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.

Please note that the categories have been updated based on the new guidelines from PMI:
Ways of Working (formerly Technical Project Management)
Power Skills (formerly Leadership)
Business Acumen (formerly Strategic and Business Management)

You will need to earn a minimum amount of PDUs in each 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 Ways of Working PDUs… 8 4
And a minimum # of Power Skills PDUs…. 8 4
And a minimum # of Business Acumen 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 Ways of Working, Power Skills and Business Acumen 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.

Power Skills: 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


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

Power Skills: 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.

Business Acumen: 0.25 PDUs Power Skills: 0.25 PDUs Ways of Working: 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.

Podcast - The Project Management 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.

Power Skills: 1 PDU Business Acumen: 1 PDU Ways of Working: 1 PDU Cost: Free Effort: Low Time: Low