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PMP Certification FAQs


PMP certification benefits practitioners in salary gains. The PMI survey shows that respondents holding PMP certification have higher median salaries compared to those without PMP certification–23% higher on average across 37 countries surveyed.

Originally, there are two paths to qualify for the PMP certification. But recently, PMI updated the PMP certification requirements removing the required 4500-7500 hours of leading and directing projects and adding a new path for postgraduate aspirants. Now, there are three ways to qualify:

Path 1

  • A four-year college degree (bachelor’s degree or global equivalent)
  • Three years of project management experience 
  • 35 contact hours of accredited or formal project management education

Path 2

  • A secondary degree (highschool or associate degree)
  • Five years of project management experience 
  • 35 contact hours of accredited or formal project management education
Path 3
  • A post graduate degree
  • Two years of project management education
  • 35 contact hours of accredited or formal project management education

PMP Certification fees are determined by your PMI membership status. The PMP Exam costs $405 for PMI members, and $555 for non-members.  This is a one-time payment for the first exam attempt.  Re-examination fees are $275 for PMI members, and $375 for non-members. You also need to factor in the certification renewal fees every 3 years. Renewal fees are $60 for PMI members, and $150 for non-members. PMI Membership is not required, but is highly recommended.  Explore the benefits of PMI membership here.  Membership costs events $129/year plus a one-time $10 application fee.

Gather all the required information and make sure you have the qualifying number of hours before you apply. Once you submit your application online, PMI will review the application for completeness, which takes about 5 days. If your application gets audited, PMI will send you a request to send audit materials. You have 90 days to submit the requested audited materials. PMI will process and review the audit materials, which takes about 5-7 days. Upon successful completion of the audit, you will be notified of the application approval. Note that you have 1 year to take the exam from the application approval date.

PMI will notify you through email with directions on how to submit your materials if you’re selected for an audit. Here are the following documentation you need:

  • Copy of your diploma or global equivalent
  • Signatures from your supervisors, confirming your project management hours
  • Copies of certificates and letters from your training institute proving you’ve rendered 35 hours of project management education recorded on your application

Note that you only have 90 days to complete your documentation from the day you receive an email from PMI about the audit. After submitting your documentation, it should take five to seven business days for PMI to review the audit. 

Follow these steps to start with your PMP certification application:

  • Register for PMI membership (optional).
  • Fill up the online application form.
  • Wait for confirmation receipt.
  • Pay for your exam fee.
  • Wait for a payment confirmation email.
  • Submit supporting documents if you’re audited.
  • Take the exam.

Follow these steps to start with your PMP certification application:

  • Register for PMI membership (optional).
  • Fill up the online application form.
  • Wait for confirmation receipt.
  • Pay for your exam fee.
  • Wait for a payment confirmation email.
  • Submit supporting documents if you’re audited.
  • Take the exam.

Here’s the breakdown of fees:

First Exam Attempt
$405 – Member
$555 – Non-member

$275 – Member
$375 – Non-member

Continuing Certification Renewal
$60 – Member
$150 – Non-member

The PMP exam is available to all approved Pearson VUE testing centers worldwide.

Project management is important because it ensures you’ve met every expectation and every project is delivered on time and within budget.

The PMP exam consists 200 questions to be answered within 4 hours.

The recent PMP Exam update brings a new content outline. From five domains, it’s now down to three.

People – 42%
Process – 50%
Business Environment – 8%

No. Aside from project managers, many other professionals are eligible to take the PMP certification.

Yes. PMP Certification brings a significant difference to a project manager’s salary.

In case you fail with the PMI audit, you’ll have to re-apply as soon as you solve the issue.

Yes. You can take the PMP exam 3 times per year.

You can’t avoid the PMI audit since it’s a random process. But you can prepare all the necessary supporting documents ahead in case you’ve been listed.

The PMP exam consists of 200 multiple choice questions. The new PMP exam content outline are as follows:

People – Current PMP Exams have limited content addressing this. 42% of the questions are based upon this domain.
Process – Current PMP training resources have a fair amount of content addressing this domain since this used to be the bulk content of the previous exam. This takes up 50% of the exam questions.
Business Environment – Current PMP training programs have very limited content addressing this domain. This takes up 8% of the exam questions.

Reexamination fees are as follows:

$275 – Member
$375 – Non-member

Yes, but we recommend you use the extra time to review your answers.

You can ask for your senior manager to verify your experience. Other than that, a colleague, peer or a client can also sign your project management experience.

No. Your earned 35 contact hours is valid for life.

PMI members have access to discounts for the PMP certification and other certifications handled by PMI.

To refund your PMP exam fee, you need to request to PMI at least 30 days before the exam eligibility expiration date. PMI will retain a processing fee of $100 if you haven’t scheduled or taken the exam yet, or if you fail the audit.

You can reschedule or cancel your exam appointment as long as you do so more than two full calendar days before your original schedule. Late rescheduling and cancellation will result in a fee because of limited seating capacity in testing centers.

You need to follow this process to become a PMP certified.

  • Meet Eligibility Requirements
  • Attend Training
  • Apply for the PMP Exam
  • Exam Preparation
  • Attempt the Test

Your application is valid for 1 year from the date of approval. If your eligibility expires, you need to re-apply.

The biggest advantage PMP certification can give you is the salary raise you might obtain.

For first time takers, the PMP exam is extremely difficult. Before you decide to sit for the exam, you can prepare yourself by enrolling to a PMP exam prep course.

You can take CAPM instead. If you’re a highschool graduate, all you need to complete is 23 hours of qualified training.

All materials in the PMBOK Guide can be found in the actual PMP exam.

You’ll need to document your experience in the online application. You need to list all projects you’ve worked on along with the reference person.

Professional Development Units

Last 2019, around 20% of the candidates were listed for PMI audit.

You will receive your PMP exam result before you leave your testing desk.

The PMP certificate is printed on a hardened paper with a professional design. The following information will be included:

  • Your name
  • Your PMP number
  • PMP grant date
  • PMP expiry date
  • The signatures of the Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • The signature of the CEO & the president of the PMI

The report has two sections:

First section:

  • Name
  • Certification name
  • Eligibility code
  • Report generation date
  • Test center code

Second section:

  • Overall Performance
  • Your Performance by Domain
  • What You Can Do Next

Obtaining your PMP certification doesn’t guarantee you a job. But it will make you stand out among other candidates when applying.

Yes. You can have a 10-minute break after finishing the first part of the exam, but you can’t check your answers in the first part after your break.

You can’t bring a calculator with you upon entrance, but testing centers will provide you one.

You will receive your PMP certificate from PMI 4-6 weeks after passing the exam. If you don’t receive it after eight weeks, you should contact PMI.

No. No certification serves as a prerequisite for another. You don’t also need to be a PMI member to take the PMP certification.

When submitting your application, you don’t need a documentation. But if you’re subjected for an audit, you’ll need to provide supporting documents.

Yes. You can claim PDUs for a single Education activity in more than one skill area of the PMI Talent Triangle.

Yes. Earned PDUs above the required number in the last year of your 3-year certification can be transferred in your next cycle.

You can start earning your PDUs as soon as you obtain your PMP certification.

PMI don’t reveal the passing score for the PMP exam.

Compared to the 5th edition, the 6th edition of the PMBOK Guide is updated with recent practices including more information on agile.

You will receive your exam result after taking the test. Pearson VUE will also give you a printout of your exam report.