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Basic rules to remember
- You can only submit 30 Category C PDUs for each certification cycle (= every 3 years).
- You can claim 1 Cat C PDU for each hour of listening to podcasts on topics that relate to the Knowledge Areas in the PMBOK Guide.
- You have to claim at least 1 hour / 1 PDU
- If a podcast is not 60 minutes in duration, then you have to listen to several podcasts that discuss the same topic and add them up. For instance: 2 x 30 minutes on risk management = 1 Cat C PDU.
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. The PMI reserves the right to reject some or all of the PDUs that you submit.
How to Earn your PDUs from our Podcast
- Subscribe to the The Project Management Podcast™ - it's completely free!
- Listen to our episodes on your player. (Note: in iTunes you will only see about 5-6 episodes. The others are available on the website.)
- Make sure that you listen to at least 30 hours of discussions. We publish a new episode about every 2 weeks. So keep listening and learning!
- Claim a total of 30 Category C PDUs.
- Recommend us to your colleagues.
How to Claim your PDUs on the PMI Website
|Step 1 - Log in to PMI and go to the CCRS page
- Option 1: The long way:
- Go to https://www.pmi.org and log in
- Select "Certification > Maintain Your Certification:Report and Earn PDUs" from the Menu
- Click on the "Report PDUs" button
- Click on "Report PDUs" (Underneath the bold title "PDU Activity as of..."
- Option 2: The short way:
Step 2 - Report your PDUs
- Select "Category C" and click on Continue
- Input the following information:
- Program/Title description: Studying with The Project Management Podcast
- Date started: When you began listening
- Date completed: When you ended listening
- Hours completed: Enter the number of hours that you listened in total.
- Provider Name: OSP International LLC
- Phone Number: +1 714 710 9091
- URL: www.pm-podcast.com
- PDUs claimed: Enter the number of PDUs you wish to claim
- Submit the page.
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Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ for the 30 Free PDUs
Q: How should I keep track of the episodes I listened to and PDUs that I have earned?
A: Download and print the Category C PDU Logfile (PDF)
to keep track of how many hours of The PM Podcast you have listened to. Every time you listen to a new episode simply take out a pen and fill in the next line. Print a new page when needed. Once you have reached the minimum number of listening required (watch episode 150 to learn how much that is...
) then you can claim your PDUs with PMI. Keep your handwritten notes in case you are audited by PMI after claiming the PDUs.
Q: What Knowledge Area from the PMBOK Guide does your episode XXX fall under?
A: The rule of thumb is that if you cannot immediately identify which Knowledge Area it is, then it is very likely "Integration". For example: the interviews with Quentin Fleming on Earned Value fall quite clearly into the "Cost" Knowledge Area. However, the interviews with Kristine Hayes Munson cannot really be assigned to a specific Knowledge Area, but because we discuss how to manage projects and what approaches to take, it clearly falls into "Integration".
Please note that there is no list available that tells you which episodes fall into which Knowledge Area. We don't have it. We don't provide it. Think of it this way: You are getting 30 free PDUs, so you'll have to do some thinking yourself... ;-)
Q: What Process Group from the PMBOK Guide does your episode XXX fall under?
A: The rule of thumb is that if you cannot immediately identify which Process Group it is, then it is very likely "Execution". For example: the episode in which we discuss criteria that you can use to select between a Waterfall based or an Agile based approach clearly falls into Initiation. However, the interviews with Susanne Madsen on being the project champion or using adaptive leadership styles cannot really be assigned to a specific Process Group, but because we discuss how to execute projects using these approaches, they clearly fall into "Execution".
Please note that there is no list available that tells you which episodes fall into which Process Group. We don't have it. We don't provide it. Think of it this way: You are getting 30 free PDUs, so you'll have to do some thinking yourself... ;-)
Q: Episode XXX is only 15 minutes long. Do I report 0.25 PDUs for this?
A: You have to report a minimum of 1 Category C PDUs. We recommend that you listen to several episodes on the same topic and then add them up until you reach at least 1 hour. (See the next 2 questions as well)
Q: Do I claim PDUs for the entire duration of the podcast or just for the actual interview?
A: The intro and exit of The PM Podcast is usually about 5 minutes long. So on average you can simply deduct 5 minutes from the podcast duration and you will have the duration for the PDU count. But it's really much easier if you follow the instructions in the next question...
Q: Should I claim PDUs for each episode that I listen to?
A: You have to report a minimum of 1 Category C PDUs. Since most of our episodes are 30 minutes in duration, you have to listen to at least 2 episodes on the same topic and then claim them together. But we recommend that you simplify even more: Instead of claiming 30 x 1 PDU for listening to our podcast, go ahead and claim 1 x 30 PDUs. Here is how: Regularly listen to the podcast, keep track of the episodes that you heard, and then claim 30 PDUs once you have listened to at least 60 episodes.
Q: Can I claim more PDUs if I get the paid Premium Subscription?
A: No. The PM Podcast gives you a maximum of 30 Category C PDUs every 3 years, no matter which subscription you choose. The paid Premium subscription is meant for our "hard core" fans who want to support the podcast financially. If you want to earn "unlimited" PDUs via Podcasts, then please go to our sister podcast, The PDU Podcast