PfMP Exam Guidance
To earn your PfMP credential, you need to meet the experience requirements and pass both the panel review and PfMP examination, a 170-question, multiple-choice test.
Regardless of how advanced your portfolio management experience might be, you should still prepare vigorously for the exam. Typically the use of multiple study aids — including courses, self-study and study groups — have been beneficial. It can take many hours to prepare, so make sure you leave yourself plenty of preparation time before you take the exam.
Tips to Prepare for the Exam
- Review the PfMP handbook.
- Use the PfMP Exam Content Outline to guide your study.
- Review The Standard for Portfolio Management.
- Refer to the PfMP Examination Reference List to guide your study.
- Enroll in a formal study course offered by PMI chapters or accredited Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s). You can also review self-study books published by R.E.P.s and other reputable training organizations.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I schedule a certification exam appointment?
Once you are eligible, PMI will e-mail you examination scheduling instructions with your eligibility code which you will need when scheduling your exam. You can schedule your exam appointment online or by telephone. Full details can be found in the certification handbook and within the examination scheduling instructions.
If I fail the exam, can I take it again?
If you fail the exam on your first attempt, you can re-take it two more times within your one-year eligibility period. Fees are associated with re-examination. Details for re-examination can be found in the certification handbook.
What happens if my eligibility expires and I have not taken the exam?
Your application is valid for one (1) year from the date of approval. If you allow your eligibility to lapse, you must re-apply.
What is the exam like?
Certification exams consist of multiple-choice questions. The amount of questions on each exam varies and the amount of time you are allotted to complete the exam also varies on the certifications for which you are testing. Please consult the certification web pages and certification handbooks for details.
Where will the examination be given?
All PMI computer-based exams are offered at all Prometric Testing Centers worldwide. You can check for locations on Prometric's website but you will need to have submitted your certification fees and received your examination scheduling instructions in order to schedule an exam appointment.
Will the exam be available in translations?
Not immediately. The PMI-PfMP exam is currently available only in English. Translations will be considered at a future date.