PMP 35 Contact Hours / PDU Validity Period – Do They Expire?

PMP PDU Validity

I have written this post to remove any confusion regarding 35 contact hours of project management education and PMI’s requirements of Professional Development Units (PDUs). This is the only resource you will ever need to ascertain the validity of PMI’s PMP PDUs and expiry period of 35 contact hours.

Here is the situation – a few years ago you took PMP 35 contact hours training and were contemplating about applying for the exam. But for some reasons you didn’t take the exam. Now you are confused about the validity of 35 hours of project management education. You getting bugged with questions like these:

  • What is the PMP PDU validity?
  • When do PMP PDU expire?
  • What is the validity period of PMP 35 contact hours training?
  • For how long can you use 35 hours training for appearing the exam before it expires?
  • Is there a time limit for 35 PDU training?

If you want answer to these questions then you are at the right place. I will answer these questions in this post. But some of these question are not entirely correct. There is a difference between PDU and 35 Contact Hours. Let us talk more about PDU and 35 hours of project management education. There are 2 different things:

  • 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 yearss to remain PMP certified.
  • 35 Contact Hours simply means 35 hours of project management education – If you are a certification then you do not need PDU. For example, you need 35 hours training to appear for PMP exam.

PMI PMP PDU Validity Period

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 pmi.org.

PMP 35 Contact Hours Validity

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. They, instead provide PMP 35 hours training. The 35 hours are required to meet the mandatory requirements for appearing in the 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, but only after you become PMP certified. For more information you can refer to PMP Handbook available on pmi.org.

Next Steps

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 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?.

Over To You

Are you ready for the exam? If not, what is holding you back? Was you r earlier training useful? Please leave a comment. Perhaps I can help you.

Good luck to all the PMP aspirants.

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Aarthi Reply

Hi,
Wat if the contact hours given in application is wrong? How do I change it during audit

    Praveen Malik, PMP Reply

    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.

Naren Reply

Hi,

I wanted to check about the 35 contact hour validity.
I have obtained 35 contact hours in PMI accredited training in 2013 and previously in 2011 through my previous organizations but the certification was not a priority or business need for me then.

However I wish to appear for the certification soon and was planning to self study. Like you accurately deciphered, several training providers said that contact hours obtained >3 years ago will not suffice the entrance, ergo i should enroll with theml Your comment that 35 contact hours do not expire has been a relief from that aspect. 🙂

From the view of exercising further caution, can you please provide any PMI reference which says this (hours not expiring)? Just as a safe side. Thank you!

PS: I already checked the latest handbook unsuccessfully.

Regards,
Naren

    Praveen Malik, PMP Reply

    Hi Naren,

    Please read pg. 8 of PMP handbook. It says “the course work must be completed at the time you submit the application.” If you still have a doubt, you can call PMI customer care and verify them.

    Good luck.

    BR
    Praveen.

Subin Reply

I have completed the mandatory 35 hours P MP training in June 2015 and appeared once for P M P exam.Unfortunately I was not able to pass.If I want to re appear for P MP exam now Is it required to undergo 35 hours training or the first training is still valid.

Deepak Reply

Do 35 contact hours done during PMP 5th edition make me eligible to appear in 6th edition of PMP exam?

Shubh Reply

I have completed 35 Hours of PMP Examination Preparatory Course (35 Hours PDU) on 10 July 2014 from my earlier organisation Learning Team. I didn’t appeared for exam. Now I am in dilemma weather to appear PMI-PMP or PMI-ACP.

Am I eligible for PMI-ACP & use same 35 Learning hours as pre-requisite for these exams ?

    Praveen Malik, PMP Reply

    Hi Shubh, You cannot use PMP training contact hours for PMI-ACP. PMP training is on traditional PM standards. For PMI-ACP you need 21 contact hours from a training that includes topics covering agile philosophy, methodology, principles, and practices.
    Secondly, Both PMP and PMI-ACP exams are going to change in March so I would not recommend to start preparation for PMI-ACP at this stage. You can pursue PMP only if you are confident of preparing for the exam before the change.
    Lastly, my recommendation would be take both the certification in this year – one by one. Both are useful for the career. You can look at this article to buy 7 courses from Greycampus at $149 – https://www.pmbypm.com/greycampus-pmp-reviews/ This includes revised course syllabus for both PMP and PMI-ACP.
    BR.

madhav b aswamni Reply

i wish to pursue career in project management, I have completed my Masters in 2014 in the oil and gas, however due to recession, I had to do a BPO job for one year from 2015-16.
Fortunately I got an opportunity to work for a year 2016-17 in oil and gas, but as the contract got over, i was again at home and jobless. However I have recently got a full time opportunity to work in oil and gas and the role is engineering and management and with years to come I hopefully will be given projects to handle. This time i want to make sure I do not step back and hence thought of getting PMP certified to be an assset to the company. Hence I plan to start with certificate course in Project management from UPES Dehradun ( its a 6 months certification program, leading to 35 PDUs, which are minimum requirement for PMP certification). My question is how to go forward with this and what should i do to get into project management.

