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About The PMP® Examination

PMP Certification and Exam Details

The Project Management Institute (PMI) offers a PMP® certification exam which is in high demand by employers and individual project managers around the world. Today, there are over 100,000 PMP-certified project managers worldwide.

To obtain PMP® certification, an individual must satisfy educational and experiential requirements, agree to and adhere to a Code of Professional Conduct and pass the PMP® Certification Examination.

PMP® Certification Criteria

Candidates applying for certification as Project Management Professionals must satisfy the educational and experiential requirements for one of the following categories listed below and agree to abide by the Project Management Professional Code of Professional Conduct.

Category General Education PM Education PM Experience Number of Questions Sign Code of Conduct
One Bachelors degree 35 contact hours 4500 hours 200 Yes
Two High School graduate 35 contact hours 7500 hours 200 Yes

Below is a more detailed breakdown of the differences between a Category 1 candidate and a Category 2 candidate.

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Category 1

At the time of application, the candidate holds a baccalaureate or equivalent university degree and has a minimum of 4,500 hours of project management experience within the five (5) process groups.

Note: The number of hours on the Experience Verification Form(s) must total at least 4,500 hours and the project dates must indicate that the candidate has at least three (3) years of project management experience within the eight-year (8) period prior to the application. Candidates must indicate at least thirty-six (36) unique (non-overlapping) months of project management experience on the Experience Verification Form(s) to satisfy the three-year (3) requirement.

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Category 2

At the time of application, the candidate does not hold a baccalaureate or equivalent university degree but holds a high school diploma or equivalent secondary school credential, and has a minimum of 7,500 hours of project management experience within the five (5) process groups.

Note: The number of hours on the Experience Verification Form(s) must total at least 7,500 hours and the project dates must indicate that the candidate has at least five (5) years of project management experience within the eight-year (8) period prior to the application. Candidates must indicate at least sixty (60) unique (non-overlapping) months of project management experience on the Experience Verification Form(s) to satisfy the five-year (5) requirement.

Applying for the PMP® Exam Online

More information regarding applying for the exam online is available at PMI's website. The PMP® Handbook is also available in PDF format on the PMI® website (www.pmi.org). To access it, click the "Certification" menu link on the PMI® home page, then click "Which Certification is Right for You?", select "Project Management Professional (PMP®)" and finally select the "PMP Handbook" link in the right side navigation.

PMI also has an online application for certification. To access it, go to the PMI® website and use the navigation described above. On the Project Management Professional page, you will find a "Ready to Apply" blue button graphic near the top of the page.

The Examination

The examination is computer-based and is comprised of 200 multiple-choice questions. The allotted time to complete the examination is four (4) hours. The examination is offered around the world at PMI-approved testing centers. To find a testing center in your area please visit the PMI website. The current fees for the examination are as follows:

Applicant Status Examination Fees (US Dollars)
PMI® Member $405.00
PMI® Non-Member $555.00

How to Prepare

Whether or not you have had basic project management training, RMC can prepare you to sit for and pass the PMP® exam in the minimum amount of time, using its market-leading blended learning approach. If passing the PMP® exam is on your list of priorities for the year, please follow this link to review training options for self-study, classroom training and Internet-based learning.

PMI® Certifications

For information on all of PMI's project management certifications, be sure to check out our easy to read Quick Reference Guide to PMI® Certifications.