PMP Certification: The Free Beginner’s Guide from PMbody

PMP Certification

New to PMP Certification ? Glad you make up to this page. PMP Certification is quite challenging and the application process is no less than a daunting journey in itself.

Keeping in view, the ambiguous nature of application process, we have compile together an exhaustive guide that will help you step by step on each process that is needed in order to complete the PMP Certification application process successfully and ease…

We have compile together this guide, with the sole purpose and objective to help you with the application process and not on using the material for study or passing the pmp certification.

There are basically Seven steps or processes that every pmp certification aspirant has to go through before taking on the exam. Some steps have further sub-steps and a couple of these steps are optional but are recommended.

So with further a due, let’s dive in:

What is PMP Certification ?

Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification is offered by Project Management Institute (PMI). The certification is focused towards project managers but anyone who is into leading, directing or working with projects should look into this certification, as this is the most famous and well recognized certification in the world.

Various certification tapping organizations and online journals have considered pmp certification, one of the top 10 certifications in the world over the years but that is not just one of the plus point. The certification offers an immense ray of benefits but I won’t go into details as this blog post is about the application process.

The best part of pmp certification is that, it is industry independent. The tools, tips, tricks, techniques and best practices mentioned in the famousย PMBOK guide offered by PMI immensely increased the success rate of various projects regardless of industry, whether they are executed in Govt, semi-Govt, private, commercial, non-commercial or any other organization.

Step 1:ย Create a Free User ID in PMI website:

This is optional but it would be required before application is submitted and also it’s better to enrolled yourself with PMI. When you create your ID, you will be able to create your profile and also search the site and can access to certain areas which are restricted to login users only.
There may be other benefits, but I will mention a few:

  • Free.
  • Give you the ability to create a profile.
  • Give you access to mode of payment.
  • Able to get up-to-date information from PMI.
  • Able to browse PMI site, restricted to login users only.
  • Ability to browse, seek and apply for Volunteer work.
  • You can upload your CV, apply for volunteer work in different regions and countries etc.

PMP Certification Application Process Flow Diagram

PMP Certification Application Flow Diagram

Step 2: Eligibility Criteria:

The first question every individual should ask before thinking of PMP Certification, Am I eligible to take on the pmp journey?. Before you apply for PMP Certification, it’s best to review your academics, experience and judge yourself whether you are eligible to take on the PMP Certification.
After reading below requirements, assess yourself and If you are not eligible, there is another certification called CaPM (Certified Associate for Project Management), you better consider this certification as that is another route to make yourself eligible for pmp certification.

PMI may change their certification eligibility requirements, so it’s always better to check their website for an up-to-date information.

PMI has categorized the eligibility requirements for PMP Certification in two:

  • Aspirants holding a Degree.
  • Aspirants holding a Diploma.


  • Four Years Degree (bachelor’s or any other global equivalent).
  • Three Years of project management experience.
  • 4,500 hours spent on leading and directing projects.
  • 35 hours of project management education.


  • Diploma (A secondary high school or any other global equivalent).
  • Five years of project management experience.
  • 7,500 hours spent on leading and directing projects.
  • 35 hours of project management education.

Let’s briefly discuss these four points:

1: Degree/ Diploma: It’s quite clear and nothing to add more or explain. You should have educational background before you apply.

2: Project Management Experience: It’s quite clear as well, if you have worked in any capacity as a Lead or Manager, then you are supposedly eligible.

3: Project Hours Submission: This is very tricky and seems the most daunting step in this whole application process. Please see step4 for further explanation but briefly, it’s your total hours that you spend on each project and you need to provide it to pmi via downloading the hours submission pdf document or online.

4: Project Management Education: If you notice whether you a degree holder or diploma both require 35 hours of project management education. Normally this is referred to as formal classroom training of project management. In pmi terms it’s referred to as (Professional Development Unit’s) pdu’s and a total of 95 pdu’s are required 35 before the pmp certification and 60 after you pass pmp exam. Please check section 2.1 for further explanation.

We will write in detail on how to get all 95 pdu’s in later article but here will focus a little bit on the 35 pdu’s, that are requirement to pmp application.

2.1: Get 35 PDU’s:

These 35 project management education can be achieved in various ways, and can be claimed, but normally aspirants take pmp certification preparation course from an authorized person/institute, and claim it as 35 pdu’s, and that seems to be one of the easiest way.

