What Is the PMP Eligibility Criteria?

The Eligibility Criteria to Becoming a PMP varies depending on one’s level of education:

  • In case the person has a Bachelor Degree (or equivalent/greater), then that person has to have accumulated at least 4,500 hours of Project Management experience in at least a 3 year period. The person also should have at least 35 contact hours of formal Project Management education.
  • In case the person has a High School Diploma (or equivalent), then that person has to have accumulated at least 7,500 hours of Project Management experience in at least a 3 year period. The person also should have at least 35 contact hours of formal Project Management experience.

The PMP handbook does not mention anything about the PMP path for someone who hasn’t finished High School (or its equivalent). People in this situation should consider contacting PMI or their local PMI chapter prior to submitting their application.

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