PDU Categories


pdu categories

PDU Categories Explained

A PDU is defined by the PMI as a measuring unit for structural learning in Project Management. One PDU is earned per one hour spent in structured learning activity. There are 6 categories of PDUs….

Category Description
A Activities offered by PMI R.E.P.s, chapters, or communities
B Continuing education
C Self-directed learning
D Creating new project management knowledge
E Volunteer service
F Working as a professional in project management

These 6 categories are then broken into two groups under…

  1. Education PDU Categories
  1. Giving Back to Professional PDU Categories

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Education PDU Categories

Category A: Activities offered by PMI R.E.P.s, chapters, or communities

PDU Explanation: You have 3 options to earn Category A PDUs…

  1. Earn PDUs by attending educational courses offered by PMI’s Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s).
  2. Earn PDUs by attending events offered by the PMI such as seminars and conferences.
  3. Earn PDUs by taking a PMI Publication Quiz (70% minimum result)

PDU Example: R.E.P.s include schools, consultants, corporate training departments, professional associations, government agencies and PMI chapters. View the searchable database of R.E.P.s and the courses they offer online

PDU Rule: 1 hour of instruction related to project management, project risk, project scheduling, or program management equals 1 PDU. You can report PDUs in 0.25, 0.50 and 0.75 increments

Audit Requirements: Registration form, certificate or letter of attendance

Category B: Continuing Education

PDU Explanation: You have 2 options to earn Category B PDUs…

  1. Earn PDUs by completing an academic course by a college
  2. Earn PDUs by attending relevant educational course offered outside of PMI.

PDU Example: If not a college course it can be training provided by employer or another professional or membership association.

PDU Rule: 1 hour of instruction related to project management, project risk, project scheduling, or program management equals 1 PDU. You can report PDUs in 0.25, 0.50 and 0.75 increments. Only modules related to project management can go towards PDU not entire course.

Audit Requirements: Transcript or grade report with a pass mark. If non-PMI R.E.P you will be required to provide registration form, certificate with the syllabus outlining content and qualifications of instructor.

Category C: Self-Directed Learning

PDU Explanation: You have 2 options to earn Category C PDUs by completing qualifying activities which are relevant to project management, project risk, and project scheduling or program management, meet a specified purpose and use knowledgably resources.

PDU Example: Individualized learning events such as…

  1. Watching videos, podcasts or other source material
  2. Reading articles, books or instructional materials
  3. Being coached or mentored by a colleague, co-worker or consultant

PDU Rule: 1 hour of instruction related to project management, project risk, project scheduling, or program management equals 1 PDU. You can report PDUs in 0.25, 0.50 and 0.75 increments

Audit Requirements: Evidence supporting your reported learning project, including notes from and dates of discussion or reading.

Giving Back to the Profession PDU Categories

The major difference between these categories is that no more than 45 PDUs per cycle for Categories D, E & F.

Category D: Creating new project management knowledge

PDU Explanation: You can earn PDUs for creating new knowledge for a topic related to project management. Both time preparing/creating this knowledge and time to present it can be claimed for PDUs.

PDU Example: Examples of Category D would include….

  • Authoring (co-authoring) a project management textbook
  • Authoring (co-authoring) a peer reviewed article
  • Authoring (co-authoring) a non-peer reviewed article
  • Authoring (co-authoring) an article for PMIs knowledge shelf
  • Authoring an article for relevant electronic newsletters
  • Authoring of article on an official organization, professional, or company blog
  • Presenting in a webinar
  • Presenting in a podcast
  • Creating a course or developing course content for project management related courses
  • Serving as a speaker or instructor for project management related courses and presentations
  • Serving as a moderator of a relevant discussion
  • Serving as a subject matter expert for a panel discussion

PDU Rule: 1 hour of activity equals 1 PDU

Audit Requirements: Copies of publications, sample educational materials or course agendas.

Category E: Volunteer Service

PDU Explanation: You can earn PDUs for volunteering (non-compensated service) project management, project risk, and project scheduling or program management services to a no-employer or client.

PDU Example: All work must be legally recognized as non-profit, not-for-profit or charitable groups or organizations. Examples of Category E would include….

  • Serve as volunteer representing project management organization including PMI Chapter or communities of practice
  • Serve as volunteer on committee for project management organization
  • Volunteer services to PMI or another professional project management association
  • Volunteer project management services to a community/charity, group of college students or being a coach or mentor

PDU Rule: 1 hour of volunteer (non-compensated) service equals 1 PDU.

Audit Requirements: If volunteering a letter of certificate from the organization served acknowledging volunteering service. If coaching evidence such as notes from and dates of coaching will be sufficient

Category F: Working as a Professional in Project Management

PDU Explanation: You can earn PDUs for working as a project manager.

PDU Example: Self-explanatory.

PDU Rule: You may claim 8PDUs per 3 year cycle.

Audit Requirements: Proof of employment

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