There are six categories of PDUs. These categories are divided by activity type.
Category A activities include courses offered by PMI Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s), PMI itself, or PMI chapters. PMP holders can earn up to 60 category A PDUs per certification cycle.
To document PDUs earned in Category A you should receive a registration form, certificate, or letter of attendance. These documents will need to be presented in the event that PMI requests them/audits your PDU activities.
Continuing education activities including courses through a college, university or non R.E.P. training provider fall into Category B. documentation for academic courses require a transcript or grade from the institution indicating that you passed the course. Documentation for courses from non R.E.P. training organizations should include a registration form or certificate of attendance as well as a brochure or syllabus outlining the subject covered by the course.
Self directed learning activities fall into Category C. These activities can include reading project management books, articles, or instruction manuals. You can also earn PDUs in Category C from listening to podcasts, using interactive courses or watching videos on project management. Having formal project management discussions with colleagues, clients, coworkers or consultants also qualifies as PDU worthy activity in Category C. Lastly, being coached or mentored by someone in project management can be reported as PDU activity.
Since Category C activities cover such a broad range documentation can be a bit tricky. I will cover the best practices when it comes to documenting these activities in a later post in depth. For now, know it is important to capture as much information as possible about the times, materials, and participants of each Category C activity that you want to report as a qualifying PDU.
PMP holders are limited to earning 30 Category C PDUs per certification cycle.
Category D activities encompass all activities in which you give back to the profession by contributing knowledge. This includes authoring or co-authoring a book, writing articles, presenting in a webinar, serving as a speaker or instructor or serving as a subject matter expert in a panel discussion.
You may earn up to 45 PDUs in Category D activities per renewal cycle. Be sure to document your participation in these activities by keeping copies of publications, sample education materials, or course agendas.
Volunteering your time as a project management professional or for a project management organization can earn you PDUs in Category E. Activities range from serving as an elected volunteer officer for a project management organization to coaching or mentoring others in project management topics.
Activities must be non-compensated and work for non-profit, not-for-profit, or charity organizations must meet the PMBoK definition of a project.
You are eligible to earn up to your entire 60 PDUs via Category E activities.
By doing your job, practicing the profession of Project Management, you are eligible to earn up to five PDUs per year of your certification cycle. You must be practicing project management for no less than six consecutive months in order to claim the PDUs for Category F.
By understanding what activities qualify for PDUs you will be better able to plan your for your recertification. You will not be surprised at the end of your certification cycle and will not be forced into spending a lot of money to achieve recertification.
Question: What categories do most of your PDUs fall into?