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Project Management Institute’s (PMI)® takesgreat care to insure the quality of itscertification process, from application throughpost certification.When you apply to sit for PMI’s PMPCertification:1. Submit a qualification of your education.2. Quantification of your project managementexperience and classroom hours.3. When accepted, you can then take the PMPExam.4. When you pass, you’ll be added to the PMIlist of certified Project ManagementProfessionals with all its privileges.
PMI® ensures the integrity of your PMP®certification by auditing applicants as well ascertified PMPs throughout their programs.• Your PMP® application and your PMP® Statuscan be audited at any time.• The audit selection process is completelyrandom.• Don’t focus on whether you might fit a trulynon-existent profile of someone who getsaudited.• Make sure your information and actions arealigned with passing an audit from the start.
• During the applicationprocess, chances of being auditedare about 50/50 and dropdramatically after certification.• PMP® Exam audit selection processis completely random.• Don’t waste time listening to andworrying about the rumors ofprofiling or trigger conditions.• Study properly for the exam.• Take the time to make yourapplication audit proof.Chances of being audited
• PMI® takes its code of ethics very seriously.• The more time you take to make sure your application isaligned with your experience, the better it will withstand anaudit.Being truthful means you don’thave to remember anything
• Take the time to document clearly your experience.• Make sure you know where you stored:Document, Communicate, Align Degree Training Certificates Dates Documentation Contact Names Addresses Phone Numbers• Create a new project folder of all thebackground information that supportsyour application.
You will be asked to provide contact persons for each andevery project.• Be sure to confirm their current email address and phonenumbers.• These contact persons could be your managers, co-workers, vendors, clients and any other applicablestakeholders from your past projects.• Let them know you’re applying to take the PMP Exam.• Jog their memory of your projects by sharing with themwhat you’re submitting.• Ask them if they agree with what you’ve written.• Make corrections if they disagree.Document, Communicate, Align
1. No Fault“Cannot verify education or experience through no fault oftheir own - No suspension period and cannot reapply untilcandidate can provide the experience hours and documentthem.”3 Ways to Fail a PMP Exam Audit• Make sure you have all your documentation beforeyou submit your PMP® Exam application.• You may reapply as soon as you have yourexperience hours documented or confirmation ofyour degree.
2. Non-Compliance“Candidate chooses not to attempt audit - One yearsuspension period”3 Ways to Fail a PMP® Exam Audit• You can choose not to give anyaudit responses.• Similar to pleading “no contest,”the candidate is subject to aone year suspension periodbefore he/she can apply for thePMP Exam again.
3. Fraud“Providing False Information - Permanently suspendedfrom sitting for PMI® exams.• Don’t lie! It’s not worth it! Ifyou provide false informationon your PMP application andyou fail an audit because of it• You will be permanentlysuspended from sitting for anyPMI exams. And they truly domean forever.3 Ways to Fail a PMP® Exam Audit
• If you’re concerned about not havingenough contact hours, consider putting offyour application until you do.• If you’re looking for projects to fill in thosehours, there are a lot of volunteer projectmanagement opportunities throughcommunity service and other non-profitorganizations.• If you need a certification by a particulardeadline and you’re short of hours, considersitting for the Certified Associate in ProjectManagement (CAPM)®.
The PMP® Exam audit process is a hiccup, butnot a road block on your way to becomingcertified.Take a little care up front, and you’ll comethrough it with flying colors.