when 35 contact hours pmp training expires

I often receive emails from my blog visitors asking about the validity of their 35 contact hours, such as:

“I earned my 35 contact hours a few years back, are they still valid?” 

or

“I got my project management training based on the 5th edition of the PMBOK Guide. Now the PMP exam is based on the 6th edition, can I apply for the exam now based on my old contact hours, or are they expired?”

Many visitors ask me that they have completed the training. Now they wonder when their contact hours will expire so they can plan their PMP exam accordingly.

So, if you have the same doubts, do not worry.

Your 35 contact hours are never going to expire. They have a lifelong validity. You can use it to apply for the PMP certification exam at any time.

However, you must earn these contact hours before submitting your PMP application form to the PMI.

I have consulted the PMP handbook several times, and I have not come across anything that says the contact hours will expire after a particular period.

Summary

Your project management training will never expire regardless of the version of the PMBOK Guide you used or how many years have passed. You only have to attend PM training program once before applying for the exam. You can apply for the PMP exam at any time in the future.

When did you attend your PMP training program? Please share your experience in the comments section.

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  • Hi,
    I have done in past six sigma green belt training and training was through class room face to face program….will this be considered in 35 PDU’s…..please advise.

  • I have added these 35 Contact hours from my Bachelor education as we had a separate subject about Project Management which covered more than 35 hours. Are they valid for PMP exam or I have to do a PMP certified course ? Thank you.

  • I had 35 hours contact hours for PMP in 2009, I cleared PMP exam in second attempt but never renewed or submitted PDU for renewal. After 3 years, my PMP certification expired.
    Now I am planning to do PMP again, do I need to go for 35 contact hours again? or I can go directly for PMP examination?

  • Is it possible to use the 35 PDU toward getting my CAPM and PMP certification? Or would I need to take one series of hours for the CAPM, then another for the PMP?

    Thanks,

  • I did 35 hours CAPM training with a REP 2 yrs ago, I am planning on taking the CAPM late June date, Have my hours expired? Or can I count them as acquired Contact Education/Training still?

  • i earned it 1 1/2 year back and appeared for exam but failed.Can I re use the same 35 hours certificate for re appearing for PMP

  • Hi, since I do not possess sufficient project hours, however, I will soon have my contact hours for 35 hours completed. Do I need to engage again for the contact hours if I am going to take the exam a year later? Thanks for help!

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