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Project Management Professional (PMP)

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How to Get Your PMP

Earning your PMP Certification is a commitment, and that's why it is valuable. Do you have real-world project management experience that's led to success? Great—you’ve finished the hardest part. 


Before you apply, make sure you meet of the following sets of PMP Certification requirements:

  • A four-year degree

  • 36 months leading projects

  • 35 hours of project management education/training or CAPM® Certification

                                         — OR —

  • A high school diploma or an associate’s degree (or global equivalent)

  • 60 months leading projects

  • 35 hours of project management education/training or CAPM® Certification

How to earn project management education/training?

  • One hour of Classroom instruction equals one contact hour.

  • If you attend a 9 hour long session with breaks in-between, then you can claim (9 hours minus the break time) as contact hours.

  • You may use educational hours from college programs.

  • There is no time period or expiration on contact hours.

  • These hours can be accrued from classroom courses or online training workshops.


There are several Instructor Led and Online training courses to earn 35 PDU’s 

One Option

University of Louisville offers a Project Management Certification and you earn 48 hours to fulfill your formal education requirements needed to apply for the PMP and CAPM exams.

Course 1 - Fundamentals of Project Management ($655) and

Course 2 - Project Management: Practical Application ($1,960) seminar


Choose your session:

  • Spring or Fall sessions meet Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. (16 weeks)

  • The Summer Intensive meets Mondays and Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. (8 weeks)

  • The 2-day Fundamentals Bootcamp meets 8:30 a.m – 4:30 p.m. to give you a head start on completing your certificate.


In-person classes take place on U of L’s ShelbyHurst Campus. By completing your certificate, you will fulfill the formal education requirements needed to apply for the Project Management Professional® (PMP) and Certified Associate in Project Management® (CAPM) exams. You will also earn a total of 48 hours/professional development units (PDUs)

Another Option

PMI® Authorized On-demand PMP® Exam Prep Online and self-paced. It focuses on the PMI's PMBOK® and specific exam preparation tactics. It is also a great preparation program for those seeking the CAPM® credential.


$699, 35 PDU’S to fulfill your 35 hours of contact education for certification

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Qualify your Experience

What is Leading and Directing a Project?

  • It means that you have performed the role of a project manager and managed a complete project, or that you have managed part of a project. Essentially, it means that you should have done some of the tasks that are listed in PMP Exam Content Outline, pages 8-14 for examples of tasks related to People, Process or Business Environment Domains.

  • The hours of project management experience are cumulative across all process groups, and within the last eight (8) years to be counted on the PMI PMP application.

    • Working as a full-time project manager with two projects at the same time (approx.~160 hrs) for two months = 320 hours or experience.

  • Typically, the experience is in leading or directing projects, or project deliverables. The months of experience time frame requirement in non-overlapping months.

    • Working as a full-time project manager with two projects at the same time for two months = 2 months of experience, not 4.

  • When documenting your PM experience, you’ll want to keep track of your projects and training, recording information like your specific role, responsibilities, and length of projects or training so that you have it at hand when you apply.


  • The 35 hours of project management education can be waived if you have a CAPM certification.

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Apply For Your Certification

After meeting your Certification Requirements, it’s time to apply for the PMP Certification and document your education and experience.  

How to Apply in 3 Easy Steps

  1. Confirm You’re Eligible

  2. Gather Your Info

  3. Set up a account and dive into the Application



Application Fee:

Member: $405.00
Non-member: $555.00

If you have questions during the application process, feel free to refer to the PMP Application Checklist or contact PMI to help guide you if something is confusing or unclear.

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What to expect on the big day and how to prepare to pass



Benefits of PMI Membership

Because the CAPM application is quite an involved process, we recommend that you gather all the relevant information related to your application before you begin. Once the application has begun, it cannot be cancelled; however, you can save your application and completed later. The first thing we recommend is that you register to become a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI)

  • It typically costs $139 to become a member, but it saves you money on exam fees.

  • The standard non-member price to take the exam is $555. The PMI member price for the exam is $405.

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The PMP certification is valid for three years. You’ll need to spend 60 hours during that time frame on continuous professional development activities to maintain it. Otherwise, you can sign up to take the exam again.

Includes the following curriculum components:

  1. Cardinal Core requirements– transferred credits or completed at U of L (31 credit hours)

  2. OLL Program Core Courses (24-29 credit hours)

  3. Work Specialization/Prior Learning Award (PLA) - up to 48 credit hours

  4. Track Courses (12-15 credit hours)

  5. Elective Courses (5-44 credit hours)


How Much Will I Pay?

$508 per credit hour
$250 per credit hour active-duty rate



Tuition rate does not include costs associated with a specific course or program, such as textbooks. Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time without prior notice.


Admission Requirements for U of L Organizational Leadership and Learning program

  • Completed undergraduate application

  • $25 non-refundable application fee

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.25 to be admitted in good standing (applicants with a 2.0 - 2.24 GPA may inquire about conditional admission)

  • Official transcripts for all college credits earned at an accredited institution*

  • Copy of official JST

  • Minimum age: 22

  • Prior education: 24 college credit hours or more completed prior to applying

* See the UofL Transfer Credit Policy for more information.



Take Your Exam

Maintain Your Certification

If you are seeking to complete your Bachelor degree, the University of Louisville offers the online Bachelor’s of Science in Organizational Leadership and Learning which is a 120 credit hour program. The Organizational Leadership and Learning (OLL) program through the University of Louisville offers an accelerated pathway to a college degree for individuals, including veterans, by giving them college credit for prior military service and work experience. Concentrations within the OLL program include Leadership, Training and Organizational Development, Career and Technical Education, Healthcare Leadership, Early Childhood Education, and Counseling and Human Relations.


For your convenience, you can access the steps below via a PDF

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