Step 3: PMI Membership:

Availing pmi membership is optional but if you are serious about pursuing your career in Project management, then membership is a great way to stay in touch with industry news, getting updates from pmi about new trends, techniques used in project management round the world. also give you the opportunity to network with local peers via pmi chapters.

Please don’t confuse yourself with step1, i.e creating user id in pmi site. user id and membership are two different things. User id is free and for life while membership is not free and renewable every year.

3.1: Types of PMI Membership:

PMI offers various types of membership. Below here are the three main types of membership that pmi offers, but there are also group and airmail membership available:

  • Individual Membership.
  • Student Membership.
  • Retiree Membership.

Individual Membership:

This is a general purpose membership and the most famous and anyone can get this membership regardless of his/her industry or organization. Those individuals who are associated in any project management related work and want to further enhance their knowledge, approach and network should look over this membership.

Student Membership:

PMI do offer student membership but would depend upon your enrollment in a Collage or University, if you want to know or choose project management as a future career or just want to enhance your project management skills besides your choice of industry. Then even as a student, you can get pmi membership.

Retiree Membership:

If you have given up work and spending your life as a retiree but still the thirst for project management and the profession is there, then pmi has a place for you as well and offer a retiree membership program as well.

3.2: Fee for Membership:

In section 3.1 we discussed the different types of membership offered by pmi. Now let’s discuss fee for each membership types. Please keep in mind that membership is renewable, means every year you to repay in order to retain your membership.
There are two kinds of fee:

  • PMI main Membership and
  • Chapter Membership


Chapter: Before you are lost, let me quickly tell you about Chapter. PMI has local chapters in every Country and major Cities round the world (Not every country and city has a chapter, check pmi website to see whether your Country/City has a chapter).
Chapter provides local access and network to project management professionals but highly depends on chapter and it’s members. Some may not be active, so before you take local chapter membership, it’s better to visit and know about the members.

PMI Membership Fee

  • Fixed

PMI main membership fee is fixed for everyone regardless of Country/Organization.

  • Renewable

The membership needs to be renewed every year in order to be retained.

Chapter Fee

  • Vary

Fee vary from chapter to chapter. Every chapter have set their own fee.
One can be member of more than one chapter but will pay for each chapter separately.

  • Renewable

The membership needs to be renewed every year in order to be retained.


Individual Membership

PMI Membership:
Join: 139$
Renew: 129$

Chapter Membership:
Vary on Chapter

Student Membership

PMI Membership:
Join: 42$
Renew: 32$

Chapter Membership:
Vary on Chapter


Retiree Membership

PMI Membership:
Join: 65$

Chapter Membership:
Vary on Chapter

Step 4: Submit Application and Project Hours:

So you completed all steps above and found yourself eligible for pmp certification. Good !. The above steps were some how easy but this is the most daunting, difficult and challenging task in this whole pmp application process but you are covered, not need to worry.
If you recall step2: There are three things required to be accompanied with your application:
1: Education.
2: 35 contact hours.
3: Hours of project management related work on projects (depends on your qualification).

The first two are easy, you already have a degree/diploma and obtained 35 hours of project management training either from a local institute or online but the third one is challenging and I will help you with that. Please see 4.1, how to calculate project hours.

4.1: Calculate Project Hours for PMP Certification:

Calculating project hours that you have spend on your projects are a bit tricky but hopefully below description will give you a brief insight.

What is Project Hours?
Your 8*5 or 9*5 or whatever schedule you had for your projects, you need to calculate that and identify the hours spend on each phase of the project (Initiating to Closing) and then submit to pmi.

You must know that you will be tested on the five knowledge areas of pmbok i.e: Initiation, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and controlling and Closing and each process group has certain percentage on pmp exam. With that said, each phase has a process e.g: If we take Initiation, it has a process of creating a project charter. So all you need is to fill the hours that you spend on each process in a phase of your project.

Note: If you have two or more concurrent projects started and running at the same time, make sure you fill the project hours with care and look for overlapping.
e.g: If you start working on two projects, say: both started on 1st January 2010 and one ends in may 2010 and other in july 2010. Now you can fill one project from January till may and other from may to July and can claim 6 months for both projects.

