PMP Certification Requirements

So you want to get your PMP certification and are wondering where to start the process from and asking yourself what are the PMP Certification requirements.

You are in the right place and this post will hopefully be beneficial in guiding you on all the optional and mandatory steps required to apply for the certification.

It’s obvious, when ever some one start a process (Certification – Education) or anything new, the first question that comes to mind is, where should I start from, whats the beginning and what are the requirements. I remember I had pretty tough time on where to start the PMP process and what really are the PMP certification requirements and now I am receiving the same question over and over again, So I thought to compile a list of all the PMP certification requirements step by step in detail.

Update: After posting this post, some aspirants wanted to have more in depth of this process. So,  I  created an extensive beginner’s PMP Certification guide that will help you step by step.

PMP Certification Requirements

There are basically seven steps required for the PMP certification, some are optional while others are mandatory.

Step #1:

User ID:

This is optional. Go to and create a User ID.
It’s not necessary but there are benefits and I will mention a few of them:

  • Free.
  • You will be able to create a profile and your mode of payment, easy for later access.
  • You will get up to date information from PMI.


Step #2:


This is the tricky part and most people get confused.  (You can also go to and perform the following steps to get an up to date information as pmi may change there rules) Go to —> select Certification —>select PMP) but let me make it simple.

PMI has divided the eligibility criteria into two:


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 3 years of experience with 4,500 hours of Project Management related work (Running or Directing a Project).
  • 35 hours of Project Management Training.


  • High school.
  • Five years of experience with 7,500 hours of Project Management related work (Running or Directing a Project).
  • 35 hours of Project Management Training.


If you think you are eligible, move to step 3.

Step #3:


This is optional and is different then your user id. PMI has a membership service, which comes up with some benefits,types and also the fee is different for each type, Please do check PMI Membership and Types, PMI Membership Fee and PMI Membership Benefits. Also please visit for an up to date information on membership, types and benefits in details and check whether membership suits your needs or not, but I will mention a few benefits of membership:

  • Free access to PMI library and including free copy of PMBOK.
  • Access to Local PMI chapter, useful for getting PDU’s and networking.
  • Waiver in PMP fee and re-certification fee.


Step #4:


Refer to Step #2, I mention the education and project hours. Now you have to submit an application to pmi showing your education, the project hours and project management training. Previously, you had to do it online but now pmi offers a downloadable pdf as well. You have to fill in the required details covering all the 5 process groups and the hours you spend in each process.

Step #5:


When you submit your application, You will be contacted with in a few working days and will be asked to deposit the fee for certification.

Now as I mentioned previously, fee is different for both members and non-members.

Step #6:

A: Application accepted:

You will be asked to proceed and schedule your exam at prometric center.

B: Audit:

PMI randomly select some applicants for an audit process.

Step 6 has two parts as you can see, either your application will be accepted or put hold for an audit and if you are one of the unlucky one that is caught in the audit process then you have to show written confirmation from the bodies who authorize you the education, experience and project management training.

Step #7:

Schedule exam:

Once you are done with the above steps, the last step is to schedule your exam according to your convenience at

I hope these points will help you in getting started the PMP application process. If you are unsure of some point or need further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me or comment below or ask in the PMP Certification Forum . (Update: The forum is up again)

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122 Responses to PMP Certification Requirements

  1. Albert Madden August 5, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    Thanks for the information Amir! I’m planning to apply for it on tomorrow 😉

    • Amir Abbas August 10, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

      Go for it and keep me posted..

  2. Greek January 8, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    very informative, thanks

  3. jahanzaib March 20, 2013 at 8:00 am #

    HI amir

    i have just read that post,it is very informative.Actually i have applied for CAPM certification i hope you will be familiar with it. I have submitted my form online but it has been two weeks that i have not yet received any email from PMI,is it my application under Audit or it takes take that much time

    • Amir Abbas March 20, 2013 at 9:58 am #

      Hello Jahanzaib,

      Thanks for liking the post and glad it was useful.

      Yea, I know CaPM Certification. Hmmmm, normally one receive email with in a Week.

      Can you please check your Spam Folder. If you didn’t receive it in the 3rd week, make sure you write it to PMI Customer Care..

      Even if your application is hold for an Audit, you are asked that your application is accepted, please deposit the fee and as soon you deposit the fee, you are asked whether to schedule the exam or appear for an Audit..

      Keep us posted about this issue..

  4. gowrish iyer March 23, 2013 at 6:27 am #

    perfect! Answered the question I had in my mind.


    • Amir Abbas March 26, 2013 at 7:22 am #

      Thanks gowrish,

      Glad it was helpful..

