Let us Answer some questions about the PMP PDU Validity
Are you getting bugged with questions like these?
You are at right place. But, most probably your question is wrong. Depending on your requirement, these may not be the correct questions. In fact, the title of the post may be incorrect. Let us talk more about it. There are 2 different things
PMP PDU Expiry
If you are a PMI certified professional (e.g. PMP), you need to collect PDUs. On the other hand, if you are a PMP (or any other certification) aspirant then you do not need PDUs. If you are an aspirant, then you need Contact Hours.
The PDUs need to be acquired by a certified professional (e.g. PMP) after attaining the certification. The PDUs are needed for Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR). A PMP certificate is valid for 3 years. To continue the certificate beyond 3 years, a PMP holder has to acquire 60 PDUs during the 3 years cycle.
The PDUs expire after 3 years. They have a validity within the Certification Cycle.
Contact Hour Expiry
Most PMP aspirants choose to use the term “PDUs” instead of “Contact Hours”.
Many training providers mislead the aspirants by making false claims that they provide 35 PDUs certificate. They, instead provide 35 hours of formal education. The 35 hours education can be used to meet one of the two mandatory requirements for appearing in PMP Exam.
The 35 Contact Hours do not expire. They have a lifelong validity.
If you have already done a 35 hours training, then you should take the exam immediately. Do not waste any more time. You can also read about 5 reasons to do PMP Training again.
If you have not attended a 35 hours training, then you should attend it immediately. After doing the training, set a specific time target for getting the certificate. You can crack the exam within 4 weeks of attending the training. You can read about How much time is required for PMP preparation?.
Please leave a comment if you have any questions on this or a related topic.
Good luck to all PMP aspirants.