Certification Eligibility

(Source: PMP Handbook Last Updated: 24 September 2012)

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PMP Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the PMP credential, you must meet educational and professional experience requirements. All project management experience must have been accrued within the last eight consecutive years prior to your application submission.

Educational Background Project Management Experience Project Management Education
Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or global equivalent) Minimum five years/60 months non-overlapping professional project management experience during which at least 7,500 hours were spent leading and directing a project* 35 contact hours of formal education
Four-year degree (bachelor’s degree or global equivalent) Minimum three years/36 months unique non-overlapping professional project management experience. 35 contact hours of formal education.


The A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) defines a project as a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service, or result.  

– PMBOK Guide Fourth Edition – p. 434