Attending PMI local community events, taking courses and working or colunteering is an excellent way for credential holders to maintain their PMI certifications. The process to follow is determined by the category under the Continuing Certification Requirements System (CCRS). The steps to follow for the most common claim catgeories are outlined below along with a link to the official Project Management Institute CCRS Handbooks & Guides.
Remember to keep a paper record of the PDUs you claim in the event of a PMI audit.
Please note that, under the Talent Triangle, you have restrictions on how many PDUs you can or must claim in each area.
For PMPs, in each cycle, you must earn a minimum of 35 PDUs in Eductation and can only claim a maximum of 25 PDUs in all categories under "Giving Back".
Additionally, PMPs must earn a minimum of 8 PDUs in each of the Triangle requirements (Technical, Leadership, Strategic) plus 11 more between any combination of the Triangle requirements.
More details on the requirements, including the requirements for other certifications can be found in the CCR Handbook.