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PMP® Certification Requirements

Before you begin the process of getting your PMP Certification you should read the Project Management Professional® Credential Handbook and visit the PMI.org website for additional information.

PMP Certification Process

PMP Exam Application Process

  • Register to become a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI)®.
    • It costs $139 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.
  • Take our PMP certification training course to satisfy the required 35 hours (PDUs) education requirement.
  • Submit your PMP exam application online.
    • There is no rush to do this step, we will help you with this as part of our PMP exam prep course and per PMI rules you must complete your 35 hours of training first anyway.
    • PMI will review your application and respond within 3 to 5 business days.
    • Once your application is approved you will receive an invitation to pay for and schedule the exam.
  • Schedule your exam with Pearson VUE.
    • You have one year to take the exam after your application has been approved.
    • You may take the exam up to three (3) times during the eligibility period.
    • To learn more about the testing centers, please visit Pearson VUE.
  • Take and Pass the PMP Exam
    • The PMP Exam is 200 questions with a 4 hour time limit.
    • Take the PMP Exam : The PMP Exam is 200 questions with a 4 hour time limit. The questions are broken down into 5 process groups; Initiation(13%), Planning(24%), Executing(31%), Monitoring and Controlling(25%), Closing(7%).

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PMP Exam Eligibility Requirements

The Project Management Institute® requires that you meet some initial requirements before you are eligible to sit for the PMP exam.

Bachelor's degree or global equivalent

  • Minimum three years/36 months unique non-overlapping professional project management experience
  • 4,500 hours spent leading and directing projects
  • 35 contact hours of formal project management education (satisfied by PMA's 4-Day PMP certification training course)

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High school diploma, associate's degree or global equivalent

  • Minimum five years/60 months unique non-overlapping professional project management experience
  • 7,500 hours spent leading and directing projects
  • 35 contact hours of formal project management education (satisfied by PMA's 4-Day PMP certification training course)

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