PMP Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for the PMP credential you must fulfill one of the two sets of requirements listed below:
- Educational Background: Secondary Degree (high school diploma, associate's degree or global equivalent).
Project Management Experience: At least 5 years/60 months of unique non-overlapping professional project management experience. Must also lead and direct project tasks for at least 7,500 hours.*
Project Management Education: 35 contact hours of formal education.
- Educational Background: Four-year degree (Bachelor's degree or global equivalent).
Project Management Experience: At least three years/35 months unique non-overlapping professional project management experience. Must also lead and direct project tasks for at least 4,500 hours.
Project Management Education: 35 hours of formal education.
* The project management experience (not including the "Educational Background" and "Project Management Education" requirements) must be accumulated and completed within the eight years prior to your application submission.
What does "unique non-overlapping professional project management experience" mean?
Good question. Even if you are working on several overlapping projects over a one month period...it still only counts as one month of project management experience. For example, you could be working on ten projects over a one month period, but it would still only count as one month of PM experience. Savvy?
Fortunately, if you are working on multiple projects at the same time, all the hours you spend leading and directing project tasks count towards the total requirement.
What constitutes a "formal education"?
A formal Project management education consists of courses, workshops, and training sessions offered by one or more of the following types of education providers (all course work must be completed prior to submitting your application):
- PMI Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s)
- PMI component organizations
- Employer/company-sponsored programs
- Training companies or consultants (e.g., training schools)
- Distance-learning companies, including an end of course assessment
- University/college academic and continuing education programs
As a PMI R.E.P., hours spent within American Management Association courses are pre-approved for the educational eligibility requirement.
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