Tips on PMP Certification Exam

If you are New to the PMP Exam field

If you just heard about the PMP Certification Exam, we strongly recommend that you watch our Slideshow and take your time to read it over until you feel comfortable about the basics:

  • Go to PMP Basics Slideshow »
  • Learn about the eligibility requirements to apply for the PMP exam
  • Make sure your Work Experience and Education makes you eligible for applying
  • Still hesitating between an Online PMP Course, a Classroom PMP Course and a PMP Bootcamp? Send us an email to ask about our opinion and past experience... you might actually save your hard earned money!

Quick Tip

If you don't have the necessary Work Experience to apply for the PMP exam, you might fullfill the requirements for the CAPM certification in Project Management.

Interested in learning more about CAPM Exam? Check PMI web site for more: CAPM Exam »

PMI takes the PMP Application process very seriously

One of PMI ways to ensure the integrity of PMP certification is by auditing applicants throughout their programs.

  • Make sure you read the questions carefully and do whatever is required when you fill out your application.
  • PMI takes its Code of Ethics very seriously and so should you. The more time you take to make sure your application is aligned with your experience, the better it will withstand an audit.
  • Take the time to document your experience clearly. Make sure you know where you stored your degree, training certificates, dates, documentation, contact names, addresses and phone numbers from your projects. Better yet, create a new folder on your computer with all background information that supports your application.

Quick Tip

Since the PMP Exam audit selection process is completely random, you shouldn't waste your time listening to and worrying about the rumors of profiling or trigger conditions.

This should be obvious to you... Do not lie !

If you provide false information on your PMP application and you fail an audit because of it, you will be permanently suspended from sitting for any PMI exams. And they truly do mean forever.

  • PM Experience Hours: You should use an Excel sheet to calculate your work experience hours. You can also save yourself lots of time, and purchase our PM Experience calculator for just $10. Check the link on this page.
  • Work Experience Description: When you submit your application you will be asked to provide contact persons for each and every project. Be sure to confirm their current email address and phone numbers. These contact persons could be your managers, co-workers, vendors, clients and any other applicable stakeholders from your past projects. Let them know you're applying to take the PMP Exam. Refresh their memory about your projects by sharing with them what you're submitting and ask them if they agree with what you've written. Make corrections if they disagree.
  • Education: Do not mention any degrees for which you can not provide a solid proof. A bachelor degree you started for 4 months but did not finish is not a degree you can brag about on the PMI application.
  • 35 Contact Hours: If you take any of our PMP courses (Gold, Platinum, Diamond) we will provide you with an official certificate of 35 Contact Hours that is approved by the PMI. On that certificate we indicate all the information you need for filling out this section of your PMI application. Just copy the exact information from the certificate and keep it in case of audit. Do not fill out this section of your application until you finish your training and pass our Final Test.

Quick Tip

Interested in buying our PM Experience Calculator? Check this link on our site: PM Experience Calculator »

Quick Tip

During the application process your chances of being audited are low but real (10% to 15%). They drop dramatically after certification. Focus on making sure your information and actions are aligned with passing an audit from the start!

Set aside 8 hours for filling out the PMI Application

Most candidates are amazed at the amount of hours they spend filling out the PMI application. Be prepared in advance: Mark down a Satuday or Sunday on your calendar to fill out the application.

  • You can fill out the PMI Application in steps: This approach works better for most candidates. Fill out the "Education" section and save your application. Then come back and continue the "Work Experience" section.
  • Prinout out your application as you fill it out to make sure the content is accurate.
  • Finish the Education and Experience sections while you study. This way you can finish your application as soon as you pass our Final Test and download the 35 Contact Hours Certificate.

Quick Tip

Our PMP courses have a Final Test. This test has 25 multiple-choice questions, and you have to answer a minimum of 17 correctly to pass. You can take the Final Test as many times as you want, at no extra charge.