  5. Ricardo Cocchiarale May 29, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    Hi Amir!,
    I am 56 years old, US citizen, current in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with also an address in New Jersey. I have an Associate Degree in Management in Real Estate Business at the University Veiga de Almeida, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but I worked for 20 years in New Jersey as a Project Manager and Construction Manager, for companies like PSE&G, Rich Fire Protection Company and Industrial Sprinkler Company, my field of engineering is Fire Protection, where I managed all the project phases in the fire protection field, from developing the design, coordination, planning the installation, billing, executing and closing documents. I executed projects as large as the Mellon Bank tower in Philadelphia (55 stories), hospitals, Newark Airport expansion hangers, Trenton Prison in New Jersey and various casinos in Atlantic City. Today I am looking to take a course in Project Management to perfect my skills, but I never worked with primavera or Ms Project, in the US I used SAP and Excel to get my billings, change orders, time and cost scheduling and managing the labor. My question is all this years of managing will comply with the PMP requirement to take the exam? Will there be a necessity to get a referal letter from my previous employers, stating my position and my responsibilities, to prove my experience? I am looking foward for your answer and l would to thank you in advance. Regards

    • Amir Abbas May 30, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

      Hello Ricardo,

      WoW, what a lovely profile and amazing experience.

      First of all, No need for MS Project or Primavera.

      – hmmm, initially, while submitting your application, you only need to mention your previous employers and there address and email etc but not necessary to get written confirmation from them at this level.

      If your application is hold in audit process, then you will be asked to get confirmation from your previous employers.

      PMP Application process is a 7 Step Process and I have written a guide over it as well, here is a link for your reference:

      Let me know, whether you are satisfied or not.

  6. Alfred Das June 1, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    Very informative, Thanks for the info, Your site has lot to offer.


  7. karthikramas June 5, 2013 at 5:39 pm #


    I am systems analyst with over 15 years experience in Java and other various applications. I also have CMMI development training and appraisal experience.
    I would like to explore PMP. My question is do you have have project manager title from you previous employer or an Analyst title is OK to go for PMP exam.
    I understand that I need 35 hours of PM training and I am planning to take it. But do i have to be a Project Manager in the past?

    • Amir Abbas June 6, 2013 at 5:12 am #

      Hello Karthi Kramas,

      No, No, No you don’t need to have a Project Management title to apply for PM.

      But, yes, you should have experience in Projects, managing, directing resources etc.

  8. bhaskara June 6, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    Hi Amir,

    Iam a software engineer working as a team member involving in project development and it’s maintainance i have nearly 8 years of experience in this field.
    I do not have any project management experirence i mean as Manager.
    Please clarify if iam eligible for PMP.

  9. Amir Abbas June 6, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    Hello bhaskara,

    I have no authority to make some one eligible for PMP or not but PMI does 🙂

    hmmmm, you have ample experience but did you ever manage any Project or resources or part of a team where you direct things.

    You don’t necessary need to have a Project Manager or Manager title to apply for PMP, but you have to prove PMI that you have directed Projects or part of Projects.

    Hope it helps..

  10. Shari June 6, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

    I was also wondering about being a titled “project manager”, thank you for answering that. I do have one more question about the 35 hours of education. Do you have to attend an accredited school for them to accept the hours of education, or are they flexible about where you get this training? Thanks in advance.

    • Amir Abbas June 7, 2013 at 5:23 am #

      Hello Shari,

      You are welcome..

      No, you can get it from any one. (By anyone, I don’t exactly mean anyone :))

      But it’s flexible.

  11. Sri June 10, 2013 at 1:43 pm #


    Great article and you are doing a great work. I am sure people will shower their blessing on you for this 🙂

    Well, I am planning for this for many years now, and finally I made my mind. I have a question regarding, “A four-year degree (bachelor’s degree or the global equivalent) and at least three years of project management experience, with 4,500 hours leading and directing projects” requirement – I have total 15 years experience and out of it almost 8 years in project management. But from past 2-3 years I am not in that role of project management. Does that mean, I can’t go for PMP. Do they need continuous 3 years and in current job?


    • Amir Abbas June 10, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

      Hello Sri,

      Thanks for the kind words.
      I don’t think so. I don’t think that should be a requirement.

      No, Not at all..
      Still, if you have any doubt, please write to PMI but I don’t think that should be the requirement.

      • Sri June 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

        I have sent an email to them today. I should get some response soon then will update.

        But, I too thought it shouldn’t be a problem but someone confused me. And I wanted to makes sure they don’t want the project management experience in current job or when you are applying.

        • Amir Abbas June 10, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

          Please share the email but I believe that should not be the case.

          • Sri June 10, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

            This is the email that I sent to them…

            “A four-year degree (bachelor’s degree or the global equivalent) and at least three years of project management experience, with 4,500 hours leading and directing projects”

            This requirement takes into account the total experience spanning my career or it should be 3 years project management experience in the current job?

            I have 8 years continuous project management experience from previous jobs not the current. Will I be eligible for PMP?

          • Amir Abbas June 11, 2013 at 5:25 am #

            I was talking about PMI response to your email but Thanks for the trust you share your own email.
            They infact didn’t mention any where and also it’s not necessarily that you should have a title of Manager or Project Manager. But you should have at least a couple years experience in leading Projects or resources or in any way in a better position in a project.

            Awaited for PMI response !!

  12. shaeen June 16, 2013 at 5:43 am #

    Hi Amir,
    This is another repeat question with regards to eligibility and further acquiring a pmp cert.
    Q1. I have a master’s degree with a total of 9 years in IT, as a business systems analyst. In the 9 years i have been a mix between an “individual contributor” as well as managing a team onsite and offshore for delivery. My concern is that although i feel qualified for the 36 months as an ‘Assistant project manager’ designation given to us as BSAs for a consulting company i worked for…i still feel that my overall experience as a manager is less than 36 months, it works out to 22 months overall…..Should I proceed?

