PMP PDU Validity

Let us Answer some questions about the PMP PDU Validity

PMP PDU Validity

Are you getting bugged with questions like these?

  • What is the PMP PDU validity?
  • What is the time limit for 35 PDU training?
  • When do PMP PDUs expire?
  • For how long are the PDUs valid?

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

  • PDUs or Professional Development Units
  • Contact Hours for appearing in a certification exam

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.

For more information you can refer to CCR Handbook available on

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.

The 35 hours of education can also be used as 35 PDUs for CCR. For more information you can refer to PMP Handbook available on

Next Steps

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.

Praveen Malik, PMP is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) with a rich 20+ years of experience. He is a leading Project Management Instructor and Consultant. He regularly conducts Project Management workshops in India & abroad.

2 thoughts on “PMP PDU Validity

    • Hi Aarthi, There is no need to change once application has been approved. Only if there is an Audit and only if they ask for confirmation of contact hours then you can provide explanation.

      All the best.

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