Every application for the PMP (r) (Project Management Professional certification) is reviewed by PMI. PMI will not permit you to take the PMP(r), if you don’t fill out your application correctly.
Over the years, I have edited many student applications. In this post, I will share the exact PMP(r), application process, and my top tips to getting you certified.
(Remember, as a student at ExamsPM we can edit your application free of charge before you submit it the PMI.
This topic has been the subject of extensive writings. You can read my past posts below.
PMP(r), Application Description Examples
Step-by-step guide for filling out your PMP(r).
Start your application at www.PMI.org. If you have any technical problems, PMI can be reached during business hours.
The first section of the PMP(r), which is a mechanical portion, requires you to fill in basic information like your address and phone number. This section should not take more than an hour.
This is the most difficult part of your application. These are the things you need to be aware of when applying for a job.
Tip #1: Refer to PMI’s definitions of a “project” to determine which experiences are appropriate
The following definition will help you determine if your project experience counts towards your PMP (r) certification.
“A project is a temporary undertaking that produces a unique product, service, or result with a defined start and end.”
Let’s look at this definition: * The project must have a defined beginning/end – operational work does not count towards your PMP(r) experience.
It doesn’t matter how large or long the project takes. You could have a budget of $100,000. You could have managed one person or 100 people.
Tip #2: Your project experiences must be from legally registered organizations
To qualify candidates for PMI, all applicants would need to know the definition of a “project” in order to be qualified. If you renovate your basement in a weekend, it’s not a project.
Your experience in renovation will not count towards your PMP(r), as PMI requires that your project experiences come from legally registered/certified entities.
PMI’s project management experience requirements are satisfied if the experience is either unpaid or volunteered to a recognized charity or community.
These are just a few examples.
* Acting as a PM in the construction of a facility to support a recognized charity or community organization
* As part of a PM team, you will be responsible for the design and implementation of an outreach program for a local charity.
* Acting as a PM for an academic project at school
Tip #3: Your project title should be Project Manager or an equivalent
It is not enough to be part of a project team. You must be involved in some type of management on the project to qualify for the PMP(r).
You must show PMI through your application that you:
* Under general supervision, are responsible for all aspects the project throughout its life.
* Demonstrate sufficient knowledge, experience, and ability to apply a methodology to projects with reasonably well-defined project requirements.
Tip #4: Make a high-level estimation to determine how many hours have been spent on a project.
PMI does not expect you to keep track of every hour you work. Do a high-level estimate when reporting hours worked on a project.
Here’s an example

The Complete Guide to the PMP(r), Application Process