Steps to Earning PMP® Certification

Follow these step-by-step instructions to guide you in earning the PMP® Certification

1 – Ensure You Are Qualified

Visit the Prerequisites and Exam Details page to determine whether you meet all education and experience requirements for the PMP® credential. You will be required to document your qualifications in detail on the PMP® application. If you have specific questions about your eligibility, contact PMI directly.

2 – Download and Read the PMP® Handbook

The PMP® Handbook will provide answers to all of your PMP® questions about eligibility, application process, fees, the exam, and renewal.

3 – Join PMI

While membership is not required, the US$139 cost to join is well worth the investment. As a member, you’ll save US$150 on PMP® exam registration fees and will have free access to electronic versions of the PMI Standards and A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).

4 – Prepare for the PMP® Exam

Global Partner Instructor-Led Courses based on the CertWise® Learning System for PMP® Exam Preparation have everything you’ll need for your PMP® Exam preparations. Choose from online or in-person classes offered around the globe that all come complete with reading materials, one-year access to  online quizzes and flashcards, practice exam, and more! Most courses will allow you to meet PMI’s 35 hours of project management education requirement for the PMP® application. (Please confirm hours with chosen course provider.)

5 – Complete your application

Complete your online PMP® application at You will have 90 days to complete the application once started. The CertWise® Learning System for PMP® Exam Preparation includes an Application Worksheet to help you organize and prepare your information before you begin the application process.

6 – Submit your application and payment

PMI will review your online application in 5 business days. You may be selected for an audit at this time. If you are selected, you will have 90 days to submit all required documents for the audit. The cost of PMP® application is US$405 for members and US$555 for non-members

7 – Schedule and Take Your PMP® Exam

Locate your nearest Prometric Testing Center and schedule your exam. You will have 1 year to take the multiple-choice PMP® Exam from the date of your application approval. You can take the exam up to 3 times during this one year time period.

8 – Maintain Your PMP®

You are required to renew your PMP® credential every 3 years. To do so, you must track and earn 60 PDUs and submit your renewal application and fee.