Submit your PMI application after your training

The sooner you submit your application, the sooner you'll know if you are getting audited or not. The audit process takes time so start acting like a real project manager: Plan for it in your forecasts.

  • Wait for the confirmation email from PMI: After you apply for the exam, you'll receive an email of acceptance from the PMI and it will give you instructions on how to schedule an exam appointment.
  • Know the Prometric Centers near you: You will take the exam in one of the many Prometric test centers worldwide, and the Prometric website is also the place where you schedule the exam online.
  • Mark your Exam Day: There is usually no problem scheduling your exam on Prometric web site unless you want a Saturday appointment. Many people who have taken the exam recommend taking it on a Monday or Tuesday; you've had the weekend to rest up, and the day prior to testing to take care of loose study ends and be absolutely certain of your knowledge.
  • You have a year to fix your exam date: The year allotted between acceptance and actually taking the test is to allow for rescheduling should a complication arise. Once you are accepted, it really is best to go online and set your exam date right away. If you schedule it for about 3-4 months after you receive your acceptance, you'll have time to study without having to cram.
  • Check your other obligations! Make sure your family obligations, birthday ceremonies, business trips and your other obligations are taken into account before you fix the exam date.

Quick Tip

You may want to take membership of Project Management Institute (PMI) before you apply, as it will save you on the application fee. You'll also get a free PMBOK Guide in electronic format.

If your Application is audited by the PMI

By applying to take the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam you also automatically agree to comply with the Project Management Institute's (PMI) audit terms. The PMI clearly writes about this in the PMP Credentials Handbook.

  • If you get audited you will be notified by Email: If your application does get pulled for an audit you will not be given a candidate ID to schedule the exam.
  • Information about the audit: PMI will give you information on how to proceed. Throughout the audit process you will be asked to send in hard copies of important information including your education and training. It must be sent to the Project Management Institute through express courier service or regular mail. Your documents will be verified once received.
  • If your audit goes well: You will be given your candidate ID through e-mail, so you can schedule your exam.
  • Audit duration: The entire audit process usually lasts around 10 days depending on how long it takes for information to be received. You can learn more about real-life situations from people who have been audited, in our PMP Forums accessed through our Members Area.

Quick Tip

Start out by reading the PMP Credentials Handbook to gain a basic understanding of the audit process.

Interested in learning more? Go to PMI website in the Career Development section.

Three ways to fail the audit

According to PMI there are three ways that you can fail an audit:

  • No Fault: Avoid this by making sure you have all your documentation before you submit your PMP Exam application. However, if for some reason, your education or experience cannot be confirmed, through no fault of your own, then PMI will still let you fail the audit. You may reapply as soon as you have your experience hours documented or confirmation of your degree.
  • Non-Compliance: If you are audited and you simply have too much going on in your life to participate in the audit, then you can choose not to give any audit responses. Similar to pleading "no contest," the candidate is subject to a one year suspension period before he/she can apply for the PMP Exam again.
  • Fraud: It's not worth it to lie on your application! If you provide false information on your PMP application and you fail an audit because of it, you will be permanently suspended from sitting for any PMI exams. And they truly do mean forever.

Quick Tip

PMI audit selection process is completely random, so don't waste your time listening to and worrying about the rumors of profiling or trigger conditions.

Time of Audit Notification

The audits are completely random and you will be informed via email that you have been selected. This email is usually sent to you very shortly after you submit your application.

  • The Clock Stops Here: At this point, it is important to realize that once you are being audited the "clock stops". By this we mean that normally you have 1 year following the submission of your application to take the PMP exam. But during the audit, this "clock stops" and does not continue until after your audit has been processed. So if your audit takes 6 weeks, then you have 1 year and 6 weeks to take the exam from the moment that you submitted the application.
  • Audit Package: After informing you that you are audited, the PMI will prepare the "audit package" for you. Log on to your account at PMI to find it.

