Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification is one of those courses that is in great demand in the present time. It not only enhances your skills in a project Management jobs or similar profession, but also enhance your payroll considerably. Because of this very reason people all around the world are keen in getting this certification.

Procedure for applying for PMP Certification Exam

Before you can take the PMP certification Exam there are certain eligibility criteria before you can apply for the Examination. The criteria will vary based on the level of education and experience.

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If you have a 4-year degree, then the eligibility criteria would be: 

  • 36 months of non-overlapping professional experience leading projects
  • Successfully completing 35 hours of project management training.

If you have a high school diploma or associate degree, then the eligibility criteria would be: 

  • 60 months of non-overlapping professional experience leading projects
  • Successfully completing 35 hours of project management training.

If you fall in the eligibility criteria, then the process for applying for PMP Certification exam is simple and straight forward, it can be explained in the following steps: –

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Step 1: – Create a PMI organizational account

To begin your application, set up an account at any PMI organization. You do not have to become a member of PMI to earn your credential, but it is always a good idea to become a member. The cost of the exam is approximately $400 for members and nearly $550 for non-members. PMI membership is approximately $130/year, so the discount is considerable and it makes up for the cost of membership. By becoming a member, you can avail some other facilities also like access to free electronic copies of the PMBOK Guide, salary report, and other free informative materil etc.

Step 2: – Complete and submit the online application

The application form can be accessed online once you have logged into your account. The site will ask you to provide information about yourself and your eligibility. Do not worry, if you do not have time to complete the whole thing at once, you can save your progress and continue later. Here are the main sections you will need to complete: –

Education Section

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In this section, you will first need to provide your academic information

Experience Section

In this section, you will list your project experiences, starting with your most recent project.

Exam Details

In this section, you will put some basic contact information about yourself, including how you want your name to appear on your PMP certificate. 

Step 3: Wait for Confirmation of Completeness.

PMI may take up to five days to verify that your application is complete and provide approval for you to pay for it and schedule your exam. Alternatively, during the same time, you may receive notification that you have “been audited”. If that occurs, follow the instructions of Step 4.

Step 4: If You Are Audited

Audits are primarily random. If you are selected for an audit, you will be notified by email before the certification fee payment. During an audit, you will be asked to submit supporting documentation like:

  • Copies of your diploma (or global equivalent)
  • Signatures from your supervisor(s) or manager(s) from the projects recorded in the experience section
  • Copies of certificates and/or letters from the training institutes for each course recorded on the application to meet the required contact hours of project management education

You have 90 days to send your audit materials. Once received, PMI will process those materials within 5-7 days.

Step 5: Pay the Credential Fee and schedule your exam

The next step is to pay your credential fee. This can be done online. After scheduling the PMP exam can be taken online or at a testing center near you. The exam consists of 200-question, multiple-choice questions.

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