PMP Certification has a 3 years validity period. You need 60 PDUs to renew the certification. The PDUs have to be collected and used within 3 years; otherwise they expire.
35 contact hours have a lifelong validity. You can get contact hours certificate by joining any project management training course and use it to apply for the PMP exam anytime in your life. The 35 hours certificate never expires.
Most people think that there is no difference between contact hours and PDUs (Professional Development Units) but that is not true. 35 contact hours of project management education/training is required for filling the PMP exam application form whereas 60 PDUs are required to renew the PMP credential every 3 years.
Many people do not distinguish between contact hours and PDUs because a 35 hours course certificate can also be used for claiming the PDUs. Furthermore, The certificate can also be used for applying to the any other PMI credential exam including CAPM, PMU-ACP, and PMI-RMP.
Let’s answer the following questions in this article:
- For how long is PMP certification valid?
- What is the difference between Contact Hours and PDU?
- What is the validity period of 35 contact hours training certificate?
- Is there a time limit for using a course certificate for claiming PDUs?
PMI PMP Certification and PDU Validity Period
PMP Certification has a validity of three years. PDUs are needed to renew the certification and they expire within the three years certification cycle.
Here is a difference between PDU and 35 Contact Hours:
- PDU is an acronym for Professional Development Units – If you are a PMI certified professional, you need to collect PDUs during certification cycle. For example, you need to collect 60 PDU in 3 years to remain PMP certified.
- 35 Contact Hours simply means 35 hours of project management education – You need contact hours for applying to a credential exam e.g. you need 35 hours training to appear for PMP exam. If you are a certification holder then you do not need contact hours.
You need to acquire PDUs only after attaining a certification (e.g. PMP). A PMP certificate is valid for 3 years. To continue the certificate beyond 3 years, you have to acquire 60 PDUs during the 3 years cycle.
The PDUs are needed for Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR). For more information you can refer to CCR Handbook that is available on pmi.org.
PMP 35 Contact Hours Validity
The 35 Contact Hours certificate has a lifelong validity; it never expires.
Most PMP aspirants choose to use the term “PDU” instead of “Contact Hours”. Usually, they have been mislead by the training companies. Many training make false claims that they provide 35 PDU certificate. They actually provide 35 hours training certificate, which is one of the mandatory requirements for appearing in the PMP Exam.
You need 35 contacts hours of project management education for applying to the PMP exam.
The 35 hours of education can also be used as 35 PDUs for CCR, but only after you become PMP certified.
If you have already taken exam prep training, then you should not waste any more time – you should write the exam immediately. If you took the training a few years ago then it is beneficial to take the training again – you can read more about it in 6 reasons to do PMP Training again.
If you have not taken any exam prep training, then you should take it immediately. After doing the training, set a specific time target and follow a schedule to get the PMP certificate. You can crack the exam within 4-8 weeks of attending the training. You can read more about it in How much time is required for PMP preparation?.
There are numerous advantages of becoming PMP certified. The value of PMP certificate is well worth the cost and effort. So, don’t think too much about spending extra money on a second training.
Over To You
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Good luck to all the PMP aspirants.