PMP® certification and PDUs

Tags: Skills

Pluralsight is a Registered Educational Provider (REP) for PMI and offers numerous courses to help you prepare for your PMP certification exam and maintain your PDUs (professional development units).

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What about the new PMP® exam?

To prepare for the new PMP® exam, based on the PMBOK® Guide 6th Edition, please check out the new PMP® path here

Skills courses designed for the old exam, which was retired March 26, 2018, have the text “This retired course is based on version 5 of the PMBOK® Guide" in the description on their course page.

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Which Skills courses count for PMP® PDUs or hours?

Pluralsight Skills's PMP® skill path is comprised of 14 courses that clock in just shy of 40 total hours, and all courses in the path can count towards both contact hours and PDUs for PMI®.

To determine whether or not a Skills course will count towards continuing education PDUs, search or browse for courses here: CCRS | Project Management Institute.

Note: Skills's PMP® courses also count toward CAPM®'s optional 23 hours of project management education.

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How many PDUs or hours do I need?

PMI® describes PDUs this way: "PDUs are the measuring unit used to quantify your professional development as part of the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program. 1 PDU = 1 hour of learning/activity."

To maintain your PMP® certification, you must earn 60 PDUs every three years. Additionally, credit units are split into 3 categories: Technical, Leadership, and Strategic and Business Management. Skills courses are approved based on those categories. Courses cannot be moved or re-classified to count towards other categories. We highly recommend searching the list of courses on the PMI site before taking them to ensure you know the amount of PDUs and the category they count towards.

PMI® describes contact hours as project management education. Before applying for the PMP® certification, you must earn 35 contact hours.

Often, courses or learning activities that count towards PDUs will also count toward contact hours.

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How do I report PDUs or contact hours?

I'm preparing to take the PMP® exam and I need to report contact hours

If you're preparing to take the PMP® exam, you'll submit your contact hour information in your application with PMI®. Be sure to create an account with PMI® to do this.

The application will ask you to list the Provider (Pluralsight LLC) and the Activity (the name of the course). You will list each individual course that you've viewed. For more information, visit PMI®'s PMP® webpage here.

I'm a current PMP® and need to report continuing education PDUs

In order to claim PMI® PDUs for continuing education, you first need to ensure you have an account with PMI®. You can create one at

  1. Once you're logged in, navigate to this page to report PDUs.
  2. Select Course or Training from the menu options.
  3. Next, you'll need to submit each course individually that you've completed. All you'll need to fill in is the Provider (Pluralsight LLC) and the Activity (the course name).
  4. The rest of the information on the page should automatically populate for you so you can submit the course.

To renew your PMP® certification, you need to submit 60 PDUs every three years. For more information on how to earn PDUs, take a look at PMI®'s Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Handbook (PDF link).

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How do I get a certificate of completion on my PMP® courses?

For both new PMP® applicants and renewing PMP® certification holders, PMI® will occasionally conduct random audits of your work experience and/or PDU education. To show that you've viewed PMI®-approved courses we provide a certificate of completion for each individual PMP® course you view on our site.

To access these certificates, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to Pluralsight Skills.
  2. Hover over your profile picture in the top-right corner to reveal the drop-down menu.
  3. Click History from the menu.

  4. You'll see a list of all the courses you've viewed, along with the completion percentage. To the left of the PMP® course titles you've completed, you'll see an award icon. Click on that icon to retrieve your certificate of completion. You can access the certificate at anytime.
    Click this pink-orange icon to access your PMP course certificate of completion.

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