Reschedule or Cancel PMP Certification Exam Appointment

What happens if you have scheduled the PMP exam, and when the time comes, you have to cancel or reschedule due to an emergency.

I regularly receive many emails where aspirants ask me if they can change their PMP exam appointment.

Yes, you can reschedule your PMP certification exam appointment two days before the date. You will have to pay 70 USD to the PMI to change your exam date 30 days before your scheduled time, but doing so within two days of the exam will forfeit your full exam fee.

However, if you give more than 30 days’ notice, you can reschedule your exam for free.

A similar rule applies to cancellation.

You will not be charged if you cancel the exam appointment 30 days before your scheduled date. They will charge you a 70 USD fee if you cancel within 30 days. 

The PMI will take your whole fee if you cancel within two days of the exam. In this case, you will have to pay the PMI again when you decide to take the exam the next time.

According to the PMI, you can reschedule or cancel your exam at any time, as long as you do so more than two full calendar days before your exam appointment. However, a 70 USD fee will be charged to you if you reschedule or cancel within 30 days. If you wait until you are within two days of your exam appointment, you will not be able to reschedule or cancel your exam, and you will forfeit the entire exam fee.

Therefore, double-check that you will not need to change or cancel before making an appointment; otherwise, you have to pay a 70 USD fee to the PMI.

Extenuating Circumstances

You will be allowed to reschedule or cancel the exam within 30 days if you are unable to attend the exam or you must cancel or reschedule due to any extenuating circumstances such as a medical emergency, natural disaster, or death in the family.

However, you will have to contact the PMI with supporting documents, and they will decide on a case-by-case basis.


You can reschedule or cancel the exam, but you may have to pay a fee or forfeit the amount paid, depending on when you do so. I would not advise you to cancel or reschedule unless you have a valid reason. Decide on your exam date, prepare well, and pass the exam. Rescheduling too many times can demoralize you and take away your interest in the PMP certificate.

Have you rescheduled or canceled your PMP exam appointment? If yes, please share your experience with us in the comments section.