Your Free Guide to Earning PDUs

As the holder of a Project Management Institute (PMI) credential (except CAPM) you are required to earn a specified number of Professional Development Units (PDUs) to maintain that credential. PMI has developed six categories of PDUs in which one can obtain credits. In this series of PDU Tips we review all six categories and give you our insights. We are moving onto Category E, “Volunteer Service,” which is one of the three “Giving Back to the Profession Categories.”

But please remember that there is a maximum of 45 PDUs that you can earn in the “Giving Back” division. This means that you can earn a maximum of 45 PDUs for Category D, E and F combined.

PMP PDU Category E covers volunteer (non-compensated time) service activities in the areas of project management, program management, project scheduling, or project risk. Volunteer Service activities include serving as a volunteer, an elected volunteer officer, or appointed member of a committee for a PMI organization such as a PMI Chapter or Community of Practice, or other documented charitable or non-profit organization; providing project management related services.

Essentially this PDU Category allows you to earn PDUs by volunteering your time and utilizing your project management knowledge to help others.

For each hour of spent as an un-paid volunteer in these areas one hour of professional development can be claimed and awarded as a PDU.

If you get audited you will need to prove that you have earned these PDUs. So keep copies of letters or certificates from organizations where you volunteered.

In our next, and final, PDU Tip we’ll take a look at Category F, which covers earing PDUs from working as a Project Management Professional.