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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. Project Management Academy has everything you need to understand the requirements and process for the PMP Certification, so that you can start studying today!

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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.

High School Diploma, Associate's Degree or Global Equivalent

  • Minimum of 60 months of unique non-overlapping professional project management experience
  • 35 contact hours of formal project management education (satisfied by PMA's PMP training course)

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

  • Minimum of 36 months of unique non-overlapping professional project management experience
  • 35 contact hours of formal project management education (satisfied by PMA's PMP training course)

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

  • Minimum of 24 months of unique non-overlapping professional project management experience
  • 35 contact hours of formal project management education (satisfied by PMA's PMP training course)

PMP Certification - 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 of education requirement.
  • Submit your PMP application online.
    • There is no rush to do this step, we will provide guidance to you as part of our PMP course and per PMI rules you must complete your 35 hours of training first anyway.
    • 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 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.
  • 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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FAQs

What is the fee for the PMP Certification exam?

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The cost to take the PMP certification exam is $544 total ($139 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.