If you are into project management and interested in the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification, you may be having many doubts regarding the certification process. Among all the worries, failing the PMI audit is the scariest.
It’s not just you; in fact, almost all aspirants wonder what will happen if they are selected for an audit and they fail it. I have seen many professionals who worry more about the audit than the PMP exam itself.
Honestly, you should not fear an audit; it is nothing but a verification of the facts that you have provided to the PMI while filling out the PMP exam application form. The PMI will ask you to submit copies of your education certificates, experience certificates, and training program certificates.
Once you provide them with these documents, your audit will be cleared within one week. If you are truthful with your experiences, provide legitimate information to the PMI, and all your papers are in order, you will not fail the audit process.
Now we will discuss what will happen if you fail the audit.
How You Can Fail the Audit
There are three cases in which you can fail the audit, and the outcomes of each are different.
- When the situation is beyond your capability
- When you decide not to proceed with the audit
- If you have provided incorrect information to the PMI
When the Situation is Beyond Your Capability
In this case, you fail the audit due to no fault of your own.
It may happen that your company has closed and you are unable to verify your experience, or your boss is not available to verify your experience. This means that you cannot verify the information given to the PMI, and that is not your fault.
In this case, you will fail the audit; however, you will be able to apply again once this issue has been resolved.
Moreover, there will be no suspension period in this scenario.
When You Decide Not to Proceed with the Audit
In this case, you will be banned from applying for the PMP exam for one year.
When You Have Provided Incorrect Information to the PMI
Here you failed the audit because you provided the wrong information to the PMI and tried to persuade them to believe in your false claim.
In this case, the PMI will ban you for life, and you will not be able to apply for the exam ever again.
If you have provided false information by mistake, or you have entered the wrong data while typing in a hurry, you must contact PMI customer care to correct the error.
You should never intentionally submit incorrect information to the PMI. Doing so risks a lifelong consequence if you are caught.
I have noticed that these days that the PMI is selecting more candidates for auditing and many aspirants are failing. It seems that they are checking each application more rigorously for possible mistakes. Therefore, make sure that you provide correct information while filling out the PMP application form.
Please refer to my blog post on how to avoid a PMP audit to learn how to correctly fill out the PMP application form and tackle the audit.
If you fail the audit, you may or may not get a suspension period. However, there is a chance of a lifetime ban from the PMP exam if you provide false information intentionally. The PMI audit is an essential tool for the PMI to ensure that it certifies the people who are who they claim to be. This process establishes the credibility of the PMI and its certification process. Be truthful and honest with the PMI; this is the only way to pass the audit.
Have you been selected for an audit? If yes, please share your experience in the comments section so other aspirants can learn and better prepare for it.