    • Amir Abbas June 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

      Hello Shaeen,

      I have been constantly telling everyone, you don’t need to have a label of Manager or Project Manager to Qualify for PMP Candidate.

      Designation dosen’t matter.

      Have you Manage or Direct resources or Projects or in anyway part of a Team, where you had some authority to look into Schedule and Cost or in any other way. If your answer is Yes, then you can consider yourself eligible for the certification..

      Since, I am not the final authority, and if you still have doubts, contact pmi directly on their email address and hopefully they will respond to you in a few days.

      Cheers !!

  13. Sasha June 27, 2013 at 3:06 am #

    Hi Amir,

    Thanks for the info. Very informative article.

    I understood about the PMP criteria but I have following questions.

    1. I have three 3yrs Bachelors Degree from India and have various other Certification Courses completed. I have 5yrs of work experience on SAP Projects where I managed team, their assignments, client meetings, Project tasks etc. Does my 3yrs of Bachelor qualify me?
    2. I also took break from my job for 4yrs because of family reasons. I want to restart my career. So, would that affect my PMP Eligibility?

    Thanks in advance,

    • Amir Abbas June 27, 2013 at 5:50 am #

      Hello Sasha,

      Glad it’s useful, make me happy ..

      1: No, No, No.. 3 years bachelors is No Problem. Every country have their own kind of educational system.
      PMI says: Your bachelors should be equivalent to any 4 year bachelor degree. So if India has a 3 year bachelor program or even in some countries it’s 2 years, As I said: it is their own system and so PMI has to approve it, and should not question.

      Also, your experience is quite good and certainly make you qualify.

      2: hmmmm, I think this is tricky one, I don’t remember but I think according to PMI, your experience should be in the last three years.

      I am not certain about it.
      Let me double check, verify and will confirm to you..

      • sasha June 27, 2013 at 6:43 am #

        Thanks for quick reply. I highly appreciate it. I would be very glad if u could find an answer to my second question. I was working last till Aug 2009.

        Want to know if I can get a start by doing PMP.

        Thanks will be waiting for your response.

        • Amir Abbas June 27, 2013 at 8:54 am #

          Hello Sasha,

          No Problem, you are welcome.

          OK, here is your answer form PMI Handbook:

          To be eligible for the PMP credential, you must meet certain educational and professional experience requirements.
          All project management experience must have been accrued within the last eight consecutive years prior to your application submission.

          You can access PMI PMP Handbook and other PMI Handbook in this article. PMI Handbook

          If you still have any doubt. Please write to

          • Sasha June 27, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

            Thanks a ton Amir. I am so relieved that now I am eligible for if PMI considers professional and education in last 8 years..I still have 4 years of professional experience which is valid eligibility by pmi. My work experience is from June 2004-aug 2009.

            Please correct me if I am wrong. Also thanks once again..I will also post on the customercare@pmi

  14. Amir Abbas June 28, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    Hello Sasha,

    From the statement from PMI, it looks like that but since I ain’t got any authority and PMI reserve the right to change the rules, so I would suggest to write it to them..

    Hope it helps.

    If you write to them and once you receive a reply, please let us know so that everyone knows..

  15. Robert Kosic June 28, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    Hi Amir,

    I have a bsc degree and 4500 hours experience as a PM leading large projects for a bank. Prior to that I don’t have formal experience. My question is, I do satisfy the 4500 hours, but don’t satisfy min 3 years. If I worked under a student contract for a company prior to PM job, does that satisfy the criteria?

    Thanks in advance,


    • Amir Abbas June 28, 2013 at 11:12 am #

      Hello Robert,

      I don’t know whether I fully understand your question but according to PMI.

      Applicant should have Minimum three years/36 months unique non-overlapping professional project management experience during which at least 4,500 hours were spent leading and directing the project…

      If you previous work was leading and directing a Project, then it could be counted but you were just a team member or something than I am afraid that won’t suffice.

      Any way, I would suggest to contact PMI, incase of further clarification as they are the final authority..

  16. Sasha June 29, 2013 at 7:02 am #

    Hello Amir,

    I am so eligible for PMP Certificate. Called today to confirm. You are right All project management experience must have been accrued within the last eight consecutive years prior to your application submission.

    Thanks once again and keep doing the good work helping many like me..


    • Amir Abbas June 29, 2013 at 8:25 am #

      Hello Sasha,

      WoW, I am glad for you.

      You are welcome and keep in touch..

  17. Divyesh July 7, 2013 at 1:43 pm #


    Currently I am working as a support manager in reputed company.

    I am planning to do PMP.
    How PMP job market ?

    Means in terms od Salary because my current package is very high.

    Its useful for Salary grow?

    Divyesh Patel

    • Amir Abbas July 8, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

      Hello Divyesh Patel,

      There are some surveys indicating high salary to folks with PMP Certification.. whether You get a salary increment or not but Certification with definitely will keep you apart from others.

