Professional Development FAQs

PMI® Certification Program

What are the PMP certification requirements?

See the PMP Credential Handbook

What satisfies the Project Management application's educational requirements (35 hrs)?

From the PMP Credential Handbook:

Candidates must verify at least 35 contact hours of specific instruction that addresses learning objectives in project management. Candidates can document all project management education hours regardless of when they were accrued so long as course work has been completed at the time of application. These hours may include content on project quality, scope, time, cost, human resources, communications, risk, procurement and integration management.

Candidates can satisfy the project management educational requirements by demonstrating the successful completion of courses, workshops, and training sessions through one or more of the following types of education providers:

  • Courses or programs offered by PMI Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s)*
  • University/college academic and continuing education programs
  • Courses or programs offered by PMI Component organizations*
  • Courses or programs offered by employer/company-sponsored programs
  • Courses or programs offered by distance-learning companies, including an end of course assessment.
  • Courses or programs offered by training companies or consultants

The following education does not satisfy the education requirements:

  • PMI Chapter meetings
  • Self-study (e.g. reading books)

Does the PMI Austin chapter sponsor or recommend PMP certification prep classes?

Yes. See PMP Certification

Professional Development Units (PDU's)

What are PDU's?

Professional Development Units

How many PDUs must I obtain to remain a PMP?

In order to satisfy CCR program requirements and maintain an active certificate status, individuals who have attained the PMP credential must accrue and report a minimum of 60 professional development units (PDUs) during each 3-year CCR cycle, complete an Application for Certification Renewal and payment of the renewal fee, and reaffirm the Project Management Professional (PMP®) Code of Professional Conduct.

For futhur information please view: PMP Continuing Certification Requirements

How can I get PDUs quickly?

  • Self Study
  • Attend Austin Chapter Professional Development Day
  • Attend monthly chapter meetings and presentations. (Attending a 2 hour workshop earns 2 PDUs. While attending a 1 hour presentation earns 1 PDU).
  • Volunteer

How do I claim PDUs for a chapter meeting?

How to Report PDUs