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How to earn PDUs for PMP recertification?

Written By: Mateusz Jasny on April 23, 2009 15 Comments

At the special request of my friends I’m presentin a post about how to renew the PMP certification, and in particular how to obtain required by the PMI – 60 PDUs credits.

The most important formal conditions to be met in order to extend the validity of PMP certification (without need to re-testing) are: pay a fee for recertification, acquire 60 PDUs and report them to PMI.

I believe that it is worth to understand that the recertification requirement raises the value of PMP certification, an employer gives a sense that the PMP is more than a paper to certify that John Doe have passed the exam x years ago. So, please do not treat recertification as a necessary evil.

I’ve prepared the post in the form of FAQ, I consider that will be more natural for me to explain the matter.

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1. What is the PDU?

PDU stands for Professional Development Unit, which may be explained, as the unit of measurement of personal development. 1 PDU is to express one hour of time spent on personal development in the field of project management. But not for all activists it is a true. Keep in mind that the minimum amount that you can apply to PMI for a given activity is 0.25 PDU.

2. How many PDUs do I need to earn and how much time do I have for this in order to extend PMP certification?

You need to earn 60 PDUs. To get those PDUs, you have exactly 3 years since the PMP examination. My advice – start to collect and report your PDUs as soon as possible! If you don’t do that, you may find difficult to gather the required number of PDUs.

3. Can I transfer exceeded PDUs (over 60) to the next certification period (CCR)?

Yes, but only partially. Only maximum of 20 PDUs can be transfered into the next CCR cycle, but only those credits collected in the last year of the certification cycle (in the third year).

4. What will happen when I fall short to collect 60 PDUs in the required time?

PMI gives one additional year (the 4th) to complete the missing PDUs, but at the time the certificate is suspended (it is so-called suspension period). During the suspension period, you can not use the PMP credential.

5. What for do I get PDUs?

PDUs are awarded for different types of activities that contributes to personal development in the field of project management, for example: education, sharing knowledge with people interested in project management discipline, project management activities, activities in the branches of PMI and other organizations involved in project management or even for a charity work.

6. Can you be more specific?

Of course, the PMI in a document presenting the rules for the recertification of PMP recertificate, presents a through breakdown by type of activity, for which PDUs can be earned. Although PMI splits activities into 6 categories (including 12 Subcategories activities) it can be classified in three main areas.

  • Education
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Professional services

In the second part of the article, you will find much more detailed summary.

7. Where can I submit my PDUs?

PDUs can be reported via special www site. You can also report PDUs using the paper form (sent by fax or by snail mail), but as we live in the twenty-first century I think that it isn’t preferred way. Keep in mind that you need to maintain a folder with evidences of preformed activities (in case you were selected for audit process.)

8. The page provided by you is asking me about: PMI ID Number, and PMP Cert Number, what are they?

PMP Cert Number is simply an ID of your PMP certificate, you can find it on your certificate.. PMP Cert Number can also be found in the PMI system, in which you submited the application for the PMP exam.

PMI number is the member ID for PMI members. If you are not a member of PMI you have to get it by e-mailing the following address . Sample e-mail content below.

Dear Sir or Madame,

I’d like to get my “PMI identification number” in order to get access to PDU Self Report Form.

My PMP Certificate number is: xxxxxx

Best Regards,

John Smith

More interesting links about PMP, PDU and recertification can be find below.

In the next part of this article (unfortunately it won’t be posted until the first week of May, after my deserved vacation) you’ll read more about”

Summary table of activities for which you can earn your PDUs.

Can I get PDUs for writing a blog ?

Sample of places, opportunities where you can earn PDUs for free or very cheap, and gain the occasion to get a lot of interesting knowledge and courses in project management field.

A few tips about how to earn PDUs wisely.

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15 Responses to “How to earn PDUs for PMP recertification?”

  1. Andy Kaufman on: 23 April 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Excellent post Mateusz! Very concise and helpful. Thank you for taking the time to lay this out so clearly.

  2. Leo on: 5 August 2009 at 06:16 AM

    I found this website online they offer 40 Pdu PM course absolutly free.
    They have parctice pmp tests too. The course is under update, i think they are applying the 4th edition to the course. check it out

  3. leo on: 5 August 2009 at 06:25 AM

    i found a website online that offers 40 Pdus for free. they also offer practice pmp exams. The course is under update i think they are applying the 4th edition

  4. Mateusz Jasny on: 5 August 2009 at 07:16 AM

    I tried to register to the course but It looks like they are updating something at the moment and it is not possible to register. I’ll try to come back later and check if the offer is still valid.

  5. zajefajnyx on: 23 November 2009 at 07:21 PM

    Chcemy wiecej 😀

  6. Scott Anderson on: 18 December 2009 at 04:04 AM

    Great post! But my question comes down to “Are there any sites out there with PDUs that are free and meaningful?” It may just be the Webinars that i have watched but it seems that most of the narrators tend to be pushing a book they recently published. Am I the only one who thinks this way? Again, it just may be the Webinars that I have viewed.

  7. tito on: 3 February 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Thanks Leo but 40 PDUs is too much did u try it or anyone ??

  8. Simon Cleveland, PMP on: 13 April 2010 at 02:48 AM

    How to Earn 60 PDUs (and more) for FREE towards your PMP Certification

    If you are PMP certified, you need to earn 60 PDUs each 3-year cycle. Here is how you can earn them for free:

  9. john on: 27 September 2011 at 08:03 AM

    Hi All

    Iam john wesley, a PMP aspirant would like to provide information that starPMO is the institute which has helped me a lot in making my dream come true to become a PMP certified Professional and other PMI credentials. Please visit the site and provide your details and the concerned team will get back to you……John Wesley.


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