  18. Sheeba Saidu July 12, 2013 at 3:20 am #

    Hello Amir,

    Thank you for all these info/discussions. I had some questions in my mind, all got clarified.
    My designation was not PM, but I prepared budget/cost control, planning etc. under the designation planning engineer or project engineer. I hope I’m eligible to apply for certification.
    Is there any advantage for master degree (MEng.)? I never read about the advantage any where.
    Thank you,

    Sheeba Saidu

    • Amir Abbas July 12, 2013 at 8:08 am #

      Hello Sheeba,

      Glad the information provided was valuable.

      PM designation is not a must but I can also say whether you are eligible or not if you provide more info on what kind of projects you direct and how many years.

      No, I am afraid, Master’s degree won’t have any effect on PMP application or Certification.

      Stay in touch !!

      • Sheeba Saidu July 12, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

        Thank you Amir for your prompt response.

        I worked with building construction project’s planning, budget/cost control and project coordination and I have total 15 yrs of experience in construction industry. I started my career as structural designer after, because of the demand of the country which i lived I moved to planning/ cost control and project coordination. In this field I have more than 6 yrs exp. Also i have Masters in Civil Engg (but no effect for PMP certification).

        Please comment on this.

        Thank you,
        Sheeba Saidu

        • Amir Abbas July 13, 2013 at 6:48 am #

          Hello Sheeba,

          You are welcome.
          WoW, that is awesome. You have an amazing experience.

          Well, I am sorry to say, you won’t be given any credit or special treatment in PMP for your Master’s degree.

          But I bet you are eligible to start PMP journey.

          Stay in touch and keep me posted.

  19. Zahoor Hassan July 15, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

    Hello Amir,

    Thanks for regular response to queries asked by interested groups of people. I am working in social / development sector for last 10 years however still with simple Master degree. I want to improve my professional qualification by having a PMP certification. Reading above comments from friends, one question I have, is PMP is useful for some technical professionals or social sector as well?. I wished to have this certification. if there is any further guidance on this, pls guide. Many thanks
    Zahoor Hassan

    • Amir Abbas July 15, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

      Hello Zahoor,

      Thanks for the comments.
      I guess, the beauty of PMP is that it’s not limited to a specific industry or profession. Also, you will find Phd’s write PMP with their name in proud.

      In Social and Development Sector, I guess PMP may play pivotal role.
      Wish you all the best and if you want to stay in touch with me, you can hit the Contact Amir button.

  20. Asim July 27, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    Hi Aamir,

    Could you please let me know, is ITIL certification considered as a replacement of 35 hours PM training?


    • Amir Abbas August 5, 2013 at 10:22 am #

      Hello Asim,

      hmmmm, that’s a great question but unfortunately I can’t answer it, only PMI can but I can comment over it and give my 2 cents.

      If you look at PMI PDU’s collection and submission, even you can read a Project Management related book and you can claim PDU’s for it.

      But ITIL is itself a Certification and claiming it as an 35 Credit PDU’s is ummmmmm (You can infact but I’m not sure).

      What I suggest, is to write to PMI and inquire, I think that’s the best.

      Keep in touch and if you inquire from PMI, please share their comments.

  21. Robert Kosic August 12, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    Hi Aamir,

    one short question regarding experience. I’ve been working for just over 2 years as a PM for my current company and have 4500 hours of mangaing project. Prior to that i have been working on a musical project for 2 years. Does that count, ie does that fit in the category of 3 years of project management experience?



    • Amir Abbas August 13, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

      Well, you don’t need to have a PM Title with you.

      So, if those 2 years you have been managing/directing project or projects than yes, it can be counted in your over all experience..

  22. Balram August 12, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    Hai aamir

    myself Balram, I had done the diploma in 2006 and i got the job in campus of college, Now i had 8 year of work experience working as a planning engineer, due to qualification barrier, my growth is very slow, I want to know that what is additional short term certification i can do to enhance my skills as well as salary. for B-tech i can’t go now the time..

    Waiting for your positive response.


  23. ananth August 21, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    Hello Amir,
    I am planning to apply for PMP.I am working in my current project as a senior developer for around four years.In the PMP online application,there is project closing date.In this case ,it will not be applicable as it is an exising project.The PMP requirement is that project should have a closing date.Please advise.


    • Amir Abbas August 21, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

      Hello Ananth,

      You can put the current date as closing but since the project is ongoing, so make sure the closing part hours is set to zero.

      Hope it helps,

      Let me know if you need further clarification.


  24. Elizabeth G September 3, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

    Question about 35 hours of Project Management Training. Do I have to register for a classes?? Or is there some other way..

    • Amir Abbas September 4, 2013 at 6:36 am #

      Hello Elizabeth,

      There are various ways:

      1: Check your Local PMI Chapter, they may organize PMP Certification Training, that satisfies 35 PDU’s.

      2: You can check any local Institute, Training center, College, University that offers PMP Training, that satisfies 35 PDU’s.

      3: You can take online classes from various sources available online.

      4: You can ask any local trainer.

      5: You can schedule online training with some freelancer.

      6: You can ask me as well 🙂

      hope it helps..

