How to Get Free 60 PDUs for PMI’s PMP Certification Renewal?

60 PDUsOnce you become a PMP, the next job for you is to maintain this credential, because the PMP certificate is valid only for three years. To renew it, you have to report 60 PDUs to the PMI by the end of third year. Otherwise, your certificate might be suspended and then (after one year) it will be expired. Therefore, in this blog post I’m going to give you the free and paid options to earn 60 PDUs so that you can maintain your PMP certification beyond three years.

Free 60 PDUs

Let’s start with the free PDUs. Here, you can find the resources which will help you to earn all 60 of your Professional Development Units at no cost.

Category-A & B: Course Offered by REPs & Continued Education

In this category, you can earn unlimited numbers of Professional Development Units.

Webcasts from IAG Consulting

Here, you can get 12 PDUs. I contacted the IAG regarding the correct categories of these PDUs and they replied that these are category 2 (old classification) PDUs. However, I believe that under current classification, they fall under category B.

Click here to visit IAG Consulting website

Webinars from Systemation

Here, you can register and earn a few category B PDUs by participating in live webinars. In case you miss the live webinars, you can still claim them under category C by watching the recorded version.

You can view about 30 recorded webinars and claim the category C PDU. Although, I did not count the number of hours of these webinars, but I believe that from here you can earn more than 20 category C PDUs.

Click here to visit Systemation website

Webinar from Corped Group

Currently, this site has 45 recorded webinars and a few scheduled webinars. You can view these recorded webinars and the category A PDU. (Visit their FAQ Page, in case of any doubt). Although, I did not check the length of each webinar but I hope that you can claim more than 30 Category A PDU from this site.

Click here to earn it

Webinars from CADENCE

CADENCE Management Corp has a good collection of some free webinars. I hope you will find these webinars valuable to your professional development.

From this website you can earn 18 PDUs.

Click here to earn it

Webinars from ESI International

ESI International offers a vast collection of on demand webinars. They provide webinars related to project management, program management, organization improvement, business analysis, requirement management, and so on. 

Here you can earn more than 30 PDUs.

Click here to visit ESI International website

Free Webinars from PMI

PMI also provides opportunity to earn free category A PDUs by participating with their Community of Practice activities. I strongly recommend you join these CoPs, get involved with them, and earn PDUs.

Click here to PMI website

Category-C: Self-Directed Learning

Under this category you can earn up to 30 PDUs just by reading any project management related book. Purchase any good project management book, or borrow it from any friend and read it. Note down the date/time of starting the book and completing date/time and keep records of your notes.

Once you complete reading this book you can report it to PMI and claim PDUs. Please note that one hour of activity is equal to one PDU.

If you don’t like reading books, there is another option for you to earn PDU under self-directed learning category.

Free Podcasts from Project Management Podcast

Here you can get a lot of free podcasts. Listen to them and note down their length and time/date of this activity.

One hour of podcast is equal to one PDU.

Instruction to report these PDUs:

Procedure to Report PM Podcasts to PMI

I hope that you can easily earn 30 PDUs from this “Self-Directed Learning” category.

Category-F: Working as a Professional in Project Management

Here you can claim total 15 PDUs per CCR cycle, or 5 PDUs per year, for just working as a professional in project management.

I hope that the above links are enough for you to claim all 60 of your PDUs free of charge. On the Internet you will find many resources to earn the PDUs, but remember – you need only sixty PDUs in three years.

I may add or amend the links if I find that any link is broken or any other quality resource is identified. You can also suggest any resource if you feel that it is worthy to be added here. Keep in mind that PDU categories for the above given links may change; therefore, before subscribing for any course/webinar check the current category.

Paid 60 PDUs

Sometimes paid PDUs provide additional benefits such as, you may get the bunch of PDUs in one shot, you can earn an additional skill set; e.g. Six Sigma, and you don’t have to keep a record for many free webinars or other activities, etc.

PDU Course from PM PrepCast

PDU courses from renowned PMP Trainer Cornelius Fichtner are as follows:

Agile PrepCast, 37  PDUs  @ 179.99 USD

This is my favorite. This program gives you two benefits. The first benefit, you will get 37 PDUs from world famous PMP Trainer Cornelius Fichtner. The second benefit is that this course also fulfills PMI-ACP certification exam requirements for 30 Contact hours training program. This means, if in the future you decide to apply for the PMI-ACP Certification exam, you can use this training to claim the 30 Contact hours for the PMI-ACP Certification Exam.

Click here to buy

PM-PrepCast 35 PDUs @ 179.99 USD

This program is for you if you have passed your PMP Certification Exam before 31st July 2013.

This program is developed by renowned PMP trainer Mr Cornelius Fichtner, available at 179.99 USD and it gives you 35 PDUs.

Since you have passed the exam based on the fourth edition of the PMBOK Guide, this program will help you upgrade your knowledge based on the fifth edition of the PMBOK Guide. I believe this is a good deal for anyone who have passed the exam before 31st July 2013 and wants to keep himself updated with the latest standard.

