Accelerated Project Management Training

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PMI Application

PMI has several resources to review regarding preparing for your PMP exam.

Tips to Prepare for the Exam   (Sourced from

Frequently Asked Questions  (Sourced from

  • Do I have to be a CAPM, PMP, or a PMI member to apply for other PMI certifications?
    • No. No one certification serves as a prerequisite for another. You also do not have to be a PMI member to apply to become a certification holder. We recommend membership to save on the cost of the exam
  • How do I earn a PMI certification?
    • To obtain a PMI certification, you must first meet the eligibility requirements outlined on these web pages and detailed in the certification handbooks. Then, you must pass an exam.
  • What are the eligibility requirements?
    • The eligibility requirements for each certification are mentioned here and detailed in the handbook.
  • How do I complete the application?
    • All certification applications are available online. Click the "Apply" button on these web pages. Please note that any missing information on the application will delay processing.
  • What supporting documentation should I send with my application?
    • When submitting an application, you do not need to send documentation. However, you will be required to send supporting documentation if your application is selected for a random audit. To find out more about PMI's audit process, refer to the certification handbooks and the audit FAQs.

Once you understand the process, we recommend working on your application as soon as possible.

You'll want to get your application in and approved so you're able to take the exam when your instructor and you collaborate on an exam date that is right for you. Having the application done allows you to focus on the class and passing the exam. Note that we advocate a lag time for our PMP Exam Prep Students:

  • More study prior to class means less of a lag time to take the exam after course completion. 
    • Our analysis concludes students with study time prior to class of 6 or more hours, could take the exam between 3 and 7 days after the class.  If less study time was completed prior to class, and estimate of 15 to 20 study hours may be required before sitting for the exam.

What PMI requires for the description of your projects

​For the Application, PMI requires a brief description of the project.  This is a challenge, so let us shed some light on just what PMI is asking for regarding these descriptions.

Your role for the projects you list on your application should include:

  • ​You perform your duties under general supervision and are responsible for all aspects of the project for the duration of the project.
  • Lead and direct cross functional teams to deliver projects within the constraints of scheduled budget and resources.
  • ​Demonstrate sufficient knowledge and experience to properly apply a methodology to projects that have reasonably well defined project requirements and deliverables.

​PMI must be able to ascertain from the project descriptions you have provided if you served as a leader in the capacity on the projects per the aforementioned role definition.  Project descriptions should be documented clearly enough to ascertain whether or not the projects documented truly are projects (please refer to PMBOK Guide, 5th addition, Section 3.2).

Further, project descriptions should consist of the following:

  • A brief, one sentence project objective.
  • Project deliverables and summarized life process areas (initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing - abbreviations are acceptable - IN, PL, EX, MC, and CL)
  • A brief, one sentence project outcome, project descriptions should be a high level summary of the tasks you led and directed on the project (e.g. Initiating: develop project charter, WBC etc; Planning: Scope definition, testing, etc).  Project management experience is required at each of the process areas when all projects are totaled, but not on each project.  Project descriptions must be provided for all projects submitted on application.

​​​Great news about the 35 Project Management Training

Note you will need 35 formal Project Management Training to submit your application to PMI.  These hours can be earned by completing one of our exam prep instructor-led programs. 

Calculating your project hours for the application 
I created two Excel workbooks that hundreds of my students have used to help calculate their project hours. Click the buttons to download the two workbooks:

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