The Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is awarded by PMI and it is renowned in its field. If you are interested in this certification, eligible to apply for it, and fulfill all the conditions, you should do so.
The PMP exam application process is easy but quite tedious and time consuming. It asks for a lot of information about many things. So, if you are going to apply for the PMP exam and about to fill the application form, this blog post will help you understand the process.
I hope after reading this blog post you will be able to fill out the form with ease.
Firstly, make sure that you are eligible to apply. Please do not waste your time and effort if you know you are not qualified. Make sure that you fulfill the eligibility requirements before applying for the exam.
If you are interested in the PMP certification but don’t qualify for it, you can make yourself eligible with a little effort.
For instance, if you have yet to attend the PMP training, do so before applying. If you are lacking project management experience, you can wait for a few more days/month to complete that requirement.
The worst case is lacking educational qualifications. If you do not have this qualification, you will have to dedicate even extra time and effort. It would benefit you all around to pursue more education.
When you meet the qualifications, fill out the form. The PMP exam application filling process is very straightforward, although collecting some of the required information may take some time.
You can fill out the form online or in print. With the offline version, you will send the form via courier after completing it. However, the online version is instant.
For the sake of simplicity, I am going to explain the process for the online version. The steps to fill out the PMP exam application form are as follows:
Fill Out the Application Form
The application form has three sections: The first section asks for general information, the second asks for project management experience, and the third requires you to give details on your 35 contact hours training program.
The PMI understands that this form requires a lot of information. Therefore, they provide the option to fill out the application in multiple sittings. However, note that once you have started filling it out, you must complete and submit it within 90 days. Although the PMI will send you a few reminders during this period, it is your responsibility to complete the process.
Make sure that you submit accurate and correct information because it’s difficult to change it later. Take your time to review all the information at least twice to ensure it is correct and then submit it.
Recently I received an email from a visitor to my blog who said that he submitted the application in a hurry, made some mistakes, and he was selected for an audit that he failed. I don’t know if it is related to the audit or any mistake in filling out the form, but to be on the safe side, check all information twice before you submit the form.
Before submitting the application form, you will have to read and agree with the PMI Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct and the Certification Agreement/Renewal Agreement.
Application Completeness Review
It will take the PMI 5 to 7 working days to complete the review of your application once you submit it. I submitted the PMI exam application form twice; the first time for the PMP exam and the second time for the PMI-RMP exam, and I received their email within two or three days in both cases.
The PMI will contact you through email if you miss something or your application requires any further clarification.
After your application is reviewed and accepted, the PMI will send you a confirmation email and will ask you to make payment.
If you are a PMI member you will have to pay 405 USD, otherwise, you will pay 555 USD.
Every PMP aspirant has a fear of being selected for an audit, wondering what may happen.
The selection for the audit process comes after you submit your application. You will know immediately whether or not you have been selected. If you are not audited, you can move on to the next section. However, if you are selected for an audit, there is no cause for alarm.
The PMI will ask you to provide them with some documents, like copies of your experience certificates, contact hours training program information, education certificates, and more. Just send them by mail, and it will take them approximately one week to review.
If they are not satisfied with your documentation or need more information, they will notify you. Just follow the instructions provided by the PMI, and you should have no issues.
Keep in mind that PMI may contact your previous boss or employer to verify the accuracy of your work experience. Therefore, it is best to inform them in advance that you are applying for the PMP exam.
After reviewing your documents, the PMI will approve your application if they are satisfied. After that, you can make the payment.
Note that if you are selected for an audit, you will have 90 days to submit the documents to the PMI to complete the process. Your eligibility period for the exam will start from the day your audit is cleared.
Schedule the Exam
After receiving payment, the PMI will send you an email with a unique eligibility code. This email will also provide you with directions to schedule your exam appointment. You can use this unique code to schedule your PMP exam through the Pearson VUE site.
From the date you receive the code, you will have one year to pass the exam. The maximum number of attempts is three.
A Few Precautions While Filling out Your PMP Application Form
- Make sure you have completed your 35 contact hours certificate before applying for the exam.
- Before you give contact details for any of your previous bosses, make sure they are aware you will be doing so.
- Don’t provide overlapping experience.
- Keep photocopies of all educational certificates, experience certificates, and 35 contact hours certificates.
- Double check everything before hitting the submit button.
Although the PMP exam application process may look a little complicated, it is very straightforward. Make sure you have the correct information about your education, experience, and training programs. Keep the duplicates of all documents with you while filling out the form, and if you are selected for an audit, send these documents to the PMI.
Good luck on your PMP exam.
This is the third part of a series of five posts.
The other blog posts are as follows: