Earning PDUs is an essential aspect of PMP training and exam prep. These professional development courses ensure that you’re up to speed on the most effective project management strategies.
PDUs develop your project management skills, so you’re equipped to thrive in your career. It’s imperative that you choose a course provider that not only prepares you for your future as a project management professional, but also prepares you to pass the PMP exam. Here is the criteria you should use when evaluating PDU providers to partner with:
The PMP exam requires more from its participants than having a surface-level knowledge of project management. Instead, you need a comprehensive understanding of the profession. To gain this understanding, you need access to the best PMP certification training resources. Evaluate the different exam prep companies you’re considering to determine which ones feature these best resources, including years of experience helping project management professionals pass their certification exams.
Also, if you can find a quality PMP prep course that not only prepares you for the exam, but also helps you earn 35 PDU credits, you’re effectively crossing two items off your to-do list at the same time. One important aspect to consider is whether or not the PDU courses provided are PMI-approved. This means you should only select PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.)® for your exam prep courses.
Course materials will be your greatest resource during the PMP exam prep process. Your study approach should go beyond a simple booklet, and should be as thorough as possible. Look for a PMP exam prep course provider that offers as many of the following course materials as possible:
- PMP Main Presentation Coursebook
- A PMP Strategy Guide
- PMBOK® Guide - A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, Sixth Edition (PMBOK® Guide)
- PMP Quick Study Guide
- PMP Process Group & Key Formulas
- PMP Primary ITTOs
- PMP In-Class Practice Questions
- PMP In-Class Mock Exam
- PMP Sample Forms
- PMP Book of Exercises
- PMP Online Course Lectures
- PMP Online Practice Questions
- PMP Tutoring through Email and Webinar
Each of these materials will play a role in not only preparing you for your exam, but enabling you to successfully pass it.
Upon completion of the PMP certification training, you should have proof of completion, typically in the form of a completion certificate. This certificate proves that you completed the courses and 35 hours of professional development training through a PMI-approved provider.
This certificate of completion carries more weight than just your sense of accomplishment upon earning it. In the event that you’re audited (a scenario which is explored below), you must be able to prove that you met the PDU requirements outlined by PMI.