Earn Education PDUs to renew your PMP or ACP certification

No matter what type of PMI certification you may hold – PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA – you need to earn a minimum number of Education PDUs in specific categories in order to renew your certification.

The categories are:

  • Leadership
  • Strategic and Business Management (also called “Strategic)
  • Technical Project Management (also called “Technical”)

You will need to earn a minimum amount of PDUs in each Leadership, Strategic and Technical category and then earn an additional amount in any of those 3 categories.

Based on your certification the amounts will vary. See the table below for the breakdown.

If your certification is… PMP, PgMP, PfMP or PMI-PBA PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP or PMI-SP
You need a minimum # of Technical PDUs… 8 4
And a minimum # of Leadership PDUs…. 8 4
And a minimum # of Strategic PDUs… 8 4
And remaining # PDUs in any of the above  categories… 11 6
For a total of… 35 18

Note: in addition to these Education PDUs, you will also need to earn “Giving back to the profession” PDUs.

How do I earn Education PDUs?

Easily earn PDU education hours in the Technical, Strategic and Leadership categories using online courses, books, blogs, webinars and even podcasts or YouTube.

Here are some examples of the PDUs you can earn from courses. Find more on the online courses page.

Lynda.com - Managing for Results

Managing for Results

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

Learn how to become a high-performing manager.

Leadership: 1.25 PDUs Effort: Low Time: Low Cost: Low


If you like to read, there are unlimited options for earning PDUs. Find more on the books page.

Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process

Kenneth Rubin

Strategic: 8.5 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: High


Online webinars are another way to earn PDUs for your certification renewal. Find more on the webinars page.

Mindsets: The Key to Creating a More Agile Team and Organization

Projectmanagement.com

Learn how having the correct agile mindset can help unleash organizational agility and team effectiveness.

Leadership: 1.00 PDU Effort: Low Time: Low Cost: Free


In addition to books, there blogs on agile and project management-related topics that can help you earn PDUs. Find more examples on the blogs page.

Mike Cohn’s Blog

Mike Cohn

Provides practical guides and resources related to Leadership, Agile and creating successful teams.

Strategic: 0.25 PDUs Leadership: 0.25 PDUs Technical: 0.25 PDUs Cost: Free Effort: Low Time: Low


If you enjoy podcasts or are a regular watcher of YouTube, then this list may be of use to you. It’s another low effort method of accumulating PDUs, like the example below.

PM Podcast

The Project Management Podcast™

Cornelius Fichtner

One of the best podcast resources available, PM Podcast provides bundle of useful podcasts for beginners or experts. Fichtner, PMP, CSM, interviews project managers about how they successfully lead projects, sharing their insights and best practices.

Leadership: 1 PDU Strategic: 1 PDU Technical: 1 PDU Cost: Free Effort: Low Time: Low