What free options would you recommend for maintaining my PMP certification?
After spending over £400 to get your PMP certification you will probably want to avoid any extra costs maintaining and gaining up to date knowledge. Luckily there are plenty of free and cost-effective ways to do so. Things like Podcasts, e-learning websites and local seminars and meetups are all great ways to maintain that PMP certification.
There are a number of project management podcasts that are worth listening to – all free, however, some might have some extra content behind a memberships paywall. All of these can be found by doing a quick search or using the Podcast app on your smartphone.
- Projectified, PMI’s own podcast;
- The Project Management Podcast, over 400 episodes to date;
- Project Management Happy Hour, a new podcast informal chat;
- PM for the Masses, easy-listening PM topics
- Agile PM related, try DrunkenPM Radio.
For free e-learning take a look at Coursera. This website is great for the business and leadership part of the PMI Talent Triangle, a lot of the courses are free to access, you pay if you’d like a certification at the end.
There are also plenty of inexpensive options at around $10 for some, including:
Other options include free seminars, meetups, lunch ‘n’ learns – anything that has a learning element to it – all counts as development. Also getting involved with your local Chapter, perhaps volunteering to help out (you’re paying with your time!) and exploring the options of giving back to the PM community.
Finally, pick up a book! There’s a whole host of eBooks available on project management websites and blogs or head over to your PMO, they often have a library of best practice books or ask your PM colleagues if they’re interested in swapping books from their own personal libraries.
What do You Use?
Do you use any of the above materials to maintain your certifications? Let us know in the comments and share any other platform we may have missed and why it has been beneficial for you.