PMP Certification Exam – Prerequisites

What You Should Know about the PMP Exam 

The Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers. Globally recognized and in demand, the PMP demonstrates that you have the experience, education and competency to lead and direct projects.

This recognition is becomes evident through increased marketability to employers and higher salary; according to the PMI® Project Management Salary Survey – Seventh Edition, certification positively impacts project manager salaries.

Who Should Apply for the PMP Certification?

The PMP recognizes demonstrated competence in leading and directing project teams. If you are an experienced project manager looking to solidify your skills, stand out to employers and maximize your earning potential, the PMP credential is the right choice for you.

PMP Requirements

To apply for the PMP, you need to have either:

  • A four-year degree (Bachelor or the global equivalent) and at least three years of project management experience, with 4,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.


  • A secondary diploma (high school or the global equivalent) with at least five years of project management experience, with 7,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.

If you do not meet the PMP eligibility requirements, you may want to look at the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification.

How to Apply and Prepare for the PMP Exam

  • To apply for the PMP, register and log in to our online system to get started. A printable PMP application form is also available.
  • Need more information? Get more information on the PMP’s role and requirements. For a more detailed look, consult the PMP Handbook.
  • Ready to take the exam? Use the PMP exam preparation for information about the exam, tips for preparing, and important updates.

Maintain Your PMP Certificate
As part of PMI’s Continuing Certification Requirements program, a PMP credential holder will need to earn 60 PDUs per three-year cycle. For more information about the program, PDUs and how to earn and claim them, as well as step-by-step instructions on how to renew your certification, watch the CCR video. You can also consult the latest PMP Handbook found on

If you are ready to report your activities, visit PMI’s online CCR system to report PDUs and view your certification records. You can download a printable PDU activity reporting form.

(Source: PMI Website, status 2/2013. Please check there for any changes that might have taken place since then.)

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For more details on the benefits and how to achieve the PMP title please visit the PMI Website.