Quick Tips

Your chances of being audited are low but real. Focus on making sure your information and actions are aligned with passing an audit from the start!

Audit Package tips

The audit package contains the details that you have submitted for each of your projects on your application. It also contains further instructions. You will now have to do the following:

  • Your Reference Contacts: In your application you named a primary contact person for each of the projects that you had worked on. Forward the appropriate section of the package to each of your primary contacts. They now have to verify that the information listed is correct, print and sign the document, put it into a sealed envelope and then put another signature across the sealed flap of the envelope. And yes, the PMI is very serious about this last one.
  • Copy of your 35 Contact Hours Certificate: Just print the certificate that we provide after you pass our Final Test to show that you have received 35 Contact Hours of training related to the 9 PMBOK Guide Knowledge Areas.
  • Copies of your degrees: You might also be asked to provide copies of your degrees.

Quick Tip

PMI will inform you about their audit decision via email. Should you fail the audit, then PMI will refund the money that you paid for the PMP Exam minus an administrative fee of $100.

Submit your Audit Package soon

The sooner you submit your audit package, the sooner you'll get your candidate ID. PMI is usually rather quick in processing your audit documents after you send them in. It can take as little as 4-10 days.

  • Wait for the confirmation email from PMI: After you send your audit package, you'll receive an email of acceptance from the PMI and it will give you instructions on how to schedule an exam appointment.
  • Know the Prometric Centers near you: You will take the exam in one of the many Prometric test centers worldwide, and the Prometric website is also the place where you schedule the exam online.
  • Mark your Exam Day: There is usually no problem scheduling your exam on Prometric web site unless you want a Saturday appointment. Many people who have taken the exam recommend taking it on a Monday or Tuesday; you've had the weekend to rest up, and the day prior to testing to take care of loose study ends and be absolutely certain of your knowledge.
  • You have a year to fix your exam date: The year allotted between acceptance and actually taking the test is to allow for rescheduling should a complication arise. Once you are accepted, it really is best to go online and set your exam date right away. If you schedule it for about 2-4 months after you receive your acceptance, you'll have time to study without having to cram.
  • Check your other obligations! Make sure your family obligations, birthday ceremonies, business trips and your other obligations are taken into account before you fix the exam date.

Quick Tip

Our recommendation is that once you are ready to submit your application to PMI, submit it first to your primary contacts. Ask for their comments and if they don't agree then you can make changes before you send it off.

First thing you need is a Study Plan

Taking the PMP examination is one of the biggest steps you'll take in your career as a Project Manager and one of the most daunting. A "plan" is what you need most.

  • Assess your daily and weekly obligations: Many people devote months to their studies and ignore the other things they need to do every day. Distraction sets in, catch-up becomes tedious and interferes with studies. List your normal schedule and then assign a daily time for study, usually 90-120 minutes. By establishing a routine, you have study time allotted and everything else that can distract you has already been taken care of.
  • Assign a time limit: There are only so many hoops you can make your brain jump through before it tires and begins to stumble. Just like pushing yourself physically, after a while pushing yourself mentally becomes redundant and you start to lose the progress you've made. By limiting your study time, you actually increase your retention and the amount of knowledge you can absorb!
  • Set a higher goal: If your goal is to be the best Project Manager you can be, then this may be one of the most important things you can do for your future.
  • Take a break: Even if you're enjoying your PMP studies, you should take at least one full day a week to get completely away from it and do other things.

Quick Tip

In our Members Area we provide a PMP Study Plan that has worked for thousands of successful candidates. Fill in your start date and it will give you your exam date if you follow our plan. You can also adjust the study durations for each Chapter so you can reduce or extend the plan at your convenience.

PMP Exam is based on the Ideal Project

The PMBOK, and by extension the PMP certification exam are based on an "ideal" project organization. Understand this at your starting point and everything else will make sense over time.