Click here to buy

PDU courses from PMSimplify

Some popular and affordable PDU courses from the PMSimplify are as follows:

PM Fundamental

For $150 USD, you will get 35 PDUs. If you are a PMI-RMP, you can also claim 20 PDUs for the PM-RMP CCR requirement. This course is aligned with the fifth edition of the PMBOK Guide, and helps you understand the project management fundamentals.

Access is for one year. Upon course completion, you have to attempt a questionnaire and then you can download your certificate of completion.

Click here to buy
(Use coupon code PMSC to get a discount of $15)

Business Analysis

For $200 USD, you will get 25 PDUs. The course content is aligned with the BABOK Guide second edition. This course will teach you basic fundamentals of Business Analysis.

Course content consists of 218 nos of slides and 5 hours of audio training.

You will get one year access for this course and upon completion, you would be able to download the certificate of completion.

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(Use coupon code PMSC to get a discount of $20)

Six Sigma Overview

For $100 USD, you will get 15 PDUs. This course teaches you the basics of Six Sigma; e.g. introduction of Six Sigma, definition of Six Sigma, barrier in implementing six sigma, similarities and difference between DMAIC and DMADV

Access will be for one year and at the end of course completion, you can download your certificate.

Click here to buy
(Use coupon code PMSC to get a discount of $10)

Principles of Leadership

For $75 USD, you’ll get 10 PDUs. This course will help you understand basic concepts in leadership such as: principles of leadership in project management, various leadership models, team building, performance appraisal, communication, and innovation etc.

Course access will be for one year. Upon course completion, you can download your certificate of completion.

Click here to buy
(Use coupon code PMSC to get a discount of $7.5)

NonVerbal Communication

For $75 USD, you’ll get 10 PDUs. This course will teach you various types of communication models, communication types, importance and significance of non verbal communication such as body language, gesture, eye contact,  etc.

Access will be for one year, and you will get the certification of completion at the end of course.

Click here to buy
(Use coupon code PMSC to get a discount of $7.5)

ITIL Foundation

For $150 USD, you will get 25 PDUs. This course gives you an introduction of the ITIL. Access will be for one year and upon completion of course you can download the certificate of completion.

Click here to buy
(Use coupon code PMSC to get a discount of $15)

Bundle Courses from PMSimplify

PM Simplify also offers bundle courses where two courses are combined and are given at a reduced price.

Bundle courses from PMSimplify are as follows:

60 PDU Bundle @ $300 USD

This bundle consists of two courses: PM Fundamentals, and Business Analysis.

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(Save $30 USD by using coupon code PMSC)

55 PDU Bundle @ $270 USD

This bundle consists of three courses: PM Fundamentals, Leadership Principles, and Non-Verbal Communication.

Click here to buy
(Save $27 USD by using coupon code PMSC)

50 PDU Bundle @ $240 USD

This bundle includes two courses: PM Fundamentals, and Six Sigma Overview.

Click here to buy
(Save $24 USD by using coupon code PMSC)

45 PDU Bundle @ $210 USD

This bundle consists of two courses: PM Fundamentals, and Non Verbal Communication.

Click here to buy
(Save $21 USD by using coupon code PMSC)

40 PDU Bundle @ $180 USD

This bundle includes two courses: Business Analysis, and Six Sigma Overview.

Click here to buy
(Save $18 USD by using coupon code PMSC)

(Please note that none of above given paid courses are personally reviewed by me. Read the disclaimer.)

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  1. Dale Flores says

    Hi Fahad,
    I bought a self study online PMP exam prep course from PM Educate. It gives you the 35 contact hours upon successful completion of the prep exam with a score of >61%. Do you know anything abour PM Educate, good bad, anything. They are registered with PMI. I want to make sure they are good enough to get me to pass. Anyone have feedback?

    Thanks All

  2. Ileana Fernandez says

    Hi Dale,

    I was with a very similar mentality last month on the verge of signing up for PMP course training. After a lot of research online through a lot of PMP blogs, I had shortlisted PMTI, PMstudy and Cheetah ..And finally I zeroed in PMstudy considering their good reviews and good MOneyback policy..May be you could opt for it.And they do provide 40 contact hours free with the course which helps in serving the eligibility criteria.


  3. Jenni says

    Hi Dale,

    I too was confused when i was initially screening on the PMP training providers. I was thinking of going either with Knowledge Academy or PMTI but when i heard from a friend of mine about PMstudy. I signed up for PMstudy online course to get a feel and trust me its worth every penny you pay!

    I am now registered for the PMstudy classroom training program next month and am quite confident of clearing the exam, all because of the PMstudy course materials and methodology.

    I also got a discount for the amount i paid towards the online course while signing up for the PMstudy classroom program!!


    • Jennifer says

      I signed up with PMTI. It was a fabulous course. I checked out PMA and PMStudy before I signed up. I really did not feel comfortable with SimpliLearn and PMStudy. They wanted to collect my information before they can even talk to me!

