PMP Application Process Before beginning the PMP application process it is important to be well organized. Not only must you be organized, but it’s also important to understand the application itself. You want to be certain that you are accurately portraying your skills and education and ensure you are not misrepresenting yourself. Though it’s not that common, PMI has been known to audit applications to make sure that it is accurate. An audit can certainly be intimidating but as long as you have been truthful you should have no problem. So, now that you have the proper education requirements and experience, you can begin to fill out the PMP application. The PMP application process can be intimidating, but since have all of your prerequisites in place you should have no problem! PMI Membership Applying to sit for the PMP certification exam can be costly, up to $555! Luckily though, PMI provides several different options for taking the exam when it comes to cost. First of all, to take the computer based training the cost is either $405 or $555 based on whether you are a PMI member or not. You may also elect to take a paper based test in which case your cost would be $250 or $400, again based on PMI membership. That’s quite a difference between being a member and not being a member. We would highly recommend joining PMI, the cost for a professional is $129 a year and the same $129 for renewal. So, consider if you take computer based training you would re-coup your membership fee right out of the gate. As a matter of fact you would save $21! PMP Application Process So, now that we have all of that out of the way, let’s go into more detail on the application itself. The application consists of 9 pages to fill out for a first time exam taker with additional details at the end for those re-taking the exam and for special accommodation requests. These 9 pages are broken up into different sections that must be filled out. The first part of the application asks for your PMI member ID number, if you have one. Next you will need to choose between two different options, either to share PDUs between PMP and PgMP credentials going forward. What this means that if you earned any PDUs prior to obtaining your PMP will be lost and your PgMP renewal date be equal to your PMP renewal cycle. The second option is almost the same except that your PDUs will be retained from the PgMP and your PMP renewal will coincide with your PMP. After that you will be required to fill out your personal information. Here you will have the opportunity to enter your personal information such as name, address, contact information, and education information. You will also be able to provide additional details such as how you would like your name to appear on your certificate. Now we get into the meat of the application, the experience verification form. This is where being organized can help expediting this portion. You will be required to enter in all past experience as it relates to managing projects. You will also have to break down the experience into hours based on what
step in the project management process they relate to. Finally, as a part of the experience verification you will need to summarize your experience in each phase of the project. Alright, so far so good, right? Now we get into the project management education form where you will list all of your education as it relates to project management. Again, having this information compiled prior to filling out the application will greatly speed up the application process. Finally, you will be prompted for optional information, such as do you want communication from PMI as well as your reason or taking the exam. Once this is completed, sign and date the application! All that is left now is to enter your payment details and study the PMP certification requirements!