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Eligible Books for PDUs
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Brittany Toms Kentwood, Mi, USA
I've seen variations of this question in the discussions, but thought I would create a new discussion that could potentially have a simpler answer. So, for earning PDUs from reading a book, would it be safe to assume any books currently listed on the PMI bookstore (https://pmi.bookstore.ipgbook.com/) are sufficient books to earn PDUs?
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Kiron Bondale
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Mentor| World Class Productivity Inc. Welland, Ontario, Canada
Brittany -

I'd go even beyond PMI's book store to say any book which addresses one or more of the legs of PMI's Talent Triangle would be eligible. The key is to have evidence that you read it and support for the hours spent doing so - notes or a journal are good for this...

Kiron
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Rami Kaibni
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Senior Projects Manager | Field & Marten Associates New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
Brittany

I agree with Kiron. As long as the book related to project management then you can claim those PDU's against reading or self-learning.

RK
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Abolfazl Yousefi Darestani Manager, Quality and Continuous Improvement| Hörmann-TNR Industrial Doors Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
I do agree with Kiron and Rami.
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Brittany Toms Kentwood, Mi, USA
Thank you! This is very helpful information.
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Stéphane Parent Self Employed / Semi-retired| Leader Maker Prince Edward Island, Canada
I'd go even further that Kiron. You can claim the portion of the book that is relevant to project management. For example, I recently finished A Passion for Excellence by Tom Peters and Nancy Austin. Even though it is 40 years old, it's chockful of project management and--gasp!--agile approaches. I have no qualms in applying a portion of the book towards my certification PDUs.
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Liliane Uwanziga Mupende GCF NAP Project Lead| Global Green Growth Institute Kicukiro, 01, Rwanda
Thanks for raising this question Brittany. Was wondering the same.

As a follow up question to Kiron, Rami and Stéphane's responses, does it have to be an audio book or is it acceptable to read a hard copy? Question may seem obvious, but all the direction I have read seems to direct towards audio books and podcasts.

Also, can one follow a podcast on any other platform eg. I follow Radical Candor on Spotify, would that count if I can journal my learnings?

Thanks all.
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3 replies by Kiron Bondale, Markus Kopko, PMP, and Rami Kaibni
Sep 08, 2022 1:10 PM
Rami Kaibni
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As far as I know, it can be any book, not necessarily audio but you can clarify this further with PMI through custiomer support.
Sep 08, 2022 4:09 PM
Kiron Bondale
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I would think that a podcast would be fine so long as there was evidence that you had listened to it, learned something, and there was an overview or something to show it was related to project management.

Kiron
Nov 26, 2023 4:13 PM
Markus Kopko, PMP
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Yes, following a podcast related to project management or areas covered by the PMI Talent Triangle (technical, leadership, strategic and business management) can count towards earning PDUs, even if it's on a platform like Spotify. The key is to ensure that the content of the podcast aligns with the guidelines set by PMI for professional development activities.

Steps to Earn PDUs through Podcasts:
Relevance: Make sure the podcast is relevant to project management or the PMI Talent Triangle. For example, a podcast like "Radical Candor" can be relevant under the leadership or strategic and business management categories.

Documentation: Journal your learnings from each podcast episode. Note the date, episode title, main topics covered, and how these learnings contribute to your professional development as a project manager. This documentation is crucial if PMI requests evidence of your claimed PDUs.

PDU Claiming: When claiming PDUs, you will need to enter the relevant information about the podcast, including the provider’s name, title of the series, number of hours spent, and the date you listened to it.

PDU Limits for Self-Directed Learning: Be mindful of the limits for earning PDUs through self-directed learning, as specified in PMI’s Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Handbook.

Diverse Learning: While podcasts are an excellent way to earn PDUs, diversifying your learning methods (including attending webinars, workshops, and formal courses) can offer a more comprehensive professional development experience.

Stay Updated: PMI’s policies and guidelines can evolve, so it's important to stay informed about the latest CCR requirements and any changes that might affect how PDUs are earned.

In summary, podcasts like "Radical Candor" on Spotify can indeed contribute to your PDUs, provided you document your learning and ensure that the content aligns with the areas recognized by PMI for professional development. Remember to adhere to the CCR guidelines and limits for self-directed learning activities.
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Rami Kaibni
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Senior Projects Manager | Field & Marten Associates New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
Sep 08, 2022 1:05 PM
Replying to Liliane Uwanziga Mupende
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Thanks for raising this question Brittany. Was wondering the same.

As a follow up question to Kiron, Rami and Stéphane's responses, does it have to be an audio book or is it acceptable to read a hard copy? Question may seem obvious, but all the direction I have read seems to direct towards audio books and podcasts.

Also, can one follow a podcast on any other platform eg. I follow Radical Candor on Spotify, would that count if I can journal my learnings?

Thanks all.
As far as I know, it can be any book, not necessarily audio but you can clarify this further with PMI through custiomer support.
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Kiron Bondale
Community Champion
Mentor| World Class Productivity Inc. Welland, Ontario, Canada
Sep 08, 2022 1:05 PM
Replying to Liliane Uwanziga Mupende
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Thanks for raising this question Brittany. Was wondering the same.

As a follow up question to Kiron, Rami and Stéphane's responses, does it have to be an audio book or is it acceptable to read a hard copy? Question may seem obvious, but all the direction I have read seems to direct towards audio books and podcasts.

Also, can one follow a podcast on any other platform eg. I follow Radical Candor on Spotify, would that count if I can journal my learnings?

Thanks all.
I would think that a podcast would be fine so long as there was evidence that you had listened to it, learned something, and there was an overview or something to show it was related to project management.

Kiron
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1 reply by Jessica Reid
Sep 09, 2022 6:40 AM
Jessica Reid
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I believe in the event of an audit, as PMI can potentially audit you on your PDU reporting, you need to provide notes, proof of completion, etc.
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Jessica Reid Configuration Management Specialist| Irving Shipbuilding Inc. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sep 08, 2022 4:09 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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I would think that a podcast would be fine so long as there was evidence that you had listened to it, learned something, and there was an overview or something to show it was related to project management.

Kiron
I believe in the event of an audit, as PMI can potentially audit you on your PDU reporting, you need to provide notes, proof of completion, etc.
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Liliane Uwanziga Mupende GCF NAP Project Lead| Global Green Growth Institute Kicukiro, 01, Rwanda
Thanks Rami, Kiron and Jessica for your feedback.
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