If you are asking me how you can avoid the PMP Exam Application Audit by PMI, my answer is, you cannot avoid it, because this is a completely random process. As per PMI:
“All applications are subject to an audit, although only a percentage of applications are selected for audit. The selection of an application for audit is random.”
This also does not mean that you should send an invitation to PMI to come and audit you.
First of all, never be afraid of an audit, because failing to pass an audit will not sentence you to a life of imprisonment.
I believe that there are a few things which will make you a more likely candidate for auditing:.
- Experience: If you provide overlapping experience, or there are many gaps in your application, then PMI may notice some red flags and can put you under an audit.
- 35 Contact Hours: If you have earned your 35 contact hours of formal education through some unknown provider who is not a Registered Education Provider (REP), then PMI may ask you to provide more details about the 35 contact hours by putting you under an audit.
- Job Responsibilities: If you are providing all your job responsibilities except showing your project management activities or responsibilities, PMI may ask you to clarify your job responsibilities by putting you under an audit.
- Numbers of Hours per Year: If you provide excessive working hours per year, then PMI may need to verify this by calling you for an audit.
So, I am going to give you few pieces of advice that you should keep in mind while filling out the PMP Certification Application form to avoid inviting PMI to audit you.
If you have any overlapping experience or gaps in experience, then be ready to provide more information when PMI asks for it.
Try to earn your 35 contact hours through any renowned Registered Education Provider (REP) and don’t opt for any unregistered cheap option. However, if you are interested in the cheapest 35 contact hour providers then I have good news for you: I have already posted a blog post covering a list of cheap and PMI approved 35 contact hour providers. You can access this blog post by clicking on the link below.
Under the job responsibilities section, give them your project management relevant achievements, activities, or responsibilities.
For your project management experience, don’t calculate more than 2,000 hours of experience per year. For example, if you are giving experience for the last five years, then the total number of hours during this tenure should not be more than 10,000 hours.
These are my recommendations to you to avoid sending an audit invitation to PMI. Also, make sure of a few more things before applying for the PMP certification exam in case you are selected for an audit.
- Keep all educational and experience certificates ready with you.
- Make contact with all your previous bosses (under whom you have worked and for projects you have listed on your application form), or their replacements (in case the original boss has moved elsehere), and inform them about your application and tell them that PMI may contact them to verify your experience.
- Don’t forget to discuss it with you current boss, because he is a more likely candidate to be contacted by PMI if you’re selected for an audit.
If you follow the above-given suggestions, I can assure you that you will be in a much better position to tackle an audit.
I hope all of your concerns have been answered here, but in case you need any further information, feel free to contact me.