Sudha Iyer Reply

Hi Praveen,

I have completed my 35 contact hrs of PMP training from Udemy last yr Aug 2017 but have not yet appeared for the PMP certification.

Now since the 6th edition has been released wanted to know whether i can still appear for the PMP certification based on the PMBOK 5th edition or do i need to complete the 35 hrs of PMBOK 6th edition?

Regards,
Sudha

abhijeet Reply

Hello Praveen,
I have earned 40 PDU hours in Feb, 2016 with training program ‘P985 Project Management Tools training for Project Controls in Primavera P6.
Does above PDU are valid for giving PMP eaxm?
Please advise.

Thanks,
Abhijeet

Sunit Sengupta Reply

Dear Mr Praveen,

Thanks for guiding the students by your valuable knowledge and ideas.

My case is as under :-

I did by 35 Contact Hours in September 2016, Next I applied for PMP exam in DEC 2016 and my application was accepted, but due to lack of information / knowledge, I missed to attempt three chances in 2017, but I attempted only one single attempt in Dec 2017 but could not clear the exam…Later the Syllabus was been updated …

By the inputs gathered online from PMI site, I understood that, I need to wait for an year to attempt the exam, and then again I need to re-submit a fresh application ( After Dec 2018 ).

My Queries are as under –
1. Does my 35 Contact hours (of September 2016) is still valid?
2. Do I need to submit a fresh application?
3. Which date would I be eligible to apply ?
4. Any special tasks to be done due to the syllabus up-gradation?

I would really appreciate for your valuable inputs and guidance for my case.

Regards,

Sunit Sengupta.

    Praveen Malik, PMP Reply

    Hi Sumit,

    It is unfortunate that you did not pass the first time my best wishes for your second attempt. Ans to your Q.

    1. Yes. Please check my previous comment. You will get some more details.
    2. Yes. Application expires after one year.
    3. You would be eligible after Dec 16 (date of your application approval) + 1 year. So you can apply now.
    4. Yes. It is important is to find the root cause of failing. You exam prep & ultimate success depends on it. You should read 15 Reasons Why People Failed the PMP Exam(http://www.pmbypm.com/reasons-why-people-failed-the-pmp-exam-how-to-pass-pmp-exam/). This will help you in determining the root cause of failing the exam. After reading the post, give yourself some time and think about each point. If required, you should change your study approach or take another training or study different books.

    BR
    PRaveen.

Sunit Sengupta Reply

Dear Sir,

Thanks a lot, your webpage is really helping me a lot. Shall enroll in Prepcast Elite shortly.

As stated in your Answer to my Question No 3, its stated that I can apply now..Still I have a slight confusion.

Do I need to wait for one year as per under circumstances? Please guide whether A or B is correct..

A. Last Application Date ( Dec 2016 ) + 1 Year = Can apply now..
B. Last Exam Date ( Dec 2017 ) + 1 Year = Dec 2018..Can apply in Jan 2019.

Do I need to calculate the waiting period of 01 year from last application OR Last exam Date?

A line of confirmation / guidance shall be highly appreciated.

Regards,

Sunit Sengupta.

    Praveen Malik, PMP Reply

    Hi Sumit,

    Sorry for the confusion. Statement ‘B’ is correct. Following statement is taken from PMP handbook.

    “If you fail the examination three times within your one-year eligibility period, you must wait one year from the date of the last examination you took to reapply for the certification.”

    Regarding Prepcast – It is an excellent choice. I have done a review and comparison of various online training here – https://www.pmbypm.com/best-pmp-online-training-course/.

    You can download all the videos and all other material but there is a 90 days access limit. It means you will be unable to access the simulator 90 days after the start of first test. Since you will be applying in December, it is better to wait for few more months.

    Meanwhile, you can become a PMI member, download PMBOK guide 6th ed and start reading it.

    BR
    Praveen.

Sunit Sengupta Reply

Dear Mr Praveen,

Thanks a lot.. I really appreciate for your valuable time to respond to my queries.

Also thanks for suggesting me the Prepcast learning module..

Regards,

Sunit Sengupta.

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