The PM Podcast


Project Management for Beginners and Experts

Earn 60 Free PDUs for PMP Renewal

Earning free PDUs from The PM Podcast could not be simpler:

  • Subscribe to The PM Podcast on your phone
  • Listen to any free or premium episode
  • Document your learning in our PDU logfile
  • Claim your PDUs

The fastest way to start listening is to subscribe to The PM Podcast in a Podcast App on your phone. So click on "Free on Android" if you use an android phone/tablet or select "Free on iTunes" for your iPhone/iPad.

And if that seems too complicated, then simply click 'Play' on any free podcast episode on this website and earn your PDUs that way.

Here are all the details and FAQ

Watch this video for the details

In this video we go through all the details of how to best earn your PDUs:

The PM Podcast PDU Logfile

Download The PM Podcast PDU Logfile (XLSX) and track each episode you listen to. The better you document your learning activities the more you can give evidence to PMI that you have indeed subscribed and listened to The PM Podcast during an audit.

Click here for more details about The PM Podcast PDU Logfile...

Basic rules to remember

There are many activities through which you can earn earn PDUs. The PM Podcast is an "Education" activity in the category of "Online or Digital Media".

  • PMI states that "Qualifying activities must be relevant to PMI Talent Triangle skill area topics, meet a specified purpose, and use knowledgeable resources". The PM Podcast meets these requirements fully.
  • You can claim up to 60 PDUs from listening to The PM Podcast, as long as you meet the minimum of 8 PDUs for each of the talent triangle skill areas.

Please note that every PMP is subject to audit during the PDU submission process and that you may have to show in exactly what way you have earned all of your PDUs. PMI reserves the right to reject some or all of the PDUs that you claim. In case you are audited PMI may ask for "evidence supporting your reported learning, including notes from and dates of activities conducted."

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Frequently Asked Questions about Free PDUs

Why does The PM Podcast qualify for PDUs?

The Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Handbook contains a section on "Ways to Earn PDUs". Here, "Online or Digital Media" - which includes podcasts - are explicitly mentioned as a qualifying activity. Therefore, The PM Podcast qualifies. Additionally, The PM Podcast is relevant to PMI Talent Triangle skill area topics, meets a specified purpose, and uses knowledgeable resources.

How do I subscribe to The PM Podcast?

First install a free or premium app on your smart phone:

Once installed simply click on the "subscribe free" button at the top right.

How do I claim PDUs from The PM Podcast?

You have two options:

Option 1
Claim Separately

In this option you listen to one episode of The PM Podcast and then claim PDUs for just that episode:

  • Listen to a single episode
  • Track your activity in the PDU Logfile
  • Visit PMI's CCRS website and claim the PDUs earned for listening to this single episode
  • Advantage: You provide detailed information about each PDU / each episode that you submit. PMI receives your claims separately and in detail.
  • Disadvantage: You have to input a lot of episodes separately in order to claim 60 PDUs. It's a lot of work and takes a lot of time.
Option 2
Claim Everything

In this option you listen to multiple episodes of The PM Podcast and then claim the total number of PDUs:

  • Listen to multiple episodes
  • Track each activity in the PDU Logfile
  • Visit PMI's CCRS website and claim the total of PDUs earned for listening to The PM Podcast
  • Advantage: Much simpler to do because you only have to input one single PDU claim for listening for all of The PM Podcast over the course of the year.
  • Disadvantage: You are more likely to be audited. PMI may ask you to provide additional documentation to support your claim. It is therefore imperative that you keep a lot of notes when listening.

We have discussed these two options with PMI's CCR Product Manager and it was confirmed that both options are valid, but with the caveat that for Option 2 "Claim Everything" PMI may ask for additional evidence / documentation to support your claim. Keep good notes!

How do I document the episodes I listened to and PDUs earned?

Download the PDU Logfile (XLSX) and track each episode you listen to. The better you document your learning activities the more you can give evidence to PMI that you have indeed subscribed and listened to The PM Podcast in case your PDU claims are audited.

