Earning PDUs

Do you need to earn PDUs for recertification? Well, you have come to the right place. Here are a few links that might be of interest to you: Ways to Earn PDUs 

PDUs are measuring units used to quantify approved learning and professional service activities. Typically, one (1) PDU is earned for every hour spent in a planned and structured learning activity. The Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program has identified five categories in which PMP and PgMP credential holders can earn PDUs:

EDUCATION: (Minimum of 35 PDUs) Categories A - C

  • The Triangle:
    • Ways of Working (minimum 8 PDUs)
    • Power Skills (minimum 8 PDUs)
    • Business Acumin (minimum 8 PDUs)
  • General Education 

GIVING BACK: (Maximum 25 PDUs) Categories D - F

For a detailed explanation of each of these categories and how PDUs can be earned in each, please review the Continuing Certification Requirements Program (CCR)



How to Gain Professional Development Units (PDUs)

There are a number of ways you can earn PDUs at Upstate NY PMI:

  • Attend a meeting - Each meeting earns you one PDU
  • Present at a meeting - We're always looking for help with speakers
  • Submit an article for the Upstate NY PMI Newsletter
  • Volunteer your time in the community or with Upstate NY PMI
  • Work on an Upstate NY PMI committee
  • Help Facilitate a study group
  • Mentor someone studying for certification
  • Attend a webinar - some are posted on the message board
  • Attend an event or course with an approved PMI Education Provider

PDUs for Authoring Articles - DID YOU KNOW?

Many Project Management Institute (PMI) component organizations have been requesting confirmation that Project Management Professionals (PMP) can receive Professional Development Units (PDUs) for submissions, covering a project management topic, which are published in a component newsletter. After review, these activities have been approved for credit based on the educational experience gained through the research devoted to composing these submissions. PMPs may claim credit for a published newsletter submission as a Self-directed Learning PDU activity.

To do so, PMPs should identify the time spent in review of the educational resources used to prepare the submission. After publication in the newsletter, they may submit a PDU category 2sdl claim earning one PDU for each hour spent conducting this research. This same method can be used to earn PDUs for submissions on a project management topic that are published in a corporate newsletter.

More information on Self-directed Learning PDUs can be found on page five of the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) handbook. The handbook can be downloaded from the PMI Web site (http://www.pmi.org/). 

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Carol Fitzgerald, PMP