How to Apply for the PMP

Your journey to becoming certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP)® begins with the application.

Don’t be daunted: It takes just three steps to complete the application. The central task is to detail your experience and training to show you’ve got what it takes to become a PMP. 

Read on for an overview of the application process—and words of encouragement from project professionals like yourself who found the certification process worth the effort. 


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Application Action

Step One: Confirm You're Eligible

Have a four-year degree? You’ll need: 


Three years of experience leading projects AND 35 hours of project management training.

– OR –

Have a high school diploma or an associate's degree? You'll need:


Five years of experience leading projects AND 35 hours of project management training.

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Step Two: Gather Your Info

Document your experience and training by gathering information about:

Projects you've led

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Where you've worked

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Your role and responsibilities

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Duration of projects

Training You've Completed

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Institutions attended

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Courses completed

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Qualifying hours

Step Three: Dive Into the App

You’ll need a account to kick the process off. 



  • Have all the info you’ve gathered from Step 2 handy so you can sail through the application. 
  • Need a break? Don’t worry: You can save the application as you go.

Firsthand Experience

Kelly Evans

The application process was challenging at first, but once I created a template to collect my information, it came together easily. Preparing for and taking the test was much harder, but with commitment and focus I was able to overcome my fears and accomplish something that has truly changed the course of my life.


Diogo Magalhaes

When I applied for the PMP I had met the requirements by far. My preparation was simple: I studied the PMBOK and also enrolled in an online prep course. It was a simple switch to a more standardized way of understanding and conducting projects. 


George Hoff

Identifying and having support for prerequisites that spanned multiple years was the most challenging part of the application. Availing of a boot camp just prior to the exam was a must, as practical application didn't conform exactly to PMBOK terminology or structure.  Not having an eidetic memory, structured learning was a must.