PDUs and Contact Hours

As a PMP how many PDUs (Professional Development Units) will I earn?

Both the Mentor and/or Mentee, if they are a PMP, can each earn PDU’s as follows:

PMP Mentor (33 PDUs Total)

Based on participation in the following activities:

  • 3  PDUs - Training Session (mandatory)
  • 24* PDUs - Mentoring for 24 weeks @ 1 hour per week
  • 3** PDUs - Review Session
  • 3*** PDUs - Lessons Learned - Closure

PMP Mentee (33 PDUs Total)

Based on participation in the following activities:

  • 3  PDUs - Training Session (mandatory)
  • 24* PDUs - Mentoring for 24 weeks @ 1 hour per week
  • 3** PDUs - Review Session
  • 3*** PDUs - Lessons Learned - Closure

* You can earn 24 PDU’s (8 Technical / 8 Leadership / 8 Strategic) for the actual 1:1 mentoring part of the program. You are not obligated to spend one hour per week, although it is considered the best way to achieve 24 PDU’s. 1 PDU is defined as 1 hour of face-to-face, phone conversation or real-time communication between the mentor and mentee.

** The review session is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2019. 

*** The lessons learned closure session is a face-to-face meeting to celebrate learnings and redefine the mentoring relationship – scheduled for Saturday, June 22, 2019

I am working on obtaining my PMP designation, can I claim mentoring as part of the required 35 contact hours of Project Management Education towards my PMP qualifications?

No. Unfortunately, mentoring programs do not qualify for the 35 contact hour requirement. The contact hour portion of the PMP application is specifically focused on structured learning programs addressing specific PM knowledge areas in a classroom setting.

If I obtain a PMP status during the mentoring program, will I be eligible for PDUs?

For new PMP’s, you will be eligible for a relative number of PDU’s during which the PMP status was obtained to the end of the program.

How will the Mentoring PDUs be tracked and awarded?

At the mentoring training session, tracking forms will be distributed and their usage explained. Each mentor /mentee will keep their tracking forms up-to-date. Note that mentor or mentee must still submit their PDU’s to PMI as per normal PMI procedures to claim the PDUs.

How do I get my PDUs?

Upon completion of the mentoring program you will submit your PDU’s through the normal PMI procedures.

Can I earn more or less than 24 PDU’s for the mentoring program?

You can only earn 24 PDUs for the actual Mentoring program. If you put in more than 24 hours, you still will be able to claim only 24 PDUs.

What time is and is NOT considered eligible for PDU credits?

The following activities are considered eligible for PDUs: time spent together by both Mentor and Mentee discussing project management topics, best practices, advising and coaching in face-to-face meetings, virtual meetings, online chat & telephone conversation.

The following activities are NOT considered eligible for PDUs; preparation work, e-mails and reading.

If I complete my 24 hours of contact time before the program ends, can I claim them earlier?

Yes. You need to arrange it with the Mentoring Coordinator.

For which year will I be able to claim PDUs?

The current calendar year. The program starts in January and end in June.

My PMP certification is dependent on receiving PDU’s in 2019, what can I do?

Please contact the Mentoring Coordinator for consideration as a “hardship” case. Any PDU’s awarded will be governed by PMI guidelines.

To which category do the earned PDUs apply?

All PDUs earned during the mentoring program will be split evenly between Technical, Leadership and Strategic.

If I don’t meet the criteria for 24 hours of contact time, what can I do?

Only the completed hours can be claimed. In order to claim PDUs for remaining hours, you must complete activities with your mentor or mentee as per the mentoring program guidelines.


What does my registration fee cover?

The fee covers training costs and administrative costs associated with the program. Training costs include facility rental fees for three meetings throughout the program, catering expenses and general office supplies.

What is the fee for the mentoring program?

The fee is $99 + HST. Credit card payment is preferred and facilities will be provided for online payment through the Toronto website. Alternate means of payment (cheque, cash etc.) may be arranged with the Chapter office.

Why is the fee the same for Mentors and Mentee?

The fee is to cover training, catering and administration. Feedback from previous years indicates equal value is received from the program by mentors and mentees.

Who pays the fee?

Only those mentors and mentees that are matched and notified are charged the fee.

Can I get my money back?

Your money will not be refunded after the mentor mentee training session has occurred.

Further Information?

Please contact the Toronto Chapter Office at (416) 381-4058 or via email.