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PMP Certification Requirements

PMP Certification Requirements

Earning the PMP certification is a challenging process, but it's also an important step in your career as a project manager and can even increase your earning potential. It requires you to learn and understand many complex topics that might be outside of your core area of expertise.

To make earning the most globally recognized project management certification less stressful and more accessible, here is detailed information about the PMP Certification Process, PMP Certification Training Courses, and the PMP Certification Requirements.

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PMP Certification Eligibility Requirements

The Project Management Institute requires that you meet some initial requirements before you are eligible to sit for the PMP Certification exam. These include having a certain amount of professional project management experience and completing a certain number of professional development units (PDUs). Once you have met these requirements you will be able to take the PMP Certification exam.

The information below provides an overview of the various education levels PMI will accept and their required non-overlapping professional project management experience. All project management experience must have been within the last eight years prior to submitting an application.

PMP Certification Eligibility Requirements

High School Diploma, Associate's Degree, or Global Equivalent

Bachelor's Degree (Four-year Degree) or Global Equivalent

Bachelor's Degree or Post-Graduate Degree from a GAC accredited program (Bachelor's Degree or Master's or Global Equivalent)

PMP Certification Exam Application Process

The PMP certification exam is administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI). To apply for the exam, you must first create a PMI account and then log in to the PMI website. Next, you will need to fill out an application form and submit it along with the required documentation. Once your application has been approved, you will be able to schedule your exam. To prepare for the exam, you should review the PMP Exam Content Outline and familiarize yourself with the format of the exam. We offer a number of study materials and practice exams in our PMP Certification Training course to help you get ready for the test.

The application process for the PMP certification exam is as follows:

PMP Certification Exam Application Process
Become a PMI Member to take PMP Certification Exam

Step 1: Register to become a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI)®.

  • It costs $149 to become a member, but it saves you money on exam fees.
  • The standard non-member price to take the exam is $555. The PMI member price for the exam is $405.
Earn Your 35 Contact Hours Through a PMP Training Course

Step 2: Take our PMP Certification Training course to satisfy the required 35 hours of education requirement.

  • Study resources are included in the course to help you prepare for the exam.
  • You will receive a certificate of completion after completing the course which can be used to apply for the exam.
Submit Your Application to Take The PMP Certification Exam

Step 3: Submit your PMP application online.

  • PMI® will review your application and respond within 5 business days.
  • Once your application is approved you will receive an invitation to pay for and schedule the exam.
Schedule Your PMP Certification Exam at Pearson VUE

Step 4: Schedule your exam with Pearson VUE.

  • You have one year to take the exam after your application has been approved.
  • You may take the PMP certification exam up to three (3) times during the eligibility period.
  • To learn more about the testing centers and online testing options, please visit Pearson VUE.
Pass the PMP Certification Exam

Step 5: Take and Pass the PMP Certification Exam

  • The PMP Exam is 180 questions with a 230-minute time limit.
  • The questions are broken down into 3 domains: Process (50%), People (42%), and Business Environment (8%).

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What is the fee for the PMP Certification exam?

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The cost to take the PMP certification exam is $544 total ($149 to join PMI and $405 for the exam fees). You can pay for the exam without joining PMI, at a cost of $555. Since joining PMI saves you $11 on exam fees and you also receive PMI member benefits, we recommend becoming a PMI member before applying to take the exam.

How many contact hours do I need to be eligible for a PMP Certification?

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PMI requires 35 contact hours to sit for the PMP exam. Project Management Academy's PMP exam prep course has been approved by PMI to issue the 35 contact hours. Upon completing the required PMI Post-Class Survey (instructions are provided in-class and in your PMA Learning Portal), your 35 hours will also populate in your PMI profile to streamline your application process for the PMP Certification. For extra assurance, we will provide you with a certificate of completion at the end of the course that you can submit to PMI if you get audited.

Can I apply for the exam prior to attending a course?

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You can apply for the PMP exam before attending the course, provided you have already completed the required 35 hours of PM training needed to sit for the exam. Most students wait until the live course is completed, at which time they will have earned the necessary 35 hours to apply for the exam, and that's what we generally advise students to do. However, circumstances sometimes require students to get certified within a short timeframe.

As a word of caution, we generally do not recommend taking the PMP certification exam immediately after completing the course. While it certainly can be done, it requires extra preparation prior to the live course. We recommend allowing yourself at least 1 week of study after the live course to ensure that you are fully prepared.

How many PDUs are required to maintain a PMP Certification?

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PMP certification holders are required to earn a minimum of 60 PDUs over the course of 3 years to meet the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) to maintain your credential.

How much does it cost to renew your PMP Certification?

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For Non-PMI Members, the cost to renew your PMP Certification is $150 per 3 year cycle. For PMI members, the cost is discounted to $60.