PMP Certification Eligibility And Requirements in 2024

PMP Certification is one of the toughest tests, and aspirants need to be well prepared and meet the eligibility criteria. The eligibility for PMP Certification depends on educational qualifications and work experience. A secondary degree is the minimum educational eligibility required to appear for the exams. However, since applying for exams does not guarantee success; education, experience and training also play a very important role. Since the certification deals with both theory and practical, there is also a requirement for practical projects as part of the training. 

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What is PMP Certification 

The Project Management Professional (PMP) is a globally recognized certification awarded to professionals who have met the eligibility criteria and passed the PMP certification exam. 

PMI, the leading professional association for project management, influences the career growth of project leaders in the industry. In this way, organizations get people who can execute projects well. The demand for project management professionals is on the rise. Research indicates that employers will need to fill about 2.2 million new project-oriented roles annually by 2027.

Since it is the most desirable and recognized certification in the project management industry worldwide, there is a strict PMP certification eligibility criteria.

There are two reasons for the PMP eligibility requirements. Firstly, project management is a serious profession; and, secondly, project management requires solid theoretical knowledge, and understanding of its techniques.

A PMP certification in a resume makes the employer more interested in the certified professional since they know that the certified professional has met the rigorous PMP certification eligibility criteria, and passed the exam. 

Therefore, before applying for the PMP examination, one must make sure that they fulfil the requirements of the PMP exam and other basic PMP requirements.

PMP Certification Eligibility Requirements

PMP Certification Eligibility Requirements is as follows:

PMP Eligibility Requirement
Secondary Degree
Four-year Degree
Hours Leading and Directing Projects
7,500 hours
4,500 hours
Hours of Project Management Education
35 hours
35 hours
  • A secondary degree
  • 7,500 hours leading and directing projects OR 60 months of project management experience
  • 35 hours of Project management education

Or, if the candidate holds a four-year bachelor’s degree:

  • Four-year degree
  • 4,500 hours leading and directing projects OR 36 months of project management experience
  • 35 hours of project management education

Or, if the candidate holds a post graduate or master's degree:

  • 24 months of project management experience
  • 35 hours of project management education

What are 4500/7500 hours of project management experience, how is it counted, and how should one gain it?

Your hours spent planning, leading, directing, controlling, monitoring, and managing project tasks or completed projects logged on your work responsibilities count toward project management experience. If you can, log an experience hour in a spreadsheet to document your experience.

For any deficiency, redo your work responsibilities and choose the time you spend on related activities like event management, group activities, and allied activities. If you are too young for a project role, wait a few months and build up enough hours to qualify to apply for the PMP.

What to do if one doesn't meet PMP Certification Requirements?

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) is the more suitable certification for you at this point. Suppose a professional cannot meet the PMP certification requirements. In that case, they can enter a project management role with the CAPM certification and later opt for the PMP certification once the relevant experience is gained.

PMP Certification Roadmap

PMP Certification Application Process

After you find yourself suitable for the application, gather the required information and document evidence before moving to apply.

Step 1- Compile your experience and training details in the following structure:


      • Name of organisations worked
      • Role performed and duties
      • Projects length (from - till)


      • Name(s) of the Institution(s)
      • Course details - name/ title
      • Hour qualifying in the training
      Step 2-  Register on the PMI site by creating an online account. You have to fill in your basic details here. Your offline PMI membership will prompt you to create an online account.

      Step 3-  Once ready with all the details collected as per Step 1, go to the login page through the Apply for PMP link on the PMI web page. Note that you already have an online account and are registered, as mentioned in Step 2. If not, you can always register again from the login page. Also, use the checklist as a guideline to ensure your form meets the application requirements for PMP Certification.

      While filling out the application details, if you need to look up some details, you can save them as a draft and revisit them when convenient. After the form is submitted, it is reviewed, and you are required to pay the fee (note, members are eligible for a fee discount).
      Once your application is approved, you must schedule your nearest exam slot and test centre location or opt for an online exam.

      PMP Training Costs

      The training cost varies from country to country, as well as the mode of training, like online classes or Instructor-led training. 

      The following chart will give an idea of the PMP Certification training costs across different countries.

      Price of Instructor-led Training
      South America
      Arabian Countries

      PMP Certification Exam Pattern

      The Exam Pattern of PMP certification consists of 180 MCQs to be completed in four hours. Subject areas include:

      • Initiation
      • Planning
      • Execution
      • Monitoring and Controlling
      • Closing

      Frequently Asked Questions

      1) Can I apply for the PMP Exam if I am not a project manager?

      A project manager title is not mandatory, but your project management experience is. Apart from the required academic qualifications, you must also have project management experience, as detailed in the Eligibility for PMP 2024 section above.

      2) Can I use my projects in any industry for my PMP eligibility?

      Yes, your project management experience can be in any industry sector within the techno-management function, including construction, IT, manufacturing, transportation, healthcare, etc. 

      3) Can I apply for the PMP exam if I only have experience managing operations?

      Project management differs from operations management, where operations are routine, while projects have a time frame and set start and end dates that PMI considers. However, managing various operations, process improvements, migrations, upgrades, or similar tasks that count across projects can count as your project management experience.

      4) How do I prove PMP experience?

      The PMI conducts a random audit before the exam by conducting a verification check with a supervisor or stakeholder to validate the experience you have mentioned in your form.

      5) How to get 35 contact hours to meet PMP Requirement?

      You must undergo the required training course from a recognized professional PM Education Training Institute. If you've already done with training, collect and submit the necessary copies of certificates and letters from the training institute for the courses mentioned in your application.

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      The Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program renews PMI certification every three years. In addition to 35 hours of project management education and to work directly on projects, you must also pass a certification with at least 60 PDUs, (Professional Development Units) that require mentoring and training sought by PMI Registered Education Providers (REP) or non-REPs.

      6) What are the ways to gather required experience for PMP Certification Requirements

      There are several ways to gain experience:
        • Initiation into your routine work to manage tasks adds to your PM experience.
        • Volunteer experience through volunteer opportunities to manage "project-like" efforts, including community development.
        • Engaging in part-time side hustle hours to lead or assist in project management efforts.
        • Change your job/role with project management responsibilities to planning, controlling, and monitoring functions without having a project manager title.

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