How Project Hours will be Submitted?
Once the above steps are completed, pmi will send you an email with links to upload your application data and also there is an online downloadable pdf version as well.
So have a choice to either download the pdf, fill it with all your hours honestly filled and send it or complete the application form online…

Step 5: Submit Fee:

The application that you have submitted will take less than a week for pmi to review and you will be asked to deposit fee. Now if you recall step 3, we talk about pmi membership.
Please keep in mind that membership fee is separate than certification fee, so your certification fee will be now dependent on your membership status.
Certification fee is different for members and non-members


Computer based testing
US Dollars 405 Euros 340

Paper based testing
US Dollars 250 Euros 205


Computer based testing
US Dollars 555 Euros 465

Paper based testing
US Dollars 400 Euros 335

Step 6: Application Status Response:

Once you have submitted your application and deposit the required certification fee as a member or non-member, you will be send an email to either jump into schedule your pmp exam or either will be asked for audit.

If you are lucky and are not selected for audit, you can skip reading the audit process and jump straight on scheduling your exam but if you are asked for audit, read on the audit section

6.1: Audit:

PMI states that every application submitted is subject to audit but very few randomly picked applications are caught in the audit process and the applicant is asked to submit proof or verification for the application submitted.

If your application is hold for an audit, you will receive an email from pmi asking to verify the documents which may be the following:

  • Qualification submitted.
  • Letter from HR or Manager or any other authorized body.
  • Training certificate.

You will be asked to submit the relevant document within 90 days via snail mail and pmi will review it with in a week and send you an email back to either schedule your exam or your application will be decline on certain grounds.
The address of snail mail will be mentioned in the email..

6.2: Application Accepted:

As I mentioned previously, you will be notified via email that your application has been approved or accepted and now you can proceed to schedule your exam.
Note: Please keep in mind that you have to schedule the exam with in a year or else, you have to redo all this process again including fee.

Step 7: Schedule Exam:

Good Luck !! You have partially done it, now it’s time to schedule your exam. PMI have nominated prometric institute as their test taking center. Here is a link to prometric testing center.

Partial congratulation to you. why partial, because you have just completed the pmp certification application process and not yet achieved pmp certification..

Every effort is made to make this pmp certification process guide as thorough, simple and useful but there is always room for improvement. If you believe, there is anything that seems complicated or not clear and need further explanation or improvement, please feel free to add it in the comments below…

Sharing is Caring !! Please do not miss to give your feedback and share it with your friends, colleagues.


75 Responses to PMP Certification: The Free Beginner’s Guide from PMbody

  1. Siegmar Spranger September 13, 2012 at 2:57 am #

    Thanks Amir, this is just a great guide. I love it.
    Thank you all for your never ending support.

    Your’s sincerely

    • Amir Abbas September 13, 2012 at 9:05 am #

      Thanks, you find it useful..

    • Lucy M. August 19, 2013 at 1:50 am #

      I agree, thanks for posting this Amir. Any help when studying for the PMP certification exam is always awesome. If anybody is looking to take an online PMP prep course as well, definitely check out this site, it really helped me out:

  2. Faye January 26, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    Thank you for all the information. You explained it beautifully.
    With regard to work experience, I am wondering how detail it has to be. for example, would it be enough to say I worked in Company X from this time to whatever time, end explain my work in a line or two ? OR I need to breakdown in detail Project X , worked 30 hours doing this process.etc.
    please advise.

    • Amir Abbas January 26, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

      Thanks Faye for the feedback.

      When you start filling the application, you will divide your project time from Initiation to closing and you will be asked how much time you spend in each Process Group.

      I will soon create a video and embed in this post, on how to fill the application and distribute your working hours.

      So, in short: Your Project Name , Your project role and description, and the total hours you spend in your project.. e.g: 10 hours in writing Project Charter, 50 hours in Project Management Planning etc etc..

      Hope it helps.
      Feel free to ask..

  3. Faye January 26, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    Thanks Amir. Your explanation was very clear and it is exactly what I needed to know before I even apply ……I think it is time to go back all the years and remembering !!! ……any how, I am looking forward for your video – Thanks again

    • Amir Abbas January 28, 2013 at 5:36 am #

      Thanks Faye,

      Glad I was of any help. It’s always good to look back in Life and Projects ๐Ÿ™‚

      Hopefully, I’ll start the videos very soon, there are other video tutorials I planned as well e.g: Earned Value and other formula’s.

