PMP Application Process

Procedures to apply to sit for the PMP Certification Exam

The following is a summary of the steps needed to apply for the PMP® Exam (full details are documented in the PMI® Handbook available at )

  • Determine your eligibility to take the exam (see below)
  • Create an account with the Project Management Institute (PMI)® at the website
  • Sign up for PMI® membership (optional)
  • Fill out and submit the online application for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam
  • Receive acceptance from PMI® (they usually take a week to review your application)
  • Pay the exam fees
  • (At any point until now you may get audited in which case you will need to complete the audit steps before continuing)
  • Receive approval from PMI® allowing you to schedule the exam (they will send you an eligibility code)
  • Schedule your test at the Pearson VUE website ( using your eligibility code.
  • Take the test at either a Pearson VUE testing location or at home as an online proctored exam at the date and time that you had scheduled
  • You will receive results immediately upon completion

There are no set dates for taking the PMP® exam. You can schedule the exam for any date and time that is suitable for you, subject to availability.

Eligibility Requirements to take the PMP® exam

If you hold a bachelors degree you need to show 36 months of relevant work experience.

If you do not hold a bachelors degree you need to show 60 months of relevant work experience.

Relevant experience means any Project Lead or Project Management experience, no matter how small or how large the project, nor which industry. All experience must be within the last 8 years (listing any experience longer than 8 years prior to the application submission date will be ignored on your application).

The PMP® Exam

The PMP® exam itself is 3 hours and 50 minutes long (230 minutes) and you will answer 180 challenging multiple choice questions that will test your knowledge of PMP® principles and the PMI® framework.

All 180 questions are selected at random when the exam starts and are non-adaptive. There are three sections of sixty questions each with an optional 10-minute break between each 60-question segment. Once you have completed and submitted a 60-question segment, you will have no access to those questions again. Each 60-question segment consists of random questions from any area of the syllabus.

After you have completed the exam you will receive the results immediately and a pass means that you are PMP® certified and can use the PMP® designation immediately.

At 1st Choice Project Management Training we are fully focused on helping you pass your exam the first time.