PMP Exam Application Registration & Forms

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In order to take the PMP certification exam, you must properly register by filling out the forms that will provide your personal information and credentials. Read on for details about filling out the application forms, and find out about some resources that can help you during this process and after.

Starting The Application

You'll find that the registration/application process for the PMP exam is very simple and gets straight to the point. The first section of the form simply asks for your contact information. Make sure you include all current information, as well as the email and phone number that you primarily use. After this, the registration form will ask for your educational background. Fill out the prompts asking for your level of education, school names, and any degrees you have gained.

Before you even begin the paperwork, it'll help to have all the details of your PMP education and experience credentials handy. Having this information written down or saved in a Word document for you to reference will save time in the application process.

Complete the PMP Experience Section

The next section deals directly with your previous work experience in PMP. The information you provide is taken into account to make sure you've worked the required amount of time (36 months/4,500 hours if you have a bachelor's degree, or 60 months/7,500 hours for a secondary degree) in the field. A useful feature in filling out the application online is that it lets you keep track of your total work/education time as you fill in the information.

On the form, you'll have the opportunity to list multiple job experiences. You'll see spaces that ask you for the dates of each experience, your specific title, and details on the industries in which you worked. There will also be a section in which you must describe the hours you applied to each phase of the job or project - initiating the project, planning, executing, etc. One of the most important aspects of the job experience section is the summary of your role on the job or project. Be sure to list key details, accomplishments, and various tasks you did in each position.

Additionally, you'll have to provide information on each organization you worked for, including professional references. These references must be professionals like project directors or individual clients whom you reported to and can give an accurate account of your performance. Be sure to save your work regularly if you're completing the online form.

Complete the PMP Education Section

The next section will ask you for information on the accredited PMP courses you've completed. This section ensures that you've completed the necessary educational requirements (35 hours of course work for all candidates). Include the name(s) of the school(s) or institution(s) you attended, the titles of your courses, and the dates you took these courses. You will also be asked about the total hours of each course, in which case it may behoove you to have your official transcript handy in order to write down the hours accurately.

Ethics, Conduct, and Certification/Renewal Agreements

Prior to submitting your application, there are a few things you must agree to. You will need to look over the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct as well as the Certification Application/Renewal Agreement. This information can be found at PMI.org or in the PMI handbook. After you've read this information, click on the box that says, I agree in your application.

What Happens Next?

After you complete the application, it's time to submit it. Once your application is sent out, it'll be reviewed to make sure your qualifications are consistent with the PMP certification handbook. This can take up to 10 days to review. If there are any concerns or questions about your application, you'll be contacted via email; make sure to check it frequently. After your application passes the assessment, you'll be notified of your approval and be able to pay for your exam. When the payment is received, you'll be issued an eligibility number with which you'll use to schedule your exam! You'll then be eligible to take the exam up to three times for an entire year.

Application and Exam Preparation Resources

Study.com offers online resources that can prove useful as you begin your journey towards PMP certification. Our Project Management Training and Project Management courses offer clear breakdowns of all the facets of project management and the certification process through video lessons and written transcripts. You'll be able to go through the material at your own convenience. Also included are practice quizzes and exams to make sure you are grasping the concepts.

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