      Please, feel free to contact incase of any query..

  4. padmapriya February 4, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    Hello Amir, very helpful article. Fantastic explanation and very good clarity obtained about PMP and its procedures. Thanks a lot. Could you please clarify will there be any much difference in the Certifications, Modules, etc., considering the Membership (Student Versus Individual) or it matters only with the fee. I am having 5+ years of experience but now I am a student doing masters. Could you please clarify?

    Thank you!

    • Amir Abbas February 6, 2013 at 5:28 am #

      Thanks Padma Priya, for the kind words and glad it was useful.

      No, No. There is no difference in the exam, itโ€™s only the fee.

      Exam is similar for everyone but please keep in mind Exam will be changed after July 2013 and will be based on PMBOK5.

      Let me know, if you need more help..


      • padmapriya February 8, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

        Thanks a lot Amir.

        You are too generous offering the helping hand. I have taken the membership and about to take the direct sessions with PMI this month. Is it possible that I can give my exam anywhere irrespective of which chapter I belong to? Eg. being of member of Chennai chapter, can I give my exam in Europe ?

        Also, thanks a lot for the info related to PMBOK5!!

        • Amir Abbas February 11, 2013 at 4:50 am #

          You are welcome Padma Priya,

          You can join more than One PMI Chapter. Chapter has nothing to do with your exam.
          You can schedule and write your exam anywhere in the world.

          • padmapriya February 11, 2013 at 5:18 am #

            Thanks a lot Amir! I am taking the sessions this month and planning to give the exam asap. Will keep you posted for sure as your tremendous guidance has widened the aspect!!

  5. Amir Abbas February 11, 2013 at 5:24 am #

    You are welcome Padma Priya,

    Make sure you are well prepared. Don’t rush for the exam !!

    Please keep me posted..

    • padmapriya February 17, 2013 at 2:17 am #

      Sure Amir.. Thanks a lot!!

  6. Akif March 1, 2013 at 8:25 am #

    Very excellent and Useful indeed. help me alot

    • Amir Abbas March 1, 2013 at 11:33 am #

      Thanks Akif,

      Glad, it was helpful..

  7. Phani March 12, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    Hi Amir,

    This article is very helpful and appreciate your helping hand… I have completed my MBA and have 5 years of experience in operations in which 1 year as a team lead. I want to know whether I am eligible for PMP or CAPM? and how do we calculate the project hours for operations.


    • Amir Abbas March 13, 2013 at 5:02 am #

      Hey Phani,

      Thanks for the appreciation and glad I could be of any help.

      Hmmmm, You put me in an awkward position, by asking this question ๐Ÿ™‚

      Technically, you are eligible for both CaPM and PMP but practically you have no experience in Directing people, which is PMI requirement and that had to be 3 years. (So you may not qualify for PMP but you can for CaPM)..

      PMI changed it’s requirement last year from Managing projects to Directing projects, so it is very clear that you must have manage some projects with a key role.
      I am not final authority or PMI rep and cannot add further but what I would suggest to you before taking any decision to send your CV to PMI nearest customer service and inquire and then take further action based on the response.

      Please let me know when you send an email to them and receive a reply..

      Here is an email add to global mailing list:
      Further you can go to PMI website and click on contact and select a region and send email to local region for quick response.

  8. Antonio April 29, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    Hi ยกยก

    Is it possible to pay for the membership after the certification application in order to get the discount for the exam?

    Thank you ยกยก

    • Amir Abbas April 30, 2013 at 5:13 am #

      Hello Antonio,

      Yes, it’s possible.
      When you submit your application. You will be asked to pay the fee. So, you can take membership and then submit the fee.

      Hope it helps.

  9. Sharon Maria May 23, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    Hi All,

    I was going through the article and found in eligibility criteria that the candidates should have a degree of 4 years. My graduate degree was four years and I have my masters (2 years) I have around 7 years of project management experience. it will be great if any of you can reply to my query.

    Best regards


  10. Amir Abbas May 24, 2013 at 4:29 am #

    Hello Sharon,

    Honestly, I couldn’t get your query, can you please explain it abit.

    4 years degrees depends (Some countries consider it an honour and while in other bachelor degree is of 2 years)..

  11. Irfan June 20, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    Hi Amir,
    Really appreciate you helping us out here. Thanks a bunch.

