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: 

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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:

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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 pmi.org account to kick the process off. 

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Tips

  • 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.

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

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. 

KITCHENER, ONTARIO

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.

JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI