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Eligible Books for PDUs
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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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
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
I do agree with Kiron and Rami.
Thank you! This is very helpful information.
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.
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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2 replies by Kiron Bondale 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
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.
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.
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.
Thanks Rami, Kiron and Jessica for your feedback.

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