How to Fill Out the PMP Application Form

Instructor: Jessica Munk
The Project Management Professional (PMP) is a globally recognized certification for project managers that can lead to increased earning potential for professionals. The PMP application is intensive and requires time, planning and organization. Read on to learn how to navigate the application form.

What Information Is Required for the Application?

The PMP application is the first step towards sitting for the Project Management Professional certification, which is offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Completing the application can be a daunting task because of the detailed information required. Many colleges offer PMP exam prep courses, which typically include specific instruction, and even simulations, for completing the application.

Before you complete the application, you will want to collect several pieces of information:

  • Contact information, especially making sure you have the correct email, as this will be how PMI primarily contacts you throughout the process
  • Degree information, including the school and date attained
  • Project management experience, which will be detailed information regarding your previous projects, employment dates and references
  • Project management education, including specific course names and qualifying hours

The most time consuming portion of the application will be documenting your months and hours of project management experience. You will be required to submit several details regarding every project you managed or led. You will need to provide the exact dates of each project and a summary of your experience.

Where Is the Application Submitted?

The PMI prefers that the application is submitted through its online process, but paper applications can be mailed with a special request. To start the application process, log on to www.pmi.org. Once you begin an application online, you have 90 days to complete it, and you can save your work as you go. Once PMI receives your application, it will be reviewed to ensure that you meet the requirements, which typically takes 5-10 days. Once the application is approved, you can then submit payment through the online system or by mail in the form of a check or money order. You have up to one year to complete the exam, and you may take the exam three times during that year.

Your application may be selected for an audit, which means that you will have to submit verification of all your classes, diplomas and projects worked on. You will also need to provide the contact information of a supervisor who can verify your experience with the organization you worked for. If audited, you have 90 days to submit your verification materials to PMI.

What are the Requirements for Taking the Exam?

There are two ways to qualify for the PMP exam. Both require that you have 35 hours of formal project management education. You may qualify if you have a high school diploma, associate's degree or equivalent, along with 60 months of individual project management experience. This professional experience must include at least 7,500 hours of directing or leading projects. You may also qualify if you have a bachelor's degree or equivalent and 36 months of project management experience, with 4,500 hours in the lead. The professional experience with both of these tracks must have been completed within the last eight consecutive years.

As a professional in this field, it is important to know about and understand the Project Management Institute. Have a look at this lesson on the purpose and importance of PMI to get a better understanding of this association and how it's relevant to your career as a project manager. Once you submit the application, you can use this course on Project Management Training to help you study for the exam.

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