PMP Certification Information

Why choose the PMP Credential?

PMI’s Project Management Professional credential is considered the worldwide gold-standard for Project Managers. By obtaining a PMP certification, you will stand out from the crowd of folks who consider themselves PM’s but really just coordinate projects and don’t run them.

The median worldwide salary for PMP’s is USD$92,000. For the USA, it was USD$105,000.

PMP credential holders in the USA earn, on average, 16% more than their non-credentialed peers (as of 2011).

Pre-Exam Requirements

Criteria Set #1 Criteria Set #2
Degree Secondary degree (HS diploma, Associate’s Degree, or the global equivalent) Four-year degree (Bachelor’s Degree or the global equivalent)
Job Experience 5 years of PM experience 3 years of PM experience
PM Hours 7,500 hours leading and directing projects 4,500 hours leading and directing projects
PM Education 35 hours of accredited PM education 35 hours of accredited PM education


PMI Member: $405
Non-Member: $555

Exam Application Process

  1. Determine whether you meet the eligibility requirements listed above.
  2. Register at
    • PMI membership is $129 (+$10 US handling fee) so you’re better off becoming a paid member so you can pay the member’s rate for the test later.
    • PMI membership also entitles you to free digital copies of the PMBOK and discounted rates on the physical PMBOK.
  3. Complete the online PMP application at and submit it.
  4. In about 5 business days, you’ll receive an application approval email from
  5. Login to and pay the test fee.
  6. If all goes well, you will receive a confirmation email with a test code number and scheduling information.
  7. Go to to schedule the exam.

PMP Exam Breakdown

The test consists of 200 multiple-choice questions. Exam time is 4 hours.

Out of  these 200 questions, 25 are considered pretest and are not counted as part of your score.

Question breakdown:

  • 175 scored questions
    • Core topics – 125 questions
      • Math-related: 25 questions
      • Non-math related: 100
    • Randomly generated: 50 questions

Percentage breakdown:

Process Group Percentage
Initiating 13%
Planning 24%
Executing 30%
Monitoring & Controlling 25%
Closing 8%

Do NOT think that you need to get 80% or 90%.

You just need to pass.

A passing score is 61%. That’s it!

“Project Management Professional (PMP),” “PMP,” “Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM),” “CAPM,” “PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP),” “PMI-ACP,” “PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP),” “PMI-RMP,” “PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP),” “PMI-SP,” “Program Management Professional (PgMP),” “PgMP,” “PMBOK® Guide,,” and “PMI,” are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.