  • Memorization alone will not help:While memorizing the inputs and outputs of each PMBOK process can help answer a few questions, understanding the topics and the interaction of the processes is much more important.
  • Know the type of questions: By the time you have finished your PMP preparation, you should be aware of the type of questions that will appear in the test. Reading just the PMBOK will not help you in that regard. A large variety of exam questions are available in our PMP training packages (Gold, Platinum, Diamond).
  • Use your exam simulations wisely:Since there are a limited number of good tests available, use them wisely. Take 2 exam simulations toward the end of your preparation to check if you need to postpone your Exam date.

Quick Tip

Plan to start studying at least six months out. That way you don't have to cram all of your preparation into the last few weeks.

This is particularly important for returning students. Don't despair if you don't have six months. Most preparations take 2 to 4 months.

Use the right Study Material

Use the PMBOK but also another book as a reference. We recommend Rita's book (PMP Exam Prep 7th Edition by Rita Mulcahy) because this is the best selling (and most popular) book on the market to help you prepare for the PMP exam.

  • Benchmark tests: We provide between 2000 and 3000 practce tests in our PMP training packages. Use practice tests as benchmarks, not as the primary material for your preparation. You should use our videos and static material to study. The practice tests should serve to prepare you for the format. Space them out at regular intervals throughout your months of practice. Don’t get tempted to take another test right away if you did poorly.
  • Read the PMBOK: Read the PMBOK in its entirety, at least once. Use it often to validate your answers while you are filling in knowledge gaps that were discovered during your practice exams.
  • Old PMP Books: Buying old books is not necessarily a bad thing, but be extra careful as the PMP content has changed since the 4th edition of the PMBOK came out in 2008. Also some changes were made to the exam content in Aug 2011. All our training packages have the latest changes covered.

Quick Tips

There are a number of websites devoted to statistics, quality tools, net present value, time value of money, critical path and earned value management. You should stumble upon them at the early stages of your PMP prep, not towards the end.

Study in a place where you can concentrate

Depending on your home situation, trying to study there might not work for you due to continuous interruptions. The key is to be completely away from interruptions. It’s hard, but all the studying pays off for the family!

  • Conference Rooms: Study in the conference room at work, after regular business hours.
  • Local Library: If you don’t have access to your work facilities after hours, try your local library.
  • Coffee Shop: Quiet coffee shops used by university Grad students can also be a good location to study.

Quick Tip

In our Members Area for Platinum and Diamond packages we provide a list of 47 PMP formulas, 19 numerical values and 27 acronyms that you need to know. Do a brain dump of the formulas before every full length simulation exam.

Test Taking Strategies

The PMP exam includes many situational questions. Your experience will help you understand the situations to better answer the questions. However, consider this before answering questions: The correct answer is what PMI says it is, not necessarily what happened on your projects or in your organization.

  • Scenario Based Questions: There are quite a number of questions where you will be asked to imagine a scenario and react to that situation. Most of those scenarios have to do with the project being late or over-budget, or the project manager receiving a bad news or being at the crossroad of decisions.
  • PMBOK is the reference: Even for an experienced project manager who has never read the PMBOK Guide, all the answers to exam questions will sound acceptable! By the time you go to the exam, you will have to be able to recognize WHICH answer is the one PMBOK prescribes!
  • Difficult questions: Many questions are asked in a very difficult manner, purposely, to trip and confuse you. The key here is to understand what they are REALLY asking. Many of the questions contain totally extraneous information which is not needed to answer the question correctly. In some cases, the “REAL” question is contained in the very last sentence.
  • Easy questions first: Another strategy that worked great for many people is to answer all the theory questions first and MARK and SKIP the questions that required calculations. Do all the calculations at the end. If like some people you are able to finish the exam in 3.5 hours, you can use the rest of the time to double check any questions you marked
  • Write down question numbers: Before you start writing down your calculations, write down and circle the question number associated with that calculation, this way you can easily retrieve it for review later.
  • Don't Panic! There will be times where 5 or 6 questions pass by and you will feel that you did not quite know the answer to any of them!! Don't Panic ... this happens to everybody. Just relax. Mark them for review and move on. If this happens too often, take a 5 min break and come back. Note that during your break the clock will be ticking.

