Claim PDU for Reading Books Related to Project Managment

pdu by reading books

Summary: PMI allows PMPs to claim PDUs by reading books related to project management. The PDUs claimed in this way fall into Cat C: Self-Directed Learning which has a ceiling of 30 PDUs per 3-year PMP certification cycle.

Earn PDUs through Reading Books

If you would like to claim PDUs through reading books, you must take note of the following points:

  1. The book must be related to project management
  2. (Quoting PMI) “Evidence supporting your reported learning project, including notes from and dates of discussion or reading.” <- a blog post is surely a good form of notes from reading
  3. A maximum of 30 PDUs per 3-year PMP certification cycle

How to Claim PDUs with Book Reading?

Recently, I have completed the book Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience by Jeff Gothelf with Josh Seiden. The notes of reading the book are added to this blog post.

Step 1 – Choose Cat C: Self-Directed Learning

Claim PDU Cat C step 1

Step 2 – Enter the book title and related information

Claim PDU Cat C step 2

Step 3 – The PDU Claim is now submitted, pending Approval by PMI

Claim PDU Cat C step 3

Step 4 – Check your email to make sure your PDU claim is received by PMI

It will take a few days (~ 5 days) for the PDUs to go from the ‘Pending’ status to ‘Approved’ status if it is approved. You will receive an email from PMI regarding your PDU submission.

email received after claiming PDUs online

Within a day, the approval email is received.

pdu claim approved


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Edward Chung

Edward Chung aspires to become a full-stack web developer and project manager. In the quest to become a more competent professional, Edward studied for and passed the PMP Certification, ITIL v3 Foundation Certification, PMI-ACP Certification and Zend PHP Certification. Edward shares his certification experience and resources here in the hope of helping others who are pursuing these certification exams to achieve exam success.

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4 Responses

  1. Greetings Edward,
    I can understand keeping notes on books I’ve read,just in case I get audited.
    Could you please state where in the PMP manual it states that 30 hours is the maximum
    number of hours that you can claim with reading material. Note: it is now 6/2018 as
    of this writing. Thank you! Carolyn-

  2. Enrico Anghileri says:

    Hi from Italy,
    I just cleared my PMP certification (yesterday!) and first of all I want to thank you for all the valuable information you put in your blog, it greatly helped my study and preparation

    Now I am in the process to understand how to collect PDUs. A good idea, as you said, is to start a blog (maybe in Italian, since there is not much in my language, but only if an Italian blog would count earning PDUs) or also attending courses for further certifications, as you suggest

    However I have leaned about this book reading thing. Provided I cannot collect all PDUs needed for renewal by reading, I guess it’s a convenient way to do it. However I do not understaand how I would show evidence of my reading. Let’s say I will not have time to run a blog and so I would never write a post on books read, how could I prove I have indeed read those books?
    Reading through 24/7 service provided by PMI where a lot of books on PM are available and where my reading is somehow tracked, could be valid evidence or there are other ways to certify it?
    Thank you