Each PDU corresponds to one hour spent on an activity (with the exception of experience) and requires supporting evidence of completion. Keep all receipts and related documentation to validate your renewal application. In the third year, all PDUs are submitted for approval along with a fee.

PDUs can be earned in several different categories as summarized in the table below. Refer to the Candidate Handbook for more detail.

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Because certification maintenance is meant to ensure the ongoing development of your knowledge and experience, PDUs must not come solely from one area of The Standard, but cover broadly the five domains of The Standard. For example, you should not attain all 30 education PDUs in communications.

Change Management conference attendance can be claimed for PDUs. Attendees must retain evidence (e.g., receipts) that they attended, and claim only the portion of the conference spent ‘in session’. For example, attendance at ACMP’s Annual Change Management Conference provides up to 17 hours/PDUs. A regional conference allows for up to 10. Pre- and post-conference workshops can be claimed in addition to conference time.

If you do not accumulate 60 PDUs or do not submit the renewal application within the active certification cycle, your certification will be ‘suspended’ and you may not refer to yourself as a CCMP credential holder. The suspension period lasts for one year after which your certification will expire and you must submit a new application, starting the process from the beginning, if you want to regain the credential. 

renewal cycle

Refer to the Candidate Handbook for more information about the certification maintenance process.