Ways to Earn PDUs

For all PMI certifications except the CAPM®, you’ll need to follow the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program and earn professional development units (PDUs.) The goal is to ensure that your certified competencies stay relevant and up-to-date.

Your PDU activities must relate to topics that are substantially consistent with the Exam Content Outline for your certification. Check your certification handbook to understand the PDU amounts needed and the qualifying activities for your certification.

There are tons of opportunities to earn PDUs. Choose the ways that work for you and make the most of your enrichment!

Professional
Development
Units

Education

Study solo or engage in a group learning activity. Need ideas for a topic? The PMI® Talent Triangle shows the ideal skill set for today’s practitioner.

Course or Training

Instructor-led formal education courses or classes held in-person or online

Participating in educational training courses is a traditional and effective way to learn. There are many outlets for these activities offered by PMI and third-party providers across the globe.

To view some of the upcoming opportunities, see our events calendar.

Organization Meetings

Meetings, activities and local events related to the profession
Typically limited to 1–2 PDUs

Professional meetings that include an educational component provide an opportunity to learn and also to network. PMI chapters and third parties host these activities throughout the year on a local basis. Your organization may conduct professional events as well.

Online or Digital Media

Self-paced learning conducted online or through varied forms of digital media

Technology allows you to cater learning and educational opportunities to your schedule and needs. Many educational webinars, videos and other types of digital content are available online and on demand.

Look into the opportunities that are available through these resources.

Read

Self-directed reading that is relevant to the certification you hold

Reading is a valuable component of learning, and there are countless reading materials pertinent to the profession. You can read books, articles, whitepapers, or blogs to stay informed and support your ongoing professional development. Check out some of the available content.

Informal Learning

Educational opportunities focused on structured discussions

Sometimes learning comes through interaction with others. You can earn PDUs by engaging in structured professional discussions with others, for example while you’re being mentored or participating in a “lunch and learn” session with your organization.

Giving Back

Share your knowledge and apply your skills to contribute to the profession and advance the goals of organizations you value.

Work as a Practitioner

Working in your certified role

Each day, your work in a domain area related to your certification(s) allows you to apply your knowledge and skills in a practical setting. Using these competencies actively contributes to sustaining and growing the profession.

Create Content

Creating new knowledge resources for use by practitioners and the public at large

By developing knowledge resources, you can share your knowledge and insight with others and contribute to their ongoing learning. There are many ways to create new content, such as authoring books, blogs or articles, or creating webinars or presentations.

Give a Presentation

Presenting on topics relevant to the profession

There are many occasions when you could give a formal presentation to others, sharing knowledge that relates to your certification. For example, you could speak at a PMI chapter event, professional conference, or internally within your organization.

These are just a few examples. Consider the opportunities available to you.

Share Knowledge

Sharing your domain knowledge to help others learn and grow

By sharing your skills with others, you grow the profession and enhance the practices that are essential to your certified role. Whether you’re mentoring, teaching or applying your subject matter knowledge toward an activity, others will benefit from your experience and perspective.

Volunteer

Providing volunteer services to non-employer or non-client organizations

PMI has an active community of thousands of volunteers who support the Institute and the profession in a wide range of roles. By volunteering, you can serve on a PMI committee or team. You can also volunteer your domain-related services to other not-for-profit organizations.