The change to the PMP application made in June 2020 means you are asked to write a project description of at least 200-500 words for each project on your PMP application. Most advice you will find is outdated and based on the previous 550 character project description limit.
The PMP® application has changed including a new recommendation to include 200 to 500 words for each project description. Here is what is different in the revised PMP application released mid-June 2020. We’ve updated and tested our FastPMP PMP Application tools to ensure you can get your application approved with minimal hassles.
It’s actually harder to get your PMP application approved than you might think. You can’t just blindly fill in some template that might have worked for your PMP Course Instructor. PMI reviewers are trained to reject PMP applications when they or their systems spot certain things like plagiarism, copy-and-pasting, project descriptions that they decide sound like “operations”, etc. etc.
Here’s the true story of how I helped Phil go from having his PMP application rejected to being fully PMP-certified in 3 weeks. Before he found FPMcertify.com, Phil spent a lot of time on his PMP application. Despite this, he got an email response from PMI that said: “Dear ****, Thank you for your interest … we have identified the following concerns: 1) Project Descriptions – The descriptions you provided are unclear regarding…”
You might think it is a good idea to search for samples or examples of PMP applications before submitting one. But what worked for another person probably won’t work for you. Instead of trying to copy someone who got their PMP application accepted, you should learn what NOT to do so that you can avoid having your PMP rejected. We’ve learned how from all the people we’ve helped fix their rejected PMP applications.
Did you notice that the PMI-ACP application on PMI.org changed last year but they don’t provide any guidance on how to fill out the new PMI-ACP application? Even the link to the PMI-ACP handbook that PMI provides in the online PMI-ACP application is broken, presumably because the old handbook was never updated to explain that PMI no longer requires you to report hours in the […]
Here is what you need to know for getting your PMP application certification quickly: 1. Submit a PMP application on certification.pmi.org to have your PM experience and education approved. Be very careful to avoid…
Updated May 2022 with new PMP audit process. There are lots of very subtle things in a PMP application that can cause the PMI reviewer to arbitrarily decide the application doesn’t meet their requirements. PMI obviously won’t tell you what these things are, but the most common concern I see is wording that makes the PMI reviewer arbitrarily decide the project should be classified as non-qualifying “operations” rather than a qualifying professional project.
The PMI application process really contains just two steps: 1) figuring out how to craft your application in the way that PMI wants; and 2) hoping that the PMI reviewers don’t reject your application because you didn’t figure out Step 1 properly. My best advice is don’t paste stuff into your PMP or PMI-ACP application from some template, spreadsheet, or Internet site.
Getting someone to review your PMP application before you submit it is a waste of time. I don’t waste time reviewing PMP applications because (like a resumé) every application I see has some subtle (or big) problems that can cause the application to be flagged. It is much quicker and easier to regenerate your PMP application using our online tools than to have me try to explain the non-intuitive problems with an existing PMP application.
Here is a working demo to show you a small part of FastPMP Wizard™. Try it for free to estimate the number of months to claim on your PMP application for one of your projects. The full FastPMP Wizard™ will help you with much more including all the other fields in the PMP application that can cause problems with getting your PMP application approved.
According to PMI’s PMP handbook, you should list your projects individually. The problem is, most applications I’ve seen that have more than 7 projects were rejected. So what’s going on here? To answer that question, you need to understand that the application approval process is actually very subjective…
If you are a self-employed project manager (PM), it can be harder to get your PMP approved for two main reasons: 1) Self-employed PMs tend to have many short projects that they’ve done for a large number of clients, and 2) You don’t have a manager to put down as a project contact (someone who can verify your project experience). To fix this, read my post on why short projects are a problem for the PMP application and what to do about it…
Update: The new PMP application no longer requires you to list your hours on the application, although you still need to report the number of months for each project on your application. You can calculate your estimated months and hours using the manual process below or our free online FastPMP Non-overlapping Months Calculator. Using this tool is fast and free and you will also get warnings and tips based on the information you enter so you can avoid problems with your PMP application. But if you really want to manually calculate your hours for the PMP application, you should…
Do you want to make your PMP application simpler and easier? Many people worry their PMP application will be a big hassle because of all the people who get rejected. It doesn’t matter if you have a lot of senior project management experience or if you are just getting started. Unless you know how to word your projects using PMI’s PMBOK-speak, your PMP application might be one of the many that get rejected, fail in the audit stage, or require numerous resubmissions.
In your PMP application, you will need to describe your project management experience and qualifications using the language of PMI’s PMBOK. If PMI has concerns with your stated experience or qualifications they will ask you to either: revise your application wording to address their concerns; resubmit your application at a later date after earning more PM experience, or never apply again (if you were dishonest). Once your application is accepted, you pay the exam fee and may be selected for an application audit. If you weren’t audited or you pass the audit, you then have one year to successfully pass the exam.
Using your input, the FastPMP Wizard™ will: guide you safely past all the hidden traps of the PMP application; complete the risky parts of the application for you; and generate your project descriptions, titles, and other parts of the application that look unimportant, but can actually cause major problems. Using FastPMP Wizard™ is much smarter and faster than using a spreadsheet template or trusting the advice of course instructors or other PMPs. Their advice doesn’t always work. But we’ve helped many previously rejected applications get approved and we’re confident we know what works and what doesn’t. In fact, everyone we’ve helped has been approved for their PMP, even when some of them were previously rejected.
I created FastPMP Wizard™ and FastPMP Concierge™ because, honestly, the PMP® application process is a big hassle. With FastPMP™, I’ve taken care of the time-consuming part of understanding the PMI online application and figuring out what works and what doesn’t for getting your application approved.
FastPMP™ gives you all the expert guidance you need to quickly create a hassle-free PMP™ application. Don’t waste a lot of time and mental energy trying to figure out how to get your PMP application created and approved. With FastPMP™, you don’t have to worry about the big questions you might have with your PMP application, such as…