PDUs are short for Professional Development Units. Once you become certified with any of PMI’s certifications, you must continue your professional development. This is part of the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR). 1 hour of a learning activity is the equivalent to 1 PDU. Each test has a different amount that need to be obtained per cycle (per three years). The following tests require 60 PDUs:
Once you have acquired the amount of Professional Development Units necessary to remain certified, you will pay a small fee to re-certify.
There are several ways that you can get the necessary professional development units to re-certify. For the education section, you can participate in:
These are networking, educational, and keynote events.
There are several self-paced learning courses across the net.
If you are currently working as a PM, you qualify for this. You will need to describe your tasks and what you do as a PM.
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If you are invited to speak at an event about project management, this can be used as PDU credit. These presentations can be at PMI chapter events, conferences, or at your own organization.
Helping disseminate the knowledge of project management will land you PDUs. If you mentor, teach, or apply your expertise in a PM area, you can use it toward PDUs.
You can volunteer at PMI or at other non-for-profit organizations. There are many opportunities here.
For more information on getting professional development units, access PMI’s Handbook.
Then you do not need to be concerned about PDUs. You only need to start accumulating PDUs once you are certified. Any activities that you participate in before your certification will NOT count towards your certification. If you have any questions, comments, or think I should add something to the text, please feel free to contact me. For more articles on project management certifications, please access our Get Certified Articles.