About the PMP Certification
The Preparation and Exam Process
The 35h Seminar
The Application at PMI
Mentored, Self-Directed Learning
The certification to become a Project Management Professional is challenging. Its main target audience are project managers in internal, cross-functional projects.
However, it is also very effective to improve cross-corporate project business on both sides:
- winning and performing more profitable projects
- happier customers
- better standing towards vendors in the project
Other groups that benefit from the PMI certification are
This page describes the process and how an employer can successfully help sponsor the PMP certification for employees. It reflects the certification process per July 3, 2021. PMI reserves the right to change the process at any time.
PMI defined three groups of candidates. In case of uncertainty, we help candidates assigning themselves to the right group and pre-assessing their experience. (Ask here)
Group 1: Individuals holding a secondary degree
Group 2: Individuals holding a four-year degree
Group 3: Individuals holding a degree from a GAC** accredited program
*: Notes on the 35 contact hours:
**: GAC Global Accreditation Center, a PMI unit accrediting Academic education programs
Source: PMP Handbook, p. 6
The typical process to become PMP-certified:
PMI accepts as 35 contact hours seminars performed by
A typical PMP preparation class is 35 hours from Monday to Friday, 7 contact hours a day (+ 1h lunch break).
Internal seminars may be split in two sessions, e.g. 2 days and 3 days.
*: ATP - Authorized Training Partners
Source: PMP Handbook, p. 8
The application is done fully online.
The candidates must state
details on the highest education achieved (High school, bachelor, Master, etc.)
the provider of the 35 contact hours project management education
project experience (detailed description)
and accept the PMI Code of Ethics and
Professional Conduct as binding.
This LinkedIn article gives some hints at filling in the application:
We recommend to join PMI as a member before submission of the application, to get access to free PDF versions of source materials.
Eligibility period: 12 months
Max attempts during this period: 3
After the seminar, the candidate will spend some time (recommended ~100hs) to read the source literature and work with other materials, such as:
100 free practice questions and links to many more are available at
Ideally, the candidate should be able to ask the trainer when uncertainties emerge during this time of self study.
Also helpful is the "I want to be a PMP" study group at LinkedIn, where practice questions are often analyzed and discussed.
The exam will take 230 minutes (plus optionally two short breaks).
There are two options:
A third option, paper-based testing, is available in exceptional cases.
Certain rules apply to protect the integrity of the exam. To get into details on these rules, please see PMP Handbook, pages 18-19.
The exam can be taken in various languages, see PMP Handbook, page 15.
Directly at the end of the exam, the candidate receives a score report, which states whether the person has passed or failed.
In case of a "Pass" mark, the candidate is now PMP certified. The candidate is entitles to immediately change public profiles, letter/mail signatures, etc.
PMI will also include the person in
The certificate will be sent to the successful candidate soon after the exam.
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