How to Begin Your PMP® Application

Before you can sit for your PMP exam, you must complete your exam application. Many people have trouble getting started. Here's the answer:

Complete details on your PMP exam application are in a PMI publication called The PMP Handbook. You can download it here:

Here are three steps to get you started:

  1. You can complete and mail in a paper application, or you can complete an online application. Choose the online one. It starts with creating a free online account at Then go to to begin your exam application. Enter your basic contact information, then proceed.
  2. You must report 35 contact hours of project management training. If you are enrolled in a four-day PMP boot camp, you can enter the boot camp hours on the last day of the course. 
  3. Record your project experience. This topic is covered in a Frequently-Asked Question.