What will happen if I am selected for my PMP exam application audit and I fail it?
This question came to my mind many times before applying for the exam, and I believe there are many professionals who are also having the same thought right now.
In fact, I have seen some professionals who worry more about the audit than the PMP exam.
Honestly, you should not fear an audit. An audit is nothing but a verification of the facts that you have provided to the PMI while filling out the PMP exam application form.
In an audit, the PMI will ask you to submit the 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. Always be truthful with your experiences. Provide legitimate information to the PMI and you will not fail the PMI audit. It is rare to fail in audit.
Now we will discuss what will happen if you fail the audit.
You can fail the PMP audit for three reasons:
- When the situation is beyond your capability (no fault of your own)
- You decide not to proceed with the audit
- You have provided incorrect information to the PMI
When the Situation is Beyond Your Capability
Sometimes it may happen that your company has closed and you are not able to verify your experience. This means that although you cannot verify the information given to the PMI, it is not your fault.
In this case, although you will fail the audit, your money will be returned after deducting a 100 USD administration fee. You will be able to apply again once this issue has been resolved.
In this case, there will be no suspension period.
You Decide Not to Proceed with the Audit
Here you simply do not want to proceed with the audit.
In this case of a failed audit, you will be returned your money after deducting a 100 USD administration fee and you will be banned from applying for the PMP exam for one year.
You Have Provided Incorrect Information to the PMI
Here you have failed the audit because you have 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 therefore you will not be able to apply for the exam ever again.
If you have provided false information by mistake, or in a hurry you have entered the wrong data while typing, you must contact PMI customer care to correct the error.
However, note that you should never supply incorrect information to the PMI intentionally because if you get caught your loss will be life-long.
In this case as well the PMI will return your money after deducting 100 USD as a processing fee.
Please note that the PMP handbook does not talk about each case. It only says that “you can receive a refund, less a 100 USD processing fee, if you fail to meet audit requirements”.
If you fail the audit, you will get your money back minus a deduction of 100 USD. You may or may not get a suspension period depending on your case. However, there is a chance for a lifetime ban on applying for the PMP exam if you provide false or incorrect information. The PMI audit is an important 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.