Before you can apply for the PMP exam, you need to have gathered 35 contact hours of formal education.
The are several ways to get 35 contact hours for your PMP application, including:
- Taking a Project Management course at a university/college. For example, if a Project Management course is 12 weeks long, with 3 hours every week, then this will give you 12 x 3 = 36 contact hours.
- Taking a Project Management training session either with an R.E.P. (Registered Education Provider) or at a company sponsored program.
- Taking a distance learning Project Management course.
Note that you are not restricted to a specific time-frame previous to your PMP application for the collection of the 35 contact hours. For example, if you took a Project Management course 10 years ago, the hours you’ve earned are still eligible and claimable in your PMP application.
Also note that any contact hours you submit in your application must relate to a course work that is already done (eg. finished, completed). For example, if you’re still undergoing a training in Project Management in house, and you’ve already accrued the required 35 contact hours in this training, but this training is not yet over, then you cannot claim the contact hours in your PMP application.
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