  25. divya September 4, 2013 at 7:39 am #

    hello sir,

    is it possible to do PMP certification having masters degree???

    • Amir Abbas September 5, 2013 at 5:09 am #

      Hello Divya,

      Please correct me if I’m wrong. Do you mean, if you have have a master degree, can you do PMP certification.

      Yes, it’s possible but you need to have experience as well.

      Simple Master’s Degree with no experience, No.

      Hope it answered your question..

  26. Saurav September 5, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    Hi Amir,
    The information was of great help!
    what i find in majority of the queries is that everyone here has an IT background.
    i am a PG in finance and have been working with an import company from past 3 years.
    i have been managing the company’s entire imports n exports projects from past 3 years which includes Planning, Costing, Budgeting, Purchase, Import procedures and Sales.
    So what do you think of my eligibility criteria?
    Thanks 🙂

    • Amir Abbas September 6, 2013 at 9:11 am #

      Hello Saurav,

      Thanks for the kind words.

      PMP is not limited to IT or Telecom industry.

      Where ever there is a Project, there is PMP 🙂

      I think you are good to go..


  27. Muhammad September 10, 2013 at 2:43 am #

    I am PRINCE2 certified practitioner and at before doing that I took 5 days PM course so for PMP do I still need 35 hours training or can I crack on with exam?

    • Amir Abbas September 10, 2013 at 7:21 am #

      Hello Omer,

      Thanks for the comments and WoW, you are Prince 2 🙂

      If you have already taken 5 days PM course, then you can easily count that in 35 PDU’s and no need to get 35 hour training.

      Stay in touch.

  28. vasu September 24, 2013 at 6:27 am #

    Hai sir ,
    I am Btech holder with 3 years experience ( including 1 year training) in thermal as well as hydel projects . In this context I would like to know whether I am eligible to do PMP cerrtification . My work is completely project management but designated as Engineer . Kindly help me .

    • Amir Abbas September 24, 2013 at 8:03 am #

      Hello Vasu,

      Can you please be more specific about your experience.

      If you wish, you can share your experience and projects etc and your role in those 3 years..

  29. Arsalaan Khan October 21, 2013 at 3:56 am #

    Salaam Amir,

    I found this page quite informative and i went through all of the questions people asked you and it certainly helped me alot. I just need to know one more thing and that is, what kind of documents shall I be asked for in case my case gets stuck in the Audit? Appointment letters or just reference letters from the previous Managers? Kindly let me know if you have come across any of such case.

    Second question, how did you manage to escape from the endless career of Telecommunications because I’m sinking deeper into it 🙁


    • Amir Abbas October 21, 2013 at 4:17 am #

      Wassalam Arsalan Khan,
      Thanks for the kind words.

      Well in Audit, PMI needs verification from sources. (signed reference letters)

      Well it was a tough decision but seems an easy one for me. I know it’s hard to get out of it.
      Are you in Pakistan??

      Stay in touch and keep me posted.

  30. Roopa October 25, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    Hi Amir,

    I am from mumbai. Do i have to be a member of mumbai chapter for submitting application form for PMP?

    • Amir Abbas October 25, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

      Hello Roopa,

      Howz weather in Mumbai 🙂

      No, No, you don’t need to be member of mumbai or any other chapter.
      You don’t even need to be PMI member, but I do recommend to get membership in PMI and join a chapter if it’s an active one.

      Hope it’s clear.

  31. The Krogan November 2, 2013 at 7:48 am #

    Hello. Can you please tell me what is the process of getting project management hours approved? I have been working in the I.T. field and have led quite a few projects. I just want to secure the certification to backup my experience on my resume.

  32. Amir Abbas November 2, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

    Hello The Krogan,

    If you feel eligible, you can submit your application along with your Project Management hours to PMI and wait for approval..

    For PMP application process, this post will teach you step by step:

    Let me know if it’s not clear yet.

  33. Yogesh Patil March 26, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

    HI Amir,
    It was a nice post. Information is very helpful.

    I have completed my post-graduation MCA in the year 2009. I have total 4 years and 3 months of experience in microsoft technology. (including development and Project management experience).

    Mostly, I work for japanese client as I know Japanese Language. I have professional certifications pertaining to this language.

    I want to know:
    With my current exeperience whether I am eligibile for PMP certification or not?

    Best Regards,
    Yogesh Patil.

    • Amir Abbas March 27, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

      Hello Yogesh Patil,

      Thanks for the kind words.
      If you can prove that your experience is in Managing, Leading and Directing Projects, then you are good to go.

      But PMI has the last say 🙂

  34. Anupam March 26, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

    Hello Amir

    Thanks allot. The details were very informative

    I am having approx 4 Yrs of total IT experience & had been recently promoted as Deputy Manager.

    I want to go for PMP certification. I had already gone through eligibility section.

    But, Is their any Minimum Exp requirement for this certification?

    Getting company sponsorship is not an issue.

    Thanks & Regards

    • Amir Abbas March 27, 2014 at 6:12 pm #

      Hello Anupam,

      Thanks for the kind words.

      Yes, it has to be at least 3 years of experience with 4,500 hours with bachelor degree. Proving to PMI that you direct projects..