    Here are my question.

    1. If my application is declined, what happens to the fees ?
    2. I only have 2.5 years of experience managing and directing resources however it adds up to 5755 hours as I was required to do overtime. Will this count ??



    • Amir Abbas June 21, 2013 at 4:23 am #

      Hello Irfan,

      Thanks for the kind words.

      hmmm, Good questions.

      1. If my application is declined, what happens to the fees ?

      Answer to your first question:

      PMI have a refund policy, here are guidelines for PMP Refund Policy:

      To obtain a refund for the PMP credential, you must submit a written request to PMI at least 30 days
      before the exam eligibility expiration date. PMI will retain a processing fee of US$100 if you have not
      yet scheduled or taken the examination.

      Also, you can receive a refund, less a US$100 processing fee, if you fail to meet audit requirements
      (refer to the PMI Audit Process section of this handbook for details on the audit process).
      PMI will NOT provide you with a refund in the following instances:

      โ€ข If your one-year eligibility period has expired and you have not scheduled the exam, you will not
      receive a refund. You will forfeit the entire fee. You will not be able to use the initial fees for
      anything else. If you still wish to obtain the credential, you will have to reapply and submit all
      associated fees again.

      โ€ข If you have scheduled the exam and did not take it, nor provided the necessary
      cancellation/rescheduling notification to PMIโ€™s testing administration partner, Prometric, you will
      not receive a refund. Again, you will forfeit the fee and not be able to apply it to anything else.

      NOTE: You can send a request for refund to or by fax to +1 610 482 9971.

      2. I only have 2.5 years of experience managing and directing resources however it adds up to 5755 hours as I was required to do overtime. Will this count ??

      hmmmm, this one is tricky and honestly, Although PMI requirements are 4500 but I am in no position to give any verdict..
      Can you please check with with pmi customer care, email given above..

      Hope it helps.

      I have given links to PMI certification handbook in this blog post, which will be helpful for aspirants and may answer, some of the queries:

  12. Mathew June 26, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    Nicely explained and is very useful.

    Have few questions

    1. Is it mandatory to fill hours for all the knowledge areas?There may be a case where we may not have worked on, for example: Initiation process area.
    2.I take a PMI Membership and then after few months fill the application form.So,the validity period for my PMP exams start from the date of PMI membership or Submission of Application form or Application accepted date?
    3.Also i have planned to give my exam after Jul 31,2013.So i have to use pmbok edition 5 for my preparation.
    Today is 26-Jun-2013.I want to take PMI membership and submit my application today or may be before Jul 31,2013.So,will i be able to get the pmbok 5 edition to download as a member or will i be able to donwload the 5th editon of pmbok only after Jul 31,2013.
    Can you give some more clarity of the download of the pmbok procedure.

    • Amir Abbas June 26, 2013 at 8:54 am #

      Hello Mathew,

      Thanks and glad it’s useful.

      hmmmm, some excellent questions.

      1: No, No, No. You may normally not be part of some of the Project areas and as you mentioned e.g: Initiation.
      You can put (0) in there. No need to fill, if you were not part of it.

      2: The date when you submitted your application.

      3: Once you became a member (Today, Tomorrow or after 31st) you will be able to see PMBOK5 in your download area. You can easily download the electronic version of PMBOK5 available in pdf format to your device. (PC, Latptop) etc.

      You can take Membership anytime.

      Hope, I answer your questions, if you still not satisfied, let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Mathew June 27, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    Hi Amir,

    I have now enrolled for pmi membership.

    1.I paid $139 for Individual Membership.
    In the Order Confimation,there is a mention that “Customers outside United States are responsible for paying all duty and brokerage charges charged directly through customs.”
    Wanted to know whether i will be receiving any deliverable at my home address.And also there is a mention against my Order Item– > Individual membership as ” Not yet shipped”.
    So,wanted to know the items (if any) that will be shipped to my home address.

    2.Does my normal user id (which i had created in pmi website) now is associated to my PMI member id?

    3. Where do i now download PMBOK edition 5 book as i still cannot see any thing in Digital Library.

    4.Also request you to please enlist what all can i now access in the pmi website as a valid pmi member.

