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Applying for the PMP Exam


Once you checked and made sure you meet the eligibility requirements, the next step is to fill the PMP application. PMP application form is available in both online and printable PDF mode in PMI website ( Filling the application is a time-consuming process (of course, it depends on how many projects you have handled and how many of them were running in parallel). In the application, Project Experience should be mentioned as per the process domains. After submission of your application, PMI takes 5 to 10 days to review your application. Once your online application has been processed and determined to be complete, PMI will email you requesting for payment. You can then select your examination delivery mode (computer-based or paper-based) and make the payment. Once payment of the credential fee has been received by PMI, it indicates your application is ready for the audit process.

What if you get audited?

PMI selects a few application at random for the audit process. If your application is selected for audit, you will be notified to you through email. During the audit process, PMI will ask to submit the following supporting documents:

  1. Copies of your secondary degree/ Four-year degree certificates.

  2. Copy of the 35 contact hours certificate.

  3. Signatures copies from the manager or supervisor for the project recorded in the experience verification section of the application.

PMI provides a 90-day time span to submit the above-requested documents. The audit may take up to 7 days once PMI receives all documents. There are a few best practices you can adopt that will save you a lot of time during the audit and ensure a smooth audit.

  • As part of your application, you need to provide some information for each project you quote your experience for. Among various other things, this includes current information about your primary contact for that project. This primary contact could be your Project Sponsor, your Manager or Director, the Client, or the Primary Stakeholder for the project. Before filling in this information

  1. Check and make sure the contact information you provide for this person is accurate

  2. Your contact persons are aware of you quoting the experience so that they are prepared to respond just in case you get picked up for an audit

  • Another best practice to maintain a folder for all the documents that you would need to support your claims in the application.

Once you successfully completed the application audit, PMI will send you an email notification with your PMI eligibility ID and examination scheduling instructions. From this day you have one year to schedule the exam. Check out the below video to know in detail about filling the application the right way.

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