PMI Talent Triangle

Project Manager Skills and Competencies

The ten were rated in the following order:

  1. People skills
  2. Leadership
  3. Listening
  4. Integrity, ethical behavior, consistent
  5. Strong at building trust
  6. Verbal communication
  7. Strong at building teams
  8. Conflict resolution, conflict management
  9. Critical thinking, problem solving
  10. Understands, balances priorities

The Triangle:


Knowledge, skills and behaviors related to specific domains of project, program and portfolio management. The technical aspects of performing your job/role.

  • Earned Value
  • Risk Management
  • Schedule
  • Scope
  • Agile Practices
  • Data Gathering …


Knowledge, skills and behaviors involved in the ability to guide, motivate and/or direct others to achieve a goal.

  • Coaching
  • Brainstorming
  • Conflict 
  • Influencing
  • Negotiation
  • Problem Solving…

Strategic & Business Management

Knowledge of and expertise in the industry/organization, helping you align your team in a way that enhances performance and better delivers business outcomes.

  • Benefit Management
  • Business Models
  • Competitive Analysis 
  • Customer Relations
  • Market Awareness
  • Industry Knowledge…

Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Program

Earning your certification is a big step. Maintaining it shouldn’t have to be. PMI Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Program is designed so you can grow and develop the skills that organizations are seeking — all the while maintaining your certification status.

What are PDUs?

Professional Development Units (PDUs) are one-hour blocks of time that you spend learning, teaching others, or volunteering. By accumulating and tracking these over a three-year period you can maintain your certification status with PMI.

PDU Requirements

Our certifications require you to earn a certain number of PDUs over a 3-year cycle. For example, if you hold a Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification, to maintain it, you’ll need to earn 60 PDUs; while others, like the Agile Certified Professional (PMI-ACP)® require 30.