Professional Development Units (PDUs) are required for certification renewal for both certified Project Management Professionals (PMPs) and certified Program Management Professionals (PgMPs).  Each certified professional must earn 60 PDUs in a 3-year certification cycle.

Below are listed several common ways to earn PDUs.  These are listed with the intent of being used as a tool, but do not apply to all certified professionals in all cases.  PDUs must be submitted personally (online PDU submission form) by each certified professional.   More detailed information about PDUs can be found on the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) page on the PMI website.

  • Being a Project Manager
    • Category: 2H - Practitioner of project and/or program management services
    • A maximum of 15 PDU's per cycle can be earned in Category 2H
    • No PDU's awarded for less than 1,500 project work experience hours
    • Worth: 5 PDUs per calendar year
  • Attending PMI Central Iowa Monthly Program Meetings
    • Category: 3 - PMI Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s) 
    • Worth: 1.5 PDUs per meeting
    • Individual meeting details available on the Event Listing for PDUs page.
  • Attending PMI Central Iowa Seminars
    • Category: 3 - PMI Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s) 
    • Worth: 6 - 8 PDUs per seminar (depending on the event)
    • Individual seminar details available on the Event Listing for PDUs page.
  • Serving on a Committee
    • Category: 5 - Volunteer Service to Professional or Community Organizations
    • A maximum of 20 PDU's per cycle can be earned in Category 5
    • No PDU's awarded for service less than three months
    • Worth:
      • 3 months of service =  1 PDU
      • 6 months of service =  3 PDUs
      • 12 months of service =  5 PDUs
  • Serving on the Central Iowa Board of Directors
    • Category: 5 - Volunteer Service to Professional or Community Organizations
    • A maximum of 20 PDU's per cycle can be earned in Category 5
    • No PDU's awarded for service less than three months
    • Worth:
      • 3 months of service =  2 PDU
      • 6 months of service =  5 PDUs
      • 12 months of service =  10 PDUs
  • Writing an Article for the PMI Central Iowa Newsletter
    • Category: 2SDL - Self-Directed Learning
    • A maximum of 15 PDU's per cycle can be earned in Category 2SDL
    • Worth: 1 PDU for each documented hour of self-directed learning
  • Preparing for a Speaking Engagement
    • Category: 2G- Developer of content for a structured project and/or program management learning program
    • Worth: 10 PDUs per new program
  • Speaking at a PMI Central Iowa Monthly Program Meeting
    • Category: 2D - Speaker on a project and/or program management topic at PMI Component meeting  
    • Worth: 5 PDUs per speaking activity
  • Speaking at a PMI Central iowa Seminar or PDD
    • Category: 2C - Speaker/Teacher on project and/or program management topic at a conference, symposium, workshop or formal course  
    • Worth: 10 PDUs per speaking activity