PMP Certification Information & Resources

As a Project Management Professional (PMP)®, you can earn a higher salary—25% more, on average—than project managers who aren’t certified. That’s because this certification gives you more credibility and opens up more job opportunities that will help you grow your career.*

It’s no wonder that an increasing number of individuals in this field are opting to go through the PMP certification process. But to become PMP certified, you have to meet certain requirements set forth by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. These PMP requirements include academic education, project management training and experience. Once you have satisfied these eligibility criteria, you can apply and take the PMP exam to earn your credential.

Not sure where to begin? Here’s a handy PMP certification checklist to guide you through the steps you need to take to meet PMI’s requirements and pass their test.

About The PMP® Examination

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 one million PMP® certified project managers worldwide. To obtain PMP® certification, you must meet the educational and experiential requirements for one of the following options listed below. You must also sign and abide by the project management Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct to qualify for the PMP® Certification Exam.

PMP® Certification Criteria

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

Option One
General Education:
PM Education:
PM Experience:
Number of Questions:
Sign Code of Conduct:

The number of months for the Experience section must total at least 36 months of project management experience within the eight-year (8) period prior to the application.

Option Two
General Education:
PM Education:
PM Experience:
Number of Questions:
Sign Code of Conduct:
Option Three
General Education:
PM Education:
PM Experience:
Number of Questions:
Sign Code of Conduct:

The number of months for the Experience section must total at least 24 months of project management experience within the eight-year (8) period prior to the application.

The Examination

The examination is computer-based and is comprised of 180 questions in multiple choice, drag-and-drop matching, multi-select, limited fill-in blank and “hot spot” graphical question formats. The allotted time to complete the examination is 230 minutes. The examination is offered around the world at PMI-approved testing centers and also in online proctored format. To find a testing center in your area or schedule an online proctored exam 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
To prepare for the PMI-PMP® exam, check out RMC’s training options for self-study, instructor-led virtual training, classroom training and eLearning courses.
Applying for the Exam
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. 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.

Non-overlapping project management experience means that if you worked on multiple projects at the same time in a given month, only one of those projects can count towards the experience requirement for that month. For example, if one project is January 2019 through August 2019 and another is April 2019 through February 2020. Your total months equals 16 unique non-overlapping months.

Side note: When you are new to project management, you can work on becoming a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) first. At RMC, you can find courses that will help prepare you for this exam so you can pass on your first try.


Receive Training from Experts on How to Pass the PMP Exam

The PMP exam can be challenging, and it isn’t cheap either.

  • If you’re a member of PMI (it costs $139 to become a member), you can save money and pay $405 to take the exam.
  • A non-member will be required to pay $555.

Because of the high PMP certification cost, you don’t want to have to take this test more than once.

At RMC, you can get the PMP certification exam prep training that will help you meet the requirement for 35 contact hours. Beyond that, with this valuable PMP training from experts in the field, you can dramatically increase the odds that you won’t have to retake the test. Please see our guarantee.

Exam Resources

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Study Guides
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Submit Your Application to PMI and Take the Test

Once you fulfill the PMP certification requirements, it’s time to head to the PMI website to register and apply for the PMP exam. In your application, you’ll be asked to provide details about your projects and experience as a project manager, as well as your academic and professional education.

After your application has been reviewed and accepted, you can schedule your exam and take it. Then, after you pass, you’ll be on your way to receiving your credentials and earning the higher PMP certification salary that you’re eligible for.

What happens if you fail? Well, you can certainly schedule to take the exam again to give it another try. But you’re only allowed to do this a maximum of three times in a year from the approval of your application. If you do not pass on the third try you have to wait one year to reapply. And there are costs involved. If you’re a PMI member, it will cost $275 to retake the test, but if you’re a non-member, the cost will be $375. Just another reason to take our PMP Exam Prep course to be fully prepared to pass on your first try!

After Certification, It’s All About Continuing Education

Just because you pass the PMP certification exam and receive your credentials doesn’t mean your work is done. Instead, PMI requires that you maintain your certification by completing what are known as Professional Development Units (PDUs).

How many PDUs will you need to keep your certification? Well, it depends on the certification that you wish to maintain. For your PMP certification, you’ll be required to earn 60 PDUs every three years. The 60 PDUs must have distribution over the three areas of PMIs talent triangle – Technical, Leadership, and Business/Strategic.

Note: In addition to getting the required number of PDUs, you’ll need to renew your certification to keep it active every three years, and this will also come with a fee.

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In order to become eligible to take the PMP certification exam, you need to verify your level of academic education, along with the necessary amount of experience required by PMI. Then, to hone in on exactly what’s on the exam, and to uncover strategic ways to move through the complex questions that are asked on it, it’s best to enroll in an exam prep course like the one we offer here at RMC.

Once you’ve met all of the requirements for eligibility, it’s a matter of submitting your application to PMI, waiting for approval, scheduling the exam, and passing it with confidence. Then, focus on maintaining your certification so you can continue reaping the benefits that come with this distinction in the world of project management.

We hope this helps clear things up, but if you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information!

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