Quick Tip

Do a time check after completing a small subset of the questions (15 – 25) to see if you are on pace. If you find yourself spending too much time on one question you should mark it for later review. If you are planning on 10 minutes for breaks and 30 minutes for review then you will need to complete approximately 1 question per minute.

Quick Tip

The PMP Exam does not penalize you (with negative scores) for wrong answers. So never leave any question unanswered.

Use our PMP Exam Forum

In our Members Area we have an online PMP forum that you can join. Here you can communicate with other PMP students like yourself. These forums are generally a good place to find help and encouragement as you prepare for your PMP exam.

  • Specific Questions: If you have a specific question that you want to ask concerning preparation for the exam, our online forums has a detailed and easy-to-follow process for you to submit your question. The beauty of this is that you will most likely receive answers to your question from many different project managers, who will offer a variety of perspectives and experiences. This will help you choose the best answer as it pertains to your specific question and/or situation.
  • Search on your own: On the other hand, if you are a self-starter and you prefer to do your own research, our forum can also make this very easy. It includes a very strong search engine so that you can quickly 'search and scan' the forum content to find the information that you are looking for.
  • Our Experts: PMP trainers can also answer your questions if you can not find the answers on the Forum.

Quick Tip

On our PMP Forum there is a wealth of information about specific study tools. You will learn exactly what happens from the moment you walk into the exam room until you leave it from the point of view of someone who has actually been there. .

Network using our PMP Exam Forum

How can this forum help you even AFTER you successfully pass the PMP Exam?

  • Business Networking: Many of the participants on our PMP Exam Forum already work in companies that practice project management.
  • Opporunties: By participating in the forum during the exam preparation stage, you will have established and grown your project management network base, which will lead to many opportunities for both your personal and professional growth in the discipline of Project Management. These contacts might lead to better job opportunities through business networking.

Quick Tip

On the forum, PMPs will also suggest the best time to take the exam, as well as letting you know the specific "Do's" and "Don'ts" of effective exam preparation.

Get advice on PMI Application

Our forum members are either PMP candidates or have already passed the PMP exam but participate to help new aspirants.

  • Get Free Advice: Forum members will give advice on the best way to complete the application, sometimes even providing templates and tools to make this process as easy and as painless as possible.
  • Do Professional Volunteering: One of the main reasons these PMPs spend their time on these forums is to help aspiring PMPs become successful so that they too can use these skills to give back to their local communities.
  • Local Study Groups: Using the forum you might find local candidates who are also preparing for the PMP exam. Create a study group and push each other to learn more and faster. It will hold you accountable (you have to show up for study time) and it reduces tendency to procrastinate. If a member does not understand a concept, the others can help.

Quick Tips

Start using the Forum as soon as you register for any of our Gold, Platinum or Diamond packages. Don't wait until the last weeks of your PMP Prep to establish contact with other members.

Get advice on your PM Experience

One of the main elements of the application is the Work Experience. To expedite the calculation of the detailed breakout of your work experience hours by category, use an Excel spreadsheet. Also ask our Forum members how they calculated their PM experience based on the 5 PMP process groups.

  • Start with your Resume: If you do not have a current and complete list of the projects you have worked on over the prior five years or so, start with your resume and list all the projects you have worked on along with their date ranges.
  • PM Experience Calculator: All this might become time-consuming and not add any value to your PMP Exam preparation, and this is where our PMP Work Experience Calculator Excel spreadsheet will come in handy. You will receive this Excel sheet in our Members Area.
  • Buy our PM Experience Calculator: You can also save yourself lots of time and purchase our PM Experience calculator for just $10. Check the Quick Tip box on this page.

