How to Complete a PMP Application Step-by-Step

This article will give you step-by-step instructions on exactly how to complete your PMP application.

Each step is accompanied by screenshots.

We are going to follow a fictional person named Frank Smith who is applying for his PMP certification.

All the contact information, including addresses and phone numbers, in this application are made up for educational purposes.

Before we get started, make sure you download our PMP application description examples. 

Ready? Let’s go!

Step 1: Go to and click on ‘Login/Register’ at the top right-hand corner


Step 2: Click on the “Create an Account” button below the New User section.


Step 3: Fill in the registration form with your personal information. In our example, we are going to use a fictional person named Frank Smith.


Step 4: After you’ve successfully created a PMI account, you can now apply for your PMP credential. Click on “Certification” from the top navigation and then click on “Ready to Apply?”


Step 5: Read the “Eligibility requirements and candidate policies/procedures” before proceeding. In a nutshell, you need to make sure you have a bachelor’s degree, 3 years of work experience, and more than 4500 hours or project management work experience.


Step 6: Click “Apply for PMP Credentials”


Step 7: As you can see from the left navigation, there are 8 sections to complete.


Step 8: The first step is to add your home and work addresses. If you do not have a work address, leave this section blank. Click “save and continue”


Step 9: Add your contact information. You need at least one email and one phone number. After, click “save and continue.”


Step 10: Fill in your education information. If you have multiple degrees, you only need to fill in your HIGHEST degree obtained.


Step 11: Now, the fun part begins. Before you fill in the Requirements section, create your own PMP Application Worksheet to organize your thoughts in one excel document.

It is easier to have everything in one place for future reference. Once you’ve create this spreadsheet, all you need to do is copy and paste.


Step 12: For every one of your project experiences, write the title, your role, company, and start and end dates.


Step 13: Add in the organization details


Step 14: Add in the organization contact person’s details


Step 15: Add in the number of hours you worked in in each of the domain areas.


Step 16: Write a brief description about each project. It needs to be between 300-550 words. Most students get stuck at this stage. To help you, here’s 5 exams of project descriptions that’s passed the PMI scan in the past.

If you are still stuck, read the descriptions PMI wrote under each Process Group – it will give you a good idea of what they are looking for.

Initiating Develop project charter; Identify risks, assumptions and constraints; Identify stakeholders, Define high-level scope; Perform project assessment
Planning Present project plan to stakeholders; Develop project schedule, budget, and other management plans; Develop WBS; Define scope; Prepare project plans
Executing Communicate with stakeholders; Implement approved changes; Execute tasks defined in the project plan; Obtain and manage resources
Monitoring & Controlling Assess results of corrective action; Ensure quality standards are met; Manage changes to scope, schedule, and budget; Measure project performance
Closing Archive documents; Measure customer satisfaction; Obtain administrative closure; Document lessons learned; Obtain final acceptance of deliverables

Click here for examples Project Descriptions that have successfully passed the PMI Screening

Step 17: Add in your project management education info. If you took your 35 hours of training from ExamsPM, your form should look like this screenshot. The only thing you need to change is the course start and end date.


Step 18: Go to the Certificate tab and verify how you want your name to appear on your final certificate. Press ‘Save and Continue.’

Step 19: Go to ‘Agreements’ tab, read the disclosure, scroll to the bottom, and hit ‘I agree.’

Step 20: Review your application by going to the ‘Review and Submit’ tab. Make sure every section has a green check mark beside it. Make any necessary changes you want before submitting your final application.

Step 21: Download the PDF version of your application and save it onto your computer or dropbox. Keep a copy for future reference.

Step 22: When you are satisfied with your application, click the checkbox next to ‘All information that I have provided is accurate and complete.’

Step 23: Click ‘Submit Application’


And viola… you are done! Your PMP application is complete. Wait a few days for an email confirmation to take your exams. It will look something like this:


There is a chance that you may be selected for an audit, if that is the case, read “How to Successfully Complete a PMP Audit” here.

If you haven’t done so already, make sure you download our PMP application description examples.