    • Amir Abbas June 27, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

      Helo Mathew,


      1: If you order any book or something from PMI e.g: Hard Copy of PMBOK, for that you will be charged.
      So better be careful before ordering something. As you will have to pay it ๐Ÿ™‚

      2: You create normally one ID (if you pay, you became a member and can access the member’s area as well and incase you don’t pay, you can only login and update your profile etc)

      3: When you login. Hover over your Mouse on Menu Tab (Membership — > Once the pop-down expanded, Select Benefits- See all that we offer) and you will be taken to a page, where all Member’s previliges links are available and you can select your preferred one..

      4: Once you are there in that page, you will lot of things.

      e.g: Access to Electronic copy of PMBOK4 and PMBOK5, Access to Communities, Access to Other few Books etc..

      Hope it helps..

  14. Don August 16, 2013 at 6:41 pm #


    I have been working as a PM for just over 2 years and I collected 4500 hours (I have a degree).
    Prior to that I have worked as a supervisor on musical project as well as on a my own house construction. Would that go into the 36 months required by PMI?



    • Amir Abbas August 18, 2013 at 11:38 am #

      Hello Don,

      A Project is a Project and it is counted. Regardless of what industry it was.
      If you have been in Managing / directing into that project, you can count it and hopefully PMI will have no objection over it..

      Wish you all the best for your exams..

  15. Suman September 12, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    Hi Amir,

    I have 8 years of experience, out for which for last one year i am working as a technical lead. I completed my graduation and PG both in computer applications i.e. BCA, MCA. am i eligible for this exam (PMP) or i needs to evaluate my cv from PMI customer service.

    Thanks & Regards,

    • Amir Abbas September 12, 2013 at 10:06 am #

      Hello Suman,

      I am not the authority to declare whether you or anyone else is eligible for PMP but Yes, I can tell you based on the criteria that PMI has set for everyone.

      8 years is a huge experience but were those years or some of those years 3 to 4 spend in any way Managing and Leading Projects. If your answer is yes, you are eligible.

      I would like to see your last 3 to 4 years experience, if could share and I’ll have a better idea.

      Cheers and stay in touch !!

  16. Paul September 18, 2013 at 4:29 am #

    Thanks mate…Much appreciated. I am currently looking into what 35 hour course to do. I have decided against the boot camp as the 4 days off work will cost me a bomb and I would also prefer to take my time online.

    • Amir Abbas September 18, 2013 at 6:01 am #

      Hello Paul,

      You can take the online course with me ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. sandeep September 28, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

    I was looking for this basic information, you have explained it very well,
    Thanks and appreciate your effort.

    • Amir Abbas September 30, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

      Thanks Sandeep for the appreciation..

  18. Deepu October 1, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    Hello Amir,

    Could you please give me more information on online training?
    I would be interested taking in it.


    • Amir Abbas October 2, 2013 at 5:38 am #

      Hello Deepu,

      I replied via your email.

  19. William Johnson October 10, 2013 at 6:15 pm #


    I have a question concerning the project management education hours. How do you know if a college course would qualify for education hours or not? I am taking a course through the University of Missouri, IS_LT 9473 – 01 Project Management.

    This course introduces the learner to the necessary and practical project management concepts and skills that lead to reductions in project cycle time while maintaining control over budget, resources, risk, and delivered value. This course proposes to integrate practical project management skills within the project management lifecycle (i.e., initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing).

    I can provide a syllabus as an attachment as well. Thank you!

    • Amir Abbas October 11, 2013 at 8:38 am #

      Hello William,

      Well, any Project Management related activity can be counted as a PDU. e,g: If you even read a Project Management related Book, you can count your PDU’s for it. So, any Individual, Institute, College or University providing Project Management related education can be counted as PDU’s.

      Hope it answer your question..

      • William Johnson October 11, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

        Hi Amir,

        It does answer my question. thank you. It does raise a follow up if you would not mind providing some feedback. So the class counts has three university credit hours towards a degree. Would one count it has 3 PUD’s or would one estimate the amount of hours worked in the class?

        Thank you!

        • Amir Abbas October 12, 2013 at 5:59 am #

          Hello William,

          Let’s make it simple.

          1hour of Project Management activity= 1PDU.


          1hour of Project Management= Any Project Management related activity, e.g: Taking a Class, Reading a Book, Helping School, college, business in creating a WBS or Management plans, A Podcast, an interview etc etc.

