Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification

Are you thinking about becoming a PMI certified PMP®? If you are, please see PMI's requirements from the PMP Credential Handbook below for applying. Also, visit the PMP Exam checklist. at the end of this page to assess your PMP® certification readiness (© Pritchard Management Associates, 2008, used with permission).

PMP Eligibility Requirements 1

The PMP Role Delineation states that candidates for the PMP credential:

  • Perform their duties under general supervision and are responsible for all aspects of the project for the life of the project
  • Lead and direct cross-functional teams to deliver projects within the constraints of schedule, budget, and scope
  • Demonstrate sufficient knowledge and experience to appropriately apply a methodology to projects that have reasonably well-defined project requirements and deliverables

To be eligible for the PMP credential, you must meet certain educational and professional experience requirements. All project management experience must have been accrued within the last eight consecutive years prior to your application submission.

Educational Background Project Management Experience Project Management Education
Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or global equivalent) Minimum five years/60 months unique non-overlapping professional project management experience during which at least 7,500 hours were spent leading and directing project tasks* 35 contact hours of formal education
OR
Four-year degree (Bachelor’s degree or global equivalent) Minimum three years/36 months unique non-overlapping professional project management experience during which at least 4,500 hours were spent leading and directing project tasks* 35 contact hours of formal education

* Leading and directing project tasks as identified in the Project Management Professional Content Outline. you should have experience in all five process groups across all of your project management experience submitted on the application. However, on a single project, you do not need to have experience in all five process groups.

For more details about the PMP® Credential Application process, please visit:
http://www.pmi.org/CareerDevelopment/Pages/AboutPMIsCredentials.aspx

View the PMP Exam checklist


1PMP Credential Handbook(Last Updated April 2, 2012). 7. Retrieved from http://www.pmi.org/en/Certification/Project-Management-Professional-PMP.aspx