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,ย  Iย  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.ย  (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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