Click here for more details about The PM Podcast PDU Logfile...

How do I claim PDUs on the PMI website?

All PDUs must be claimed online on PMI's Continuing Certification Requirements System. Here are the steps:

  • Go to https://ccrs.pmi.org/
  • Log in to the website
  • Click "Report PDUs" on the left
  • Now select "Online or Digital Media" on the right
  • Fill in the form based on the table below
Form Field Option 1 Claim Separately Option 2 Claim Everything
Provider The Project Management Podcast
You have to manually type this name / text into the field. It will not auto-fill.
The Project Management Podcast
You have to manually type this name / text into the field. It will not auto-fill.
Title Copy/paste episode title from website The Project Management Podcast
Description Copy/paste show notes from website Write a text indicating that you have listened to x-number of episodes of The PM Podcast in the past x-number of months/years, and you are therefore claiming the total number of PDUs accrued for this learning activity. Also mention that you have maintained a separate documentation in which you kept track of dates on which you listened to each episode as well as learning notes.
URL www.project-management-podcast.com www.project-management-podcast.com
Date Started Date on which you listened to this episode Date on which you listened to the first episode you are claiming
Date Completed Date on which you listened to this episode Date on which you listened to the last episode you are claiming
PDUs Claimed Input the number of PDus you are claiming for this single episode Input the total number of PDUs you are claiming for each skill area

PMI will first send you a confirmation that your PDU claim was received and is under review. Once approved you will receive a second notification email that the PDUs claimed have been added to your account.

How many PDUs can I claim if an episode is not 1 hour long?

You can claim 0.25 PDUs for every 15 minutes. PMI explains this as follows:

Fractions of PDUs also may be reported in quarterly increments. This means that if you spent 15 minutes participating in a qualifying PDU activity, you can report 0.25 PDUs. If you spend 30 minutes in a qualifying PDU activity, you can report 0.50 PDUs.

Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Handbook

Additionally, we recommend that you follow a "hard mathematical rule" for all borderline situations. In this way you never claim more than you should, and you avoid any potential issues in an audit. We use the following table when assigning PDU values to our episodes:

Episode Duration PDUs to claim
00:00 - 14:59 min 0.00 PDUs
15:00 - 29:59 min 0.25 PDUs
30:00 - 44:59 min 0.50 PDUs
45:00 - 59:59 min 0.75 PDUs
1:00:00 - 1:14:59 min 1.00 PDUs

How do I know how may PDUs to claim for each episode?

Take a look at The PM Podcast Episode Spreadsheet... This Google Sheet contains all episodes including information about how many PDUs to claim.

How do I know which PMI Talent Triangle Skill Area to use?

PMI has defined three skill areas for the Talent Triangle: (1) Technical Project Managenent, (2) Leadership, and (3) Strategic and Business Management. The PM Podcast Episode Spreadsheet contains our recommended skill area. We even use the same colors in the spreadsheet as PMI uses on their claim form.

Why is The PDU Logfile in MS Excel, but the Episode Spreadsheet is a Google Sheet?

We did a survey and asked our listeners what format they prefer for the logfile. 647 listeners responded, and 372 listeners (57.6%) said that they wanted the logfile in MS Excel.

We decided, however, to publish The Episode Spreadsheet as a Google sheet because it gets updated several times a month and it's easier for us to do that with an online sheet.

I only need another 13 PDUs right now. What do I do?

That's not a problem: Subscribe to The PM Podcast, download and listen to our episodes, track everything in the PDU Logfile, and keep going until you can claim 13 PDUs. But don't stop now! Keep your subscription going and keep listening. Remember... You will need another 60 PDUs in your next renewal cycle.

Can I claim more PDUs if I get the paid Premium Subscription?

Yes! A Premium Subscription gives you access to the complete archive of The PM Podcast with hundreds of interviews. Download them all, listen, and then claim your PDUs. Click here to learn more about our Premium Subscription...

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