          I hope it’s clear..

          Kind regards,

  20. Dinesh October 31, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    Hi Amir,
    Thanks for article.
    I have some doubts. If a person is working on support projetc then how he can fill the details for Initiation, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and controlling and Closing as these project are already developed. Please explain.

  21. Amir Abbas October 31, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    Hello Dinesh,

    PMI requires that at least on some projects, you should have worked on all Process Groups, although it’s not a requirement for every project.

    I don’t know what kind of support person you talking about ?

    If you can be more specific and give your Job role and Projects the support person have done or are doing, then I’ll have a better visibiity and can give you some advice.

  22. Carl Mathews April 3, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    I have been working in my company for 9 years and will be doing the PDUs on January. What is concerning me is the fact that I have implemented alot of new things in the organization but was not a formal project. Bit it requires pretty much all the phases in the project. Most of the time I am the knowledge expert in the project, therefore, I am not leading. I have been doing that for over 6 years now. I have lead some of them but not all of them. What do you think of my chances.


    • Amir Abbas April 3, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

      @Carl your experience seems good to me, and if I were PMI rep, I would say Yes to you, but I would suggest to contact PMI Customer Support.

  23. Sandip June 9, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

    Amir, appreciate your efforts and hard work that you put it here. Really enjoyed reading, its interesting too for aspirants like me….

    Text is really simple and easy to understand. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am doing PM work for IT networks and infrastructure.

    I have one query not on PMP certification but lets say, Is PMP different for different domain mean IT infra, software development, testing, ERP and other services ?

    Thanks & Regards,

    • Amir Abbas June 9, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

      Hello Sandip,

      Thanks for the kind words, they keep me going ๐Ÿ™‚

      PMP is different than other Certifications, it’s not specific to any industry. It processes, or methods can be used for Construction, Manufacturing, IT and Telecom and almost any industry.

      Hope you get your answer.

  24. rupali June 17, 2014 at 1:24 am #

    Hello Amir,
    My name is Rupali. I have an experience of 3yrs as a lecturer in india in a polytechnic college. I want to pursue my career in project management. I want to know that ,Is teaching experience is accepted by pmi to get pmp certification.

    • Amir Abbas June 18, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

      Hello Rupali,

      I doubt that.
      One of the reason I can give is, it seems PMI prefer only those people to do PMP, who have hands on experience with Managing and directing projects.
      Having said that, there must be a criteria for Teachers and specifically project management teachers but unfortunately I am not aware of.
      I would prefer to write an email to PMI and have their say.

  25. Reena Advani June 26, 2014 at 11:40 am #

    Hi Amir,

    please accept apologies for casing error…

    I am keen to join the 35 PDU online course. kindly guide

  26. srikanth October 27, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    Hi Amir,

    For 35 hours of education requirement, Is there any validity for education, as I have one PM module in my PG Diploma in 2009?
    And, Can I take exam in India while working in overseas?



    • Amir Abbas October 27, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

      Hello Srikanth,
      Are you the famous indian batsman ๐Ÿ˜‰
      I don’t remember exactly the validity, I’ll double check again but seems there is no restrictions. (I’ll check again, please ping me if I didn’t get you back)..
      Yes, you can take the exam anywhere in the world.
      Good luck !!

  27. Ajit October 27, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    Is it necessary to take courses with PMI REP for the PDU or me reading any book on Project management give me required PDUs

    • Amir Abbas October 27, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

      Hello Ajit,
      No, Getting PDU from PMI Rep is not necessary. You can get it from anyone and almost anywhere.
      Yes, reading a book or any project management related activity can be counted in PDU’s.
      All the best for collecting PDU’s ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Raaju December 27, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

    Hi Amir,
    I have 12 plus years of experience working in Oracle Technologies. But, was never into lead. Will I be qualified to take PMP certification.

    • Amir Abbas December 29, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

      Hello Raaju,
      Hmmmm .. I would advise you to write an email to PMI.

  29. Thomas April 23, 2015 at 3:21 pm #

    Hi Amir,

    It was really a good not only the guide but also the explanation given for the queries was also helpful. Thanks a Lot Buddy.

    I have only one question, my wife already attended the training and took PMI Membership by paying $139, she downloaded the PMBOK5 & she going for PMP certification very soon, so if I read through PMBOK5 and along with it if I also read through the Project Management book which she got from training will that count as PDU’s & how it count / measure the number of hours for reading the PM book or PMBOK5 to convert into PDU’s?


