We’ve already discussed the importance of the Project Management Institute ® and the PMI® registered education provider® program. Now I want to share with you a little bit about how a course becomes “certified” to grant PDUs to the lucky course participants.
It is a seven-step process that must be repeated for each class for which you want to offer PDUs. And to quote a popular song, “Babe, there ain’t no easy way out”—there is no batch upload for course details that I could find. Trust me—I looked because I had 17 courses to register (with another 7 in development). I spent a lot of my time very frustrated with the system and the hurry-up-and-wait mentality (especially when the system hiccupped and booted me to the login screen a couple of times).
To try to make the process less painful and more fun, I’ve compiled a few tips for each step of the process.
- When selecting a PDU value, be reasonable. A good rule of thumb is one credit for each hour spent on the course.
- Always display your activity in the activity listing search results. How else will people know about your course?
- What can be said in 255 characters? You’d better say a lot in your advertising description so people want to buy your course
- If you have general courses that are not geared toward a specific industry, process, or knowledge area, just click Select All for all three. It ensures your course will display multitudinous times for various seekers.
- 255 must be PMI®’s favorite number. You only have 255 characters to describe your learning objectives. I cut so much out, I began to feel like my ninth grade english teacher with a red pen.
- If your program doesn’t have an evaluation method, get one! PMI® likes to monitor how happy people are with your course work.
- Most courses have start and end times. But the system doesn’t quite allow for the fun and foibles of an asynchronous course that can happen anytime and anywhere. You have to “trick” the system by putting the End Date as far away from the Start Date as you can. You also have the Start time as 12:00 AM and the End Time as 11:45 PM.
- If you select a virtual session, you can add a URL that takes you to a page selling your courseware from which people may buy licenses.
- You MUST have at least one session entered or you cannot progress to the next step.
- This is a pretty simple step. The only advice I have is that you may want to select a group email with several recipients as the primary contact. This ensures that potential customers can always reach you and an opportunity isn’t sitting in an inbox waiting while Jimmy’s out in the Bahamas where it’s 5 o’clock always.
- You need a friend, a friend in the PMI® to do you a big favor. They must review your course in its entirety and give it the stamp of approval. This is the step where you select that friend. It is a search.
- Review all your material and click save; click save immediately and quickly so the system doesn’t hiccup on you.
These are just observations from my first experience with registering courses, and I’m sure with time and experience it will become a breeze. I hope the steps I provided help you out, and just remember that the possible difficulty is far outweighed by the benefit of having PMI® registered courses.