What are Professional Development Units (PDUs)?

Professional Development Units (PDUs) are credits needed for renewal of the PMP certification.  The PMI Global website's Continuing Certification Requirements Program Manual defines a PDU as “ PDU is the measuring unit used to quantify approved learning and professional service activities. Typically, one PDU is earned for every one hour spent in a planned, structured learning experience or activity. Fractions of PDUs may be reported in 0.25 increments following one full hour.” 

 The PMP® Continuing Certification Requirements Program (CCR) supports the ongoing professional development of Project Management Professionals (PMPs) and the maintenance of PMP certification.

The purpose of the Continuing Certification Requirements Program (CCR) Program is to:

  • Sustain the PMP as a global certification credential
  • Enhance the ongoing professional development of PMPs
  • Encourage and recognize individualized learning opportunities
  • Offer a standardized and objective mechanism for attaining and recording professional development activities.

PMPs must accrue a minimum of sixty (60) Professional Development Units (PDUs) every three years. The PDP Cycle begins January 1 of the year following initial certification. PMPs must also comply with the PMP Code of Professional Conduct to maintain certification status.

How are PDUs earned?

An in-depth explanation of the PDU Categories can be found in the PMI Web site. The categories of qualifying activities can be found at:

PMI-OC is a R.E.P. – Registered Education Provider

The monthly dinner program is worth 1 PDU.  You may file for PDUs online.  The Chapter maintains attendance records in case of an audit.

Information for filing online for PDUs for Dinner Meetings

  • The PDU number is the Program Event Number (listed on the dinner meeting registration page)
  • The PDU category is 3 (PMI Registered Education Providers)
  • The Activity Provider is the Orange County Chapter

PDUs for Volunteers (Category E)

You can earn PDUs as a volunteer on Chapter activities. Visit Volunteer Opportunities to learn more about open volunteer positions.
The time you put in can also be custom fit for your needs. If you only have 30 minutes a week we can find a position that will fit your needs. If you are on a committee for one year, that equals 5 PDU units.

Additional ways to earn PDU’s:

  • Provide project mgmt. related services to a community or charitable group = 5 PDUs
  • 3 month committee member for PMI group = 1PDU
  • Write an article and submit to a non-refereed journal (Project Mgmt Journal) and it gets published = 30 PDUs
  • Speaker on project mgmt topic at a conference/workshop = 10 PDUs
  • Member or moderator at a PM panel discussion at a conference or workshop = 5 PDUs
  • Developer of content or a structured project mgmt learning program = 10 PDUs
  • Practitioner of project management services for more than 1500 hours per year = 5 PDUs per calendar year.

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