In today’s blog post, we will discuss the PMP audit, the process, and the purpose of it. I hope after reading you will understand the PMP audit and why the PMI performs it.
The Project Management Institute (PMI), USA, offers the PMP certification, the most demanding and in demanding credit in project management worldwide.
Every project professional should aspire to become a PMP. Organizations want to hire PMP certified professionals to improve work efficiency.
What is the PMP Audit?
A PMP audit is a process that ensures that the right candidates are getting the certification.
People have trust in the PMI’s certifications and it is essential that the PMI maintains the quality of the PMP exam process so that only people with the required skills and experience can achieve it.
So the audit is necessary to keep the high standards of the certification process.
Nobody who takes the exam knows if they will be selected for an audit since the selection process is random. All applicants have a chance of being audited. The percentage of candidates selected for an audit is also a secret.
According to the PMI,
“All applications are subject to an audit, although only a percentage of applications are selected for an audit. The selection of an application for audit is random.”
There is no way to completely avoid the audit.
What is the PMP Audit Process?
Auditing verifies the information provided by an applicant and that applicant is eligible to apply for the PMP exam. Once you submit the application, you will know immediately if you have been selected for an audit.
The PMI will stop your eligibility clock if you are selected for the audit, and your eligibility period will start from the day you clear it. You will have to pass the PMP exam within one year after this date, and you have up to three attempts.
If you are not selected for an audit, you can pay the exam fee and proceed to the Pearson VUE site, where you can schedule the PMP exam.
If you are selected for an audit, the PMI will send you an email. It will instruct you on how to complete the process.
The PMI will ask you to provide the following documents:
- Proof of education
- Proof of training
- Proof of experience
Proof of Education
You must provide photocopies of your educational certificates. Make sure they are in order, start from the lowest qualification and the last should be the highest qualification, or vice versa.
Proof of Training
Attending a 35 contact hours training program is mandatory. If you have attended a training program from a REP, a copy of a course completion certificate is enough. If you did your training with a non-REP, submit the certificate of attendance and learning objectives.
Proof of Experience
This part of the audit process is lengthy and laborious. If you are selected, you will get access to a special section of myPMI on the PMI website. Here you will find your audit package. Fill out your experience details and make printouts.
Then, collect signatures from your supervisors for each project on the experience form. This process can take time. You have 90 days to complete the audit process.
Ask your supervisor to give you a signed experience certificate in a sealed envelope with another sign on the seal. This is important. If proof is not sealed in an envelope, you may fail your audit.
If you cannot get a signature from your supervisors, because the company no longer exists or you have a bad relationship with your old supervisor, like some aspirants I have spoken to, contact PMI customer care. They will advise you on how to proceed further.
I know of some cases where the PMI asked applicants to get their experience certificate signed by a colleague on behalf of the supervisor.
Once all the experience certificates are ready, put them in a sealed envelope and send them to the PMI to the following address:
Project Management Institute
Att: Certification Audit
14 Campus Blvd.
Newtown Square, PA 19073-3299 USA
Please note that the PMI will not accept faxed or e-mailed audit documents. Send all the material in one envelope for faster processing.
The PMI will take one week to review your package and inform you of the result. If you have passed the audit, you can complete the payment and schedule the exam.
If you have failed the audit, rectify the issue, and then apply again.
What is the Purpose of the PMP Audit?
This is a quality assurance process for the PMP exam certification process. This process ensures that only eligible candidates apply for the exam and keeps fraudulent candidates from being certified.
This process verifies the authenticity of the information presented by the candidates.
I strongly recommend you download the PMP Handbook and read it. It will help you understand the application and PMP audit process. Although it is not well explained, you will get the latest, official information on the PMP audit.
How Long Does it Take to Complete the PMP Audit Process?
The PMI will provide you with information on everything that they need to review your case. You must arrange documents and send them to the PMI.
The PMI will take one week to review your application as soon as they receive it. If the papers are in order, you will know your result a week later.
So, you determine how quickly you send the package to the PMI.
Keep in mind that the PMI reserves the right to audit any candidate even after they pass the PMP. If you fail in this audit, you will lose your credential and your fee will not be refunded.
The audit process maintains the credibility of the certification. This process ensures the right candidates hold the PMP title. The audit process is one reason why the certification is a highly regarded. Many aspirants worry about the audit process. If you are truthful and provide the correct information, you will pass the audit. You should not worry about it.
Have you been selected for the PMP audit? If yes, please share your experiences in the comments section with other PMP aspirants.
I have written five posts on the PMP audit process. Please follow these links to understand the audit process.
- What is the PMP Audit and its Purpose? (You are here)
- What Will Happen if I Fail the PMP Audit?
- What Will Happen if I Decide Not to Proceed With the Audit?
- What is the Percentage of PMP Aspirants Selected for an Audit?
- How Can I Avoid a PMP Audit?