Project Management Institute

Message on Exam Security

Tony Appleby

Tony Appleby, Chair, PMI Board of Directors, MBA, CDir, PMP


Upholding the Integrity of PMI Exams and Credentials

PMI’s certification offerings, including the Project Management Professional®(PMP), represent the gold standard in project management all over the world. Our certifications hold unparalleled value for employers knowing that a PMP-certified project professional has the experience, knowledge and skills to effectively lead projects and deliver value.

The PMI Board of Directors is committed to maintaining our global standard, which is why ensuring the highest levels of security and integrity for all our certification exams remains a priority.

In April 2020, PMI expanded its online proctored testing (OPT) offerings in order to better enable candidates to take exams safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. In parallel we implemented a rigorous and comprehensive exam security program that leverages industry best practices to flag and identify misconduct.

Any test misconduct is a violation of the PMI Certification Application/Renewal Agreement, the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, and PMI Certification Policies, which all candidates agree to follow in advance of sitting for exams.

When PMI finds evidence of potentially invalid scores, we do not hesitate to take action. These actions have and will continue to include score cancellations, revocations of certification and/or membership, permanently banning candidates from taking future PMI exams and, if appropriate, working with local authorities to pursue criminal action.

Actions taken against an individual for test misconduct may be appealed in accordance with PMI policy. Appeal decisions involving revocations of membership are ratified by the Board of Directors.  The decision of the Board is final.

The PMI Board of Directors has zero tolerance for exam misconduct in any form. We will continue to work with our testing and certification industry partners to ensure the continued trust and investment that more than 1.5 million professionals have made in PMI’s certifications.

For more information on our commitment to exam security and the consequences of exam misconduct, please visit (And to learn more about our ongoing collaboration with Pearson Vue to keep our exams secure, you can view Episode 11 of “Straight Talk with Sunil.”)