Professional Development Units (PDUs) are one-hour blocks of time that you spend learning, teaching others, or volunteering. By accumulating and tracking these over your certification cycle you can maintain your certification status with PMI.
Our certifications have different requirements based on the number of PDUs for maintenance. Project Management Professional (PMP)®, Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®, PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)®, Program Management Professional (PgMP)®, Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)®, PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)® and PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)® are either on a 3-year renewal cycle or a 1-year renewal cycle (for Disciplined Agile certifications).
Education PDUs can be earned at professional seminars, webinars, classes, or even self-directed learning.
Giving Back PDUs are for time spent volunteering, mentoring, working with professional groups, and more.
Our research shows employers want project managers with an equal balance of technical, leadership and strategic and business management skills — the PMI Talent Triangle®.
That’s why you are required to log equal hours in these topic areas to maintain your certification. It is how we ensure your certification remains relevant in today’s changing marketplace and continues to give you a competitive edge.