To apply for PMP® Certification you must need the educational and experiential requirements:

Project Management is one of the most lucrative career options today. This is because of the rapid increase in product-based companies. Research shows that there is a shortage of talent amounting to almost $8.5 trillion. So, as job positions increase, there is a need for better, more decisive, and competent project managers. Recruiters seek these qualities in project managers, but only the right skills assure them of it which comes with the globally acclaimed PMP certificate. With a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification, you get to endorse your skills to the world with a star-studded badge of honor. 

With its rigorous assessments and strict eligibility policies, the PMP Certificate is a trusted show of credibility. Your PMP certification shows your transferable skills across several industries and your analytical and problem-solving skills. But, prior to getting certified, there are certain formalities that you need to follow, starting with understanding the PMP eligibility criteria and educational and experiential requirements. This can be seen in the PMI Certification Handbook, but we’ll list everything you need to know in this guide.

A Broad Overview Of The PMP Certification Exam Procedure:

  1. Check PMP Certification Eligibility Criteria
  2. If Eligible, Submit Application 
  3. Familiarize yourself with the Curriculum
  4. Attend The Exam
  5. Results & Collection of Certificate
  6. Maintaining The PMP Certification

1. Check PMP Certification Eligibility Criteria

The PMP Certification eligibility criteria set by PMI includes both educational background and prior work experience in the field. There are two different sets, based on whether the candidate has a bachelor’s degree or a high school diploma equivalent. The candidates must fulfill either of the sets to be able to attend the PMP Certification Exam. The two sets are as given below:

Set 1:

  • 4 Years of bachelor’s degree 
  • 3 Years of experience leading projects within the past eight years
  • 4,500 hours of project management experience within the five process groups (Initiation, Planning, Controlling, Execution, and Closing).
  • 35 Hours of project management education/training or CAPM certification


Set 2:

  • High School Diploma or Associates Degree
  • 5 Years of experience leading projects within the past eight years
  • 7,500 hours of project management experience within the five process groups (Initiation, Planning, Controlling, Execution, and Closing).
  • 35 Hours of project management education/training or CAPM certification

ProThoughts, the premier authorized training partner of PMI, offers a 35 Contact Hours Certificate on enrollment in the PMP certification course. You can also take this  PMP training course online.

Still want to confirm your eligibility? Fill up the google form given here created by the project management experts at ProThoughts. Our Project Management Experts will analyze your answers and get back to you at your convenient hours. 

2. If Eligible, Submit Application

Once you’re convinced that you’re eligible to appear for the PMP certification exam, you can start the application process. You can either fill out the online form available at or get the printable version of the same. PMP makes sure that each candidate demonstrates their competence through fair and valid measures by demanding legitimate documents with the form. 

Candidates must submit the following details in the application and in the Experience Verification Form(s) :

  • Contact Information: Email, Residential Address, Phone Number.
  • Education Details: Level Of Education Attained, Name Of The School/Institutions Attended, Names Of Courses Completed, Degree Date, Qualifying Hours.
  • Domain Experience: Details Of The Projects, Programs, and Portfolios you’ve worked on including Qualifying Hours, Dates Of Employment, Role, Organization Details, Reference, Experience Summary.

It is best to collect all the information beforehand to make the application process seamless. 

The exam fee for the PMP exam is $405 - $425 for PMI members and $575 for non-members. It takes around five business days to process online PMP forms. For PMP forms submitted as hardcopies by individuals, PMI takes around ten business days to review them. It takes 20 business days for PMI to review paper PMP forms submitted by the corporations. PMI reviews the application and candidates need to submit PMI audit materials including supporting documents on appliciation acceptance within 90 days.

3. Familiarize Yourself With The Curriculum

Once the application is submitted, the next step is understanding the PMP curriculum. PMP is a tough exam to crack because of the way its questions are designed and the unknown passing criteria. The passing marks is around 70-75% as per sources. The PMP exam paper consists of 180 questions based on real-life scenarios. It is, therefore, crucial to get acquainted with the curriculum by solving mock tests. ProThoughts offers Game-Based interactive approach online sessions and mock tests in a pro-metric simulated environment.

You can get your hands on the best study material and mock tests by enrolling in the PMP certification programme offered by ProThoughts. ProThoughts exclusively offers the highly acclaimed book Rita Mulcahy’s PMP Exam Prep, 11th Edition Cloud Content complete with the book, Flashcards, Mind Maps, and the signature Hot Topics and FASTrack. Contact our team of consultants to guide you with the process by requesting a call back or emailing us at [email protected].

4. Attend The Exam

PMI follows rigorous requirements for examination development and quality management. Getting your documents sorted, checking off the eligibility criteria, and understanding the curriculum are the toughest parts of the PMP certification procedure. Once the formalities are done, you’re all set to prove yourself in the PMP exam. If you’ve solved the mock tests provided by ProThoughts and thoroughly read content in the 11th Edition of Rita Mulcahy’s PMP Exam Prep, the battle is half won for you. Steps are taken by PMI to ensure only the most reliable testing measures are used in the assessment of candidates. 

5. Results & Collection of Certificate

PMI ensures fair means in evaluating the results for all candidates. The PMI website displays the name of the qualified candidates a few days after the exam. They deliver the PMP certificate to the passing candidates within 4 weeks. In the case where you want to re-attempt the exam, the re-examination fee is $275 for PMI members and $375 for non-members. 

6. Maintaining The PMP Certification

Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is valid for 3 years. In order to maintain the certification, candidates need to collect a total of 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs). Professional Development Units (PDUs) are one-hour blocks of time that you spend learning, teaching others, or volunteering. PMI segregates these 60 PDUs into 35 Educational PDUs and 25 Optional Giving Back PDUs. 

You can learn how to go about this the different ways of earning PDUs in our guide: How to Earn PDUs - ProThoughts Solution


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