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PMP Certification Requirements - Eligibility Myths

Don't let these common myths prevent you from getting your PMP certification. Call 800-544-1995 to schedule a free eligibility review (our advisers are PMP-certified).

Requirement Myth 1 - I have to be a "project manager"

Wrong. There is no codified title of “Project Manager”. What PMI is concerned with is your role on a project. Did your role on a given project have an impact on a deliverable? If yes, you’re in! Keep in mind, PMI’s own definition of a project is: “a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service or result” (PMBOK Guide-5th Edition, pg 553). So, ask yourself “How did I contribute on a project”?

Requirement Myth 2 - I need a college degree.

Wrong. There are only two eligibility requirements regarding experience – Category 1 and Category 2.

Category 1: Prerequisites

  • Four-year degree 
  • 4,500 hours leading and directing projects
  • 35 hours of project management education
Category 2: Prerequisites

  • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent)
  • 7,500 hours leading and directing projects
  • 35 hours of project management education

Requirement Myth 3 - Audits are scary.

Wrong. As long as your application has been extensively and faithfully filled out, an audit can take as little as 24 hours to turn around. Sometimes however, you will have to mail (via US Postal Service) verifications related to the colleagues mentioned in your application. Regardless, the time-clock on your one year application stops until your audit is over. Always be as honest as possible. Fraud will result in a lifetime ban from all PMI credentialing exams.

PMI will help prepare some of your audit package. Your experience information will be placed in individual forms for all of the projects you detailed in your application; you simply need to print these and have them signed/verified by the contacts named in your application. Don’t lose valuable time though using substandard postal services, or not having educational degrees (photocopies), or searching for the colleagues mentioned as contacts.

Requirement Myth 4 - I need 35 project management training hours.

True! You do need 35 contact hours. However, keep in mind, these hours can come from project management classes your employer paid for, you paid for, or anyone paid for! These can also be classes that have nothing to do, specifically, with project management. What do we mean by nothing to do with project management? 

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Requirement Myth 5 - Only IT professionals need apply.

Wrong. Anyone working in any project environment can apply whether you come from IT, marketing, operations (processes change!) or even sales. PMI does not make value judgments about your career!

  • A project is a unique, transient endeavour, undertaken to achieve planned objectives, which could be defined in terms of outputs, outcomes or benefits.
  • Projects can go by many different names - launches, assessments, enhancements, or events. Don't limit your thinking. Be expansive!

Note: Every EdWel Programs PMP Exam Prep student is assigned an Academic Adviser ™ who will help guide you through the process. Every EdWel Academic Adviser ™ is a PMP themselves. They have been through the process as an applicant and know all the tips and tricks to make your experience a good one.