How Non PMI REPs can provide PDUs and Contact hours for Trainings

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It is a common myth that one needs to take up a training from a PMI Registered Education Provider only to get the requisite no of Contact hours of Study and PDU to either appear for the Exam or to renew ones certification through the Continuing Certifications Requirements also known as CCRs. This article will state exactly how a participant should focus on getting a great training on Project management and not get distracted with the noise around REP/ Non Rep concerns.

A participant should ideally take up a training from a provider that offers great content and great instructors who are certified themselves and can add value to a participants learning in project management.

To dispel the primary concerns let me start by stating the obvious “ PMI clearly states that the aspirants for the PMI certification can take up a training from either an REP or a Non REP and claim contact hours or PDUs against the same. The same can be claimed while filing ones application at PMI website under a fairly simple process.

Now let’s clarify a few technical terms that confuse so many of PMI aspirants and participants alike.

What are Contact Hours : Contact hours is the mandated training hour equivalent that PMI requires a professional to take as form of formal training from either a face to face trainings session, virtual training session, online self-learning , classroom based training by an instructor or an instructor led live virtual classroom training. One can opt for either of these and get the requisite hours of PMI training for the course to be eligible to apply for the certification exam on the PMI website and take the exam. Usually one hour of training is considered to be equivalent to one contact hour

PDUs are Professional Development Units, necessary for maintaining Project Management Institute (PMI)-certified credentials. They are a part of PMI's Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program. One PDU is worth one hour of project management training. For Examples PMPs certification holder can log in to and enter their PDUs under the multiple sections to renew their certification at the end of the tenure of the certification validity (in this example 3 years) these too can be taken by attending trainings from both REPs as well as non REPs, apart from work experience, Training the community in the domain, writing books and attending project management or related webinars, conferences alike.

Process to claim PDUs

You must provide all the required information about the activity to complete the claim. Perform the following steps to submit a PDU claim for the Category B activity.

  1. Log in to a list of your credentials displays at the left side of the screen :



  1. Click Report professional development units (PDUs) to begin the process

  1. Select Submit a PDU Claim to begin

  2. Select the PDU Category from the drop-down list choices and click Next to continue

  3. State the Category B for the PDUs

  4. State the course name along with the date and duration of training

  5. State the Process and knowledge areas addressed along with the Area of application

  6. Mention details of the training provider

With these simple steps your claim process is complete.

For further details you may refer to the PMI resource link:


The below excerpt is from the PMI PDU structure file



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