What are the new PMP Application Changes from June 2020?

What are the new PMP Application Changes from June 2020?

The PMP® application has changed including a new recommended minimum of 200 to 500 words for each project description. Here is what is different in the revised PMP application released June 2020. Note that the PMP application requirements, approval, rejection, or audit processes are unchanged. 

We’ve updated and tested our FastPMP PMP Application tools to ensure you can get your application approved with minimal hassles. You shouldn’t rely on outdated advice or templates from people who don’t understand the real reasons why some applications are quickly approved and others are rejected or held up in ongoing audits.

What is New for the Updated PMP Application as of June 18 2020:

Here is our analysis of what has changed with the PMP Application:

  • the 550-character limit of the project description field is replaced with a new required minimum 100 words and the suggestion that a typical description is between 200 and 500 words. See my post on how to write 200-500 word project descriptions.
  • you won’t have to report the hours you worked or separate them into each PMBOK domain area. PMI realized that most people didn’t keep a record of hours and forced them to guess at it. It’s great to no longer have to do that guesswork since it never mattered how many hours you report in each process area anyways.
  • you won’t have to include contact details, addresses, phone numbers, or emails in the initial application. If you are audited, PMI will ask for this information, so you should still prepare them to be contacted by PMI and make sure they agree with your application.
  • you won’t be asked your role on the project. Obviously, it was “Project Manager” — that was always a trick question.
  • the “Industry” field is renamed “Organization Primary Focus” and contains more possible answers.
  • there are a few new fields to enter including: project methodology (e.g., waterfall, agile, or hybrid); project team size; and project budget. These may be used for statistics as well as to decide if your application is credible.

What is Not Changing:

Based on our research and testing so far, what hasn’t changed is:

  • the project description field will still be one of the most important items that the PMI reviewers use to decide if your experience looks like it meets their criteria and expectations. PMI will continue to send rejection emails if they decide your application does not qualify for whatever reason (most commonly replying that some of it sounds like “operations” rather than a qualifying “project”). 
  • the other fields will continue to be an important source of data for deciding whether your application qualifies.
  • the PMP application requirements, review, approval, rejection, and audit processes do not appear to be changing.

As always, we continue to update our advice and tools based on our experience with the hundreds of PMP applications we work with. If you are qualified but don’t want to waste time or money trying to convince PMI of that, just click the awesomely unfancy button below to get started.