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PMP Requirements: Eligibility Criteria For Certification Exam

In general, candidates have numerous questions about the PMP requirements. They always wonder about the eligibility and qualification criteria for the PMI’s credential exam.

PMP (Project Management Professional) is the most admired and recognized exam around the world in project management. It is a very serious profession where you need to have in-depth knowledge about project management techniques.

That is why PMI has set some requirements. Being PMP adds a huge benefit to your profile and brings a hike in your salary but it’s not easy to crack.

You will find complete details about the PMP requirements in 2020. In this post, you will get to know about PMI’s needs. That is educational qualifications, training, and minimum experience to apply for the exam. You will also find answers to some frequently asked questions.

PMP Experience Requirements – 4500 Hours of Project Management Experience

Project management is an essential part of any industry today. Industries in different sectors highly dependent on the project manager for cutting down the operational costs, hence in a way reducing the time-consumption on a project.

So working professionals in any industry or any other sector need to earn 4500 hours / 7500 hours depending on their educational background. Since different industries have different tasks and projects to handle.

If you only 4-years bachelor’s degree or global equivalent, you are eligible for the PMP certification. You need to provide the experience of working for project management for 4500 hours for at least 3 years.

For professionals without a bachelor’s degree but with a secondary degree or high school diploma, you can still be eligible for PMP.

The requirement for such professionals is towards the higher side. You need to show your working experience in project management for 7500 hours for at least 5 years.

Remember such projects shall NOT be overlapping in nature.

Any project managed by an individual might be large or small depending on the time required to complete them.

While you take charge of a project, then you would work on leading a team, scheduling, preparing project status reports, coordinating with clients, preparing and tracking schedules.

So this will count in your project management experience along with the domain i.e.; Planning, Leading, Execution, Budget, Documentation, Maintenance, Coordination.

During training, you must know about all performance domains. It’s not mandatory that you have knowledge of all 5 performance domains in one single project. That is you can gain knowledge of all 5 performance domains from different projects.

PMP Education Requirements – 35 Contact Hours of Training

PMI requires candidates to acquire 35 contact hours of formal project management education in a way to appear for the exam. But what is a contact hour? One hour of classroom instruction equals one contact hour. This is stated by PMI.

You can add multiple training program hours together to complete 35 contact hours. You can also add educational hours from college programs. These are valid for a lifetime.

The 35 contact hours training is conducted through online and offline mode provided either by the PMI Registered Education Provider or through Non-Registered Education Provider. You can choose the mode of training according to your comfort. The cost will be different based on your training mode.

Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What documentation is required for filling the PMP application form?

    No documentation is required while filling up the form and applying for the PMP exam. You may have to present a soft copy of physical documents / supporting documents if your application is selected for audit. Documents like: degree certificate, appointment letter of company, work experience certificate, 35 contact hour certificate

    1. Can I take the exam if I do online training?

    Yes, you can take the PMP certification exam after taking online training.

    1. Can I take the exam if I do training from a non-REP?

    Yes, Non-REPs can provide training of 35 contact hours for PMP certification training. There will not be a problem.

    1. Can I take the exam if I did 35 contact hours training a few years ago?

              The 35 Contact Hours do not expire. They have lifelong validity.

    1. Am I eligible if my designation is not Project Manager?

    You need to be having a role of leading and directing the project regardless of the designation you hold.

    1. Am I eligible if I am not an engineer?

              You can be eligible if you are part of the project. Not necessarily a project manager.

    1. Am I eligible if I am not working in a technical field?

              Yes, it is not necessary for you to be working in the technical field.

    1. How will PMI verify my documentation?

              Only if your application is selected for audit, PMI will ask you for relevant documents. If your application is not selected for audit then there is no need for verification.


PMP is for those who are working in project management and want to enhance their skills and efficiency. If you are in project management and have experience also then you should apply for PMP to give a good career growth.

If you are not into project management and don’t have any experience but want to apply for this certification first gain some experience in project management and then you can apply.

This certification definitely worth it in terms of experience and education.

Over To You

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