Yet, the television show was about JJ Watt’s training and pursuit of continued improvement. Athletes all practice hard to get stronger and better at their sports. Tiger Woods practices his swing. Roger Federer practices his serve. And LeBron James practices shooting baskets.
Athletes practice learning new skills, and maintaining the fundamentals, in order to improve their capacity as professionals. We, as professional technical managers, must also practice our skills and learn new techniques. This is the reason why most professional associations require continuing education credits or professional development units to retain a professional credential.
The Professional Engineering Manager (PEM) certification is awarded by the American Society of Engineering Managers (ASEM). In order to maintain the credential, PEMS must earn 45 professional development hours (PDH) every three (3) years. New Product Development Professionals (NPDP), certified by the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA), require 60 PDHs every three (3) years to maintain this elite credential. Finally, Project Management Professionals (PMP®), certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), also require 60 PDHs every three (3) years to maintain the credential.
In addition, beginning in December 2015, PMPs must earn 24 of the 60 PDHs in specific areas of education to match current needs of employers. Eight (8) PDHs must be earned in each area of the Talent Triangle™: Business and Strategic Management, Leadership, and Technical Project Management.
Benefits of Continuing Education
Only the most rigorous certification programs require continuing education. This is, in fact, a differentiating factor that candidates should look for when scoping credentialing opportunities. Continued education within a certification program has several advantages.
First, no industry or field of study stands still. There are new practices and emerging social trends that impact the way in which a professional does his/her work. Technology advancements, alone, have significantly changed the way that an engineering manager or project manage interacts with his/her team. Changes in technical communication have radically changed the way that a new product development manager gathers customer requirements for an innovation project.
Second, continuing education forces a candidate for recertification to revisit the fundamentals. Just like JJ Watt practices blocking and tackling, and LeBron James practices his jump shot, professionals need to practice our fundamental skills. Engineering and project managers need to practice communication and conflict management skills. New product development professional need to revisit the standard processes that have demonstrated success in launching new products and services.
Finally, continued education allows experienced professionals to give back to the professional community and to serve as mentors for newly certified professionals. In sharing our own experiences as engineering, product, and project professionals, we help the next generation to learn. In addition, as mentors, we save the company money and time in developing the work product as well as developing the leaders of tomorrow.
How to Earn PDHs
While the benefits of professional continuing education are many (best practices, fundamentals, and mentoring), we have to admit that we are also busy, busy professionals. JJ Watt’s job is to train and become a better football player. Our job is to make sure the projects we are assigned are moving forward, schedules are being met, and budgets are constrained within guidelines. We don’t all have the luxury of a high paid professional trainer like JJ Watt or LeBron James.
At Simple-PDH, we understand that professionals are busy. Even though you understand the value and benefits of continuing education, your boss cannot afford to let you go to a week-long conference just to maintain your professional certification. On top of the airfare, hotel, and expensive conference fees, you are away from your job for an extended time period. Who knows what disaster might strike the project while you are away?
Instead, you can earn your PDHs and continuing education credits (CEUs) simply online. Each online course is affordable and convenient. You study online materials, including downloadable course noes and articles. You learn emerging best practices while refreshing the fundamental skills required of your profession. Each course comes with a practice test that you can take as many times as you want during the registration period. The practice test helps you to learn and apply course materials to your own business situation.
Finally, you earn PDHs by passing a final exam. Most final exams require a 70% passing score and then you can print your dated completion certificate. It’s really simple. Study. Learn. Earn.
To find out how easy it is to earn PDHs at Simple-PDH, please take an introductory course for FREE! Learn more about NPDP certification by clicking here to register. Or click on Registration in the upper right corner at www.Simple-PDH.com, then enroll in the NPDP Certification course (see Courses at the top menu).
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