PMI-SP® Eligibility Requirements: Education & Experience

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
Obtaining your PMI-SP certification can be beneficial to your career as a project manager. Read on to see if you are eligible to earn this credential and learn more about how to earn it.

Are You Eligible for PMI-SP Certification?

To be eligible for the Project Management Institute's Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP) certification, you must have a combination of formal education, project scheduling training, and professional experience. You may meet these eligibility requirements in one of two ways:

Paths to Eligibility Minimum Degree Minimum Project Scheduling Education Minimum Project Scheduling Experience*
Path 1 High school diploma or 2-year college degree 40 hours 5,000 hours
Path 2 4-year college degree 30 hours 3,500 hours

*Experience must have been earned during the five years immediately prior to pursuing certification.

Earning PMI-SP Certification

If you meet the requirements outlined in one of the paths above, you can pursue the PMI-SP credential by passing the PMI-SP certification exam and, once certified, remaining committed to professional development. A globally recognized credential, PMI-SP certification can help you earn a higher salary and make you more appealing to potential employers than your non-certified peers. To learn more about PMI, along with other project management organizations and certification options, check out these Project Management Organizations and Certification lessons.

PMI-SP Certification Exam Overview

The PMI-SP certification exam is a 3.5-hour test that focuses on five key project scheduling competencies ranging from schedule planning and development to schedule closeout. Given the rigorous content of the PMI-SP certification exam, even the most seasoned project scheduling professionals are advised to spend sufficient time studying and preparing for this test.

Prep Materials

To get started, review the detailed PMI-SP certification exam content outline and handbook, both of which may be downloaded from PMI's website ( Once you fully understand the content and structure of the exam, you may utilize several different types of study resources, including:

  • Prep courses offered by your local PMI chapter
  • PMI publications outlining professional practice standards
  • Online prep courses, such as's self-paced PMI-SP Exam Study Guide. Content covers all the topics you'll encounter on the exam and is delivered via short, easy-to-follow lessons. Self-assessment quizzes and exams are also included.

Because all 170 questions on the PMI-SP certification exam are multiple-choice, you may also benefit by quickly reviewing best practices for answering this type of question. This short strategy for multiple-choice questions video lesson can help.

Maintaining Certification

After earning your PMI-SP certification, you will need to actively participate in professional development in order to maintain this credential. Within each three-year period, PMI-SP certification holders must complete 30 professional development units (PDUs). PMI-approved PDUs include taking professional development classes, participating in relevant project management organizations, doing project scheduling volunteer work, and making formal presentations regarding project scheduling.

The Project Management Institute's Scheduling Professional Exam (PMI-SP) is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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