  35. Rathi May 6, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    Hi Amir
    I have 4 years experience in project management and a bachelors degree. but no experience in 35 hrs of training specifically. will I be eligible for PMP.

    • Amir Abbas May 21, 2014 at 10:06 pm #

      Hello Rathi,

      The 35 hour PDU or Training is debatable but it’s advisable to get it some how in order to be eligible..

  36. Neeraj Jain May 15, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

    Hi Amir,

    I was browsing net to get some answers on experience required was glad to come across your site :).

    I am want to join this course but not sure if my experience would be counted towards the requirement. Request if you could advise. My exp summary is:
    1) 2 years with Powergrid as an assistant engineer in APDRP project. my role was to manage a team of around 40 construction workers. I have the joining letter and resignation letter but do not have experience certificate.
    2) managing a team of 20 people in a BPO for last three years. I am responsible hiring/delivery/financial etc

    • Amir Abbas May 21, 2014 at 10:08 pm #

      Hello Neeraj,

      Glad my site was useful.
      I don’t see any doubt of you being not eligible for PMP.

  37. Mohammad Madani May 21, 2014 at 5:07 am #

    Hi Amir,

    I got my PhD degree last year in the field of biological sciences. I am not sure if the activities that related to my PhD project would be considered as an experience of Project Management related work or a Project Management Training. Could you please say something about this.

    Kind regards,

  38. Amir Abbas May 21, 2014 at 10:00 pm #

    Hello Madani,

    According to PMI, even if you read a Project Management Book, you can count it as a PDU. I think your project can be considered a Project Management activity if done according to PMI and PMBOK.

    Hope it’s clear..

  39. Mohammad Madani May 22, 2014 at 5:43 am #

    Thank you Amir for the info. I’ll check the PM Book & see what I can do.
    Thump up for you. Keep going & all the best 🙂

    • Amir Abbas May 24, 2014 at 12:42 am #

      Thanks Dr Sb for the kind wishes.. 🙂

  40. Macky HAMAPHASOUK June 3, 2014 at 7:09 am #

    Why does PMP certification requires so much experience? Think the reason.

  41. Bhavana June 30, 2014 at 11:48 am #

    I am MCA holder with 8 years experience .From last 4 years i am working as team lead , experience is in Managing, Leading and Directing Project I would like to know whether I am eligible to do CAMP certification . My work includes project management and team leading but but designated as “Team Lead” . Please Suggest.

    • Amir Abbas July 7, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

      You are not only eligible for CaPM but PMP as well. With such experience, I’ll prefer you go for PMP rather than CaPM.
      Designation does not matter..
      Good Luck !

  42. Satyansh Dubey August 12, 2014 at 2:01 am #

    I am an engineer with close to 6 years of experience in hydropower projects where i led operation and maintenance teams and coordinated commissioning activities. I haven’t directed any projects but contributed significantly in running a few leading power plants.
    Am I eligible to apply for PMP?

    • Amir Abbas August 13, 2014 at 6:51 pm #

      Hello Satyansh,
      Yes, I think you are but it would be better if you contact PMI customer support.

  43. rish September 9, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

    i am pursuing my post graduation and have done 2 months of summer internship in FMCG company. Shall i include it in total experience ??


    • Amir Abbas September 10, 2014 at 11:20 am #

      Hello Rish,
      If Summer Internship is Project Management related activities, then you claim for PDU’s, experience is doubtful ..

      • Vijay September 12, 2014 at 11:56 pm #

        How will PMI do the audit verification for the experience hours. What supporting documents are expected?
        I have been leading QA aspects of projects and managing onshore and offshore team members from QA project perspective for 10 years. Title is not project manager.
        Will I Qualify for the PMP exam?

  44. Vijay September 12, 2014 at 11:54 pm #

    How will PMI do the audit verification for the experience hours. What supporting documents are expected?
    I have been leading QA aspects of projects and managing onshore and offshore team members from QA project perspective.
    Will I Qualify for the PMP exam?

  45. Amir Abbas September 13, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

    “Project Manager” Designation is not a mandatory requirement for PMP Exam. You can be title anything in your organization but experience is a must.

    It’s been a while, I am trying to create the video tutorial on how to fill the application form and submit your project hours, but hopefully will do it now soon. (Keep an eye on the blog)..

    In case, you are audited, PMI will ask you to submit all the relevant documents via snail mail and duly attested from the designated employers.

  46. karthik October 14, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

    Hi Amir, will 10 + 1 year diploma with 16 years experience works for PMI Exam?


    • Amir Abbas October 15, 2014 at 11:37 pm #

      Hello Karthik,
      I am sure, it will 🙂
      Go for it, wish you all the best.

  47. Sam October 29, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

    Hello Amir,

    Really happy to see such a great forum and your regular/quick updates. Keep up the good work!!!

