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PMP® Credential Overview



The Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential demonstrates that the project manager has the experience, education and competency to lead and direct project teams in achieving project objectives. Introduced in 1984, the PMP® is the most globally recognized project management credential.


Experienced project managers across all industries


With a Bachelor’s degree or higher:

> 36 months and 4500 hours of project management experience within the last 8 years

> 35 hours of project management education

With a high school diploma or global equivalent:

> 60 months and 7500 hours of project management experience within the last 8 years

> 35 hours of project management education

Application Process

  1. Verify that you meet the PMI PMP® eligibility requirements above
  2. Download and complete PPM's PMP® Application Assistant Spreadsheet
  3. Create an account at www.pmi.org
  4. Using PPM's Application Assistant Spreadsheet as a reference, complete the on-line PMP® application at pmi.org and submit
  5. Upon submission, you will receive notice if your application was selected for the random audit (approximately 25% of applications are selected).
  6. If not audited, in approximately 5 days you will receive an application approval e-mail from PMI; log into www.pmi.org and pay your credential fee ($405 for PMI members and $555 for non-PMI members). Within minutes you will receive a confirmation e-mail with your exam scheduling instructions.
  7. If you are audited, complete all audit forms and mail them to PMI. Once you are cleared from audit, you will receive notification.
  8. When you have your test code, go to www.prometric.com/PMI to schedule your exam

Exam Information

  • You will have up to one year from the date your application is approved to take your exam
  • If you fail your exam, you are allowed to re-test twice within your one year eligibility period
  • Exams are available at multiple Prometric locations around the world
  • You will need to provide 2 forms of identification upon arriving at the test center
  • All of your belongings, including your cell phone, etc., are placed in a locker and are not accessible during the exam
  • You will have 4 hours to complete 200 multiple-choice questions
  • Of the 200 questions, 25 questions are considered pre-test and are not scored
  • The questions will represent each of the project management domains:
    • Initiating - 13% of the exam questions
    • Planning - 24% of the exam questions
    • Executing - 31% of the exam questions
    • Monitoring and controlling - 25% of the exam questions
    • Closing - 7% of the exam questions
  • There are no scheduled breaks during your exam and as such, the clock will continue even if you step away from the exam
  • Questions are provided one at a time and can either be answered, answered and marked, or left blank and marked for review
  • Upon submission of the exam, you will be asked to answer a survey prior to receiving your results
  • Upon completion of the survey, you will be notified as to whether you passed or failed the exam
  • The exam center will provide you with a paper copy of your results, including your proficiency level in each of the domains. Proficiency levels are:
    • Needs Improvement
    • Below Target
    • Target
    • Above Target

How to Prepare

To prepare for the PMP® exam you may choose to self-study or take an exam preparation course.
Because of the difficulty of the PMP® exam many candidates choose to attend an exam preparation “boot-camp” style class. Typical boot camps are 3 – 5 days in length. At PM Learning Solutions, we believe it takes a minimum of 35 hours of class time to convey all of the information and ensure the candidate will be able to pass on the first attempt.

Another option is to self-study. There are a number of products available on the market, but the ultimate source is The PMBOK® Guide, 6th Edition. Most students require supplements to The PMBOK® Guide.

Please note that the PMP® exam changed on March 26, 2018 and is based on  The PMBOK® Guide, 6th Edition

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