What is a PDU?

11 January, 2013

The question “How do I maintain my PMP® certification?” & “What is a PDU?” come up regularly in the questions submitted to Velopi by PMP certified Project Managers.

If you hold the PMP®, PgMP®, PMI-SP®, or PMI-RMP® , or PMI-ACP® credential(s), you are required to adhere to the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program, which supports ongoing professional development through education and giving back to the profession. The core principle is that you need to earn and submit Professioanl Development units (PDU's) 

Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to earn professional development units (PDUs) toward maintaining your credential(s). The good news is that many of them are free and you get some of them for just doing your job as a Project Manager.

PDU’s are split into 6 categories A-F.

Categories A, B & C are under the Education category and D, E & F are under Giving Back to the Profession category.

For each hour you spend in the category you get 1 PDU.

  • Category A: Courses from R.E.P’s, chapters & communities
  • Category B: Continuing Education
  • Category C: Self Directed Learning
  • Category D: Creating New Project Management Knowledge
  • Category E: Volunteer Service
  • Category F: Working as a Professional in Project Management


Each certification has a specified number of PDU’s you need to achieve in the specified certification period. E.g. the PMP® certification needs 60 PDU’s every 3 years.

There are limits to the number of PDU’s you can claim in each category.

If you exceed the number of PDU’s in a specific category, the PDU’s can be carried forward to the next certification, which is great.

The full details of the maintenance of your certification are detailed in the handbook associated with your credential

If you have PDU’s ready to submit, then please go to the PMI website  and submit them. The PMI will then review and approve them. There are also short videos available at this link to fully explain the process.

If you have any questions about maintaining your PMP® or other PMI certification, then please contact us.

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