1- If you know little about the PMP Exam
If you just heard about the PMP Certification Exam, we strongly recommend that you watch our Slideshow and take your time to read it over until you feel comfortable about the basics: Go to PMP Basics Slideshow »
- Learn about the eligibility requirements to apply for the PMP exam
- Make sure your Work Experience and Education makes you eligible for applying
- Still hesitating between an Online PMP Course, a Classroom PMP Course and a PMP Bootcamp? Check one of our other blog articles on this topic.
2- PMI takes the PMP Application process very seriously
One of PMI ways to ensure the integrity of PMP certification is by auditing applicants throughout their programs.
- Make sure you read the questions carefully and do whatever is required when you fill out your application.
- PMI takes its Code of Ethics very seriously and so should you. The more time you take to make sure your application is aligned with your experience, the better it will withstand an audit.
- Take the time to document your experience clearly. Make sure you know where you stored your degree, training certificates, dates, documentation, contact names, addresses and phone numbers from your projects. Better yet, create a new folder on your computer with all background information that supports your application.
3- Do not lie on your application !
If you provide false information on your PMP application and you fail an audit because of it, you will be permanently suspended from sitting for any PMI exams. And they truly do mean forever.
- PM Experience Hours: You should use an Excel sheet to calculate your work experience hours. You can also save yourself lots of time, and purchase our PM Experience calculator for just $10. Check the link on this page.
- Work Experience Description: When you submit your application you will be asked to provide contact persons for each and every project. Be sure to confirm their current email address and phone numbers. These contact persons could be your managers, co-workers, vendors, clients and any other applicable stakeholders from your past projects. Let them know you’re applying to take the PMP Exam. Refresh their memory about your projects by sharing with them what you’re submitting and ask them if they agree with what you’ve written. Make corrections if they disagree.
- Education: Do not mention any degrees for which you can not provide a solid proof. A bachelor degree you started for 4 months but did not finish is not a degree you can brag about on the PMI application.
- 35 Contact Hours: If you take any of our PMP courses (Gold, Platinum, Diamond) we will provide you with an official certificate of 35 Contact Hours that is approved by the PMI. On that certificate we indicate all the information you need for filling out this section of your PMI application. Just copy the exact information from the certificate and keep it in case of audit. Do not fill out this section of your application until you finish your training and pass our Final Test.
4- Set aside 8 hours for filling out the PMI Application
Most candidates are amazed at the amount of time they spend filling out the PMI application. So be prepared: Mark down a Saturday or Sunday on your calendar to fill out the application.
- You can fill out the PMI Application in steps: This approach works better for most candidates. Fill out the “Education” section and save your application. Then come back and continue the “Work Experience” section.
- Printout out your application as you fill it out to make sure the content is accurate.
- Finish the Education and Experience sections while you study. This way you can finish your application as soon as you pass our Final Test and download the 35 Contact Hours Certificate.
5- Submit your PMI application after finishing your training
The sooner you submit your application, the sooner you’ll know if you are getting audited or not. The audit process takes time so start acting like a real project manager, and plan for it in your forecasts.
- Wait for the confirmation email from PMI: After you apply for the exam, you’ll receive an email of acceptance from the PMI and it will give you instructions on how to schedule an exam appointment. You will know if you are getting audited as soon as you make the payment.
- Know the Prometric Centers near you: You will take the exam in one of the many Prometric test centers worldwide, and the Prometric website is also the place where you schedule the exam online.
- Mark your Exam Day: There is usually no problem scheduling your exam on Prometric web site unless you want a Saturday appointment. Many people who have taken the exam recommend taking it on a Monday or Tuesday; you’ve had the weekend to rest up, and the day prior to testing to take care of loose study ends and be absolutely certain of your knowledge.
- You have a year to fix your exam date: The year allotted between acceptance and actually taking the test is to allow for rescheduling should a complication arise. Once you are accepted, it really is best to go online and set your exam date right away. If you schedule it for about 3-4 months after you receive your acceptance, you’ll have time to study without having to cram.
- Check your other obligations! Make sure your family obligations, birthday ceremonies, business trips and your other obligations are taken into account before you fix the exam date.
Quick Tip 1
If you don’t have the necessary Work Experience to apply for the PMP exam, you might fulfill the requirements for the CAPM certification in Project Management. Interested in learning more about CAPM Exam? Check PMI web site for more: CAPM Exam »
Quick Tip 2
Our online PMP courses have a Final Test. This test has 25 multiple-choice questions, and you have to answer a minimum of 17 correctly to pass. You can take the Final Test as many times as you want, at no extra charge.
Quick Tip 3
Interested in getting a “PM Experience Calculator”? Check this link on our site: PM Experience Calculator »
Quick Tip 4
During the application process your chances of being audited are low but real (10% to 15%). They drop dramatically after certification. From the start focus on making sure your information and actions are aligned with passing an audit.
Quick Tip 5
Since the PMP Exam audit selection process is completely random, you shouldn’t waste your time listening to and worrying about the rumors of profiling or trigger conditions.