PMP Exam Qualifications

Do you want to get your PMP® certification to take your project management career to the next level? You need to take and pass the PMP exam. And, to be totally prepared to pass the PMP, consider RMC’s time-tested and proven training materials. 

However, before you can even sign up to take this exam, you need to meet certain qualifications. Below is a short guide to the qualifications that need to be met before you can take the PMP® exam and get your certification. 


To qualify to take the PMP® Exam, you must have a secondary degree, along with 36 months of leading and directing projects, and 35 hours of project management education. 

Alternatively, you can show that you have a four-year degree, along with 60 months of leading and directing projects, or a current CAPM Certification, and 35 hours of project management education.

You also qualify if you have a bachelor’s or post-graduate degree from an accredited GAC program, along with 24 months of professional project management experience, leading and directing projects.  You’ll also need the 35 hours of project management education.

Note: The number of months for the Experience section must total at least 60 months, and the project dates must indicate those months of project management experience within the eight-year period prior to the application.

Forward Thinking

You will need to have a registered account on PMI’s website. From there, you will be able to find the online application form for the PMP® certification under the section titled “myPMI.”

PMI requires that you provide detailed records of all of the projects that you have handled during the required project experience period, and each of them should be documented separately. You will need to calculate the time spent on the different project management process groups, and provide a detailed description of your role in the projects. 

Note: In preparation of an audit, it is always a good idea to ask consent from your place of employment to list projects, roles, and time spent before you discuss them on your application.

Required Contact Hours

For the required 35 contact hours, make sure you train with an experienced project management training company that gives a certificate of completion for your training. And it is important to make sure that the training is aligned to the current Exam Content Outline. For further details about the exam content outline, visit PMI’s website.

At RMC, we offer a variety of training modes and study materials to prepare professionals for the PMP® Exam, as well as to earn the required 35 contact hours. Check out our  virtual live class schedule, or our PMP eLearning course to get started.

Note: The current PMP® exam is changing in January 2, 2021 and it will align with a new content outline. To learn more about the expected changes, click here. RMC is working hard to make the required changes to our self-study products and exam prep classes. We’ll ensure they’ll align with the new PMP® Exam Content Outline. However, our best advice to aspiring PMPs is to plan to study and take the exam before the exam change.


Keep in mind that just because you qualify on paper to take the exam does not mean you will be able to pass it. You must know project management and have experience applying it—this includes both managing and leading projects.

To prepare, consider taking PMI’s CAPM® exam to receive the CAPM® certification if you do not meet the requirements for the PMP® Exam at this time. 

CAPM® test takers are required to have a high school diploma and 23 hours of project management education to qualify for the CAPM® exam.

You can read more about eligibility and requirements for the CAPM® Exam in our post How to Use Rita Mulcahy’s Exam Prep Products for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Exam.

Certification: Taking a Major Step in Your Career

With the right preparation, you can qualifying for the PMP certification to differentiate you from other project managers. So, what are you waiting for? RMC can help you at every step, and you can start by browsing through our course offerings to learn more.