The CPM Mechanics Credit Course Earns More Than Recognition

Upon successful completion of the CPM Mechanics Credit Course, you will:

  • Receive a Certificate of Completion document, issued by the ICS-Institute for Construction Project Time Management Studies and signed by the Course Instructor
  • Qualify for Professional Development Units (PDUs)

What are PDUs?

Professional Development Units, or PDUs, are a way of quantifying continuing education efforts by holders of various credentials offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI), such as:

  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Program Management Professional (PgMP)
  • PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)

Note: PDUs are not the same as “hours of approved training” that are part of the eligibility requirements set by PMI for its various credentials. PDUs come into play after one has earned a given credential, and now seeks to maintain it by performing ongoing, continuing education.

How Many PDUs Can You Earn?

Let’s be perfectly clear: it is up to the awarding organization to determine the number of Professional Development Units they will grant. All that we (ICS-Institute) can do toward this end is provide you with the information you may need to supply to them, in order to substantiate your application for PDUs.

Valuation of PDUs is not an exact science; a certain amount of subjectivity comes into play. As a general rule, “one PDU is earned for every one hour spent in a planned, structured learning experience or activity.” The exact number of PDUs for which you would qualify depends on the level of effort to which you commit at the outset of the Course.

Depends on How Much Effort You Put In

Because we all have different circumstances in our lives that dictate how much time and effort we can spend on professional self-development, the ICS-Institute offers two different levels of effort with which you can complete the CPM Mechanics Course.

  • Light Activity Level: This level involves completion of reading assignments and Unit quizzes only. No learning exercises, discussions, problem-solving, midterm or final exams, or final project are required. However, an overall passing grade for the Course is required to qualify for 20 PDUs, and attendance and participation factors heavily.

  • Heavy Activity Level: This level requires successful completion of eighteen Study Units. Each Study Unit including reading assignments, quizzes, exercises, and problem-solving. In addition, requires passing grade in mid-term and final exams, as well as final project. An overall passing grade for the Course is required to qualify for 40 PDUs.

How We Drive Our PDU Estimates

The following table explains how we arrive at the 20 PDU and 40 PDU estimates for the Light and Heavy Activity Levels, respectively. Use this breakdown in the event you are asked for further information to support your request for PDUs.

Effort
Per Unit
Count
Light
Heavy
Blogs 0.75 18 13.50
Book Passage 1.50 18 27.00 27.00
White Papers 1.00 5 5.00
Unit Quizzes 0.50 18 9.00 9.00
Exercises 0.50 18 9.00
Mid-Term Exam 45 1 0.75
Final Term Exam 45 1 0.75
Final Project 7.00 1 7.00
TOTAL 36.00 72.00
AVERAGE/UNIT 2.00 4.00
  • Blogs: We estimate that it will take roughly 45 minutes to (a) read the Study Unit’s associated blog articles and (b) post brief comments. Given that there are eighteen Units in the course, this item should consume around 13.5 hours, collectively.

  • Book Passage: Each Study Unit requires that you read from the textbook, CPM Mechanics. We estimate that it will take roughly 1.5 hours to read the assigned book passage. Given that there are eighteen Study Units in the course, this item should consume around 27 hours, collectively.
  • White Papers: There are five (5) ICS-White Papers associated with this course. Each one should be readable within one (1) hour, on average. That is, some may take longer than an hour, while others will take less. This item should consume around 5 hours, collectively.
  • Unit Quizzes: Each Study Unit includes a set of questions that you must answer in order to confirm that you understand the information conveyed within it. If you really understand the material, you should be able to complete the quizzes in a half-hour or so. Given that there are eighteen Study Units in the course, this item should consume around 9 hours, collectively.

  • Unit Exercises: Each Study Unit includes a requirement that you complete one or two short exercises. You should be able to complete the exercises in a half-hour or so. Given that there are eighteen Study Units in the Course, this item should consume around 9 hours, collectively.

  • Exams: Both the Mid-Term Exam and the Final Exam should take no more than 45 minutes to complete, each.
  • Final Project: The Final Project may take a while to complete; we estimate around 7 hours.
PDU Values; Conservative Estimate

As you can see from the above table, we estimate that completion of the CPM Mechanics Course will require around 72 hours for the Heavy Activity Level, or 36 hours for the Light Activity Level. To be completely conservative, we have adjusted the values downward to only 55% of our estimates. Thus:

  • Light Activity Level: Although we estimate that 36 hours will be required, we value this Light Level at 20 PDUs.
  • Heavy Activity Level: Although we estimate that 72 hours will be required, we value this Heavy Level at 40 PDUs.