Once you have reviewed the eligibility requirements which are a combination of work experience and education, complete the application form and allow 10 days for processing. You may begin an application at any time and save it to complete and submit later. Once approved, your application remains valid for 1 year to register for the exam.

Eligibility to Apply

There are multiple pathways to eligibility, each of which is based on education and professional experience:

Pathway Education Professional Experience
  • High School Diploma
  • GED
  • Equivalent of 5-years minimum of full-time professional experience (10,000 hours)
  • 2-Year Degree
  • Equivalent of 3-years minimum of full-time professional experience (6,000 hours)
  • 4-Year Degree (or More)
  • Equivalent of 1-year minimum of full-time professional experience (2,000 hours)

High School Diploma or GED

Equivalent of 5-years minimum of full-time professional experience (10,000 hours)

2-Year Degree

Equivalent of 3-years minimum of full-time professional experience (6,000 hours)

4-Year Degree (or More)

Equivalent of 1-year minimum of full-time professional experience (2,000 hours)

Examples of Professional Experience Include:

  • Serving as an active contributing team member
  • Serving as a team lead
  • Having responsibility for organizing other team members
  • Driving and motivating team members
  • Acting as an influencer or “go to” person without title authority
  • Managing one or multiple direct reports with or without title authority
  • Possessing functional or technical expertise


Once an application has been started, it will remain open until it is submitted. Applications that are incomplete and that have been inactive for 6 months will be closed.

Submitted applications will be reviewed after the non-refundable application fee is received.

Once an application is submitted, the application will be reviewed for accuracy and completeness. Results of the review will be sent to the applicant within 10 business days of the application's submission.

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