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!
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.
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.
- Educational events held by a PMI chapter
- Face-to-face, instructor-led courses from PMI Seminars World®
- e-Learning On Demand courses
- Academic education through programs accredited by the PMI Global Accreditation Center (GAC)
- Training courses offered by a PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.)
- Courses from other third party providers
To view some of the upcoming opportunities, see our events calendar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Share your knowledge and apply your skills to contribute to the profession and advance the goals of organizations you value.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.