      PMTI is also running a special on their classroom bootcamp with 60 free PDUs. I got my PMP for 6 years. Guess I got lucky :).

  4. dany says

    Nice. thank you all of you. this page is very informative. As i am also looking to do PMP. At least came to know about few good players like PMti, Pmstudy.

  5. Dale Flores says

    Thanks for all the input. PM Educate seems ok so far. The test are challenging and require an 80 to pass which I am doing about 50% of the time. Still need more study. I also hear a lot of good things about Ritas PMP guide. I think I will get it.

  6. Ileana Fernandez says

    @Dale: I would suggest you enroll for a classroom program with any of the good providers , so that you have the option of acquiring the required contact hours. Rita’s guide would be helpful only as an add on study material.

  7. Christy says

    The most popular ways to earn PMI PDUs towards maintaining PMP certification are by taking up PDU courses and attending project management events that offer PDUs. According to me this is ideal, because along with PDUs you get an opportunity to learn something more. I have come across a PMI approved global REP Simplilearn. They offer many PDU courses such as ITIL Foundation, Six Sigma training, Microsoft training courses and more. The good thing is that they have both classroom and online courses. Also they conduct various events.

    I think you should give them a try.

    • Lakshmi says

      I got my free 60 PDUs from PMTI when I signed up for their class room boot camp and passed the exam. I passed the exam on day 5 and on day 6 they enrolled me in the free PDU course :). Excellent company. I think the deal has something to do with 10 years anniversary of class room boot camps. Not sure if the deal is still there.

  8. Faizeen says

    Hi Fahad,
    Thanks for ur most valuable information regarding free PDU through various links. I just need
    information whether any of the free episodes in PM Podcast listen or watched can be claimed as
    PDU .

    • Fahad Usmani says

      Yes, you can claim them just by listening or watching. These PDUs can be claimed under category C only. Here you can claim max 30 PDUS.

      Just keep a record of PDUs, for example, subject of pdu, and when did you listen it.

  9. Waleed says


    I have attended a PRINCE2 Foundation and a PRINCE2 Practionar through a local vendor in my country which is already accrediated from APMG International. So Under which category I can report this courses ? How many points ?

    Thank you very much

    • Fahad Usmani says

      Confirm with the training provider. If it is a PMI approved course, then it will come under category A, otherwise category B.

      Regarding the number of PDUs, it will be equal to the number of hours studied.

      Hope it helps.

  10. Narayanan says

    Hi Dale,
    suggest to attend classroom course of a REP which is more better than a online study..The tutor’s approach is always different.

  11. ashutosh says

    Hi ,
    I have completed 9 days classroom training of my Six Sigma GreenBelt , so can this hours be helpful to complete my 35Hours contact program for PMP certification .

    Please suggest .


  12. Surya says


    I am planning to take my PMP certification but I dont have any PDUs yet. I have finished my ITIL exam last week. So, as per the discussions above, Can I now claim 30 PDUs as I have spent more than 35 hours working on that. Secondly, the site gives good information on the way to earn free PDUs through webinars. Does it apply only for renewal or can I attend these webinars and claim the PDUs ?

    Please suggest


    • Fahad Usmani says

      PDUs and contact hours are different. If you’re not a PMP, you need to earn 35 contact hours. And once you become a PMP these contact hours can be PDUs.

      You have to check whether your training program fulfills all requirements for 35 contact hours, such as it should explain all knowledge areas of the PMBOK guide.

      If yes then you can claim the hours spend on these knowledge areas.

  13. Atif says

    Hi Fahad,

    I passed ITILF course by self study. Can I claim the PDUs for that( I am PMP and I need 60 PDUs to retain my membership)


    • Fahad Usmani says

      Yes you can claim it. Contact the ITIL to know the correct category for these PDUs.

  14. Mohammad says

    My brother PMP Certification is going to expire. I am wondering if PMI will accept partial participation in projects in which one is not the PM?

  15. Tanzeel Rehman says


    My PMP certification is expiring soon and I need to earn 60 PDUs to maintain it. I have a couple of questions

    Q1: What’s the best way to these earn 60 PDUs? Do I need to pay for it OR I can do that by using free material on web?

    Q2: Can someone share authentic web links/ websites to earn free PDUs?

    Q3: How can I decide which category a PDU fall in while claiming a PDUs on PMP website?

    A quick response will be highly appreciated


    • Fahad Usmani says

      Hello Tanzeel,

      I have answered all your questions in this blog post. Please read this blog post once again, and all links given in this post are authentic links.

  16. John Mountcastle says

    I am a PMP, I achieved my 35 contact hours through a university course taken years ago but took a week long bootcamp last year, to update my knowledge in preparation for the exam. I didn’t take the exam for nearly a year but can I now claim the thirty hours or so I spent in the bootcamp?

    • Fahad Usmani says

      If you have attended the course after passing the exam, you can claim it as PDUs.