Earning PDUs to renew PMP certification (Work as Practitioner)

Hello Experts,

Like many others, I am a bit confused about the PDUs process to retain my PMP certification. Hoping one of you would spare a couple of minutes and help clarify some doubts.


I got PMP-certified in July 2013 which means I have until July 2016 to earn the required PDUs to renew my certification. Now the current set of rules say that one needs to earn 60 PDUs and that 8 of the 60 can be related to the day-to-day relevant work that we do as a Project Manager.


I also know that I fall in the transitional period of old rules & new rules (Dec 2015?). Were these rules a bit different before Dec 2015? I hear we could assign 15 PDUs to the "Work as a Practitioner" category based on our PM work for 3 years? Is that accurate?


What category would I fall in? Can someone please help clarify?


Thanks a lot!


admin's picture

Hi Dinesh

If you have reported PDUs prior to Dec 2015. it would be counted. i dont think they will scrap it retrospectively.

I have been always putting 15 PDUs to the "Work as a Practitioner" category based on our PM work for 3 years . 




saketbansal's picture

Earning PDUs are simple now, in fact you can earn all 60 PDUs under self learning category (yes you can read a book and finish all 60)

Here is a blog which can point you to the all relevent steps for reaching 60 PDus for free : www.izenbridge.com/blog/how-to-earn-60-pdus-and-maintain-your-pmp-certif...

In new rule working as profession has limit of 8 PDUs per cycle, so yes that area is reduced but overall it has simplified the PDUs earnign process. 

pmcoe's picture


please refer to this link about the changes explained in detail:


and here is another link with a lot of tipps for earning PDUs :






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