2. Applying for PMP

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How To Get Through PMP Certification Requirements

Once you have decided the PMP® certification requirements is the certification that best meets your needs you need to make sure you are eligible. The PMP certification requirements are based around you meeting the two perquisites of formal project management education and work experience. 

  • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent)
  • 7,500 hours leading and directing projects
  • 35 hours of project management education


  • Four-year degree
  • 4,500 hours leading and directing projects
  • 35 hours of project management education

Education can be attained by attending courses online but project hours leading/directing projects can only be attained by working with projects. When applying you need to provide proof of project hours and that you worked in each of the 5 process groups of Initiating, Planning, Executing, Controlling and Closing. We go through a detailed explanation on education and where you can receive relevant project management education in this article.

PMP Application Process

PMP Application Forms

The first step in the pmp certification requirements application process requires completing the on-line (or paper based) application forms: PMI staff then review your application for completeness. The PMI do audit random applications so if you are audited you will need to get your manager at the time to sign off the work you said you completed during the project. I spent 3 months working on my application writing out in great detail all work completed this not necessary an overview of 550 characters is all that is required. One condition though is project work cannot be overlapping so even if you are working on 3 projects at once you can only submit one towards project hours. I go through my application and how I approached PMP application in this article which also covers the audit process.

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Once your on-line application has been assessed and determined to be complete, PMI will send you electronic notification to submit payment of the credential fee.

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This requires you to go back into the on-line certification system to: select your examination delivery method, request any special facilities, and submit payment. The PMP exam costs $405 for PMI members and $555 for non-members. the PMP Examination which the fee depends on if you are a PMI member or not.

Price: Member US$405, Non-member US$555

This is when you will find out if you’re application is going to be audited. Only certain applications will be audited. You will have 90 days to provide the required information to pass the audit. PMP Audit Process Explained Here!

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Eligibility period starts once successful completion of audit. You have 1 year to complete the multiple choice examination after you get your application approved. The certification cycle begins the day you get pass the examination.

Navigate to website (www.prometric.com/pmi) and select the “I want to….” on left hand side option for PMP,PgMP, PfMP, PMI-SP and PMI-RMP.

*I suggest you give yourself at least 6 weeks of study time. I go through my study plan outlining how long it takes to get through the study material.

  1. Select your geographical location from the dropdown menu, and click “Next.”
  2. Select “Schedule an Appointment.”
  3. Read through the examination information presented on your screen, and click “Next.”
  4. Read through and agree to the Policies and Data Privacy Notice
  5. Enter your unique PMI Eligibility ID (the number ending with an “E” located on your scheduling notification) and the first four letters of your last name (as they appear on your government issued identification). Click “Next.”
  6. Use the tool provided to search for testing sites in your area. Select “Schedule an Appointment.”
  7. Locate and select your exam date and time. Available dates will appear in blue on the calendar, and dates with no appointments available will be in grey. Select your date from the calendar provided, and then your time. Click “Next.”
  8. Confirm your contact information and provide a valid email address. Please note, the email address provided will be the email that your examination confirmation will be sent to. Once your information is entered and confirmed, click “Next.”
  9. Review your final appointment details, and then click “Complete Appointment.” Your appointment will not be scheduled until you click “Complete Appointment.”
  10. Your examination confirmation, along with your 16 digit unique confirmation number, will be displayed. This information will also be sent via email to the address provided

Please take into consideration:

DO NOT RUSH THE EXAM give the exam the respect and time it needs by giving yourself plenty of time to study and complete practice tests before the real exam. I recommend 2-3 months preparation time depending on how familiar you are with project management standards and processes. You should at very least put block out 2 weeks for taking practice exams

IF YOU CANCEL within one month you will be charged a fee of $70 so give yourself plenty of time. Official Exam Scheduling Information Here!

pmp certification requirements

Once you meet the pmp certification requirements you can start studying for the exam. We have created a dedicated section just for preparing for PMP here.

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