14 Jul 2017

Am I Eligible To Take The PMP Certification Exam?

The PMP Certification Exam, you have read quite a lot of information about it.  How significant it is, how it would drastically change your career, what are the benefits, and a lot more good things it can bring to you.  On top of it are stories on how this certification has changed things the lives of professionals who embraced it.  Now the question, “Am I eligible to take the Exam?”

Here is a quick checklist on the Eligibility requirements.

  • 35 hours contact time– this pertains to 35 hours of Project Management related trainings, preferably PMI based. (See advantage of learning from PMI-Registered Education Provider -R.E.P. here). While there are many project management training providers, it is recommended to take your training with PMI Registered Education Providers to be sure that what you will be learning is aligned to the latest releases of PMI and can be counted as contact hours.
  • Project Hours
    • For Degree holders (any 4-year course) – 4,500 hoursof project engagement, this should be computed at standard 8 hours a day or 40 hours per week (Over time not to be included). This account for the past 2.5 – 3 years’ experience from the time the application is to be submitted.
    • For Non-degree holders – 7,500 hoursof project engagement, accounts for 3.5 – 4 years of project engagement.
  • Exam Fee
    • USD 550 for non-member
    • USD 405 for PMI Members

PMI Membership is $129 for new members and $119 for renewal and additional $20 for Local chapter membership (See membership benefits). I recommend signing up for membership first before processing your application to avail of the discount and get the free resources available including the complimentary personalized soft copy (thus, cannot be shared or distributed) of the latest version of PMBOK Guide as part of your membership.

I am often asked if there is are specific industries allowed to take the exam, the answer is no.  All organizations have projects, Project Management is industry-agnostic.  So, whether you are an I.T. practitioner, Construction Engineer, Events Manager, Learning & Development Professional, Healthcare care or any other industry not mentioned, you are eligible to take the PMP Certification exam in this regard.

A training company in Ayala, Makati City provides extensive Review Course including assistance to the eligibility application as part of their review course, follow this link for their contact details.  PMI declines a considerable number of applications that does meet basic parameters during the application process.

There you go, understanding your eligibility is now as easy as 1-2-3.  Good luck and see you in the Project Management arena!


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