PDU CATEGORY

CATEGORY POLICY

EDUCATION CATEGORIES

CATEGORY A:

Courses offered by PMI’s R.E.Ps or
Chapters or Communities

Earn PDUs by attending educational courses offered by PMI’s Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s). Examples of R.E.P.s include PMI Chapters, professional associations, schools, consultants, government agencies, and others.

You can also earn PDUs by attending events offered by PMI, PMI Chapters, and communities of practice. You can also earn PDUs by taking a PMI Publication Quiz (reading an article and correctly answering at least 70 percent of the questions).

PDU Rule: 1 hour of instruction (related to Project Management) equals 1 PDU. You can also report PDU increments.

CATEGORY B:

Continuing Education

Earn PDUs by:
1. Completing an academic course offered by a university or college.

OR

2. Attending relevant education courses offered by training organizations NOT registered with PMI. This may include training (or a Webinar) offered by your employer, another professional or membership association, or a non R.E.P. training organization.

PDU Rule: 1 hour of instruction (related to Project Management) equals 1 PDU. You can also report PDU increments.

CATEGORY C:

Self-Directed Learning

Earn PDUs for self-directed learning activities which are individualized learning events involving personally conducted research or study.

Learning may include informal activities such as:
• reading articles, books, or instructional manuals;
• watching videos, using interactive CD-ROMs, Podcasts or other source material;
• having formal discussions with colleagues, coworkers, clients or consultants;
• being coached or mentored by a colleague, coworker or consultant (If you served as a coach or mentor to someone else, report that activity under the Volunteer Category)

Qualifying activities must be relevant to project management, project risk, project scheduling, or program management, meet a specified purpose, and use knowledgeable resources.

PDU Rule: 1 hour of instruction (related to Project Management) equals 1 PDU. You can also report PDU increments.

GIVING BACK TO THE PROFESSION CATEGORIES

PDU Rule:

You may not earn more than a total of 45 PDUs in the three “Giving Back to the Profession” categories per cycle if you hold the PMP and PgMP credentials.

You may not earn more than a total of 20 PDUs in the three “Giving Back to the Profession” categories per cycle if you hold the PMI-SP and PMI-RMP credentials.

CATEGORY D:

Creating New Project Management Knowledge

Earn PDUs for creating new knowledge for the topic related to your credential area of expertise (project management, project risk management, project scheduling, or program management).

One example of an activity in this category is: Serving as a speaker or instructor for project management related courses or seminars.

More information on qualifying activities can be found in the download area.

Both the time required to prepare or create this knowledge and the time to present it can be claimed for PDUs. For example, when serving as a speaker, if a credential holder spent 7.5 hours to create their presentation and 1 hour to deliver it, this would count for 8.5 PDUs.

PDU Rule: 1 PDU is awarded per 1 hour of activity in this category.

CATEGORY E:

Volunteer Service

Both the time required to prepare or create this knowledge and the time to present it can be claimed for PDUs. For example, when serving as a speaker, if a credential holder spent 7.5 hours to create their presentation and 1 hour to deliver it, this would count for 8.5 PDUs.

Examples of Qualifying activities include:
1. Serve as an elected volunteer officer for a project management organization including PMI Chapters.
2. Serve as a volunteer/appointed committee member for a project management organization.

Other example of Qualifying activities can be done in the download area.

PDU Rule: 1 PDU is awarded for 1 hour of volunteer (non-compensated) service.

CATEGORY F:

Working as a Professional in Project Management

Earn PDUs for working as a project manager (project risk management professional, project scheduling professional or program manager).

More information on how many PDUs can be claimed in this category is found in the download area.

**Please note the above does not include all information necessary for your PDU claims. It only includes a summary. For more details, please visit the download area.