    Am an ITIL Expert and planning to explore PMP.
    Being a B.E Grad, am done with the 4 Yrs educational requirements for PMP Application. However, am really confused with the 3 Yrs Project Management experience and the 4500 hours of Leading and Directing Projects concept.
    I was with the IT Service Delivery/ Operations part of a Project as a Team Lead for IT Helpdesk for more than 4 years. Mangaging a team of 40 plus members and project assets. I have not been part of the Project Management Office(PMO) team as such. During my tenure, I had to get some projects completed like Migrations, Process Implementation etc. Does this count towards my Project Management Experience and am I eligible to apply for PMP ? If so, what phase of the Project was I and how best can my experience be aligned Project Management Certification.

    Expecting a positive clarification for the query.

    Many thanks in advance.

    • Amir Abbas October 29, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

      Thanks alot for the kind words.
      PMI does not require you to have a PM Title or be part of PMO.
      I personally believe you are all set to apply for PMP but PMI has the last say, if they audit your application and suited you not qualified, don’t blame me 😉
      But seems you are safe. Go for it.
      The phase depends on you and your inclusion and induction in the Project. (I hope you understand and are familiar with the 5 Phases or Process groups of PMBOK)
      Recall each project and seek your involvement according to each project phase with respect to PMBOK 5 process groups.
      Hope it’s clear.

  48. amit November 1, 2014 at 8:12 pm #

    Hi I have close to 7 years of experience in BPO operations, during this I worked in setting up the process from knowledge transfer to transition of the business to offsite location,application testing, seat utilization, resource allocation, and finally managing the project till business as usual means till the process is stabilized and then move on for transition on new project. In this function we were also budgeting and forecasting the volumes and revenue and cost in the initial phase of setting up. It also has team of associates and team leaders and you were managing them. Need to ask this experience constitutes as a valid experience for PMP certification

    • Amir Abbas November 2, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

      Hello Amit,
      I have no doubt in this experience. Those are very valid Projects and does include everything PMI demands.
      I guess you should not waste time and submit your application asap.
      Wish you all the best..

  49. Fahad Ansari November 13, 2014 at 7:03 am #

    Hi Amir,
    Starting with, I truly believe that this is a very nice article and have answered lots of my questions already.
    I have been associated with Telecommunications sector since more then 8 years whereby I have been serving as a project manager for last 3 years. I would like to go for my PMP certification ASAP however there is a query which I would request you to kindly clarify.
    I had attended a formal PMP training almost 3 years ago whereby I did received a formal certificate granting me the required 35 PDUs in order to have the eligibility for appearing in the PMP examination but since I could not sit in the PMP exam this far due to certain reasons, I would like to inquire if the earlier received PMP training certificate with 35 PDUs would still be valid for me to schedule a PMP examination now or do I need to get fresh set of PMP training credentials in order to sit in the PMP examination ?
    Thanks in advance for your support.

    • Amir Abbas November 13, 2014 at 11:39 am #

      Dear Fahad,
      No. You don’t need fresh PMP Training for PDU’s. The old certificate is enough.
      Wish you all the best 🙂

      Kind regards,

  50. sri November 14, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

    HI Amir,

    I have a total of 8 years It experience in which 4 .8 years as senior software engineer in India and 3.8 years of experience as a programmer analyst in USA.My Work in USA Includes involving in calls with the client and discussing with my lead about the requirements and based on those discussion me or my lead will be giving work to the offshore team in india.I have worked on Developing POC(proof of concept)’s for the new Demos.I have worked on developing System requirement document and developing mockups for the new requirements or Enhancements of the project .i would like to inquire whether iam eligible or PMP or not.
    and If i am eligible and able to pass PMP Exam whether i am eligible for getting project manager JOB.

    Thanks In Advance for your support

    • Amir Abbas November 14, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

      To appear for PMP Exam, you do not need a designation of a PM.
      So, with 8 years of extensive work experience with projects, I have no doubt that you are not eligible for Exam. But I hope you have a Bachelor degree.

      You are eligible but I can’t guarantee you will pass the exam 😉 but I wish you pass.
      With PMP Certificate, I or no one can guarantee you a PM Job, even you can be a PM without a PMP Certificate.

      Hope that answer your queries…

      • Sri November 17, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

        i have a masters second question clearly is whether i can apply for PM Position with PMP Certificate or not?

        • Sri November 17, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

          my second question clearly is whether i can apply for PM Position in the MNC’s with PMP Certificate or not?

        • Amir Abbas November 18, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

          Yes, you can apply for any Managerial position.

  51. AJ February 6, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

    Hi Amir,

    I have been working in technical support for a Canadian telecom company for the last 2.5 years.

    Just curious if technical support experience can count towards the experience requirement for PMP certification?

    Also, I have a 3 years bachelors of science degree from India. Would I be able to to use that to bring the experience requirement down to 4500 hrs.

    Looking forward to hearing back.


    • Amir Abbas February 7, 2015 at 1:07 pm #

      If you were doing projects or involved in projects, then I don’t think Technical and Non-Technical would matter.
      Everything counts. PMI does not specifically said anywhere (to my knowledge) that specific Technical and Non-Technical are not permissible.
      Yup. Requirements for Diploma and Bachelors degree are different.

      • AJ February 8, 2015 at 2:00 am #

        Hi Amir,

        Thanks for responding back.

        My role is more operational than project based but I am still looking into getting PMP certification to broaden my opportunities to grow internally and externally of my organization.

