In this article, we tackle one of the most common queries on the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification - the exam fee for the certification. The Project Management Institute (PMI) gives two paths to register for the PMP Certification exam - one including a membership of PMI, and the other excluding it.
The PMI membership fee currently stands at $129 for new members, with an additional $10 as a one time application fee. Membership is valid for one year, and needs a renewal every year with a fee of $129. Please note that these numbers apply to Individual Memberships, and not to Student Memberships. Learn more about PMI membership benefits on this post.
The PMP exam fee for Computer-based testing at a Prometric center currently stands at $555 for non-PMI members, and $405 for PMI members. Thus there’s a straight saving of $11 if you become a PMI member first and then apply for the PMP certification exam. For Paper-based testing the PMP exam fee is $400 for PMI members, and $250 for non-members. Please note that Paper-based testing is available only if you either stay at least 300 km from the nearest Prometric center, or if your Employer sponsors a PMP examination for employees within the organization.
PMI has a refund policy for PMP exam registrations. In case you’re unable to take up the exam on the scheduled date, you would need to make a request to PMI (customercare[at]pmi[dot]org) at least 30 days before the expiry date of your exam eligibility. That way, PMI will refund your fee minus a $100 processing charge. The exam eligibility period is 1 year from the date of completion of your PMP exam application review by PMI.
Also in case you’re unable to meet PMI’s audit requirements for the PMP certification, PMI will issue a refund minus a $100 processing fee to you.
Lastly, it is in your best interest to prepare well for the examination and try to clear it in your first attempt. PMI charges a re-examination fee for retakes, and this is currently $275 for members/ $375 for non-members for computer-based testing.
Here’s a free simulated test you can take up to assess your readiness level to take up the PMP exam.