How to earn PDU's after passing PMP exam?

keshav_pmp's picture

Can one guide me the options for gaining PDU's to maintain the PMP certificate validity

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michaelwarne's picture

There are two ways to earn your PDUs - either attend classroom sessions provided by PMI’s Registered Education Providers or attend online sessions (video tutorials). It’s hard to give an objective view on what is best because both of them have their pros and cons.

Pros of classroom sessions

  1. You will be provided physical study material by the organiser of almost every classroom based PMP training - this might include a study guide and useful notes.
  2. You have the opportunity to interact with the trainer throughout the sessions and clarify any doubts on-the-go.

Cons of classroom sessions

  1. You will need to travel physically to the location where these sessions are held and therefore will be spending needless time commuting (a huge waste of time if you’re living in a busy city - It took me 2.5 hours of travel each day to attend my PMP training classes when I did my course in 2014).
  2. The classroom sessions will take place at fixed timings and you will have to accommodate your schedule to go and attend these classes at those times.
  3. The classroom sessions are generally more expensive than the online sessions (often costing 2x or 3x the online sessions).
  4. Even if you choose a very good provider, there’s no guarantee on how good (or bad) your instructor would be at delivering the course. The course content isn’t that exciting and a good speaker can bring his own style of delivery to make it interesting.

Firstly you should read CCR handbook -

There are number of ways to get free PDUs. You can get them from work and self study. If you search on the net, you will find number of free webinars.

I think a better way is get PDUs by attending some good training e.g on leadership, communication, team development etc. This will help you in gaining new knowledge & skills that will ultimately help in your career.

For a short time, Udemy is offering lifetime access to all its courses for flat $10. You can search for some good courses - 3 Steps To Find Best Udemy Course

Or you can look at top Udemy courses.

All the best.

George_35's picture

Here are the simple ways to earn PDU’s to continue PMP certification.