PMP Certification FAQ’s Page

PMP Certification FAQs

Below are some simple FAQs to help you get started. For a complete description of the PMP certification, please download the PMP Handbook.

  • The PMP certification is obtained by qualifying for, taking, and passing an exam.
  • If you have a four-year degree (bachelor’s or the global equivalent) you must have completed at least three years of project management experience, with 4,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.
  • If you have a secondary diploma (high school or the global equivalent) you must have completed at least five years of project management experience, with 7,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.
  • A “Contact Hour” is one hour of specific instruction that addresses learning objectives in project management. PMI Registered Education Providers and PMI Component organizations are pre-approved to provide contact hours. You can also obtain contact hours through employer sponsored trainings, private training companies, or university/college academic programs.
  • “Project Management Experience” is the time that you have spent leading or directing projects. When calculating the number of months of experience, any month in which you lead multiple projects only counts as one month. When calculating the total hours of experience all hours spent leading or directing projects, including overlapping projects, can be counted.
  • Once your application has been accepted by PMI, and you have completed the audit process* (if that applies), PMI will send you an email with an authorization code that you can use to schedule your test at a Prometric testing center. (You cannot schedule the test until your application has been accepted, and you have completed any possible audit.) The standard method of administration for the PMP and all PMI examinations is Computer-Based Testing (CBT). Prometric is PMI’s examination administration partner. You can access a list of their test centers and schedule an exam online at
  • We recommend that you schedule the examination as soon as you select a date on which you want to take it and at least three months before the expiration of your eligibility period.
  • * Approximately 20% of all applications are audited by PMI. The audit is strictly a random audit; nothing in an application triggers the audit. If your application is audited, it usually takes about a week of time to get through the audit process.
  • For students who follow the course curriculum and complete course materials, it is unlikely to not pass the exam on the first try. However, this course does not guarantee passing the exam. Failure to pass the exam will not result in a refund or a free class.
  • PMIWDC's cancellation policy is that full refunds are only accepted if notification of cancellation is received 48 hours or more before the first start date of classes. NO refunds shall be issued for attendees who do not complete any portion of the virtual content.
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