How to Apply for the PMP Exam in 13 Easy Steps
If you’re working toward your PMP® exam, you know that it’s an involved process that can seem overwhelming. When you apply project management principles and break all the tasks down into individual steps, it can become much simpler to manage.
You may be wondering how to apply for the PMP exam, so we’ve put together a list of the steps you’ll need to do to register for the PMP exam, along with some helpful tips and tricks.
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Applying for the Exam
It all starts at the Project Management Institute (PMI)® website.
- Navigate to www.pmi.org and click the Register button.
- Enter your information into all the fields to create your profile.
- Click the Return to where you came from link to view your dashboard.
- Click the Certifications menu item, and select Project Management Professional (PMP)®.
- Click the Apply Now button in the Apply for PMP Certification area on the right side of the Screen.
6. Click the Apply for PMP Credential link. You’ll be taken to the PMP application page.
7. Enter your information on all the screens. You’ll want to fill these forms out as completely as possible.
Tip: PMI takes at least 5 business days to approve your application and may perform a random audit with your details and the references you entered.
8. When your application is approved, you’ll have a year to pay for and schedule your exam.
Tip: Simplilearn recommends scheduling your exam 5-6 weeks in advance.
9. You won’t be able to schedule your exam until you’ve paid your exam fee. Your profile status will reflect where you are in the process.
10. PMI has hired Prometric Testing Solutions to conduct the test on their behalf. When you are ready to schedule your test, you’ll be directed to their site for further instruction.
11. You’ll be prompted to enter the code you receive, and the first four letters of your last name. Prometric then allows you to scan through the availability of the test center at your nearest location.
Tip: You won’t be able to browse the availability of test centers until you’ve paid the exam fee.
12. When you are preparing to leave for the testing center, be sure you carry a photo ID with your signature.
Tip: A passport is usually preferred.
13. Generally, PMI® recommends that the test should be scheduled at least 5-6 weeks in advance. The scheduling should be done as per your confidence level. Note you cannot scan the availability of test centers until you pay the exam fee.
Not sure you’re ready to schedule the exam just yet? Take this free practice test to find out where you stand!
While taking the test, you can mark questions you’re not sure of and return to them later. When you’ve completed your exam, you’ll get the results right away. You’ll immediately be able to see whether you passed or failed, and you’ll also see your level of proficiency for all five process groups along with professional and social responsibility. You’ll receive a temporary certificate from the testing center until PMI sends your original certificate in the mail, which can take 4-6 weeks.
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If your training has taught you anything thus far, it’s that even the PMP exam process can be project managed! The PMP certification is challenging to obtain, but with the right preparation, it’s possible. Once you have passed your exam, you’ll be a member of an elite group of professionals who are in high demand in the workforce.
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