Quick Tip

Interested in buying our PM Experience Calculator? Check this link on our site: PM Experience Calculator »

Get advice on your Study Plan

Our forum members can also provide their own Study Plans and advice on how they studied for the PMP exam.

  • Field of Work: If you work in the IT, Energy, Aerospace, Pharma, Construction or any other specific fields, it might help you to connect with members that work in the same area.
  • Past Experience: Whether you have 3 or 20 years of experience, you will find members with similar backgrounds who are willing to help.

Quick Tip

Start interacting with members as early as possible. Don't be shy ! You have more in common than you think !

Your 35 Contact Hours Certificate

Get your 35 Contact Hours Certificate with our PMP training packages (Gold, Platinum, Diamond)

  • Final Test: According to PMI, online training providers (like us) must have a Final Test to assess candidates.
  • Two-week waiting period: Again according to PMI, after your registration we have to wait at least 2 weeks before giving you access to the Final Test. During those 2 weeks you are supposed to watch our PMP videos.
  • After the Two weeks: Two weeks after your purchase, you will receive a new PDF file with the instructions on how to take the Final Test. You can take the Final Test any time after the two-week waiting period, even one year after.

Quick Tip

We will not release any information about the Final Test to you before two weeks. It would be against the PMI Code of Ethics. The instructions for the Final Test are given in a PDF file in iTunes.

Pass our Final Test first

Our Final Exam has 25 multiple choice questions.

  • Passing Score: You will need to answer 17 questions correctly in order to pass the Final Test and print your certificate.
  • No Time Limits: There is no time limit (after the 2-week witing period) as to when you can take our Final Test. You can take it after 2 weeks, 2 months or even wait for a year.
  • No Extra Charge: There is no extra fees for taking our Final Tests. You can take it as many times as you want, at no extra charge.
  • Proven Record: More than 16,000 students have received their PMI-approved 35 Contact Hours Certificate using our video trainings. You can too !

Quick Tip

Our Video training offers over 38 hours of quality PMP training, and once you pass our online test you will receive a 35 Contact Hour certificate which is recognized by the PMI (as REP # 3023 - OSP International LLC).

PMP Training Providers

In the PMP Handbook, the PMI suggests that Contact Hours be obtained from one of the following types of education providers:

  • PMI Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s) This includes PMP trainings (Gold, Platinum, Diamond) that you will get with on this site. Our training courses are preapproved as they are provided by a PMI R.E.P.
  • Distance-learning companies which include end-of-course assessments
  • University/college academic and continuing education programs
  • PMI component organizations

Quick Tips

One Contact Hour is equivalent to 60 minutes of relevant project management instruction. You must complete all 35 hours prior to submitting your PMP application.

Relevant Contact Hours

Not all project management trainings are eligible for earning Contact Hours. In order to be "relevant," the 35 hours of training you get must cover the following topics:

  • Project Scope Management
  • Project Cost Management
  • Project Quality Management
  • Project Time Management
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Procurement Management
  • Project Communications Management
  • Project Integration Management

Quick Tip

For each course claimed, document your successful completion by retaining copies of certificates, exam results, and/or class transcripts. Our PMP courses will provide all that information at the end of your training.

Submit your PMI application after your PM training

As soon as you finish your PM training submit your PMI application. The sooner you submit the sooner you'll know if you are getting audited or not. The audit process takes time so start acting like a real project manager and plan for it in your forecasts.

