PDU Hours Meaning in PMP + How to Earn

Renewing PMP PDU is a necessary evil to maintain your PMP certification. I easily earn pdus by reading books, listening to podcasts, attending courses and working as a project manager. PDU meaning is as follows…

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

What are PDUs | PMI

The PMI requires you to report 35 PDUs minimum for education and 25 PDUs maximum for giving back. In total of 60 PDUs need to be reported over a 3 year period. If you are like me this is left to the last minute but lucky I do continuously learn and practice as a project management so its more jogging my brain on what I did more than anything else.

There are some easy wins such as working you can claim such as working in project management, blogging and reading books. Top this off with a paid course and you very much have the requirements met. I listed my exact PDUs I submitted below.

Earning PDU Categories

There are two types of professional development units (PDUs) that you can claim towards renewal — Education and Giving Back to the Profession.

PMP PMI PDU Categories

Earning PDUs Examples

Giving Back to Profession (25)

  • Working as Practioneer: 8 (8 is the maximum you can claim as working as a professional)
  • Create Content: 17 for the blogging content I did on this website. It has been a lot more than 17 hours blogging but maximum I can claim in this category is 25 so no point claiming more.

Education (35)

  • Course or Training: CSPO – Certified Scrum Product Owner – 2 day course = 16 PDUs Technical
  • Read: 6 for audio book Its Your Ship (leadership) + 8 for reading Driving Digital (strategy)
  • Podcast: Reported 4 hours listening to the PDU Podcast. Just added in the 4 episodes that I listened to and which category.
  • Meetup: Attended a Agile Meetup about Basecamp development model called ShapeUp which included a discussion on the topic and read the book. Submitted 5 PDUs for this activity.

Essential PMI PDU FAQs

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PMI PDU Dashboard to Report PDUs and See Current Status
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