27 May Difference Between Contact Hours & PDUs

There are many PMP aspirants who are still confused about which one is needed Contact Hours or PDUs in order to apply for the PMP Exam.  So, is it 35 contact hours you need and not 35 PDUs to apply for PMP? Let me explain if you are still more confused about these terms.

In a simple language –

Contact Hours – are hours that are needed to earn before becoming PMP certified. It can only be earned as a traditional course time that focuses on project management. If you are PMP exam aspirant then you will need at contact hours certificate (at least 35 contact hours certificate which is mandatory credential for PMP exam conducted by PMI).

People are also confused whether it is necessary to earn 35 contact hours from PMI R.E.P only. The answer is – “NO”.  PMI has made it clear in its handbook about the different ways to earn the 35 contact hours.

How to earn 35 Contact Hours?

  • Contact Hours are earned by attending Project Management relevant instruction.
  • Any class you took at any age could be counted as Contact Hours if it had any PM instructions
  • If your organization provided any training to use the software they use, you can claim that as Contact Hours
  • Attend PMP training from a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P) who is eligible to award you with Contact Hours.
  • You can easily earn this with Trainings24x7

PDUs (Professional Development Units) – PDUs are earned when you become PMP certified. You do not need Contact Hours after becoming PMP certified. There are some ways to earn PDUs to maintain your PMP. You may refer PMI Handbook for PDU calculations of your respective certification and it does provide detailed information of each activity.

(PMP)® is the globally recognized certification of project management knowledge, skills and of course experience as well. So it’s not surprising that PMI takes a great care to make sure the quality of its certification process, from application through post certification.

PDU’s must be earned only from PMI R.E.P (Registered Education Provider) as clearly mentioned in the PMI Handbook.


Hope, this article has helped you and cleared your all confusion about both terms. Best of luck for PMP Exam!


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