        My current role in technical support predominantly involves – taking customer phone calls, resolving their technical issues via leveraging proprietary organizational tool and resources, documenting that on their file using trouble-tickets. potentially making sales and at times co-facilitating weekly team meetings.

        Any way I can leverage this experience towards the experience requirement for PMP?


        • Amir Abbas February 8, 2015 at 7:21 am #

          PMI changed their policy a while back and they are looking for applicants who are more into managing and directing. You seems to have no experience in those areas and neither you are managing anything.
          I would suggest go for CaPM and get another year or so experience in lead position (May be volunteer and not paid) that would help you in defending your application for PMP Certification.

  52. ramesh February 9, 2015 at 9:31 pm #

    Thank you Amir for the insight. I have one last question, do you need to have 3 years of work experience before you apply for level 1 exam? Or is it possible to show that experience after the exam too? Coz I have 2 n a half years of experience currently and I’m interested pursuing PMP.

    • Amir Abbas February 10, 2015 at 5:10 pm #

      When you apply for PMP, you will be asked to submit your qualification and experience first.

  53. Nilay Patel March 27, 2015 at 9:27 pm #

    Hi Amir, I have completed my MBA with certain courses leading towards Project Management which satisfies my 35 contact hrs, But I have 1 yr of Business Analyst experience being a team member for non-overlapping projects. Will I be still eligible to obtain PMP certification?

    • Amir Abbas March 28, 2015 at 8:46 am #

      Hello Nilay,
      One Year, No.
      Don’t waste your time. Go for CaPM or any other Agile Certification.

  54. Raghu May 7, 2015 at 10:44 am #

    Hi Amir,

    I am Raghu from Hyd-Ind–i am a team lead with 10 years experience in BPO–all i have is Leading experience-managing a team and completion of projects with Time critical processess. Being a non voice team lead, will i have a chance to go for PMP and also please let me know how good are chances of me clearing PMP. Thanks

    • Amir Abbas May 7, 2015 at 5:18 pm #

      Hello Raghu,
      I think you are good to go.
      oooh Wait Wait Wait, I ain’t a palmist 😉
      Chances of success depends on your knowledge, experience and understanding of PMBOK and PMI Psychology.
      Hope that helps ..

  55. Blessen Koshy July 1, 2015 at 3:07 pm #

    How does one measure the 4500 hours aspect of project management training?

    • Amir Abbas July 3, 2015 at 11:35 pm #

      You mean the 4,500 hours of Project Management Experience ..
      I promise to so many people that I will write a detail post and a video to demonstrate that and I never get a chance. I better do it.

      Briefly, for each project, you calculate the hours spend in Initiation, Planning, Executing, Monitoring & Controlling and Closing and then you sum them up.

  56. Kiran July 9, 2015 at 1:54 am #

    Hi Amir,
    Just wanted to know if my employer internal certifications related to PM would help me meet mandatory 35 hours of project management education ?
    If not please do share some sources/inputs to meet 35 hours of formal education.

    • Amir Abbas July 9, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

      Hello Kiran,

      Yes. That would suffice. You are good to go.

      Let me know if you need clarification or something.

  57. Sonu August 5, 2015 at 6:39 pm #

    Hello Amir

    can I first submit the applciation on and pay the certifcate fee and then go for preapring for PMP . I hope once the certifcation fee is given . it is upto us as to when to give the exam

    or is it better to prepare for PMP first and then go for the application sumbitting process ?


    • Amir Abbas August 6, 2015 at 11:53 am #

      Hello Sonu,
      Application expires in one year and your fee is almost non-refundable.

      I always Recommend to prepare yourself first and then apply.

  58. Tarique Waseem September 8, 2015 at 4:35 pm #

    Hi Amir

    I am in contact with simplilearn and planning enroll for online PMP training with them. They will provide me the training meterial.

    Please suggest, how is it and how is their training meterial?

    Tarique Waseem

    • Amir Abbas September 8, 2015 at 7:21 pm #

      Hello Tarique,

      I haven’t tested their training material so cannot recommend.

      Kind regards,

  59. Tarique Waseem September 8, 2015 at 5:08 pm #

    Hi Amir,

    Continuation in above I am working as Senior Programmer analyst for 4 years and have overall 9 years of experience in software development.

    am I eligible for PMP?

    Tarique Waseem

    • Amir Abbas September 8, 2015 at 7:22 pm #

      Hello Tarique,

      It depends. Did you manage or lead any project or projects in that time sphere?
      If yes, then you are eligible.

  60. Tarique Waseem September 15, 2015 at 11:32 am #

    Hi Amir,

    I have the following question, can you please clear my doubt?

    “After receiving authorization for PMP from PMI, one must pass the exam within one year. One can take the exam upto three times within that year, If one fails all three times, one must wait for one year to reapply for the PMP exam”

    Do I need to pay fee for each attempt within that year or I will get three chances in that fee?

    Does that rule apply for CAPM also?

    Tarique Waseem

    • Amir Abbas September 16, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

      Hello Tarique,

      You’ll have to pay each time, though the fee is almost half for the other tries.
      Applies for all certifications.
      Hope that helps.
      Please don’t fail 🙂

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