PMP Certification Requirements

Here’s a quick rundown of PMP requirements—plus the costs you can expect to pay—so you can be sure you’re prepared when you’re ready to apply for certification. We’ll also give you a brief look into the PMP exam itself.

Hours of formal project management education: Before you apply for PMP certification, you’ll need to spend time learning the ins and outs of project management. Any course, workshop, or training session that covers core project management tenets and provides an assessment or certificate of completion applies toward this prerequisite. Be prepared to provide the name of the courses completed, institutions and dates attended, and qualifying hours accrued. There’s no expiration date on contact hours you’ve earned Pass PMP.

Taking the PMP certification exam does entail a few costs. And you’ll save more in the long run if you become a PMI member—especially if you plan to maintain and renew your PMP certification on an ongoing basis.

The PMP certification exam is administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Once your PMP certification application is approved and you’ve paid the PMP exam cost, you’ll receive an email from the PMI with instructions and a PMP certification eligibility code for scheduling your exam at a testing center. Be sure to schedule and take the PMP certification exam within 1 year so you don’t have to reapply and start the process all over again.

When the confetti settles after passing your PMP certification exam, it’s time to shift to maintenance mode. Your PMP certification will be valid for the next 3 years. During that time, you’ll need to earn 60 PDUs of project management education to maintain your PMP certification.