Editor’s note: We’ve updated this post! Four Steps for Passing the PMP Exam
Applying for the PMP can be easy if you know what to plan for and cover. Make sure you have enough PDUs, know how to fill out the application, take the exam, and maintain your certification with these five steps.
- Take a look at the application and make sure you meet the requirements. The main things are thirty-five contact hours (PDUs) and hours of experience working on projects. If you have a four-year degree then you need 4,500 hours, and if you do not (but have a high school diploma or equivalent) then you need 7,500 hours. The handbook on PMI’s website goes into the requirements in more detail, but those are the two main ones you need to make sure you have. If you do not have the experience for the PMP, you can qualify for the CAPM. The PMP Exam Prep Boot Camp will prepare you for the CAPM too since the pool of questions is the same. Then, once you meet the experience requirement for the PMP, you may take the PMP exam.
- Start filling out the application before you attend the PMP Exam Prep Boot Camp. That way if you have questions your instructor can help you. Most people use this class to earn all or the remaining number of contact hours to get to the thirty-five they need. Unless you have thirty-five hours before the class starts, you can’t submit the application until class is over.
- Since filling out the application can be a project in itself, we have a wonderful template you can use (PDF) that will help you.
- You will hear back from PMI® in just a few days. Once you do, go ahead and schedule the exam. We recommend you take the exam within thirty days of the end of the class. Give yourself a few days after class to review the study materials before taking the exam.
- Once you earn your PMP, you must maintain it by earning sixty PDUs every three years. You can find PMP renewal programs if you do not have time to take offsite classes. For instance, ours is a twelve month access to virtual short courses and over a hundred PDUs.