About this lesson
The CAPM® application process is straight-forward. However, it is important to understand what is required so that you do not have to resubmit.
When to use
When you have completed the training courses or have met the experience requirements, you can prepare and submit the CAPM® application. If the application is approved, you will be eligible to sign up for the test immediately. Your eligibility letter is good for one year and you have up to three tries to pass the exam.
Complete the application online at the www.pmi.org website. As you complete the application, collect your documentation for each of the items of education that you claim. A portion of all applications are audited and documentation demonstrating your qualifications must be provided. Typical documentation includes:
- Education of high school degree (or higher) – a copy of the transcript showing graduation to show your education level.
- Education of 23 contact hours of project management training - a certificate of completion of the training, or other record of attendance.
You do not need to turn all of the documentation into PMI at the time of application, just the completed application form. Once your application has been reviewed for completeness, you must pay the application fee. This process takes about 24 hours. The amount of the fee varies depending upon several factors and global exchange rates. So check with PMI to determine what your fee will be.
At that time your application may be selected for audit. If selected, you will have 90 days to provide the documentation that verifies your claims. After PMI receives your documentation, they require five to seven days to review the documentation and check on some of your sources and references. Once everything is approved, you will receive an eligibility letter that allows you to schedule the exam.
Hints & tips
- Submit the application after you have completed most of your study and are ready to take the test. Then as soon as you are approved, you can schedule the test. That way you will have the maximum amount of time in case you need to take a retest.
- When completing the application, create a document file or folder that has all the backup information from your application. Then if selected for audit, you can quickly provide the correct information.
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