    • Amir Abbas April 24, 2015 at 11:23 am #

      Hello Thomas,
      Glad the guide was helpful.
      If she already attended the training,then she can mention the instructor name and email and send it along with PMP application.
      I may be wrong, but to my knowledge, reading PMBOK dosen’t count in pdu’s.
      According to PMI, if you even read a PM book, you can claim it as a PDU but it would be appropriate to contact PMI customer care as how much PDU one can claim for reading one book.
      You can also download the free guide from PMI: which will give you more details.

      Hope it helps.

  30. Amr Ismail April 25, 2015 at 4:58 am #

    Hi Amir,

    I paid $139 for Individual Membership.
    But for one week the order status is not updating , it’s showing โ€“ > Individual membership as โ€ Not yet shippedโ€.
    I sent email to PMI customer care and yet I didn’t get a reply from them. any idea ?

    • Amir Abbas April 26, 2015 at 7:46 pm #

      Hello Amr Ismail,
      It may be a bug and you may already have access to member’s area. Please try to check whether you have access to PMBOK and other areas. If not, please write to customer support again.
      Please keep us updated..

      • Amr Ismail April 27, 2015 at 11:36 am #

        No, I am not able to access member’s area, and when I proceed with my PMP exam payment it asks me to pay non-member fees, which is 555$,
        I sent email to customer care on Thursday 23rd and followed with two reminders and still waiting for their reply, also I tried to reach them on phone but it was during Canada weekend so I left them a recorded message,

        • Amir Abbas April 27, 2015 at 9:24 pm #

          Hello Amr Ismail,
          Please be patient, they might reply you this week.
          If they didn’t respond, try to tweet or send a message on their Facebook page.
          Depends on your location, if you access to local PMI Chapter, you can contact some one their and they may forward your request.
          I recommend to be patient and wait for a response.

          • Amr Ismail April 28, 2015 at 1:56 pm #

            Thanks Amir,

            Yesterday I called PMI US customer care and they agree that there is an issue,

            Today I got the membership activated and I proceeded with the exam payment

            However still I am not getting any reply to my previous emails ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Amir Abbas April 29, 2015 at 10:04 am #

            Hello Amr Ismail,
            May be they have a lousy customer support or problem with email server etc.

            Good, you got the membership at least ๐Ÿ™‚
            Wish you all the best for preparation and exam.
            Keep us posted about your journey and dont forget to post everything on

  31. Amr Ismail April 28, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

    Thanks Amir,

    Yesterday I called PMI US customer care and they agree that there is an issue,

    Today I got the membership activated and I proceeded with the exam payment

    However still I am not getting any reply to my previous emails ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Talha May 1, 2015 at 5:51 pm #

    where can we give a paper based PMP exam in Karachi Pakistan?

    • Amir Abbas May 2, 2015 at 7:32 pm #

      Hello Talha,
      Paper based are in very rare cases.
      You will give computer based in Prometric (I think there’s a prometric center in Karachi, please check in prometric site)

  33. Talha May 1, 2015 at 6:06 pm #

    The requirements: 4-year graduation will be proved by submitting graduation Degree.
    I have completed my Master’s in Energy Management where Project Management framework and tools course was also included with 48 credit hours. How can I show it for prove? should I have to submit the transcript of Masters degree where that course is also mentioned or should have to take a letter from the university for its acknowledgement.
    For 3 years Experience of Project management and 4500 hours working as a project lead: how can I proof that as I have 5 years in project management but with different companies.
    Waiting for a comprehensive response to the above questions.

    • Amir Abbas May 2, 2015 at 7:36 pm #

      Hello Talha,
      You don’t need to prove at this stage, it’s only when you are asked for an audit.

      When you start your application process, you will be given a form to fill. That form will collect all the neccessary and required information about your education and experience.
      I am also creating a video series soon..
      Stay tuned if it’s not clear yet.

  34. Talha May 3, 2015 at 9:02 pm #

    Ok thank you, will be waiting your video series desperately ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Mankari September 21, 2015 at 1:16 pm #

    Thanks for your explanation Mr. Amir Abbas

  36. Yash P November 18, 2015 at 2:46 pm #

    Very Informative.

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