How to Apply for the PMP Exam

 

Over the years Aileen has learned that applying for the PMP Exam is often a stumbling block for many.  Therefore Aileen has created step by step directions on how to apply.  Please provide feedback directly to Aileen at [email protected] on how this page can be improved.

This Webpage consists of:

  1. How to create/confirm your account on PMI.org
  2. How to Apply for PMP® Exam
  3. Details on writing project descriptions

Create/Confirm an account at PMI.org

Go to:  

https://www.pmi.org/certifications/types/project-management-pmp

At that right if it says CONTINUE.... click on the button and follow the steps below.

If it says APPLY NOW FOR YOUR PMP, then click and skip below on my page to the next BLUE SECTION for further directions.

 

Log In or Register Now

LOG IN :  if you already have an account at PMI.org but are not logged in, enter your current username and password. Then on my page skip to the next BLUE SECTION.

Register Now:  If you do NOT have an account at PMI,org click on Register now and follow my directions below.


 

Create an Account

If you do not have an account at PMI,org you can create one now.  You need an account to complete your PMP Application.

Make sure you enter a valid email address.

NOTE:  you are creating an account at PMI.org.  You are NOT becoming a PMI Member.

 

Tell Us More About You

A few hints:

1.  Your job title does NOT need to be project manager to be approved to take the exam.

2.  When it asks about total years of full-time work experience:

  • you need 3 years or more of total work experience if you have a bachelors degree or equivalent
  • you need 5 years or more of total work experience if you do NOT have a bachelors degree or equivalent

3.  When it asks how many years of experience  you have managing projects that last over 4 weeks:

  • you need 3 years or more of total work experience if you have a bachelors degree or equivalent
  • you need 5 years or more of total work experience if you do NOT have a bachelors degree or equivalent

Account Information

Create a Username and Password for your account as well as select a security question.

Now that you are logged in to your account at PMI.org, you can start your PMP application!

Go to:  

https://www.pmi.org/certifications/types/project-management-pmp

and click APPLY NOW FOR YOUR PMP

Completing the section on Academic Education

Picture on Left: 
Enter you highest level of education.

Then click on SAVE EDUCATION.

Picture on right:  Your education saved.

Picture Above:  
Enter you highest level of education.

Then click on SAVE EDUCATION.

Picture Below:  Your education saved.

Completing the section on Professional Education

Picture on Left: 
Enter you professional education to show 35 contact hours related to project management.

Then click on SAVE EDUCATION.

Picture on right:  Your professional education saved.

Finally click CONTINUE TO EXPERIENCE

Picture Above:  
Enter you professional education to show 35 contact hours related to project management.

Then click on SAVE EDUCATION.

Picture Below:  Your professional education saved.

Finally click CONTINUE TO EXPERIENCE


 

Completing the section on Project Management Experience

Hints:

1.  You will need to list enough projects to show you have led projects for:

  • 36 months if you have a Bachelors Degree or equivalent 
  • 60 months if you do NOT have a Bachelors Degree or equivalent

2. My suggestion (if you are going to have multiple projects) is to create a list (or a spreadsheet). 

  • list the project names
  • list the dates you led each project
  • count the number of months you led  each project
  • remember that you cannot count overlapping months. 
    • If you led Project A from Jan 2019 through December 2019 and
    • Project B from Jan 2019 through April 2019
    • You can only count 12 months total for both Project A and Project B.

3.  You will need to complete a project description for each project  

4.  Make sure your project descriptions include:

  • the project objectives
  • the project outcomes
  • your responsibilities and deliverables

5.  Most importantly

  • focus on managing the project
  • do not focus on the product or the technical aspects of the project

6.  Length of your project description

  • minimum of 100 words
  • better is 200 words
  • do not go over 500 words

7.  You do NOT need to list points of content (POCs) for each project on your application.  Please realize though, that if you are audited, you will need to provide a POC for each project.  This person needs to state that they have first hand knowledge of your work on the project.  They need to sign a form stating that they confirm you worked on that project on those dates.  My strong suggestion is to check in with your POCs before you submit your application to confirm they will verify your work, including dates.

Picture on Left: 
Enter one project.

Then click on SAVE EXPERIENCE.

Picture on right:  Your experience saved.

Finally click CONTINUE TO EXAM DETAILS

Picture Above:  
Enter one project. There is a sample Project Description below!

Then click on SAVE EXPERIENCE.

Picture Below:  Your experience saved.

Finally click CONTINUE TO EXAM DETAILS

Here is a short sample project description.  Use for inspiration only.

The project objective was to move AME Group’s Website from Wordpress to Kajabi while incorporating a customer focused modern design.

The project, although still in progress, has been successful. Success was measured through increased visits to website and increased conversion rate from potential customer to active customer.

My role was to lead the design team, the marketing team and implementation.

 

Responsibilities and Deliverables

Initiating:

Developed the project charter

Created the stakeholder register

 

Planning:

Developed the project management plan to include requirements, scope statement, schedule, budget, quality plan, risk register, communications plan, and stakeholder engagement plan.

 

Executing:

Followed the project management plan.

Acquired, developed and managed resources.

Implemented risk responses.

 

Monitoring and Controlling:

Performed integrated change control.

Monitored work.

Controlled quality.

Oversaw customer acceptance of deliverables.

Created status reports.

Monitored risk.

 

Closing:

Closed out each one-week sprint.

Performed product demos.

Oversaw project retrospectives.

Collected lessons learned.


 

Exam details

Enter an address where you have a permanent residence.

Make sure you click to SAVE ADDRESS.

 

Names

Name on Identification:  this is the name on the form of identification (driver's license, passport, etc.) that you will show the exam proctor before you start your exam.

Name on Certificate:  this is the name you want printed on your certificate. 

Example:  Let us say your legal name is Nicholas Shampoe but you are known professionally as Nick Shampoe.

You could have Nicholas Shampoe as your name on Identification and Nick Shampoe as your name on your certificate.

SUBMIT APPLICATION

Finally click SUBMIT APPLICATION

You will hear back from PMI in approximately five days that your application has been approved. 

After your application is approved, you may make payment and schedule your exam date.


CAPM, PMI, PMI-ACP, PMP, Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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