  • Wait for the confirmation email from PMI: After you apply for the exam, you'll receive an email of acceptance from the PMI and it will give you instructions on how to schedule an exam appointment.
  • Know the Prometric Centers near you: You will take the exam in one of the many Prometric test centers worldwide, and the Prometric website is also the place where you schedule the exam online.
  • Mark your Exam Day: There is usually no problem scheduling your exam on Prometric web site unless you want a Saturday appointment. Many people who have taken the exam recommend taking it on a Monday or Tuesday; you've had the weekend to rest up, and the day prior to testing to take care of loose study ends and be absolutely certain of your knowledge.
  • You have a year to fix your exam date: The year allotted between acceptance and actually taking the test is to allow for rescheduling should a complication arise. Once you are accepted, it really is best to go online and set your exam date right away. If you schedule it for about 2-4 months after you receive your acceptance, you'll have time to study without having to cram.
  • Check your other obligations! Make sure your family obligations, birthday ceremonies, business trips and your other obligations are taken into account before you fix the exam date.

Quick Tip

You don't have the PMBOK Guide? You may want to take membership of Project Management Institute (PMI) before you apply, as it will save you on the application fee. You'll also get a free PMBOK Guide in electronic format. Otherwise you can also buy it on PMI web site or even on Amazon.com

Maintaining your PMP Status

Congratulations on your hard work and earning your PMI certification! Now that you are a credential holder, you are expected to adhere to PMI’s Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program to earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) to maintain your PMI credential.

  • To learn more go to this website PDU-Courses.com »
  • Check the PMP Handbook for the requirements to maintain your PMP Status.
  • Set some objectives in your career so you can plan for PDU courses accordingly.

Quick Tip

Plan to get at least 20 PDUs every year. This way you can accumulate 60 PDUs every 3 years and maintain your PMP status without rushing at the last minute.

PDU versus Contact Hour

PDU stands for "Professional Development Unit". Technically PDU and "Contact Hour" are NOT the same! Here is the difference:

  • You need Contact Hours before you apply for the PMP Exam.
  • You need PDUs after you pass the PMP Exam, to keep your PMP status. After passing the PMP Exam, certified Project Managers must demonstrate commitment to the profession by accumulating 60 PDUs over a 3-year period.
  • One PDU is equal one hour of "Learning" activity.
  • There are diffferent categories of PDUs as defined by the PMI.

Quick Tip

In fact all PMI credentials (PMP, PgMP, PMI-SP, PMI-RMP) require a specific amount of PDUs per 3-year certification cycle. Those requirements might be different for each credential, so visit PMI web site to find out more.

PDU Categories

The PMI defines several categories of PDUs for maintaining your PMI credential:

  • Category A: Courses offered by Registered Education Providers (REP) of the PMI.
  • Category B: Continuing Education.
  • Category C: Self Directed Learning.
  • Category D: Creating new project management knowledge.
  • Category E: Volunteer service.
  • Category F: Working as a Professional in Project Management.

Quick Tips

Interested in learning more about PDU categories? Check this site for more: PDU Categories »

Interested in earning PDUs online with great courses? Check this site for more: PDU Courses »

Don't wait 3 years for earning PDUs

A large majority of PMI Credential holders fall further and further behind obtaining their required Professional Development Units (PDUs) for maintaining their hard-earned certifications.

  • Your goals: The first step toward incorporating PDUs into the normal course of business is to determine your personal and professional objectives.
  • Stay engaged: The purpose of PDUs is to keep PMPs engaged and growing professionally. Set your objectives to learn more about Accounting, Finance, General Management, Six Sigma, etc. You have access to 30 great online courses at pdu-courses.com

Quick Tip

As of March 2011, the PMI changed the Professional Development Unit (PDU) category structure. To learn more check out: PDU Courses »

How to claim your PDUs?

Go to PMI's Continuing Certification Requirements System (CCRS) web site to claim your PDUs.

  • PDU costs: The average market price per PDU for good quality courses ranges between $20-$80. On PDU-Courses.com you get PDU courses that not only exceed your quality expectations, but cost an average of $10 per PDU.
  • To learn how to claim PDUs check out: Claim PDUs »
  • Best of Luck: We hope you learned from these tips. We'd love to hear from you. Send your feedback by email to info@pmchampion.com

Quick Tip

Use your PMI account to claim your PDUs. Keep your username and password after you pass the PMP exam.