The first step to certification is making sure you’re qualified to apply to take the PMP certification exam. For that, you need:
- A Bachelor’s degree or its global equivalent
- 4500 hours of project management experience in no less than 3 years
- Undergo 35 hours of project management training
If you do not have a Bachelor’s degree, you can still qualify for the exam. In this case, you need
- A high school diploma
- 7500 hours of project management experience
- Undergo 35 hour of project management training
How to Sign Up for the PMP Certification Exam
Once you have met these requirements, you need to sign up for the exam through PMI. The exam is held twice a day on weekdays.
You don’t have to become a member of PMI to take the exam, but there are benefits to it, like reduced exam fees and access to a soft copy of A Guide to the Project Management Body Of Knowledge, which is the guide the whole exam is based on. Exam fees are $405 for PMI members and $555 for non-members.
Scheduling Your PMP Certification Exam
Once you have signed up for the exam, you’ll get an “Authorization to Test” email within 3-5 business days. You’ll then need to go to the Thomson Prometric website and check on Seat Availability to find what exam centers are near and when they are holding exams.
Taking Your PMP Certification Exam
The exam itself takes about 4 hours and has 200 questions, so you will want to make sure you start studying right away and are as thoroughly prepared as you can be. The exam is held twice a day on weekdays, and you need to score 106 out of 175 questions to pass.